How to make "seven deadly sins" costumes

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How to make "seven deadly sins" costumes
Contrary to unpopular belief, the Seven Deadly Sins were not revealed in the Garden of Eden. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Though the Seven Deadly Sins are often attributed to the Catholic Church, they were originally eight in number and first noted by Greek theologian Evagrius of Pontus. After Pope Gregory's 6th-century co-opting and rearrangement of the principle, several Catholic theologians -- including St. Thomas Aquinas -- had their way with the concept, adding corresponding punishments and contrasting Heavenly Virtues. In the seventeenth century, the Seven Deadly Sins settled into the list we know today: lust, greed, envy, wrath, sloth, gluttony and pride.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Dress up as Lust by donning your skimpiest, most elaborate lingerie. Alternately, stuff the front of your trousers with socks or other protruding cylindrical objects. Alternately, wear something skintight -- such as a leotard and tights -- and attach brightly-coloured condoms all over your clothing.

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    Portray Greed by wearing a simple business suit -- the more conservative the better. Dress it up by wearing as many dollar sign- or money-themed accessories as you can find -- ties, cuff links, scarves and jewellery are all good choices. Top the look off by stuffing your pockets with fake dollar bills. Act horrified if they fall out.

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    Think green, green, green for Envy. Start off with a green dress, suit or wackier ensemble and top it off with green jewellery, a green wig and any other green accessories you can find. To go all the way, put in green contacts -- either the traditional type or the type that cover the entire eye.

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    Portray Wrath by dressing up in your toughest fighting clothes -- army surplus cargo trousers, black tank top, hair pulled back or clipped short. Wrap your hands in white boxing handwraps and splatter your knuckles with fake blood.

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    Dress up as Sloth by pairing an entirely brown ensemble with a furry brown hood and taping your index fingers to your middle fingers and your ring fingers to your pinky fingers to create a three-toed look. Alternately, wear pyjamas, carry a pillow and curl up in any spare corners you can find.

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    Wear oversized clothes to portray Gluttony, and stuff a pillow down your front to represent a large belly. Attach plastic food items to your clothing with safety pins, glue or Velcro, or carry around a bag of fast food hamburgers and periodically eat one in a single bite.

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    Dress up as Pride -- sometimes known as Vanity -- by putting on your shiniest, most flamboyant ensemble that shows off all your best features. Put on just a little bit too much make-up and slick your hair back with just a bit too much pomade. Top off the look by carrying around a large, ornate hand mirror.

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