'50s Greaser Costumes for Men

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'50s Greaser Costumes for Men
Look through your closet for pieces to make your costume. (closet image by pearlguy from Fotolia.com)

If you are planning a costume for your next costume party or need a work-appropriate Halloween costume, a '50s greaser is one option. Making your own men's greaser costume takes little time, and almost everything you need probably is already in your closet or available at your local thrift store for little money.

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What is a Greaser?

Greaser is a term used to refer to a group of boys in the 1950s. Greasers loved fast cars, fast women and bad attitudes. Two of the more famous films featuring greasers are "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Grease." In "Rebel Without a Cause," James Dean wears denim jeans, a white T-shirt, slicked-back hair and a red motorcycle jacket. In "Grease," John Travolta wears black jeans, a white or a black T-shirt, slicked-back hair and black leather jacket. Use these movies as inspiration when styling your costume.


The basic outfit for a greaser consists of a plain, solid coloured T-shirt. Choose an undershirt in either white or black. Make sure the T-shirt is fitted, not baggy. Tuck the shirt into a pair of jeans in either blue or black denim. The jeans can be fitted or straight, but not flared. Roll the cuffs of the jeans up 2 to 3 inches at a time until they rest just above your shoe. Wear Converse Chucks for footwear.


When styling your hair, break out the pomade, a thick hairstyling product similar to petroleum jelly. Greasers used lots of it to achieve a hairstyle called a pompadour. If your hair is not long enough in front, use a wig. Otherwise, use a lot of pomade, or hair gel if you cannot find pomade, and slick your hair back. Then use a comb to add the lift to the front of the style.


Certain accessories help complete the look. For example, greasers often carried a plastic comb to fix their hair as necessary. Carry your comb in your back pocket, bringing it out to restyle occasionally. A leather jacket also adds a nice finishing touch. Choose a red jacket to achieve the "Rebel" look or black leather jacket to look like a T-Bird from "Grease." You also can roll a pack of cigarettes up in the sleeve of your T-shirt.

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