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How to make a detective costume at home

Updated July 20, 2017

From the film noir movies of the 1950s to the present day, detectives have been a staple in film, literature and TV. The most famous of these detectives is Sherlock Holmes. With his long trench coat and detective's hat, Sherlock Holmes is one of the most recognisable detectives of all time. You can dress as this iconic detective with a few inexpensive and easily acquired items.

Begin by dressing in a pair of brown or grey trousers, brown formal shoes and a shirt. Any type of shirt is acceptable.

Find or buy a brown or plaid trench coat for that classic detective look. Borrow one from a relative or friend, or search your local charity shop. If you are handy with a needle and thread, try making a trench coat from a pattern.

Wear a deerstalker hat on your head. Most fancy dress shops sell Sherlock Holmes-style hats. Try to match the hat to the jacket. If you are wearing a brown jacket, do not wear a plaid hat.

Accessorise the costume with a magnifying glass and pipe. Search your local charity, toy stores or discount shops for these items. Even plastic ones are suitable.

Things You'll Need

  • Brown or grey trousers
  • Brown dress shoes
  • Shirt
  • Brown or plaid trench coat
  • Deerstalker hat
  • Magnifying glass
  • Pipe
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About the Author

Summer O'Carrey has been involved in freelance writing since 2010. As a writer for eHow and Answerbag, she is experienced in theatre, graphic design and online gaming. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in the dramatic arts from California State University in Fullerton, O'Carrey has written about theatre, literature, film and television.