Convict Costume Ideas

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Convict Costume Ideas
The traditional prisoner look is as popular as ever for costume parties. (the prisoner image by Hunta from

A convict or escaped prisoner is a dress-up idea that looks edgy and has connotations of danger and excitement. Dressing as a convict allows even the most law-abiding citizens to pretend they're someone else entirely. Thanks to the range of convict types that appear everywhere from the daily news to Hollywood, there are more convict costume ideas than you'd initially imagine.

Modern Prisoner

The so-called modern prisoner look typically consists of a matching shirt and trousers. This simple costume usually comes in orange, but you could also wear dark blue or black clothes to fit the bill. Some shirts and overalls have been designed especially for this costume option and carry printed words, such as prisoner numbers or phrases related to crime and imprisonment, on the back of the clothing.


The jumpsuit prisoner look is the basis for this Hollywood-themed extension, modelled around the Hannibal Lecter character from "The Silence of the Lambs." Hannibal wore a jumpsuit paired with a mask that covered the lower half of his face, with the space for the mouth filled with thin wires. These masks can be purchased fairly cheaply online or from costume stores, and come in a range of colours. They are made from various materials, such as plastic and fibreglass.

Traditional Prisoner

This costume idea is suitable for those looking to recreate a more traditional prisoner look. The basis of the costume is a long-sleeved shirt and matching trousers, with black and white coloured stripes running horizontally across each garment. A similarly styled cap can be added, and this costume generally includes a prisoner insignia on the back of the shirt. Another essential is a ball and chain or shackles of some sort, which can be purchased from a costume store and come in plastic and metal.


Adults aiming for a more risqué look can try a jailbird costume, which uses the traditional striped prisoner costume as its basis. Girls can cut the midriff section from the striped top, or replace the trousers with a striped or plain black skirt. Fishnet tights are typically combined with the skirt, and big stiletto boots finish the costume off. For make-up, use plenty of eyeliner and colours like black, brown and grey.

Stash Bag

A suitable accessory for any convict costume is a stash bag. This bag can be a sack or garbage bag, possibly with a dollar sign inscribed on the side to indicate what it is. Fill the bag with loot, such as fake money and pretend jewellery.

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