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How to Make a Lara Croft Costume

Updated February 21, 2017

Lara Croft began simply as the heroine from the "Tomb Raider" series, but her popularity with gamers (particularly male gamers) has turned her into a pop culture icon. Her skimpy clothing is not only a selling point for the game, but an easy and attention-getting costume. There have been many incarnations of the character, giving you a few options with colour choices. However, her basic outfit has remained the same, ensuring that you will be recognised as Lara.

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  1. Begin with a tight khaki, grey, pale blue or black shirt. It can be either a tank top or short -leeved shirt, with either a V or standard neck. In several incarnations the shirt reveals her midriff, though this is not required.

  2. Add a pair of khaki, brown or black shorts. Lara's trousers are very revealing, so the go with the shortest trousers that you feel comfortable with. Use a different colour than the shirt for contrast.

  3. Put on a belt with a large, rectangular gold or silver buckle. In the Angelina Jolie movie the buckle had a skull stamped into it, but any buckle will work.

  4. Strap a leg holster to each leg, connected to the belt and with a strap around each thigh. The guns themselves can be toys or air guns.

  5. Put on a pair of black boots. They should come at least partially up your calf. Riding boots and tall motorcycle boots work well for this.

  6. Put on a pair of fingerless gloves made of black leather (or something similar).

  7. Put on a small black or brown backpack. Ideally this should be made of canvas or leather.

  8. Pull your hair back into a braided ponytail, with a few wisps hanging down into your face. If your hair is not long enough, consider incorporating hair extensions into the braid. You can also wear a wig.

  9. Finish the look with a basic yet sexy make-up. The eyes can be a bit sultry, but for the most part keep it simple.

  10. Tip

    In the video game, Lara's proportions are somewhat unrealistic. If you want to go with a padded bra to achieve this look, be prepared for wolf whistles.

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Things You'll Need

  • Tight shirt
  • Short trousers
  • Belt
  • Leg holsters and guns (2)
  • Black boots
  • Fingerless gloves
  • Hair extensions or wig (optional)
  • Make-up

About the Author

Alex Smith began writing in 2006 and brings a combination of education and humor to various websites. He holds a Master of Arts in theater and works as a professional makeup and special-effects artist.

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