Without spending a fortune and without having to pull out the sewing machine. Ain't nobody got time for that.
While it doesn't appear that the Suicide Squad movie is going to win critical acclaim anytime soon, it's undeniable that the world has been captivated by principle character Harley Quinn. Played by Australian talent Margot Robbie, people can't seem to get enough of the crazy-but-actually-kind-of-hot-in-a-weird-way character. So, with Halloween on the horizon, here's a handy guide on how you can buy, create or put together a Harley Quinn costume.
Maybe you have a few pieces you can already work with? Or maybe you want to buy the whole costume? Regardless, here's how you can get the Harley Quinn look without having to pull out your sewing box and without spending half your pay.
- Red and blue bomber jacket
- Red and blue shorts
- Red and white baseball top
- Blonde pig-tails wig
- Black studded belt
- Fishnet tights
- White sneakers or boots
- Chunky gold jewellery
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Buy key pieces
Harley Quinn wears a raglan or baseball style red and white top. If you have something like this already, awesome. If you don't, here are some affordable options.
If you already have a pair of plain red or plain blue shorts, that can absolutely work. Just make sure the jacket you wear is the opposing colour. So wear red shorts with a blue jacket or blue shorts with a red jacket.
Harley Quinn wears a red and blue bomber-style jacket. Luckily, bomber jackets are on trend right now so there are plenty of them to choose from at almost every store. If you already have one in red or blue you can absolutely work with that. Just make sure you choose shorts in the opposing colour. Alternatively you can buy one. There are loads of affordable options that you can wear again and some reasonably priced Harley Quinn lookalike jackets on eBay.
Any pair of fishnets will do. You or one of your friends probably have a pair lying around from a previous costume party. If not, there are pairs for under $15 on ASOS.
Here's where a teenage brother comes in handy. Raid your brother's closet for his skater belts, or maybe you still have yours from 2005. If not, you can pick one up cheap on eBay.
Harley Quinn wears some crazy sneaker-esque heels. You can buy replicas on eBay if you're super-committed but since you're unlikely to wear them again it's not exactly an investment buy. A pair of regular sneakers or even white boots would absolutely work too.
You can get cheap jewellery sets from most of the major costume stores, or eBay has some affordable "PUDDIN" necklaces. Alternatively, throw on some of the chunky jewellery you already own.
If you're blonde already you can just throw your hair in pigtails. If you're not, you might want to consider a wig.
Black Milk is currently selling some beautiful, well-made and almost-perfect replicas of Harley Quinn's jacket, top and shorts. Unfortunately these are a bit more expensive than the ones you find in costume stores or on eBay but if you're committed and you want something authentic, these are the pieces you need to buy.