As a plus size lady myself, I dread the idea of dressing up in fancy costume. My body would have given great pleasure to Rubens, and would have been considered exquisitely beautiful in 17th century Holland, but by modern day standards it has to be regarded as lumpy and ponderous. When I have to appear in costume, I feel that I owe it to myself to something that will make the most of my assets rather than make me look ridiculous.
When I choose a costume for myself, I try to find something that does not make me feel foolish. My legs are as bad as the rest of me, so I prefer a long skirted outfit. On the other hand my soulders and bustline are magnificent, so I look for something that will show it off. I look for glamour rather than freaky, funny or scary.
When I look at other larger people in costume, I really wonder sometimes what they were thinking. Why choose to be Alice in Wonderland when you could be the Duchess? Why does a very large man want to appear in skin-tight Superman leotards that make it embarrassing to look at him, when he could be so impressive as Satan with a fiery red cloak?
Ultimately of course the choice is up to you, male or female. If you are a size XXXL but you have been channelling Scarlett O’Hara or Erroll Flynn all your life, go for it!
However if you feel a bit self-conscious and want to look as elegant as possible will still entering fully into the spirit of things (ha!), then here are some suggestions.
Remember to place your order in good time, so that if the size is wrong you have time to exchange it. It is generally easier to take in a too-large costume than to squeeze into one that is too small, so err on the larger size if you are unsure. If you are short you might need to take a hem up, perhaps by several inches, so make sure you have time to do all this.
You should also consider ordering the recommended accessories for your outfit. The wig, face paint, gloves, corset, chemise, headpiece all go to complete the “look”.