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Medieval Warrior Costume Ideas For Women & Men

Looking to release some aggression at this years Halloween Party? Then you should consider wearing a Dark warrior cosutme. It's the perfect cosutme for any gender. Here's how to put it all together:

Women's Medieval Warrior

Since Katniss, Daenerys Targaryen, and female superheroes are all the rage now, here are some ideas for a female warrior costume that will be both fun and fearsome. While putting it together, remember that there's no exact way this costume has to look, so whatever items you can find will work perfectly!

The essence of a female warrior is being resourceful, so look around and see what kinds of items you can gather that will fit the look. Anything that will give your costume a layered, medieval/Renaissance look will work. You'll need to take a trip to the craft store for a couple of items, as well as pick up a few weapons from the toy store, but beyond that, look in your closet for inspiration.

The key is going to be layering useful items over one another. The foundation of your costume will be basic long pants (or leggings) and boots. You can play with the top of the costume a bit, depending on what you have laying around. You can use an oversized, baggy, long-sleeved dress shirt or a shirt/skirt combo; anything that will flow down to thigh or knee length will look great.

Craft foam is going to be your friend for this costume. You'll need it for your warrior belt, as well as for your gauntlets/wrist guards. Craft foam in black or brown will mimic the look of medieval leather. To decorate your belt and gauntlets, you'll need some metallic gold paint. You'll also want to pick up a package of brads (you know; those little things you use to hold bunches of paper together). You'll find them where office supplies are sold.

Cut off a strip of the craft foam to use as a measuring tape for your waist and your wrists. Once you measure your waist, you can go crazy with the belt design either making a basic belt or one with a large emblem on the front (as pictured). It's all up to your level of artistry/creativity. Use the brads to fasten the belt on the side or, if you have someone to help you in the back.

For the gauntlets, measure your arm at your wrist and at the thickest part of your forearm. These are the measurements you'll need to know how wide each gauntlet should be at its most narrow and widest points. Like your belt, you can decorate your gauntlets as little or as much as you like.

If you have a hoodie in an appropriate color, drape it over your head and let it fall down, cape-style, over your back. Arm yourself with a bow, dagger, sword, or other weapon of your choice and you're ready to do battle!

Are you a melee fighter who likes to hack and slash at goblins and orcs up close? You should probably find yourself a longsword. Plastic swords in particular are very easy to find at your local Halloween store, but you can also get some unsharpened metal swords to make your warrior costume more convincing.

These are all the basic things that you will need for a dark warrior costume. Of course, feel free to embellish all you want; part of having fun during Halloween is to put your own unique twist on things. Perhaps you could try to emulate the look of one of your favorite movie warriors, or warriors of a specific culture. The nice thing about such a costume is that it's unique and fun.

Men's Medieval Warrior

Many popular TV shows showcase the epic warrior class, and if you're looking for a simple and easy costume that is sure to be a hit, then maybe you should give the classic warrior look a try. If you're not quite sure how to pull the costume together, don't worry, it simple - most warrior costumes are made up of just a few basic elements:

A warrior is vulnerable without his armor, so first you're going to have to find a set to put on. This armor can be as cheap as a plastic chest plate, or as classic as real leather. If you're willing to spend a lot, you could also splurge on some chainmail for a truly authentic look.

Since you're trying to look dark and menacing, wear as much armor as you can, it has a de-humanizing effect that is unnerving, especially when combined with the right headgear. Also, if you're covered from head to toe, you can just wear your regular clothes underneath and not have to worry so much about changing if you need to take the costume off.

As for shoes, a pair of nice leather boots should suffice. Try not to pick ones that are too modern-looking, and in fact they will look better if they're a little torn up. Since you're a dark warrior, find boots that are bigger than your usual shoes if you can, something that will make you seem taller and your footprints seem bigger.

Headgear is sort of optional, but part of keeping yourself protected from the arrows being flung all around you is having a helmet. Depending on what kind of warrior you are, your helmet should be different and should reflect your class and culture.

For example, if you're a Greek soldier, you'll want a traditional Greek helmet. If you're going for a dark, evil look, though, it's probably best to get a helmet and mask that cover your whole face if you can manage it-unless it makes you too sweaty.

Finally, what is a warrior without his weapons, right? This is where you get to decide what kind of fighting strategy you're going to take. Are you the kind of guy who likes to target enemies from afar and deliver a deadly blow quickly? Maybe you should try a bow and arrow.

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