Reviews for Halloween Costumes, Halloween Masks and other Halloween Information.

 
            Front Page

 
Understanding Women's Halloween costumes sizes

The first and most important thing to understand before buying a costume on the Internet or in a store is just what size you need. Even if you are buying a costume in a store, they may not offer a changing room. This article will try to demystify the process of selecting the correct size costume.

Costumes are not offered in all the sizes that traditional clothing is. Most costumes are offered in a limited amount of sizes with each costume manufacturer having different sizes ranges that they produce. A small costume from one manufacturer may be different than a small costume from another manufacturer. The important thing to remember is that women come in all different sizes and a costume that fits perfectly for one person may not fit another person at all. So how do you decide which size to buy?

If you remember one thing from this article you should remember this: Costumes tend to run smaller than everyday clothes. So be careful not to order a costume that is a dress size 2 to 8 if you are sometimes an 8 and sometimes a 9. Costumes cannot be squeezed into like blue jeans, they just rip at the seams.

Costumes listed as sizes small, medium and large can be vague and these descriptions do not give you a very good idea, which size the costume will fit. It is always best if the individual costume lists numeric dress sizes that give you a clearer idea of what size the costume in meant to fit. Small adult dress size 2 to 8 will provide better information to help you select the correct size.

How can a single costume fit an adult with a range of dress sizes from 2 to 8? A costume with a size like this is basically a dress size 8. To fit a smaller dress size the costume generally includes elastic at the waist or bust line or arms that can make a larger costume fit a smaller dress size. Also, most costumes include a back tie that allows the costume to be cinched smaller if needed. Corseted costumes may have lace up sides and/or fronts so that the costume can be adjusted uniquely to each individual. Some costumes include belts that can be adjusted as needed.

Sometimes the best way to know if you will find a costume that will be a good fit is to use your past experience. If you have purchased costumes in the past that have fit without a problem then it is probably safe to purchase a costume with confidence that it will fit as expected. If you have had difficulty getting a costume to fit in the past then you may want to visit a local store where you can actually try the costume on. If you do this, be fair to the local store and buy the costume at the store. As you can imagine, trying costumes on at a store without buying them is not very considerate.

Women's costumes come in a lot of different sizes. While there are still a few costumes out there that only come in one size, most costumes come in at least two or three different sizes. One common scheme is for a costume to come in either a "small/medium" which is a dress size 2 to 8 or a "medium/large" which is a size 8 to 14. If you are a size 7 or smaller, go with the "small/medium". For dress size 8 to 14 go with the "medium/large".

Understanding Women's Halloween costumes sizes (cont.)

Another range becoming more popular is the "extra small", "medium" and "large" sizes. In this case an "extra small" may be a 2 to 4, a "medium" is an 8 to 10 and a "large" is a dress size 12 to 14. If you are on the fence, like a size 6 you may have better luck with the medium. After all you can always pin extra fabric together but the polyester that most Halloween costumes are made from does not stretch.

One other major manufacturer offers it's women's sizes in either "adult" which is a dress size 12 to 14, or a teen which is a dress size 0 to 9. As you can see the sizes are specific to the manufacturers. If you see a size chart on a web site that offers many different manufacturers costumes be careful that the costume you are looking at really goes with that size chart.

The new rage in women's costumes are the "sexy costumes". These tend to come in a more sizes but smaller increments. For instance an "extra small" may be a dress size 0 to 2! This is another example not to look at the "extra small" size but to look at the actual dress size of 0 to 2. The "0 to 2" gives you a better idea of just how limited that size is.

The "small" may be a dress size of 2 to 4, "medium" dress size 5 to 7, "large" a dress size of 8 to 10, an "extra large" being sizes 11 to 12 and an "extra-extra large" being a size 14 to 16. In standard women's costumes a size 14 would either be a "medium/large" or just a "large".

What if you, like a major percentage of the women in the United States, are larger than the standard women's size costumes will fit? While mostly ignored by the Halloween manufacturers in years past there are more "plus size" or "fuller figure" costumes today.

Not all plus size costumes are equal. One manufacturer's "fuller figure" may fit up to a dress size of just 20. Another manufacturers "plus size" is a 22, while another manufacturers standard "plus size" is a size 24W. There are costume manufacturers that make larger costumes available up to a size 28 but these tend to be the most expensive.

The reoccurring theme is to look at the numeric dress sizes not the term "plus size" or "fuller figure".

As you can see the sizing of women's costumes is all over the map. The key points are:

1) Remember to look at the numeric dress size and not the term "medium" or "large".

2) Most costumes run smaller rather than larger. If you are on the fence go with the larger size.

3) If the costume does not at least give you a numeric dress size, email the website for this information or shop at a local store where you can try the costume on.

 

            Front Page
 
   
 

Scroll Down For Recommended Halloween Costume Websites!
 
Recommended
Websites
 
Halloween Costumes & Masks
Halloween Costumes & Masks
The largest selection of in-stock Halloween merchandise on the internet. You will find Halloween merchandise including Halloween masks, kids costumes, adult costumes, sexy costumes, plus size costumes, props, licensed items and a full set of Santa suits and Christmas items.
Halloween Costumes
Halloween Costumes
Thousands of Halloween costumes for the whole family. The Halloween Costume Shop features a great selection of licensed movie and TV costumes as well an incredible array of Halloween favorites including witches, vampires, pirates and princesses!
Sexy Halloween Costumes
Sexy Halloween Costumes
Halloween costumes with style. When you show up at the Halloween party in a Halloween costume from Halloween Fashions people will notice. Halloween Fashions has a huge selection of already matched couples costumes and at this site, Sexy costumes are Cute.
Plus Size Costumes
Plus Size Costumes
Plus Size Costumes carries plus size women's costumes from dress size 14 to 24 and plus size men's costumes from chest size 46 to 56. Costumes for the rest of us!
 
Children's Costumes
Children's Costumes
Costume Planet has a huge selection of children's costumes including popular characters from Disney to Scooby-Doo! Sizes from bunting to teenagers every child can find a costume that is just right!
Wicked Halloween Costumes
Wicked Halloween Costumes
Halloween Costumes Shipped Fast!. Wicked Costumes has the largest inventory on the internet. Huge selection of classic adult costumes, sexy adult costumes and plus size adult costumes. Costumes for children and licensed costumes from Disney, television and the movies.
Costume Fashions
Costume Fashions
Great Costume Fashions for adults and children. The adult costumes include traditional costumes, sexy costumes and plus size costumes. Children's costumes for toddlers, school age children and teen agers. Includes unique and licensed movie costumes.
Halloween Masks & Props
Halloween Masks & Props
This site has Halloween Masks from Horror movies and Sci-Fi movies as well as many masks you won't find in any movies. HalloweenMask.com also has complete costumes, make-up, wigs, hands and props.
 
Halloween Masks - eMasks
Halloween Masks - eMasks
The ultimate Halloween mask and costume site with horror and sci-fi costumes and masks from all of your favorite scary movies. This site includes make-up, accessories and a ghastly assortment of scary props!
Halloween Costume Closeouts
Halloween Costume Closeouts
Looking for Halloween bargains! Halloween Closeouts is an entire web site dedicated to nothing but closeout and clearance costumes. We bought too much inventory an now you get to save up to 80% on brand new costumes, masks and accessories.
Santa Suits for Professionals
Santa Suits for Professionals
One of the largest fully stocked Santa suit and Christmas costume sites on the web. More than a dozen different Santa suits from our ultra low cost value suits to the best professional quality suits available. Large selection of wig and beard sets as well as child size suits, Mrs. Claus suits, elves and pixies!
Santa Suits
Santa Suits
The largest Santa Suit Site on the Internet. This site has a large selection of Santa Suits in stock along with Santa Beards, Santa Bags and all the accessories any Santa needs. SantaSuit.com also carries a full selection of Mrs. Claus suits, Elf and Children's Christmas costumes.
 
Easter Bunny Mascot Costumes
Easter Bunny Mascot Costumes
Easter Bunny costumes and super affordable professional mascots suits. Mascot Planet specializes in costumes with deluxe full oversized mascot heads including Easter Bunny suits, lion mascots, snowman mascots and many more. If you are looking for a mascot for your school, business or organization, Mascot Planet has the mascot costume for you!