If you are very tall, an off the rack Halloween costume like what they sell at Party City is not going to work. However, with a little creativity, you can still put something great together that is affordable.
1. Tall people always stand out in a crowd so play that up by picking a larger than life character to impersonate: think super heroes, classic movie villains, and extremely famous people
2. Theatrical makeup, wigs, and other props (like a whip) will fit you from regular stores. As a starting point, decide how you will use these elements and then plan the rest of your outfit around that.
3. Even if you are seven feet tall, you can buy a custom body suit or leotard from one of many Chinese manufacturers for under $50. These are useful for creating superhero costumes, as a skin color base (like blue for a Smurf), or being modest when you wear a flesh colored version under more revealing costumes. Just be aware that shipping takes a long time so order at least a month in advance.
4. Close enough is good enough. Ultra tall clothes are expensive, so work around hard to fit clothes that you already own like pants, floor length dresses, and long sleeve tops even if they are not exactly right. For instance, when I was Marge Simpson instead of buying a floor length green dress exactly like hers, I used a green midi dress that I already owned and after adding makeup and accessories no one noticed that it wasn’t exactly right.
5. Stay in character. Good acting and confidence will sell an otherwise mediocre costume. If you are a robot, walk stiffly. If you are a villain, glare menacingly once in a while. People will remember that much more than the fact that your superhero leotard was not the right color.
I hope that helps. If you have any other tall costume hacks, please add them in the comments.
A reader from NY who will need to fly next month asked us to pull together some information about flying when tall. We reached out to several airlines and tall people that we know to get some expert tips to make this experience a bit more comfortable.
- Before you buy your ticket, you can use SeatGuru to figure out which airlines and seats have the most legroom to your destination. Try to book the best option that you can afford. In general, budget airlines are going to have the least legroom and on all flights the exit row or bulkhead seats will have a little extra legroom compared to other seats on the same plane. When you can’t get those seats, a seat just behind an exit row is an option because the seats in front of you will not recline.
- When forced to get a seat that will have limited legroom, whenever possible choose an aisle seat. Statistically the aisle and window seats fill first so if the plane is not full, you will be able to angle your legs towards an empty middle seat. In the event that the plane is full, you can angle out into the aisle which will make you more visible to cabin crew who may take pity and switch you into another seat as as happened to me. In addition, on long flights you will want to get up and walk and this will make it easier to get up from your seat.
- When you get on the plane and before it has taken off, politely introduce yourself to the person in front of you and appologize in advance that your knees will prevent him from being able to recline his seat. As a peace offering, a tall friend of mine also offers to buy the passenger in font of him a drink for the inconvenience. It’s kind of a white lie. The other passenger could probably recline anyway and crush your legs, but most reasonable people will understand and appreciate that you gave them a heads up in a nice way.
- Empty the seat back and don’t store items under your seat. You will want every inch of potential leg room. Also, scoot your butt as far back in your seat as you can and sit up on your sit bones to get the maximum horizontal leg room possible
Have any other tips for tall flyers? Let us know in the comments!
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