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What does a good, non-overwhelming dress up collection for a little boy look like? I keep seeing these disgusting Halloween-style costumes that fall apart and take on a smell of their own after a few wearings...of course my son loves them! Is there a nice, simple middle ground we can settle on?
 

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You could make your own! OR check etsy. Playsilks are good for dress-up as well.<br><br>
I personally would sew up a gown-type thing that could become anything. OR a shirt and pants set, easy to put on over clothes (think loose) and become anything. If he wants it to be a cowboy outfit, it can be a cowboy outfit. If he wants to be a Native American, he can. If he'd like to be a noble knight- yep, he can be that too!
 

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My ds wore a women's Navy dress blues coat that I got from the Army/Navy store for years. It was a tux coat, a swahbuckler out fit, civil war, etc. (like I said years....), we've always had handsewn capes in the house and a plaid shirt from the thrift store is good too.
 

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Army surplus- we found and old helmet and camo shirt that was worn for years. ( ds grew up to be a complete peacenik, don't worry!) Also, capes and tails were very popular, cowboy boots and shirts, satin tuxedo shirt and he was the " Gay Blade" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Warm up suits, sweat shirt&pants were the base garments for many dress up costumes.
 

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Playsilks, big pieces of fabric and cloth, capes are great. Having done fashion design, my son, who is 4, loves everything fashion. and cross dressing. b/c he loves everything i do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> also, we live in south fla. so we use lots of big plants from outside- palm fronds, saw grass.<br>
palumba and nova natural have great boys' dress up things, all of which you could probably make yourself, too. Crowns, pirate gear, knight's armour...
 

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We have odds and ends from thrift stores and etsy. A robin hood cape (green) some pirate scrves for your head. Lots of random belts and sashes and scarves. Old men's shirts we've cut into pirte vests. Chef's hat, knights soft head cover, a lovely dragon cape I got on etsy, nice soft crowns, loads of shell and bead necklaces. A white "doctor's shirt. And odd hats we've collected. A pilot's hat from a friend, a navy hats from other friend. etc etc .<br><br>
It all gets used A LOT!!<br>
I hope this helps!
 

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I've gotten some mileage from used stuff. DS#2 has a child-sized fireman's coat and a knight costume that we picked up at a school yard sale. He has a very sturdy pair of purple fairy wings that we got at another school yard sale. He has a great cowboy hat that we got at a yard sale. Both were $$$ when they were new, but I got them for $1 each. I cut some (on sale!) fleece fabric to make a couple of capes. We cut some old clothes into a pirate costume. He has an XS white doctor coat that we got at the Salvation Army.
 

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We have a nice stash of playsillks and also a smaller women's size navy blazer like a PP mentioned. The playsilks are probably the most-used but the blazer gets a lot of mileage too. DS has a few different hats: a crown, a fedora, a Robin Hood hat, and for a while there was an old clown wig somewhere in the mix. Making dress-up clothes is really easy but I agree with the PPs that getting secondhand items can be the most cost-effective way to go. They can do so many things with just a few items.
 

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def lots of colored playsilks, hats are good! fireman hats, pirate hats, doctor caps... etc etc etc all you need is hads and play silks. after that hit up thrift stores to look for good play peices... then too if it turns out they dont last long then it's no big deal.
 

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i too suggest play silks and the like<br><br>
i also have made stuff, including sewing a dr outfit (well, for my daughter, but its plain blue so can work for both) as well as crocheted a chain mail hood as a knight set
 

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I would love to see pics of the knight set! That sounds so cool! =]
 

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i dont have pics of him in his full set up (for a "knights top" i used 2 playsilks squares tied at his shoulders and then hip), but here's a pic of this chainmail hood<br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3023333555/" target="_blank">A wearing chainmail hood</a><br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3023331871/" target="_blank">Chainmail hood</a>
 

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My son also has a small adult trench coat he uses a lot for playing that he is a detective.
 

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My son has, or has had:<br>
fireman's hat<br>
cowboy hat & boots (you could make a stick pony, too!)<br>
Lots of capes and play silks<br>
a tunic<br>
sword and shield<br>
Gnome Hat, Beard and vest (we made the vest together)<br><br>
I agree any plain adult thing would work, too. You could take an old man's shirt and start cutting and sewing things onto it.
 
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