When it comes to DIY Halloween costumes on the cheap, there’s at least one prop that you’re probably overlooking. The sports bra can come in pretty handy for pulling together some fun, easy, no-nonsense costume ideas.
We’re not talking about the sex kitten trend that has completely overtaken women’s costume creativity the past decade or so. In fact, none of these costume ideas require a lot of sexing up, unless you want them to. But if the plan is to emulate a few famous ladies, celebrate in a sporty fashion, or show even a little skin, the pile of sports bras you already own will save you a trip to the costume store.
12 Sports Bra Halloween Costume Ideas
Wonder Woman: The red and gold brassiere is a focal point of Wonder Woman’s ensemble, and one you can pull off with a high-shine red sports bra. Use paint or stickers to add the gold embellishments, or just rock out the red. No one’s going to question this super lady’s decision!
Mud / Color Runner: Have some fun with your runner persona, either as a down and dirty mud runner or a bright and cheerful color runner. Either way, your sports bra will be an essential part of the costume.
Mermaid: Can’t figure out how to make the seashell bra work? Glue a couple of large shells from the craft store to a purple, blue, or pink sports bra you don’t really need any more.
Hula Dancer: Similar to the mermaid conundrum, but now you’ve got to figure out how the girls can safely hold up a set of coconuts all night long. Sports bra and hot glue to the rescue!
Boxer: Be your own champion or model Lalia Ali, but either way you’ll need a strong sports bra to pull off this heavy weight look.
Flash Dancer: Whether you’re a welder turned erotic dancer or just chasing that 80’s fitness dream, the slouchy shirt and heels will really come together with a sports bra underneath it all.
Clueless: Cher’s tennis lesson look is classic and won’t require any buggin’ to get ready for. All you need is a pair of short black gym shorts, a white T-shirt with a black sports bra over it, and a loose ponytail. AS IF you’d spend any more time than that!
Gym Rat: You know who you are, you eat, breathe, and sweat the gym. Your scary addiction to the fitness center shows when you deck out with every accessory, like a sports bra, tracker watch, ponytail AND a headband, sweatbands, water bottle, protein bar, latest neon gym pants, the works!
Cheerleader: A team-colored sports bra can help you pull off this look, especially if you’re supporting a team like the Dallas Cowboys whose outfits predominantly use a “bra” top.
Katy Perry: If you plan on dressing up in one of her famous costumes — like the cupcakes, film reels, or fireworks — you’re gonna need something to hold up those props! A sports bra is the perfect accessory to pull off these Top 40 hits.
Sporty Spice: Throw it back to the 90’s as the sportiest Spice Girl of them all. A brightly colored sports bra will complement those classic white tennies, scrunchy, and cropped black gym attire.
Aaliyah: If you’re flexin’ your 90’s throwback skills, this Aaliyah costume is the way to go. Write FLEXIN’ across a soon-to-retire white sports bra and pair it with Converse, baggy jeans, a varsity jacket, hoop earrings, and some headphones.
What other costumes could you make with a sports bra?