Friday, 17 April 2015

Vyvyan Basterd Young Ones Punk Costume

Vyvyan Basterd Young Ones Costume
Vyvyan Basterd Costume

Out of all the 80s costumes available, there's nothing that provides quite as much fun as a punk costume. Punk fashion was created as an anti-establishment and anti-materialistic statement, and this gives you the freedom to go crazy with your look. You can rip your clothes, add safety pins, belts and chains and generally go wild!

There were too many different punk styles to feature here in one blog post, but we can have fun recreating a very memorable one, at least.

If you're feeling too lazy to create a fancy dress costume from scratch, you can opt for a ready-made one instead. The one featured here is representing my favourite character from The Young Ones comedy series,Vyvyan Basterd who was, of course, played brilliantly by Ade Edmondson. The outfit includes a denim-look waistcoat, T-shirt, wig with orange hair and bracelets for your wrists. Unfortunately, it doesn't include the trousers, but you can always add a pair of old denim jeans and add a few extra rips to them. 

At around £35 the costume isn't exactly cheap, and it is missing the chain and padlock that Vyvyan wore around his neck, so I did wonder whether you could save a bit of cash by creating a similar look using separate items. Despite extensive searching on Google and Amazon, the cheapest denim waistcoat I could locate was this was at Eastbeauty Store on Amazon;

Denim Waistcoat for Men
Izacu Slim Fit Denim Waistcoat
Initially, I thought I'd found a real bargain as the price is just £12.99. However, the £10.12 shipping quickly wiped the smile from my face. Nevertheless, at £23.11 it's still the best value item I could find, and it's ideal for creating a punk costume with.

By adding some punk-themed button badges to the waistcoat you can easily create a punk style, and there are oodles of them at Amazon.

Punk Button Badges
Six Punk Button Badges £2.99

This six pack is the great value at £2.99 including delivery.

Okay, so far we've spent £26.10, but we still need a wig, T-shirt, chain and padlock and bracelets. Of course, you could get away with wearing a plain T-shirt (preferably black) underneath your waistcoat.

Anarchy Symbol Punk T-shirt for Men
Anarchy Symbol T-shirt £5.99
This tee by Bullshirt features the iconic anarcho-punk symbol which became prevalent in the late 1970s. At just £5.99 including delivery it's certainly the best value punk shirt I could find.

Sex Pistols Punk T-shirt
Official Sex Pistols Tee £6.48

Chain and Padlock for punk fancy dress
Blackspur Chain and Padlock £3.99
chain and padlock
Black Leather Gothic Punk Spike Bracelets
Black Leathger Gothic Punk Spike Bracelet
With a padlock and chain costing around £3.99 and two bracelets costing £12.66, the ready made costume is certainly looking more like a bargain now. We're already well over budget and we still need a wig. Unfortunately, there is no Vyvyan Basterd wig available to buy separately, and a search for "orange punk wig" failed to bring up anything that resembles his hair style.

Orange, Spiky Punk Wig
Orange, Spiky Punk Wig £9.99
This is the closest style I could find. I know, it's far from perfect, but you could gel-up the centre (or use water and hairspray) to give it more lift.

Alternatively, you can free yourself from the limitations of trying to look like Vyvyan Basterd and have more fun creating a completely different punk costume using the different accessories.

Punk Rocker Mohawk Wig
Punk Rocker Mohawk Wig £6.99
Multi-coloured Punk Wig
Multi-coloured Mohican Wig £4.75

You van view many more punk costume ideas at my website

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