Every year NDNU’s programming board puts on a casino and dance night, known as VIVA! Students show up to have fun and win awesome prizes, the top being a free trip to Vegas. Each year there is a theme and students usually dress up. In my four years of being here at NDNU, there has been a variety of themes: safari, Cirque du Soleil, Alice in Wonderland, and this year’s Pirates of the Caribbean. The themes make the event fun and I enjoy seeing how people dress up.
This year for the pirates theme I heard a lot of mumbling and groaning from students who thought it would be hard to dress for and everyone would look the same. And I think that’s just lame, this is a time to get creative and think out of the box. Of course you can always go the traditional route and just buy a regular old pirate wench costume from House of Humor or you can think about how to spin an outfit from your own closet so it works for the theme. I thought a lot about nautical themes and stripes (fyi: stripes are super trendy right now, they are everywhere). Even though its not super “piratey” you can dress in a sailor or nautical themed outfit. Or you could create your own pirate wench outfit with fishnets, a tutu skirt, peasant top and corset vest, and of course boots, perhaps a more modern and modified version but still fun and costumey.
For these kind of costume events the GoodWill is always a good place to look for random costume pieces as well because it is easy to afford and you never know what you are going to find, one woman’s trash is another woman’s costume. I’ve said it time and time before but Forever21 is the perfect store to find clothes and costume stuff at because it is also affordable and has a ton of nautical and striped items at the moment.
The following are links for some items that could be used for costume ideas for VIVA this year:
Peasant Top from Forever21 $24.80
Black Strap Corset from Hot Topic $19.99
Nylon Tricot Legging from American Apparel $34.00
Material Girl Striped Pleated Tank from Macy’s $24.00
All of these items are great because they can be functional in your daily wardrobe instead of being limited to the costume party realm. So dig through your closets and look around at the mall or GoodWill there are plenty of things to be found to make your costume unique. Hope to see everyone at VIVA!!
P.S. Viva is taking place on campus in the gym from 10 pm to 1 am on Saturday April 2nd it’s five dollars buy in for chips if you want to gamble otherwise entry is free! Be there or be square!