How To Create A Last Minute Mardi Gras Costume

  1. FIRSTLY, PULL OUT ANYTHING IN YOUR CLOSET THAT IS BRIGHT AND HAS POTENTIAL FOR USE

Knowing what you have is the first step of matching it with things you need to find. Bonus if it’s purple, green, or yellow.

  1. SCOUR THE CITY FOR CHEAP, PRE-LOVED CLOTHING

Hit up Save Mart – it’s one of the biggest secondhand warehouse chains in New Zealand, and a guaranteed location for weird and wonderful clothing. There’s one in Papanui at 472 Cranford Street (down the chipmunks driveway), one off Colombo Street in Sydenham at 39 Battersea Street, and one in Hornby at 94 Shands Road. It has everything from funky old school outfits to a variety of tops, skirts, pants etc. Bring your creative side with you, and be prepared to spend a while hunting for treasure as this place is big.

  1. TIME TO ACCESSORISE, BABY

Masks, feathers, fascinators, and glitter are all good options to help jazz up your outfit. Lotsa goodies on the second floor of Westfield Riccarton (off Riccarton Road) has a great range of funky accessories that cater to a wide range of people and wish lists.

  1. PUT SOME COLOUR IN THAT HAIR

Hair chalk/coloured hair spray is a great way to add more colour, or accentuate the colours you have in your outfit. Hit up your local pharmacy for these, they’re reasonably priced and easy to find.

  1. DON’T WEAR HEELS

Bad for manoeuvrability and guaranteed to get lost.