If you decided to dress up as a lifeguard this Halloween, it can be because you are a certified lifeguard, training to become one, someone who respects lifeguards, or someone who lives in a hot climate zone. There are endless reasons why you might wish to dress up as a lifeguard for Halloween, but one you have set up your mind there are a few things you might you consider. Because as soon as you start looking at costume choices and accessories, you will be lost. So to help ensure a smooth shopping process, we will take you through the things you should consider before dressing up as a lifeguard for Halloween.
The first thing you need to decide is what kind of lifeguard you wish to dress up like, as there are a few choices. You can either dress up like a modern lifeguard, or go for an old-time lifeguard swimwear suit. If you are looking to portray a lifeguard from a certain era, you might need to rethink your choices. However, as most people feel like dressing up as modern lifeguards, they have an easier chance as getting all their bases covered.
However, if you have your mind set on turning back the clock, there are a number of things you can try with a modern swimsuit, to make it look more vintage. One of the easiest option is to carry the old is gold look, by ensuring your overall look is in sync. From your hair to your accessories, everything has to be from the right era.
Which is why portraying a modern lifeguard is deemed as a much easier job, as you have so many options in the market. Regardless, here are a few tips and props you will need to help portray your look as a lifeguard perfectly.
- Tan - lifeguards are mostly tan, as they sit on the beach day after day. So if you are not naturally tan, you can either get a tan airbrushed at the salon, or you could use a tanning lotion. The choice is yours, keeping in mind what look you are after.
- Hat - lifeguards wear hats to protect themselves from sunstroke, you can wear a panels cap, also known as a p-cap. Or if you are a woman, you can even wear a hat with a wide brim.
- Sarong - a sarong is a loose fabric that is tied around your belly. This is mostly used by female lifeguards to help protect their bare legs from the sun. The best part it, you can take it off and put it on as you please.
- Hand Towel - if you are a guy you can either tuck in into your trunks, or throw it over your shoulder.
- Sunglasses - it might look silly to wear sunglasses at night, but you can wear them on your head, or place tuck them in your t-shirt or trunks. If you feel like wearing them for a short or long period, we suggest you pick sunglasses with light lenses.
- Whistle - a whistle is an essential part of your costume, as it will tie the entire thing together.
- Footwear - flip-flops are the most ideal choice, or you can even go for easily removable sandals.
Apart from the essentials there are a number of accessories you can add to your outfit, such as a float, lifeguard fanny pack, binoculars, etc.