19
Oct

Flappers and Zoot suits...The Roaring '20s Are Here Bay Area!

Perhaps the decade most notorious for wild party scenes is the '20s, and here at San Jose Dancewear, we have everything you need to time travel back to that fun and fashionable time. Own it. Or rent!

Dancing and Fashion in the '20s

 

Whether you're throwing a themed gangsters and flappers party, you want to spice up your Halloween costume, you need a specific style costume for a play, or you just want a cool piece of clothing to add to your wardrobe, come check out the many '20s fashion items we have!

 

'20s Flapper Dress

 

The colorful and fun fashions of the '20s are a perfect example of the spirit of the decade with wild parties, elegance, and fun! Come pick out your flapper dress and all the accessories to go with your costume, including wigs, gloves, feather boas, headbands, and even makeup so you can get the look just right.

 

 

Colorful '20s Zoot Suit

 

Women aren't the only ones allowed to sport a pop of color. The Zoot Suits of the '20s screamed with bright colors and complex patterns. Men can come and pick out the over sized suit of their choice, along with a matching large-brimmed hat, tie, suspenders, and polished shoes of course!

Get out to San Jose Dancewear today and either rent or buy your choice of many '20s costumes, see you here guys and dolls!

19
Oct

Flappers and Gangster/Zoot suits...Roaring '20s Are Here Santa Cruz!

1920s Costumes

 

1920s is considered as the decade most notorious for wild party scenes and here at Santa Cruz, we have everything you need to time travel back to that fun and fashionable time. Own it. Or rent!

Whether you're throwing a themed gangsters and flappers party, you want to spice up your Halloween costume, you need a specific style costume for a play, or you just want a cool piece of clothing to add to your wardrobe, come check out the many '20s fashion items we have!

'20s Flapper Costume

 

The colorful and fun fashions of the '20s are a perfect example of the spirit of the decade with wild parties, elegance, and fun! Come pick out your flapper dress and all the accessories to go with your costume, including wigs, gloves, feather boas, headbands, and even makeup so you can get the look just right.

'20s Zoot Suit

 

Women aren't the only ones allowed to sport a pop of color. The Zoot Suits of the '20s screamed with bright colors and complex patterns. Men can come and pick out the over sized suit of their choice, along with a matching large-brimmed hat, tie, suspenders, and polished shoes of course!

Get out to Santa Cruz Dancewear today and either rent or buy your choice of many '20s costumes, see you here guys and dolls!

14
Oct

Halloween Makeup and Halloween Costume Tips to Help You Stand out This Year

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Halloween Makeup Options

 

Here are some of the top Halloween makeup and Halloween costume tips to help you stand out this year from the trusted and knowledgeable team at San Jose Dancewear.

Makeup is one of the most important aspects of Halloween costumes...especially if you’re not wearing a mask.

The quintessential format of Halloween makeup is something that covers your whole face, and that blends accurately with your costume (if you’re a zombie and a good artist, paint your skin to look decayed or something). Makeup can help you to look completely amazing with your costume. We have a large selection of makeup to suit all of your Halloween costume needs and add those finishing touches to complete your outfit.

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Halloween Costumes and Supplies

 

We have a large range of makeups available for you to choose from. What makeup you choose is entirely dependent on you.

So, take great care in what makeup you choose, and only choose it once you have chosen your costume. It’s better to center your makeup around your costume, rather than center your costume around your makeup! Why not try some shopping now? Check out our store here!

 

12
Oct

When it comes to Halloween, Costume Shopping Comes First

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Halloween Costume Options

 

When it comes to Halloween, costume shopping comes first, have you picked out your costume yet for this year or are you waiting until the last minute? If you’re looking for an epic, scary Halloween costume, you’ll need to be an “early bird” regarding when you actually shop for one at our store.

You probably see it every year. You walk into the Walmart, or any store that sells costumes the day before or the day of Halloween, and you see the racks emptied of costumes.

Now, many people still do this, but you’d be wiser to shop at a store that specializes in Halloween costumes and other costumes that are open all year ----> like us!

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Superhero Halloween Costumes

 

We have a much larger inventory than many stores, so you’d actually have a much better shot at getting the costume you want.

Then again, if all else fails, and you can’t find the exact costume you’re looking for even a month before Halloween, you can always go with accessories, makeup or just simply buy a mask. You’ll get points for creativity!

Now, we’re not talking about just taking your children trick-or-treating, but you can also benefit from a Halloween costume through going to themed Halloween parties, gatherings, events, or even if you’re handing out candy to trick-or-treaters (Just be careful...you’ve probably seen the videos where adults come up to the home, get scared by a guy in a scarecrow costume, and they punch the unfortunate scarecrow).

Halloween is a time for everyone to play dress-up, and it be completely acceptable! Have you seen our costume selection yet? Check it out here!

 

 

10
Oct

Easy Halloween Makeup Ideas for Non-Makeup Artists (Part 1)

Just because you're not a makeup artists doesn't mean you shouldn't go all out with your costume this Halloween. You'd be surprised what you can do with a little bit of lipstick and costume face paint. Check out some easy costume ideas below!

Black Swan

Black Swan is a simple and beautiful make-up centered costume, Grab a black tutu, put your hair in a tight bun, add a tiara, and start working on those eyes. The black paint, or even eye liner, should cover from the outside if the nose to the temple in drastic, black and white, and feathery strokes.

 

Black Swan Makeup

 

A Walking Comic Book

With a bit of black and red face paint and some wash-out hair dye, you can have the best costume at any party! This comic book pop art is as simple as covering your face with red dots, drawing bold black lines along your nose, jaw, ears, hairline, and cheek bones, and coloring your hair yellow! Add simple lipstick and eye shadow to complete the look. Pair the makeup with a plain black shirt or comic book shirt for contrast or fun, respectively.

 

 

Check back with us for some more fun Halloween makeup ideas and stop by to pick up professional theatrical makeup from any of our locations in San Jose, Marin, or Santa Cruz!

8
Oct

Peace, Man! Pick Up Your Hippie Costume in Marin, CA today!

There's something so fun about the colorful and laid back lifestyle of a hippie, get a taste of the style by buying or renting your hippie costume from our location in Marin today!

 

Hippie Costume

 

You only need a few key items to complete the perfect hippie outfit, and you can get them all at Marin Dancewear, just check out our showroom to browse our costumes and accessories.

The first thing you need is the right clothing. Hippie costumes for women are typically long floral dresses or skirts with a long vest. Men wear bell-bottom pants made from denim or floral patterns with a matching floral or leather vest, paired with a plain t-shirt or long-sleeved shirt.

 

Men's Hippie Costume

 

Of course, no hippie costume would be complete without the number of iconic accessories that hippies are known for! Stop by and grab colored glasses, headbands, and wigs. Add a peace sign and a sprig of flowers and it will be like you've come right out of the 1970s!

Come rent a hippie costume for a themed party or buy a costume for more permanent fun at Marin Dancewear or try one of our locations in San Jose or Santa Cruz, we've got what you need and much more!

5
Oct

Go on a Safari this Halloween with These Animal Makeup Tutorials

If you need something to go with your cheetah print dress or zebra costume this Halloween to perfect your outfit--these animal makeup tutorials are for you. Pair our animal costumes with one of these tutorials for an impressive addition for any Halloween event.

Leopard 

If you want to turn your sexy leopard print shirt into more than just a blouse, check out the video below for an incredible facial transformation using just makeup!

 

Zebra

If you're looking for more than just a few trendy lines around the eyes to turn yourself into a zebra, check out the video below to kick it up a notch!

Tiger

There's nothing quite as fierce as a tiger and you can get the authentically scary look by following the tutorial below.

All of the tutorials above illustrate incredible additions to any animal costume and only use a few colors. Stop by SJ Dancewear to check out our incredible makeup selection with brands such as Mehran, Kryolan, and Ben Nye. Not used to buying theatrical makeup? No problem. Our helpful and experienced staff can walk you through all of our products so that you leave with exactly what you came for--the tools for a killer costume!

1
Oct

Turn Up the Heat with These Sexy Halloween Makeup Tutorials!

Sure, Halloween is the one day that it's socially acceptable to creep out your neighbors wearing a realistic zombie costume...but it's also an excuse to get dolled up and look sexy!

Sexy Makeup

You've already picked up your costume and any wigs or accessories you may need, now let's talk about transforming your best features!

Lips

Your lips are the easiest to transform and they make a big impact. Think about it. Just a coat of red lipstick can turn a black dress into a sexy outfit. One of the most popular lip tricks is shaping lips into a "Cupid's Bow." This is a simple trick that can be done with lip liner and lipstick/gloss of any color.

Eyes

These windows to your soul can turn any face into a beauty to behold. If you want to go above and beyond with your sexy makeup, use false lashes. Nowadays, fake lashes come in a variety of funky colors, sultry shapes, lengths, thicknesses, and even textures. And no sexy makeup ensemble would be complete without a quality smokey eye.

We have many brands of makeup at San Jose Dancewear and Costumes, including Mehran, Kryolan, and Ben Nye. Stop by to get the best of the best in theatrical makeup and get some tips for other sexy makeup tricks from our experienced staff.

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