Follow this step by step guide to assembling an easy Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad outfit. Everyone’s favourite psychotic cupcake and delinquet puddin’ was last year’s most popular costume for Halloween, and folk on the internet have been cosplaying Miss Quinn since well, the internet. Whether you’re a fan of DC comics, last year’s Suicide Squad film or you feel that Harley Quinn may be your spirit animal, this is a striking outfit perfect for cosplay, parties and colourful killin’ sprees. So without further adieu here’s our complete guide to a DIY Harley Quinn outfit; just in time for Halloween.
Who is Harley Quinn?
Comic book and film super-villain Harley Quinn first appeared in the Batman animated series back in 1992, but rose to wide-spread prominence as a leading character in last year’s hit film Suicide Squad, where she was played with righteous aplomb by one Margot Robbie. Once Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, she worked at Gotham’s Arkham Asylum, where she fell in love with manic cad The Joker and became his on-and-off lover and accomplice. Crazy, quick-witted and kind-of adorable, she’s amassed a ton of fans in and out of the Batman universe. Harley Quinn’s look in Suicide Squad is actually from a DC universe revamp in 2016 and also vastly different to what the character wore in the past.
A few things to bear in mind when cosplaying Harley Quinn
At a base level, you’re looking at tiny sequined hot-pants, a studded belt, distressed “daddy’s lil’ monster” top, a studded gun holster, and stiletto style sports boots with light clown-style make-up. Think red, blue, black and white. Stylistically, you’re looking at a mix of bling and grunge. However, to really replicate the look and stand out you’ll need to do some intensive accessorising. We’ve sifted through many, many trinkets online to ensure you’re looking at the high-quality versions here. Once your outfit is put together just add fake blood, smudged make-up and a wide-eyed grin that reeks of madness.
How to DIY Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad yourself: Splurge version
Ready to unleash your inner psychopath? These are the items you’ll need:
Hot Pants (Around £6): Sequin hot-pants in blue and red, these aren’t quiet as short as Quinn’s in the movie but they’re pretty close.
Black fishnet tights (around £2): For underneath the short shorts.
Diamond buckle studded belt (around £30): Just like the one she wears in the film.
Daddy’s lil’ monster top with rips (around £20): The closest to the texture and style in the movie, although you’ll find plenty of t-shirt style knock-offs online.
Studded gun holster (around £6): There’s plenty of imitations of these on Ebay, ensure they’re studded for maximum accuracy.
Puddin’ choker (around £15) : This is the official DC version, and looks just as bling as it does in the films.
Gothic gold ring (around £1): Wear one on your fore-finger to replicate Harley.
One glove (around £10): Perfect for handling that baseball, just like she wears in the film.
Stiletto boots (around £40): Very close to the ones she dons in Suicide Squad.
Spiked gold cuffs (around £20): The most lady-like (and shiny) of accessories, these are DC branded too.
YES, SIR cuff bracelets (around £10): Not going to lie, we’re abit in love with these, you can also find them in purple and gold.
Harley Quinn Wig (around £12): One of the higher quality wigs around, this one is officially licensed by DC, or if you’d rather go natural and colour your hair temporarily take a look at this helpful tutorial for easy Harley Quinn hair.
Hefty baseball bat (around £50): This ornate baseball bat could actually be used for a baseball game if required.
Make-up and hair set (around £12): This will give you all you need for Harley make-up and hair, check out this this top-rated, super fast make-up tutorial on Youtube.
Premium temporary Harley Quinn tattoos (around £10): Get that broke-out-of-prison vibe with these scrawled imitations of Harley’s tattoos. Ensure you put the “Lucky you” above your short shorts just like she does.
Harley Quinn baseball jacket (around £35): Top the entire outfit off with this baseball jacket.
Harley Quinn Stiletto costume boots (around £75): You’ll want these sporty style stilettos to finish off the entire look.
How to DIY Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad yourself: Budget version
You can grab this kit which includes the pants, glove, belt and top (under £30), some cheap fishnets ( around £2), an Inflatable Baseball bat (around £5), you can get the Puddin’ choker, spiked golf cuffs, ‘YES, SIR’ bracelet and gun holster from Ebay (around £5 each). Scrawl them tattoos on yourself using a good black sharpie. String your hair up in high bunchies, grab some heels, paint your face and don’t forget to SMILE.
Add that extra Halloween touch
Because it’s all about those delicious Halloween sprinkles.
- Bubble gum – This brand is perfect for poppin’ bubbles.
- Some fake blood – Smear it on your face and top for a dose of that puddin’ charm.
Once you’ve got the clothes and accessories together, pulled your hair back and perfected your poses, you can get to that unique Harley Quinn villainess grin. Happy Halloween, and careful with that bat!
If you’re in love with Suicide Squad merchandise, check out our Suicide Squad merchandise and gifts guide.