Adam Ant Halloween Costume Ideas

by sockii

Adam Ant: One of the most recognizable characters of the 80s punk/new wave music scene. Learn how to create an awesome Adam Ant costume for Halloween!

80s New Wave rockstar Adam Ant has been back in the news in recent times, after a highly successful 2012 - 2013 comeback tour and album release, his first in nearly eighteen years!

Whether you are a longtime fan and "Child of the 80s" or a new convert to "Antmusic", this year is a great time to pull together an Adam Ant costume. Even if you've only got a few weeks to get the details right, it's not hard at all to create a look that will be instantly recognizable.

If you can find some pirate gear, face paint and some "dandy" accessories, you can easily go as Adam Ant whether for an adult Halloween party, trick-or-treating with your kids, or for any other occasion like a convention or cosplay event. Here I'll go over some of the basic details you'll want to get right...and then you can take the look however you want to finish it properly.
Read on for your Adam Ant costume inspiration, tips, and shopping links to where you can buy everything you need on-line.

Adam Ant in concert, October 3 2012 at the NorVA in Norfolk, Virginia. Photo by the author, sockii. This article was last updated in October 2018.

Adam Ant Videos on YouTube

Refresh your memory of the Adam Ant look

Need a refresher before you start building your costume? Then check out the music videos I've included throughout this page. Old and new, you'll get to see Adam Ant in action and in full regalia. These videos will surely give you plenty of ideas and inspiration for your costume.

Adam Ant Ready-Made Costumes on Amazon

Get (almost) all you need in one simple kit!

This costume sets above contain different elements you could use to create an Adam Ant look. Read the descriptions to see what is included and what you might need to purchase separately (such as wig, boots, shirts, etc.)

Building an Adam Ant costume from scratch

Accessories and components you'll need

Military/Pirate Style Brocade Jacket

A must for any Adam Ant costume

A proper military-style brocade jacket is a definite requirement for any good Adam Ant costume. It doesn't have to be an exact replica of the famous jacket worn on such album covers as "Kings of the Wild Frontier" and "Prince Charming", and you should be able to find something close enough by shopping through various steampunk-style jackets currently available for sale online (some may even be directly inspired by Adam Ant's clothing in the past, or just are similar enough that they'd easily work for pulling off the look.)

Here are a few available on Amazon currently, for various prices according to your costuming budget!

Gold and Black "Michael Jackson" Jacket

Inspired by Adam Ant...and great for an Adam Ant costume

According to Adam Ant himself, Michael Jackson consulted with Adam on fashion and his gold-and-black military style jacket, seen in many videos, was directly inspired by Adam's. So, if you're in a pinch looking for a suitable costume jacket, this Michael Jackson one would work just fine.

The jacket pictured here is available in sizes small to extra-large. It's an inexpensive way to get that fancy-brocade look for your costume if you don't want to spend on a more expensive pirate or military-style jacket.

Have the rest of your outfit, but your own hair just won't pull off the look? Then you can go for this wig, which comes with one red ribbon hair accessory.

Pirate Shirts for an Adam Ant Costume

An essential Adam Ant costume accessory

What Adam Ant costume would be complete without a pirate shirt? Frilly, lacy, or just flowing and need one of these to wear beneath your fancy jacket.

White, red or black...any color will do just fine. Amazon is a great place to find such costuming pieces; here are a few examples to choose from while you shop around for your size and preference.

Pirate Hats for an Adam Ant Costume

Another Adam Ant costume necessity

Play up the "Dandy Highwayman" look with a suitable and flashy pirate hat. Don't forget to add feathers for full effect!

Adam Ant Costume Accessories

Items to help complete the look

What follow are some additional items that will help "dress up" your costume, from face paint to feathers, pirate rings and ribbons.

18ml Face Paint White

White face paint can be used for a wide variety of different costumes. Easy to apply just douse your sponge or brush with a small amount of water and paint onto the desired area.

Only $7.99

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White face paint is a necessity if you want to recreate a classic Adam Ant make-up look. Just apply a thick stripe across your nose and cheeks.

Snazaroo Face Paint Ultimate Party Pack

SNAZAROO offers the World's Safest and Easiest to use Face Paints! The products are water-based, dry to the touch in one minute and wash off easily with mild soap and water.

$22.99  $18.05

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Go for other make-up affects (such as the red "war paint" look) that Adam Ant used with this multi-color face painting kit.

Video Tutorials on YouTube

Need some help putting your make-up look together? Never fear, YouTube make-up artists are here! The videos below will hep you with your make-up to pull off a proper Adam Ant style and look this Halloween...or any other time you want to go for a "fancy" appearance.

Adam regularly wore and tied colored ribbons into his hair. Get a selection of colors and use at least a few to frame your face/accent your bangs.

Charles Leonard Feathers - Turkey - Bright Colors 14 Grams/Bag , 63035

Natural turkey feathers featuring non-toxic colors bring life to masks, collages and all your arts and crafts projects. Exciting color assortments available in 14 gram (1/2 oz.)...

Only $12.58

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Add some feathers to your hair, to an earring, your jacket shoulder or to your belt.

Solid Series Square Silk Scarf - Red

Extend the versatility of a woman's wardrobe with an unexpected twist. Imaginative styling with an elegant feel - scarves create a fresh, fashionable look for any occasion - cas...

Only $29.0

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You should have at least one scarf to tie around your arm, hang from your waist, or use as a belt to complete your Adam Ant look.

More Adam Ant Costume Accessories

Build your "dandy" costume with these neat accessory items
Buffalo Bone Hairpipe Four Line Native American Inspired Choker Necklace

Buffalo Bone Hairpipe Four Line Native American Inspired Choker Necklace Made by master craftsmen Bone beads have been carefully carved and strung together with smaller, metalli...

Only $19.99

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Adam Ant wore a similar choker necklace in several videos. It adds a nice Native American accent to the pirate/punk costume overall.

These ankle-banded pants come in sizes ranging from medium to 3x-large and different colors, too! Great for any pirate or Adam Ant costume look.

You don't need to buy a brand new pair of boots for your costume - just get these boot covers to wear on top of any pair of shoes! One size fits "almost all".

Adam tends to wear a lot of rings - including skull rings! If you don't have a lot of rings on hand, just stock up on some cheap costume pirate jewelry such as the kit shown here.

Related Adam Ant Links

Do more research to get your look just right

Did this page give you some costume ideas?

I hope so! Check out this great Adam Ant costume for more inspiration.
Adam Ant costume seen at Dragon*Con
Adam Ant costume seen at Dragon*Con

Adam Ant in Concert: My Reviews

Does Adam Ant still "have it" today? If you're curious, then check out my reviews of his more recent tours of the U.S.:

Adam Ant at the Keswick Theatre August 15, 2013: Concert Review
Adam Ant Concert Review: The NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia on October 3, 2012

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Updated: 10/28/2018, sockii
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