October 30, 2018

Becoming Post Malone

For the last year, my favorite musician has been Post Malone. His sound is incredibly smooth and addictive, while his fashion style is experimental, refreshing, and fearless;  I can't wait to see what he wears at each performance and red carpet appearance. I'm constantly inspired when I see his looks. I knew I wanted to recreate one of his 2018 looks for Halloween, and this iconic one stood out to me.  He wore this colorful, custom-designed, smiley suit (created by his designer Catherine Hahn in collaboration with artist Isa Beniston) while performing at the VMA's. Like many of his looks, I instantly fell in love. 

Image by Andrew H. Walker/REX/Shutterstock 


DIY Post Malone Costume

Step 1: Gather look - white pants, white dress shirt, western bedazzled-buckle belt, and white boots. The shirt and pants will be crafted on, so I suggest thrifting the pieces or using ones you don't need anymore. I was gifted a printout head of Post Malone from Build-A-Head.

Step 2: Get supplies - scissors, 4 EZ Steam packets, 1.5 yards of pink material, 1 yard of yellow material, 1 yard of blue material, black fabric markers, an ironing board, and an iron. I chose everything at a local Joann's. (The pricing was a bit steep, so look online for coupons.) You also need 1 small circular item (paper cup), 1 medium (coffee can), 1 large (hot plate), and 1 xl (mircowave cover). These you can find around the house. Post's suit was airbrushed, but the iron-on circles were easier for me because I know how to cut things and iron :)


Step 3: Steam or iron pants, shirt, and fabrics. Tip - hang items to keep them from creasing for easier application and best results.

Step 4: Trace circles using circular objects and fabric markers. Tip - use a paper towel for your drawing arm to avoid smudging. (To avoid smudging--learn from my mistakes haha-- I recommend going from top to bottom and left to right.) I freehanded the eyes and smiles. I also freehanded “POSTY” and “PM”. They don't have to be perfect. Having a handmade appearance is the desired look. Draw one small blue smiley with a wink and one medium pink with a wink. Let smiley faces and letters dry 24-hours and then cut them out. 


Step 5: Trace smiley faces and letter shapes onto EZ steam and cut them out. Unpeal one side and add sticky backing to fabric. Place shapes around shirt and pants to decide spacing and placement. 


Step 6: One at a time, peal second side of the EZ steam and place where you want the smiley face to be. Then using a damp cloth on top, iron the smiley face onto the shirt or pants for 15 seconds. The 1 xl smiley is center back of shirt with the small “PM” to its top left. The “POSTY” lettering is down the side of the left pant leg. I watched the music video a dozen times to get the placement of things as accurate as possible. 

Final step: Try on the outfit and make sure the fabric smiley faces stay on. If anything is loose, I recommend a dab of super glue to seal the deal. 

Final Look






I truly enjoyed being creative and making this costume by hand. Big thank you to Build-A-Head for making my Posty vision come to life! I hope you enjoy this post and it inspires you to make your own costume. Did you dress up for Halloween this year? What is your favorite costume you've ever worn? Let me know in the comments below! Xoxo, Shelly

P.S. Like the majority of secular music, Posty has explicit songs. I ONLY purchase/download the clean versions of his albums. I highly recommend this to anyone curious about his music. It's good to be protective of what you're constantly feeding your brain.

Outfit Details

Head courtesy of Build-A-Head
Boots courtesy of Fergie Footwear
Belt from my cowgirl days

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