SHE-RA (PRINCESS OF POWER) COSTUMES
by Sara Lewis
If you're scratching your head trying to think of an 80s fashion/costume idea for a party or event, then have you thought about becoming She-Ra (Princess of Power) from the 1980s cartoons?
The twin sister of Prince Adam (He-Man) made her on-screen appearance in the cartoon movie The Secret of The Sword, before featuring as the protagonist in the cartoon series She-Ra: Princess of Power which first aired in 1985.
If you were a fan of the series, then you will remember that she had phenomenal strength, with the ability to lift giant rocks, mountains and, of course, fully grown men! You would be wise not to attempt lifting any of those while on your night out, although, after a few rum and coke's who knows what could happen!
Let me now discuss the actual fancy dress costume. There are dozens of She-Ra costumes available at Amazon from leading costume suppliers.
Whether you want the best quality or the lowest price is entirely your choice, of course. But there are costumes and costume shirts available to suit all budgets at the above stores. ebay is a particularly place to find a decent price, with dozens of costume suppliers competing for your order.
The costume featured above (by Smiffy's) is the most popular style and is very reasonably priced depending on the size you choose. This particular costume includes the dress with a cape, headpiece, arm cuffs and boot covers. Oh yes, it's also officially licensed.
You can, of course, buy this outfit directly from Smiffy's if you live in the UK where there is a choice of the standard or deluxe costume. Although both options look very similar, the deluxe version features a latex chest and has a more refined look - the choice is entirely yours.
I actually found the prices on the Smiffy's store at Amazon to be cheaper than going directly to the Smiffy's site itself, which is a bit naughty. Why would you not offer the best prices on your own website? However, this may not always be the case and you may want to check both stores.
A low cost alternative to a fully-blown costume is this T-shirt by Sons of Gotham. Just slip it on and you're done! You could also add a wig for a more complete look, although it will put quite a dent in your budget.
For some reason, the only size available in the U.S. is XL. However, there are actually many other T-shirts available which you should take a look at;
She-Ra Shirt with Cape (US only)
Another low-cost idea is this printed shirt with cape by Mighty Fine. It's described as a Juniors fit and is available in sizes up to XXX-Large. Sadly, I could not find this item at either the UK Amazon or ebay,
She-Ra also used her Sword of Protection as a weapon and you may want to add this to make your costume more complete. You can also use it on anyone who annoys you on your night out!
If you have an eye for a bargain, then you would be wise to also check eBay. There are many top suppliers selling the official costume on the site, and prices are very competitive.
Another supplier well worth checking (UK only) is Fancydress.com They've been trading for 175 years and have an excellent reputation. I found the official She-Ra outfit available for a very reasonable £23.99 in ALL of the sizes. There is also a luxury costume available for an eye-watering £248.99!! These prices are subject to change, of course.
Well, I hope I've armed you with enough information to make the right choice for your costume. If you're from the UK then please also check the 80s Fancy Dress pages at our website SimplyEighties.com where you'll find lots of ideas.
If you're from the U.S. then you'll be pleased to know that we have a new, separate 80s costumes US section just for you at the website. You may also like the website 80sfashion.clothing, which also features some great ideas, more particularly the Masters Of The Universe section.
Have fun - Sara.