From streakers to streaky bacon, the mystical to the downright terrifying (we’re looking at you Trump clones), Hong Kong Sevens fans never fail to reach new heights of awesomeness in the costume department. To give you some inspiration for this year’s epic event, we suss out the best places to find the coolest, creepiest, and downright confusing get-ups to grace the South Stand this April 6 to 8.
If you have cash to spend, then splurge on Matteo Party’s huge stock of 2,000 plus costumes, with sizes ranging from infant through to adult XL. Prices range from $100 to $1,000, and there are plenty of accessories to complete your Sevens look such as face paints, wigs, and funky hats. It’s definitely not the cheapest option in town, but as the largest party supplier in Asia you can pretty much guarantee you’ll find all the materials you need to create an epic Sevens outfit.
Matteo Party, 20/F, Shun Hei Causeway Bay Tower, 492 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2342 8887
If large crowds don’t freak you out (well, you are heading to the Sevens after all) then Pottinger Street is packed with stores selling all sorts of weird and wonderful costumes to hire and buy, along with more accessories that you can imagine. Here, revelers on the skint side can find wigs for around $70 to $150, feather boas for $15 to $20, and masks from as little as $12 up to $35. There is a huge range of plastic animal masks too for a bargain $50 – we just know those giant horse heads are going to make an appearance again this year! A great place to head if you left in until the last minute to sort your costume too!
Pottinger Street, Central
Head to pretty much any one of Hong Kong’s bustling markets and you’re most likely stumble upon a few stalls selling colourful wigs, fabulous accessories, and ready-to-buy costumes. Ladies’ Market and Temple Street Night Market are your best bet for finding a fun costume at a bargain price. Wonder Woman, Super Girl, and Batman can often be seen hanging from the stalls along these markets, and more experienced hagglers have been known to get as much as 50 percent off the original sale price, so it’s always worth a shot!
Ladies’ Market, Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, (near Mong Kok MTR Station, Exit E2)
Temple Street Night Market, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, (Yau Ma Tei MTR Station, Exit C, or Jordan MTR Station, Exit A)
For an absolute steel of a price, hop online at Taobao.com and snap up an amazing and original costume to dazzle the crowd. This Chinese eBay style website is jam-packed with weird and wacky get-ups at super cheap prices that can usually be delivered to you within a week or less. From pirates and fairies, to action heroes and cosplay — not to mention a pretty spectacular Mermaid Dress and hilarious Sumo Wrestler Suit — you really are spoilt for choice here and it’s amazing what you can pick up for under $100. There’s just one catch — Taobao is all in Chinese, so if you don’t speak the lingo, you might need to ask your local friends to help out! And they aren’t too generous on the sizing either, so it’s probably better to order big.
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