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 5 to 7.
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
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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, Wan Chai 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. Keep an eye out for the amazing wig shops on either side of Temple Street Market too, as they have all sorts of fantastic styles and colours on sale for a bargain buck.
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)
Wan Chai Market, 258 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Kong Kong
Another classic party shop with a huge selection of costumes for sale and rental is Fortune Costume. Although the collection on their website isn’t very large, they have much more to choose from in their actual store, as well as smaller items which you can buy. You can pick up a costume for under $300, but those with a higher price tag and quality ranking can only be hired, with prices reaching up to around $900 for 24 hours. You can call ahead to double check and see if they have what you are looking for, or pop into the store and see what’s on offer.
Fortune Costume, Room 202, 2/F, No. 23, Hillwood Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, (+852) 2367 5018
House of Siren Productions
If you really want to push the boat out this year, then House of Siren Productions has an impressive collection of high quality, ready-to-wear costumes for rental. With a hire charge of between $1,000 and $3,000 for three days, it’s certainly not the cheapest option around, but you’ll score top points for effort when you rock up to the South Stand in one of their dramatic ensembles. As well as having a huge selection of stunning and unique costumes available for hire, they also house the only couture costume and headdress collection in Hong Kong, so if you’re looking to go burlesque, cabaret, or Moulin Rouge style, this is your ticket. Costumes come in adjustable sizes to fit all customers, and tailor-made ones can also be arranged by appointment. Be warned though, these can rack up to $3,500 after you’ve added all the necessary props and accessories.
House of Siren Productions, LG/F, 64 Robinson Road, Mid-Levels, (+852) 2530 2371
For an absolute steel of a price, hop online at Taobao 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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