First off, you'll need the Eleven Dress from Melonhopper. It's a comfortable, stretchy, smocked light pink dress with a white peter pan collar and a vintage, 80s feel that makes it the perfect dress only Eleven could dig out of Nancy Wheeler's trunk of forgotten treasures. Currently available in misses and plus sizes, it's already sold out on Dolls Kill, so be sure to get yours before it's too late!
If you're planning on shaving off all your hair for this cosplay, we commend you. Five stars for incredible dedication, bravery, and authenticity. But if you don't wanna rock a buzz cut and don't already have shoulder length, dirty blonde hair, then grab this wavy lace front wig off eBay.
A little secret of ours is to tweeze out a few hairs along the part to achieve a natural looking scalp. You can also paint concealer along the part to really make it blend with your own skin tone. While there are plenty of wig adhesives and tapes out there to choose from, we often opt instead for a few dabs of Ardell's formaldehyde-free, clear brush on eyelash glue to secure the wig at the hairline. And don't forget to trim off the excess lace in the front! We like to cut it off as close to the hairline as possible.
You'll need a navy jacket to complete the look. We found an inexpensive windbreaker on Amazon that looks super comfy and on point. The sizing is in mens, which works cuz Eleven's is a bit baggy (remember, she borrowed it from Mike Wheeler). Bonus: put your phone and personal items in the pockets to avoid the need of a purse!
If you don't already own a pair of white Converse high tops, pick some up from Zappos. They're the originals and go with literally any outfit, so you'll be sure to get plenty of use out of this purchase. Pair them with Eleven's green and yellow striped knee high socks, and rejoice because your Halloween doesn't need to result in aching, sore feet at the end of the night!
Lastly, you'll want to dirty your face up and add some fake blood under one nostril (if you wanna get technical, it should actually be the left one). Grab some blood from a drug or Halloween store or make your own using one of the many recipes out there that usually involve some combination of corn syrup, cornstarch, and red food coloring.
Use a medium or dark brown eyeshadow to achieve a dirty look. Apply it randomly to your face using a slightly damp sponge or puff and blend with your fingers. A nice side effect of getting dirty is that it has the added bonus of creating a contouring effect. You can specifically target any areas or features of the face that you wish to minimize in size! No one will have to know your dirty little secret. ;)
Pick up some Eggos from your nearest grocery store for a fun prop, and you're done! You now have the coolest costume ever and are sure to win any contest you enter.