How to make your own SWAT Team Halloween Costume

Don’t have a Halloween costume this year yet?  Low on budget?  Here’s my Halloween costume, and it cost less than $10!  (I meant to wear black shorts, but mine mysteriously disappeared!)


Tank top:  MNG Basics, sz XS
Shorts:  Talula Babaton, sz 2
Fishnet stockings:  Unsure of brand, should be one size fits all
Heels:  Gucci, sz 6.5
Overall Straps:  Old pair tights

My friends and I wanted to do a group costume, and after looking through various websites, we decided on forming a SWAT team.  Here was our inspiration.


[source:  Vie Couture]

According to Vie Couture, this costume costs $40, which is the typical price for a costume from a costume store.  Here is the DIY version we came up with.

1.  Purchase racer back tank tops.  After shopping around, we found the best deal at Mango, 2 tank tops for $15.  Next, we printed “SWAT”, with font type “Stencil”, on t-shirt transfer sheets.  They’re available from Staples, but cheapest from Wal-mart approximately 3 sheets for $5.  For this costume you’ll only need 1 transfer sheet.  Follow transfer sheet manufacturer’s instructions.


2.  One of the other members of our SWAT team came up with this clever idea.  She purchased pantyhose from the dollar store, and the pantyhose became the overall straps.  Refer to the marked-up photograph below.  Cut along the dashed lines.  Basically the legs become loops.


We didn’t waste time on cutting straight.


3.  The leg loops go around the shoulder.


Adjust by safety pinning as necessary.


4.  If you don’t have super high-waisted skirt or shorts, you can use the top portion of the pantyhose and wear over your stomach to mimic the look.  (Really wish I could have located my black shorts!!)


I already had transfer sheets, fishnet stockings, and the gloves were from an old Halloween costume, hence the extremely low cost of this costume.  If I had a bit more time, I would have purchased hand cuffs and guns to complete the outfit. I hope this inspires those of you who still don’t have a costume yet.

Happy Halloween everyone!

  • Anonymous

    Hot costume – so cool that you DIY’d it!  Also, super cute pup :)

  • Jessy

    Wow your costume looks nearly identical to the stock photo’s! Great DIY idea.. and Oscar is so cute!

  • Anonymous

    Love your  blog. I am 5’1″ and do not blog but I have learned so much by following you and other petite fashionistas, especially the petite fashion challenges.  I have a suggestion: Outerwear can be particularly challenging for petites.  Why not a PFC called OUTERWEAR CHIC.. This would be helpful with the cold winter months approaching…The look could be dressy or casual and must include an outerwear garment appropriate for being outdoors in inclement  weather.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks! That’s a great suggestion, I know I struggle with that issue, sometimes I look engulfed or swallowed up by my winter outerwear. I’m going to post it up on the Alterations Needed forum :)

  • Howihowi

    u look hot!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Howi! :)

  • Sean91

    I have been looking for a swat costume and found this online. If you didn’t cut the straps straight how do they look so good in your final picture?

    • PetiteintheCity

      Because its pantyhose, it naturally curls at the edges! ;)

      Sorry I may have replied too late…!