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Spring Breakers/Via YouTube

Here’s the thing about Spring Breakers, the absurd, exploitative, manipulative, totally sick (in all possible ways), Harmony Korine movie that came out nationwide on March 22: even if you don’t like it or think it’s offensive, you will agree that it looks totally cool.

Yes, yes, yes, I understand that a constant stream of drugs and parties and beaches and sunsets and swimming pools and cologne and strip clubs and guns is not healthy or good. But after I saw Korine’s first movie (which he wrote but didn’t direct) Kids, back when I was actually a kid myself, as much as I fully agreed 12-year-olds shouldn’t be allowed to run free around New York City giving each other AIDS, I also thought they were SO BAD ASS. Their outfits, their haircuts, their skateboards. I wanted to be them! Just without the AIDS and juvenile delinquency. And now I feel the same way! I can’t wear booty shorts in public, much less bikinis every day, because I am a 30-year-old woman and I haven’t had hind-parts smooth enough for that sort of behavior since I was roughly 11, and also this is San Francisco and I work in public media. That said, it doesn’t mean I can’t start planning my Spring Breakers “Halloween” (to be worn ASAP, for any reason) costume. Here is a breakdown of how you too can get the ultimate Crime-Spree-in-Florida look. Skrillex soundtrack not included.

1. The Perfect Ski Mask:

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Puff, Puff, Pink Ski Mask/Via SB4EVR on Etsy

Whichever direction you decide to go with your Spring Breakers outfit (ultra authentic or more interpretive are the options here), you are going to need the iconic pink unicorn ski mask. Yes, it completely defeats the purpose of the ski mask for robbery when you all wear matching outfits and everyone knows it’s you but whateves, you look so cute! This Etsy shop is capitalizing. Get yours before they’re gone.

2. The Tiger Face Monokini:

LOVEsick Tiger Face Monokini/Via Hot Topic

As you can see, I am going for authenticity. The best criminal outfit involved this swimsuit, which I assumed was some sort of trillion dollar designer number. Nope! It’s from Hot Topic! Available at your local mall for $7 on SALE. Except that it’s sold out. Don’t worry, though. I’ve started a Twitter campaign directed at Hot Topic:


In the event that Hot Topic doesn’t get it together and make this suit available stat, here are some other, more interpretive choices:

Tiger Swimsuit/BlackMilk Clothing
Ladies Swimwear/Via Ebay











4. Sweet Neon High Tops

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Spring Breakers/Via YouTube

Another unfortunate problem is the shoes that the girl rampagers wear. Are they Reebok Freestyles?

Reebok Freestyles That Don’t Exist Anymore

If so, why are these shoes not available for purchase ANYWHERE ON THE INTERNET? There are these purple ones, but they aren’t neon. We need neon. In different colors. My advice, if you don’t have a pair of vintage Freestyles in your closet, is go with these expensive customize-able Nike high tops, as a nod to the Selena Gomez character who leaves before the gang gets really serious. Fancy shoes for a penniless young girl but who cares? They look so good!

5. Multi-color Manicure

Portrait of the Artist as a Spring Breaker

Obviously you are going to get your nails done. Obviously they will be a very bright color. But want to take it to the next level? Paint one or two nails a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT COLOR. The kids are doing it. The sociopathic girl law breakers are doing it. You want to be real? You do it too.

6. Bleached Hair with Roots

Spring Breakers Sweet Hair

This is where we separate the real Spring Breakers from the wannabe babies who call their grandmas and put a sweatshirt over their bikinis and take the bus home. Which one are you? A Christian youth or a hedonist? A brunette or a blonde? If you decide to fully commit to the costume, you’re going to have to bleach your hair. But not too bleached. We need to see your roots, see you are kinda dirty after all. We don’t want to get the feeling CARE or that you AREN’T hung over.

7. Guns

You’re on your own here. I don’t want to be responsible for anyone thinking your ironic automatic weapon is real. Maybe just stick with a hammer?

And there you have it. The perfect Spring Breakers Halloween/anytime costume. Let me know if you find a pair of those shoes!

Dress Like the Girl Criminals in Spring Breakers 21 October,2013Lizzy Acker

  • lauramary

    this is the best!!!

  • You left out one important piece. http://fumsfxmakeup.blogspot.com/2010/10/special-fx-make-up-tutorial-bullet.html?m=1

    Can you put together an Alien outfit for me?

    • Alien will be my next project. Are you willing to commit to cornrows and a semi-permanent grill?

  • i emailed Hot Topic about the swimsuit too! This is what they said:

    That is a great question! I am sorry to say that we are sold out of that item. Whenever an item does sell out its very rare that we even stock the item because we have to make room for new stuff that is coming out. We would recommend checking hottopic.com periodically to see when the item will be coming back in stock.

    Boo. I hope they get it together because that suit looks just like a suit I had when I was a kid. I want it real bad!

    • I’m glad to hear about your good detective work. Maybe Hot Topic will read this post and see HOW MUCH WE CARE.

  • He encontrado unas zapatillas Reebok Freestyle como las azul claro que estan en la foto, no estoy segura de que sean neon, pero se ven muy similares. Aqui dejo link:


  • nickmorris67@btinternet.com

    Well done my friend!!
    I absolutely love the movie “Spring Breakers” I’ve have seen it three times at the cinema, have the soundtrack CD and am counting the days until the DVD release!!
    However, you’ve missed out a very important piece of the pink ski mask outfit – the pants Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine wear in the movie’s stand out scene around the piano!!
    They’re black and have the letters D.T.F on the butt, which a Google search reckons stands for “Down To F*ck!! – Charming!!
    Anyway, they’re apparently Hustler Yoga pants and are available from cluburban.com!!
    A massive “Hi” to all my fellow Spring Breakers fans from Liverpool UK –
    Spring Break Forever Y’all 🙂

  • nickmorris67@btinternet.com

    I’ve just put Reebok Freestyle into the search bar of Ebay.com and there are tons of them brand new for $49.99 a pair!!

  • JC

    The shoes are actually Reekbok Freestyle Reign Bow’s which you can still find pretty frequently on Ebay.

  • Brandon Fennell

    Anyone by any chance know where I could find the swimsuit that Vanessa Hudgins character is wearing throughout the movie. My wife loves it and I would love to be able to get it for her. I know the top isn’t anything to fancy, its mainly the bottom I’m trying to find, that style in those colours.

  • vitor
  • The Dress Code Of Life

    I think i found the shoes 🙂

    I was looking for exacts for my fashion blog (http://thedresscodeoflife.tumblr.com) so I looked up “neon high tops” and I’m pretty sure the ones in the movie are from the Mens section of Gucci 🙂

    Unfortunately they cost a little under $700 a pair but they seem to be in the right colors: neon green, highlighter yellow, hot pink. So now im trying to find a reasonable substitute. I think Osiris might have something 🙂
    ~Tia xo

  • Justina Renaud

    You forgot the DTF pants.

  • Melissa Smith

    It now says that the tiger face monokini is “out of stock” on Hot Topic’s website. I emailed them but haven’t gotten a reply yet. Do you know of anywhere I could buy it other than Hot Topic? I would even buy a used one! I just love this costume and want it to be authentic!

  • River

    where’s the dtf pants?

  • Alexis B

    Oh no! I will also be doing this as my Halloween costume, and I too live in SF! Does that mean we are gonna be seeing this idea the whole night? I hope not too many others think of this!

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Lizzy Acker

Lizzy Acker’s work has been published in Nano Fiction, Fanzine, Joyland, Eleven Eleven and elsewhere. She has read with Bang Out, RADAR, Quiet Lightening and others. Her first book, Monster Party, was released in December of 2010 by Small Desk Press.

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