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Loudmouth Golf

Discussion in 'Costumes' started by tim, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. tim

    tim Have red nose, will travel

    I've been meaning to share this link for awhile. It seems like this is a site that has a lot of stuff which clowns could use for costuming:

    http://us.loudmouthgolf.com
     
  2. Sir Toony Van Dukes

    Sir Toony Van Dukes Well-Known Member

    I have seen their ads before on facebook. They offer some colorful prints, but I always considered the golf outfits to be more slim fitting than the oversized clown clothes. The made to order might be a good option as it seems to offer more sizes. They also have vests, ties, and knickerbockers.... But the GameBibs are a better price.
     
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  3. Sir Toony Van Dukes

    Sir Toony Van Dukes Well-Known Member

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  4. tim

    tim Have red nose, will travel

    I don't see why clown costumes must be oversized, or baggy even, in any way.

    That said, Stewart Payne certainly wore his knickers well.
     
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  5. V

    V Well-Known Member

    I think it's a cliche' that most, if not all new clowns fall prey to in regards to large and loud costumes. Think back to your beginnings and to those of clowns or kid's entertainers you knew - I can't think of one who didn't either have a wardrobe that was basically 100% rainbow colored (imagine that today! ;) ) or over-sized simply to be over-sized.

    If I knew then what I know now, I never would have dropped cash on a clown specific costume. Knickers as an example, since they were mentioned here. I wear some "plus fours" at some Wheelmen or other old bike events. I could golf in them if I golfed and they'd make every bit the clown costume as the pricey things that sell on the popular clown markets. Get some "plus six or eights" if you want to be really baggy. That's my specific example, of biking and clowning - but even so, it fits everyone really.

    I shop a lot at revamp vintage - some for bike wear (to parade with my upcoming pee wee bike as an example. I'll also use that for my magic sets that don't require a jacket and for my stage balloon show. I'm also campy enough to wear that out on formal-ish events so for around $300 you get a lot more wear than you're generic clown costume made from an atrocious material (trigger). I might break down and add a poll bowler...

    Same with clown shoes really. Like most, I fell for the lie that oversized clown shoes were essential. Now, I go 99% comfort and try to squeeze what's left over into something fashionable to fit my outfit.

    I like(d) the recent trend of "light"/minimalist clown faces coming to America. While I all ready avoid dressing specific towards a clown as mentioned above, I'd still be a fan of a similar sentiment in regards to wardrobe...
     
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  6. Sir Toony Van Dukes

    Sir Toony Van Dukes Well-Known Member

    I think there are some advantages of an oversized clown outfit.

    In the summer, a shirt that is one size larger will have more air flow to help keep you cool. In the winter, you can wear the same shirt with an extra layer underneath to help stay warm.

    Looser fitting clothes can provide more room for movement. A clown who is going to do something physical doesn't want to have their outfit restrict their movement. You aren't going to be able to do cartwheels in the typical Tux you wear to a wedding.

    Since many people have tendency to gain weight over time, buying something a little bigger today, will fit just right in a few years (also due to shrinkage in the laundry process).

    Wearing an oversized pair of pants might allow another pair of shorts below to keep your wallet, car keys, and other items out of the hands of the kids. Also, a larger jacket would have room for a deck of cards and other props in the pockets without having them stick out.
     
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  7. tim

    tim Have red nose, will travel

    A little larger than normal might make a lot of sense. Even the new vaudevillians knew that. But oversized generalizations and stereotypes are over rated, in my bloated opinion.

    One of the best insights I ever received was from a respected instructor whose costume pants I liked.

    "Where did you get those?" I asked, expecting a response of some clown specialist costumer.

    "A men's shop in (some city)," she responded.

    And I learned to widen my search and customize my needs.

    I still get asked about a plaid jacket that I purchased from thrift. People often think it was custom made by Mooseburger, or something. Nope, $4.50 at the Village Discount! But, when I did get a vest custom made from Trish (which I really like, and find useful...especially for all the extra pockets) guess what inspired the plaid pattern.

    All that said, I'm still a fan of, and often recommend, finding a local costumer (especially of the theatrical sort) to fit you properly into something unique that works for your individual needs.
     
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  8. Sir Toony Van Dukes

    Sir Toony Van Dukes Well-Known Member

    Oversized doesn't have to mean looking like a 7-year-old trying on their parent's cloths and shoes. Or the contestant from Biggest Looser wearing the same outfit as when they started after loosing 200 pounds.
     
  9. tim

    tim Have red nose, will travel

    Of course not. But there isn't inherently anything wrong with "fitted" costuming, either, or essential about a clown costume being larger than normal. Extending beyond the norm IS normative for clowns. But expressing character by way of quirky can work just as well as XXL or two sizes too big. Really, I think that the stereotype of big, oversized clown (which is something I can very much enjoy and am not necessarily entirely against, either) is mainly a holdover from an earlier era of circus and stage work where this sort of portrayal was a valuable way to project to an audience at distance. Can there be an appropriate place for such, still, today? Of course! And is there value in having that extra space sometimes? Absolutely! But it isn't the only way, and may well not be the best way that should be presumed.
     
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