Examples from my how-to book Thrifty Chic for Bellydancers (see sample pages and buy)— new 2014 edition. All pieces originally were thrift shop items. I included cabaret, Tribal, fusion and novelty styles, plus easy costume pieces suitable for students or informal performance.

Pearl & crystal costume
Above: Pearl, crystal, and sequined pieces—pale colors and varied textures.

Zebra costume bra, sleeves, headband, and panels were made from a thrift shop bra, shirt, and pants.

zebra ensemble Glittery gown
Above: Glittery gown, wispy silver lace jacket, silky hipscarf, and wig.

Above: Tayissa's eclectic montage of secondhand sources.

Vegetarian Goddess
Above: Dina's Vegetarian Earth Goddess began with a thrift store bra, sleeves, fruits, vegetables, leaves and flowers.
Warrior Costume
Kendra models my Warrior costume made from 2 leather skirts, leather belts, kid gloves, and many old jewelry parts
sheer bolero vest
Sheer vest cut from a vintage dress,
and coin hipscarf made from a shirt.
Choli and wrapped headpiece
Choli from a bodysuit; headdress of wrapped scarves and jewelry.
Flowered bra and sleeves
Flowered bra and sleeves found in different stores.
Kimono sleeve
Kimono sleeves made from palazzo pants.
Child's Gypsy Costume
Child's "Gypsy" costume from gauzy skirt and scraps, plus tambourine.

Coined hipscarf made from a long-sleeved decorative shirt.

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