Dress to impress at the sevens

Last updated 11:21 31/01/2013
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Judge Chris Parkin and Sevens fans talk about what makes a good costume.

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SO WELLINGTON WINNER: Annabel Martin, right, with her sister Sarah in their award-winning Bucket Fountain costumes from last year's Wellington Sevens.
Erena Te Paa
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2012 GROUP WINNER: Erena Te Paa, right, with Gaia Chinniah in their chandelier costumes, which took out best group costume last year.

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For many, the Hertz Wellington Sevens is all about the costumes - and with $30,000 up for grabs in this year's costume competiton, plenty of people have gone all-out with their designs.

Costume judging takes place on the stadium concourse from 1pm to 2pm on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

We talked to previous best costume winners for tips for standing out from the competition.

Emma Harvey, Lego Man group, last year's Supreme Award:

  • Creation of your own costume counts. The judges were highly impressed by the amount of time and effort put in to the costumes, which were hand-crafted and painted.
  • Take it easy on the booze. If you're noticeably intoxicated, you won't be allowed through to the next stage.
  • Think practically. While our wooden costumes looked great, they were hard to get around in, and the whole team was pretty tired just from walking around, especially on the second day.
  • Just enjoy it. The amount of attention we got and the look on little kids' faces was priceless! The team didn't even think we had a chance at even placing in the competition let alone winning it.

Alexis Banas, 2012 Best Male:

  • Buck the trend. There are likely to be hundreds of Gangnam Style-inspired costumes this year, possibly even a few Lance Armstrongs - you risk not standing out.
  • Don't do things by halves. Not putting enough effort into a costume can be the difference between epic win, and epic fail. If you're serious, pick something that involves more effort or cost than someone else is likely to put in.
  • Keep something under wraps. Such as, don't share your third - critical - tip with anyone else. See you on the catwalk!

Annabel Martin, Bucket Fountains, So Wellington winner:

  • Go local. It's getting harder and harder to be original, but most people think world-wide pop culture when they choose a costume. A great Wellington icon is one way to be innovative.-  It doesn't stop with the outfit. For last year's competition, we had a little choreographed routine, and spray pistols alongside our outfits. This can be a point of difference that will mean the judge's remember you.
  • Take care pre-comp. Bulky costumes often attract a lot of attention, and people like to play with them. To keep them intact for the catwalk, find a quiet place, like the back of the stands.

Erena Te Paa, The Chandeliers, 2012 group winner:

  • Think originality in execution. Think outside the box but don't fret if someone has the same idea, you might not be the only Lady Gaga walking around but you'll hopefully be the best version.
  • Remember what the outfit has to to withstand. Factor this in - it will need to be durable to stay looking good.
  • You can't win if you're not there. Stick together!  If your team is M.I.A come prize day you could be missing out!

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Interviews by Olivia Wannan.

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