ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT COSTUME GUIDES

Dress like Buster, Lucille, Lindsay, Tobias and all Your Favorite Arrested Development Characters With our Easy DIY Costume Guides

Arrested Development costumes

How to Dress Like the Cast of Arrested Development

If you ask us, there simply aren’t enough people wearing Arrested Development costumes in the world. Halloweens, birthdays, weddings, surprise funerals, you name it. Every event has the potential to be transformed into a Bluth bonanza.

Despite the fact the show ended over 5 years ago, Arrested Development remains one of the greatest comedy series of all time. Unashamedly jam-packed with running gags, inside jokes, and outrageous relationship dynamics, the show was and remains, a cult-hit phenomenon.

We still haven’t had our fill. So in our quest to see more from the OC’s greatest family, we have put together this here guide on the best Arrested Development outfit ideas. From ‘blue’ Tobias to Lindsay’s ‘Slut’ shirt, Gob’s magician garbs to Lucille’s power suits, there is something for everyone.

LINDSAY BLUTH COSTUME

Lindsay Bluth (Arrested Development) costume guide

1. CROP TOP – To make Lindsay’s legendary ‘Slut’ top you first need to start with a basic red crop top.

2. SEQUINS – As far as we could tell, there is no Lindsay ‘slut’ shirt available to buy. No matter, we’ll just have to make our own! Self-adhesive rhinestones are the easiest way. Just peel off the backing and stick them directly to the shirt.

3. SKIRT – The rest of this Lindsay costume is super easy to make. Get yourself a mini or pencil skirt in leather or latex.

4. HEELS – Next, for this sexy costume simply add a pair of your favorite black heels.

5. WIG – This really is the ideal costume for any natural blonde. If you don’t have bleach-blonde hair or curls, however, you may want to find yourself a suitable wig.

6. LIPSTICK – Finally, for maximum effect on all those poor prison inmates, apply the most seductive red lipstick you can find!

ABOUT LINDSAY BLUTH FUNKE:

Lindsay is Michael’s twin sister (or is she?) and possibly the most workshy of the whole Bluth family. A tall order given that all the characters spend most of their lives trying to avoid an honest day’s work.

She is undeniably a fashion icon with numerous outfits that we could have chose for this DIY costume guide. However, it is her ‘slut’ look that has really stuck in fan’s minds.

Although great on its own, Lindsay and Tobias are also one of our favorite couple costume ideas.

Lindsay Bluth (Arrested Development) costume guide

ABOUT LINDSAY BLUTH FUNKE:

Lindsay is Michael’s twin sister (or is she?) and possibly the most workshy of the whole Bluth family. A tall order given that all the characters spend most of their lives trying to avoid an honest day’s work.

She is undeniably a fashion icon with numerous outfits that we could have chose for this DIY costume guide. However, it is her ‘slut’ look that has really stuck in fan’s minds.

Although great on its own, Lindsay and Tobias are also one of our favorite couple costume ideas.

TOBIAS FUNKE COSTUME

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Tobias Funke 'Blue' costume

1.SHORTS – Where would any self-respecting never nude be without their trusty cutoffs? Get yourself a modestly short pair of light blue denim shorts with frayed edges.

2. MUSTACHE – Tobias may not be the most impressive man in the world but his chevron mustache really is enviable. If you can’t grow your own then we recommend purchasing a fake.

3. BODY PAINT – Trust us when we say, you are going to need plenty of body paint for this Tobias costume. Be prepared to leave blue handprints everywhere you go too. Of course, a blue bodysuit is another, less messy option.

4. BALD CAP – For those among us who are still blessed with a healthy head of hair, a bald cap is a must for this DIY outfit.

5. GLASSES – Tobias wears a pair of circle wire frame glasses in gold. Not the most stylish admittedly but they are distinctive.

ABOUT TOBIAS FUNKE:

Tobias may be a never-nude but he still bears more skin than most, particularly when he ‘blues’ himself.

There is something quite endearing about Tobias as a character. He is, after all, a man who just wants to live his dreams of being an actor. While also wrestling with his sexuality and the need to conform within a conservative family. We’re rooting for you, Tobias.

As well as being one of our funniest outfits, with only 5 accessories needed to pull this look off, it is also one of our easiest costume ideas.

Tobias Funke 'Blue' costume

ABOUT TOBIAS FUNKE:

Tobias may be a never-nude but he still bears more skin than most, particularly when he ‘blues’ himself.

There is something quite endearing about Tobias as a character. He is, after all, a man who just wants to live his dreams of being an actor. While also wrestling with his sexuality and the need to conform within a conservative family. We’re rooting for you, Tobias.

As well as being one of our funniest outfits, with only 5 accessories needed to pull this look off, it is also one of our easiest costume ideas.

LUCILLE BLUTH COSTUME

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Lucille Bluth DIY costume guide

1. BLAZER – Lucille Bluth’s DIY costume starts with a blazer in a deep wine red. This is a great outfit idea for a woman who wants to look as powerful as she feels.

2. BROOCH – Add a prominent flower brooch to your left lapel. Lucille is nothing if not a fashionable lady.

3. SKIRT – Rounding out this powerful businesswoman outfit is a matching midi pencil skirt.

4. BLOUSE – This is our favorite part of this Arrested Development costume. Lucille is seen here wearing a stunning polka-dot blouse with a ruffle front.

5. HEELS – This outfit also looks great with flats but for the full effect we went with a classy pair of pointed-toe heels.

6. GLASS – Lucille never ventures far without a precariously balanced martini glass in hand. We feel you, Lucille.

7. EARRINGS – Any pair of dangly or large earrings is likely to pair well with this cosplay. For us, though, we had to go for an oversized faux pearl set.

ABOUT LUCILLE BLUTH:

The unloving matriarch of the Bluth family, Lucille Bluth’s outfits are as sharp as her tongue.

As the dubious glue that holds her family together, Lucille spends much of her time looking after her live-in youngest son while pouring herself another midday drink.

While her natural maternal instincts might be questionable, her status as one of the most powerful women of the O.C has never been in doubt.

Lucille Bluth DIY costume guide

ABOUT LUCILLE BLUTH:

The unloving matriarch of the Bluth family, Lucille Bluth’s outfits are as sharp as her tongue.

As the dubious glue that holds her family together, Lucille spends much of her time looking after her live-in youngest son while pouring herself another midday drink.

While her natural maternal instincts might be questionable, her status as one of the most powerful women of the O.C has never been in doubt.

BUSTER BLUTH COSTUME

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Buster Bluth costume

1. ARMY UNIFORM – Just because army had half a day that doesn’t mean you get to bunk off. Show what a patriot you are with an authentic army uniform just like Buster’s

2. CAP – Complete your military uniform with a matching camo cap. 

3. GLASSES – Just like his father and brother-in-law, Buster wears a pair of circle wire frame glasses. Now that we think about it, wouldn’t these three make the perfect Arrested Development group costume idea?

4. SEAL PLUSH – A soldier as venerated as Buster is bound to have a medal or two, right? Luckily for Buster, the Army has taken to giving out plushies for being food now.

5. COSTUME HOOK – In our opinion, this is one of the funniest Arrested Development costumes in this roundup. Whether you’re going for a hook or a big hand, this accessory is an absolute must.

6. JUICE – Buster is known to have a weak spot for a good juice box. We won’t judge you if you substitute in a wine box instead for your Buster costume.

ABOUT BUSTER BLUTH:

Buster Bluth is the baby of the Bluth family. Forever attached at his mother’s hip, he is the very embodiment of Arrested Development.

Buster might of started the series as a dubious cartographer and ended it as a suspected murdered but in-between he was a ‘decorated’ soldier.

We salute you Buster. You and your missing hand which makes for a frankly hilarious costume idea.

Buster Bluth costume

ABOUT BUSTER BLUTH:

Buster Bluth is the baby of the Bluth family. Forever attached at his mother’s hip, he is the very embodiment of Arrested Development.

Buster might of started the series as a dubious cartographer and ended it as a suspected murdered but in-between he was a ‘decorated’ soldier.

We salute you Buster. You and your missing hand which makes for a frankly hilarious costume idea.

GEORGE BLUTH COSTUME

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1. OVERALLS – George Sr. adapted to prison life like a fish in water. Prepare for your own stint behind bars with a stylish orange jumpsuit. Just remember: NO TOUCHING.

2. GLASSES – Add a regular pair of frameless rectangle reading glasses.

3. HAT – George Sr. was not the first person to find religion behind bars and he certainly won’t be the last. Start your journey of self-recovery with a dark blue kippah hat.

4. T-SHIRT – Under his jumpsuit, George wears a simple plain white tee. An easy accessory that really makes this prison uniform feel more authentic.

5. BALD CAP – If you’re already lacking in the hair department then your George Sr. costume is all ready to go. Otherwise, a cheap bald cap is a good idea.

ABOUT GEORGE BLUTH:

George spends much of the earlier seasons flip-flopping on whether or not he wants to be released from prison.

Inside he finds religion and reinvigorates his love for tweaking.

Outside he struggles to readjust to life under house arrest as he battles with emotionless surrogates and various escape attempts (most involving his identical twin brother Oscar).

This is a very easy DIY Arrested Development costume  with an orange jumpsuit the only ‘essential’ accessory.

ABOUT GEORGE BLUTH:

George spends much of the earlier seasons flip-flopping on whether or not he wants to be released from prison.

Inside he finds religion and reinvigorates his love for tweaking.

Outside he struggles to readjust to life under house arrest as he battles with emotionless surrogates and various escape attempts (most involving his identical twin brother Oscar).

This is a very easy DIY Arrested Development costume  with an orange jumpsuit the only ‘essential’ accessory.

GEORGE-MICHAEL COSTUME

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George Michael costume guide

1. SHIRT – George-Michael is a big fan of floral and busy shirts. Get yourself something short-sleeved and hectic and you’re already on your way with this outfit.

2. CHINOS – Next, add a pair of khaki or light-colored chinos.

3. BELT – We managed to find a near-identical belt for our George-Michael costume. Of course, this is a minor detail and really any fabric belt will do.

4. PLANT – Are you a true romantic just like George-Michael? Don’t forget to get your lover a potted succulent to show how much they mean to you.

5. MUSCLE SUIT – For an alternative George-Michael costume, we have his iconic muscle suit. So realistic you could hardly tell the difference.

6. SHORTS – If Going for the muscle suit then you will need to raid Tobias’s closest first and find yourself the finest pair of denim cutoffs.

ABOUT GEORGE-MICHAEL:

Michael Cera brings his patented on-screen awkwardness to the role he was born to play. Before Superbad and Juno, Arrested Development propelled Cera to international stardom.

Throughout the years George-Michael has gone through many stages of life, transitioning from awkward teen to awkward college student to even more awkward tech mogul.

He even changed his name at one stage to George M’Harris in an attempt to rebrand his image. The fact remains though, you can’t outrun who you are deep down.

George Michael costume guide

ABOUT GEORGE-MICHAEL:

Michael Cera brings his patented on-screen awkwardness to the role he was born to play. Before Superbad and Juno, Arrested Development propelled Cera to international stardom.

Throughout the years George-Michael has gone through many stages of life, transitioning from awkward teen to awkward college student to even more awkward tech mogul.

He even changed his name at one stage to George M’Harris in an attempt to rebrand his image. The fact remains though, you can’t outrun who you are deep down.

MAEBY FUNKE COSTUME

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Maeby Funke DIY costume

1. APRON – The banana stand uniform starts with a simple blue kitchen apron. It might not be the best choice for hiding all the chocolate stains but it is at least distinctive.

2. HAT – Add a blue cap and your uniform is almost ready to go.

3. SHIRT – Under her apron, Maeby wears a plain short-sleeve dress shirt in light yellow.

4. PATCH – To finish your banana stand costume you will need an iron-on banana patch. We couldn’t get the rights from Gob for the actual banana grabber character so we did our best.

5. NAME TAG – Finally, add a personalized name tag to your apron and your DIY Maeby costume is ready to go!

ABOUT MAEBY FUNKE:

While Maeby waits to graduate high school, we can recreate her outfit from her brief stint working at the family banana stand.

The problem is, Maeby and George-Michael have always been a little too close for comfort, as far as cousins go. Working in close proximity within that little banana shack maybe wasn’t the greatest idea in hindsight.

She might not have been the best employee but together these cousins make for a funny, if not somewhat questionable couple’s costume.

Maeby Funke DIY costume

ABOUT MAEBY FUNKE:

While Maeby waits to graduate high school, we can recreate her outfit from her brief stint working at the family banana stand.

The problem is, Maeby and George-Michael have always been a little too close for comfort, as far as cousins go. Working in close proximity within that little banana shack maybe wasn’t the greatest idea in hindsight.

She might not have been the best employee but together these cousins make for a funny, if not somewhat questionable couple’s costume.

MICHAEL BLUTH COSTUME

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Michael (Arrested Development) costume

1. SUIT – Michael Bluth is your average blue-collar businessman with a smart dress sense. Start this costume with a sharp two-piece navy blue suit.

2. SHIRT – Add a light blue collared shirt for an understated and sophisticated look. We love an excuse to wear a good suit!

3. TIE – Michael is a fan of striped ties and so are we! Find yourself a slim tie with your preferred pattern. For our Arrested Development costume we actually found what looks to be an identical tie to the one Michael often wears.

4. BELT – Next, you will want a leather belt with a standard silver buckle.

5. SHOES – Finally, don your best pair of formal black shoes. That’s really all there is to this super easy costume.

ABOUT MICHAEL BLUTH:

Michael Bluth is the reluctant head of the Bluth family. That is until he finally leaves, for good this time. 

In a family of ex-convicts, delusional actors, and man-children, Michael stands out as the only real ‘grown-up’ of the bunch.

The only thing Michael cares about more than maintaining the family business is raising his son. He might not hit the mark every time, but as a single father he does a commendable job.

Michael (Arrested Development) costume

ABOUT MICHAEL BLUTH:

Michael Bluth is the reluctant head of the Bluth family. That is until he finally leaves, for good this time. 

In a family of ex-convicts, delusional actors, and man-children, Michael stands out as the only real ‘grown-up’ of the bunch.

The only thing Michael cares about more than maintaining the family business is raising his son. He might not hit the mark every time, but as a single father he does a commendable job.

GOB BLUTH COSTUME

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Gob (Arrested Development) costume

1. BLAZER – Have you always wanted to dress like a magician but still be cool? Now’s your chance with Gob’s bold paisley tuxedo jacket.

2. SHIRT – Add a light purple shirt with a light sheen. Now you are already starting to look like the master of illusions.

3. TROUSERS – A regular pair of black dress pants rounds out Gob’s outrageous magician costume.

4. MAGIC SCARF – Bedazzle your fellow partygoers with an illusion or two. Don’t forget the lighter fluid, or maybe even a live dove.

5. SHOES – Finally, Gob is a casual guy. His brown slides are perfect for a man who bucks convention and lives life on his own terms.

ABOUT GOB BLUTH:

Everybody’s favorite magician, Gob is a master of illusions, occasional pimp, and a hater of tricks.

He might be slightly cooler than your average street magician, but not by much. Still, where did the lighter fluid come from?

Gob (Arrested Development) costume

ABOUT GOB BLUTH:

Everybody’s favorite magician, Gob is a master of illusions, occasional pimp, and a hater of tricks.

He might be slightly cooler than your average street magician, but not by much. Still, where did the lighter fluid come from?

More DIY 'Arrested Development' Costume Ideas

Arrested Development is one of the greatest sitcoms of all time. With a loyal cult following, it is also an incredibly popular cosplay and costume option.

Our Lindsay and Tobias couple’s costume is one of our most liked DIY ideas of all time. Lucille and George-Michael are also two ideas that seemed to really resonate with our readers.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out all the best Arrested Development costumes on Pinterest that inspired our own guides.