The Rio Olympics brought smiles to everyone's faces, especially when the USA Gymnastics team took home the gold. And one person who was smiling throughout the entire two-week competition was young gymnast, Laurie Hernandez. Winning gold in the team event and silver on the balance beam, the 16-year-old quickly became one of the most lovable personalities and from the games and a perfect inspiration for Halloween costumes this year. Dressing like Laurie Hernandez for Halloween is easier than you could imagine, and it can be pretty cost-efficient, too.
If Laurie Hernandez's wins at the games don't convince you that she's a great candidate for you or your kids to dress up as this Halloween, knowing that she nabbed a spot on Dancing With the Stars right after her time in Rio could help. And, don't think her big smile went unnoticed either. According to Business Insider, the gymnast — and now dancer — secured a Crest endorsement, too. If that's still not enough to convince you, the fact that she's a young kid doing big things is inspiration to girls of any age.
So, if you're still in need of a Halloween costume this year for you or your little ones, these three ideas could get you started.
1. For A Toddler
2. For A Kid
Turn your mid-size gymnast-to-be into Laurie Hernandez with this super simple DIY costume. Find a red leotard ($26), a red velvet scrunchie ($11) some silver rhinestones ($4) and regular silver fabric paint ($6) for the design. Don't forget to give her a gold medal ($1), and sew on some USA patch letters ($1.50 each).
3. For An Adult
Transforming into this Olympic gymnast's closing ceremony look can be done in a synch, even though you need a few things to make it happen. You'll need a pair of white shorts ($30), a white oxford shirt ($17), some red, white, and blue boat shoes ($100), red, white, and blue belt ($6) and a striped top to wear underneath ($5). Remember to have your USA Olympic patch ($9) for the front of your shirt and your large USA letters ($1 each) for the back.