A proper North Pole elf costume requires several traditional elements, including a tunic or jacket and matching hat with tights or pants made up in red, green and peppermint-striped patterns. Fluffy pom-poms or jingle bells make excellent trim for the clothing or hat. Pointy-toed shoes or boots complete the look.
While a few are offered in red, the majority of elf costumes at PartyCity.com sport a green jacket or tunic. The title character in the Christmas move "Elf" also wears a green jacket. For a traditional elf look, the lapels and cuffs should be white and made of fluffy wool or fake fur. A matching hat may be fur-trimmed as well. Some elf costumes feature a jester-style tunic with triangle points encircling the collar, but for North Pole elves, the cold-weather look may be a better choice.
Red, green or brightly colored, knee-length pants look great with red and white peppermint-striped socks. Alternatively, striped or brightly colored tights can take the place of pants altogether when worn under a long jacket or tunic. With either option, booties with long, curled pointy toes make the ideal footwear. The booties may be made of fabric to match the other clothing or of vinyl to create a more realistic-looking shoe.