Browse through the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air costume guides from everyone’s favorite 90s sitcom. Bringing West Philadelphia to Los Angeles, NBC featured the hilarious and lovable Will Smith to viewers. Leaving his street life in Philly, Will moved to Bel-Air to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle. Now, you can bring the 90s back at your next [Halloween] costume party with these easy-to-follow costume guides for all your favorite Fresh Prince of Bel-Air characters. Within each guide, you can see how to dress as if you came straight from the streets of Philly or like you just stepped out of a Bel-Air mansion.
Coming from the ghetto, Will struggles to connect with his cousins, who he views as spoiled and sophisticated. He is known to be immature and egotistical, often thinking of himself as “fresher” than his cousins. The Fresh Prince is into the ladies and often dates good-looking women, but usually puts his pleasures above the needs of others. This gives him the impression of being selfish and self-centered. Being a typical teenager, he also puts his relationships ahead of his studies despite his high intelligence. Will lives in the moment instead of planning for the future. Overall, Will is likable and always has good intentions despite making many mistakes over the years.
Will’s cousin, known for his unusual dance moves to the song “It’s Not Unusual,” is commonly referred to as “The Carlton.” Carlton is Will’s best friend despite their differences and rocky start. With a preppy style, Carlton is typically seen wearing a sweater around his shoulders. Carlton is intelligent and level-headed. When in disagreement, he usually points out how each person is correct and tries to resolve situations. Despite his high intelligence, Carlton can sometimes be seen as naive. After all, he’s been afforded a wealthy lifestyle, isolated from the realities and struggles happening outside Bel-Air. Of course, his most notable characteristic is his short height, which Will always teases him for, but Carlton ignores.
Premiering in 1990, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air follows Will Smith as he is forced to leave his life in West Philadelphia to live with his wealthy family in Bel-Air, Los Angeles. Coming from a working-class background, Will and his lifestyle immediately clashes with the Banks family. He arrives with attitude and slang that shock his Uncle Phil. Eventually, the family warms up to Will and realizes the positive influence he has on the family, introducing them to a new culture and lifestyle.
During the six seasons of following Will and the Banks family, viewers see them grow together and learn from one another. With typical “sibling” rivalries with his cousins, Will struggles to get along with his cousins as they come from vastly different backgrounds. However, despite their differences, they come together and bring comedy and family drama to the lives of viewers everywhere.