My friend Justin passed along this great infographic, and I just had to share it. Learn how to braid your hair like the ladies from Game of Thrones! Man, they’d be ALL over Pinterest if it was around in their time. I want to try the Daenerys myself.
I had this silly idea to create an “evening look” inspired by C-3PO. Mostly, I’ve wanted to do a closet cosplay of C-3PO somehow, and I thought this might be easiest. Why him? He’s my favorite character from Star Wars. He and I are very similar: we both worry and focus on etiquette excessively, often to the annoyance of our friends. We’re both tall. And, well, I guess that’s where the similarities stop. But while wearing this outfit, I can pretend I’m a bit more mechanical. You just need to find a gold dress, some gold makeup, and a bunch of wires to fashion as a belt. Voila! Very subtle cosplay!
Dress: French Connection Cocktail Dress from thredUP.
Belt: Wires from Ace Hardware. The woman who cut the wires for me has a Millennium Falcon tattoo on her foot! You never know where you’ll find Star Wars fans! To make the belt, combine the wires together, put around your waist, then wrap the wires around each other or place a bit of electrical tape around the ends to keep it together.
Makeup: Time to break out all of your gold! For my eyes, I started with Stila’s Gilded Gold from the In the Light Eye Shadow Palette and then Urban Decay’s Chopper and Smog. For my lips, I used Clinique’s Different Lipstick in Tenderheart and Long Lasting Glosswear in Sunset. I have the two of them together in a trial pack, and apparently you can still find it on Amazon.
Accessorize with gold jewelry and shoes and you’re all ready for a night out!
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(This is part 6 in a week-long series of closet cosplay from thredUP. Only one more to go!)
Sometimes it’s hot out, you don’t want to be bothered to do much with your hair, and you need a bit of extra oomph to get you through your day. And on those days, it’s best to channel Lara Croft. Her bad-ass-ness will infuse your day while you get to relax in cargo pants.
If you want to go a bit less cosplay-ish, you can lose the utility belt. But seriously, don’t knock wearing a utility belt until you try it. I’ve worn it at cons before instead of bringing a purse and it’s amazing. A way cooler version of a fanny pack.
Pants: Ann Taylor LOFT Capris from thredUP. (This is why thredUP is amazing. I would have never looked at Ann Taylor for cargo pants, but I saw them online, got them, and love them!)
I’m back from VidCon and Disneyland, and I did things right: In one day, we rode fifteen rides, caught three evening shows, and had a delightful dinner at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, and I did it all in this cute Meg-inspired outfit.
thredUP, an awesome new online consignment store, offered me the challenge of putting together a week’s worth of outfits from items found on their site, and I upped the ante by challenging myself to create a week’s worth of outfits inspired by movie and tv characters. It’s closet cosplay in the most subtle sense.
I loved getting to embody the sassy Meg with this cute dress from Banana Republic, and decided to use some of my existing Greek and Greek-inspired accessories to complement it. I encouraged my whole group to dress up in Disney-inspired outfits as well, and even those who wouldn’t normally be the “dress-up” type were happy to find subtle influences for their outfits. If you want to do the same, I recommend checking out DisneyBound for inspiration!
In honor of their newest collection and the amazing superhero they came up with to go along with it, Espionage Cosmetics spent Emerald City Comicon putting glitter masks on people. When I first saw them, I thought they were rhinestones placed on a face, but they’re actually done with eyelash glue and loose glitter! Here’s how to make a glitter mask of your own:
Use black eyelash glue to dab small dots on your face in the shape of a mask. Let dry slightly so it won’t run/smudge.
Take loose glitter (we used ones from Espionage Cosmetics’ Comic Book collection) and tap it lightly over the glue dots, making sure you cover them all. Then take scotch tape and lightly remove the excess from your skin by going between the dots. If you want a look similar to Kristina and Liz up top, you can stop here! If you’re looking for more of a two-toned look, continue on.
Using clear eyelash glue, apply dots in the middle of your mask or where you would like the second color to appear.
Like the first time, pat the second color on lightly over the slightly-dried glue dots, and try to avoid getting the glitter onto the first color. Remove the excess with scotch tape.
Some lovely cosplaying ladies put together a video on the dos and don’ts of approaching cosplayers at conventions. I think they do a fantastic job giving advice in a humorous, relatable, and inoffensive way. Take a look!
I’m heading back home after an amazingly busy and fun San Diego Comic-Con, and I’m even more inspired to cosplay now. The Suicide Girls have teamed up with American Apparel to create easy cosplay video tutorials using American Apparel clothing. Check out this one for a Dalek dress!
They will continue to produce more tutorials, so keep your eyes out!
I used to watch The Little Mermaid every day when it first came out on VHS. I was obsessed, and my mom even made me a fantastic Little Mermaid costume that got many uses. The only thing the costume couldn’t do? Go in water. These swimmable mermaid tails would be the way to go if I ever wanted to remake my old costume. And now I really want to.
Etsy seller Monikanaumann makes each tail to fit custom measurements, and they’re made out of top of the line swim fabric. It’s perfect for your next pool party!
I had the pleasure of attending a Seattle Opera costume tour last week, and learned a lot of things that could be applied towards cosplay. Take a look at these tips from the opera to make your next cosplay/costume a success!
Display your Inspiration. The opera houses pics of the show they’re working on along with sketches of the costumes and pieces of inspiration. Post pictures of your past costumes, favorite cosplayers, and images of the next person you’ll be portraying on your wall to keep you inspired at all times. Your inspiration doesn’t need to be limited to costumes; I keep an inspiration notebook with images that stand out to me from fashion magazines, and display favorite pieces of artwork, sayings, and clippings on my wall.
Keep a Project Notebook. This “swatch book” contains information on every outfit the opera’s making from scratch, from a sketch of the product to swatches and information on every pieces of fabric they use. This helps them pass the costume on to others to work on as well as order more supplies in the future if they need to make adjustments. Keep a binder of your sketches, swatches, and receipts for your costumes so you can make changes later or teach a friend how to make it!
Use High-Quality Materials. The opera knows they’ll be reusing costumes, so they make sure to use the highest quality materials so they’ll last longer. The costume will be expensive either way–you can save a few bucks for something essentially disposable, or use/rent it for years to come for a little bit more. The opera also makes sure there is a huge seam/hem allowance in all of their garments so they can be resized easily for future use. If you’re making a costume you plan on wearing to an annual convention, a seam allowance may be a good idea. You never know if you’ll go up or down in weight a bit over the year, or if you’ll want to sell/loan the costume to a friend!
Share Your Costumes. As a way of recouping some of the cost of the costumes, many opera houses rent out costumes to other operas/theaters doing the same show. This helps everyone save a bit of money and eliminates waste! Consider doing the same thing with your friends: open up your costume library to friends before cons/Halloween and encourage them to share theirs as well. It’s an easy way to get a new costume with very little time or money. The same can be done for normal clothes: have a clothing swap with your friends as an easy way to change out your wardrobe!
Seeing the costume shop made me want to take up sewing and costuming… there are just so many cool costume possibilities out there! Do you cosplay? What costume are you currently working on?
Want to see more from the Seattle Opera? Join them for their free simulcast of Madame Butterfly at the Key Arena on May 5th. You can get your tickets here. I’ll be in the “Tweet Suite” sharing my experience of seeing an opera for the first time with my twitter followers!