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Everything You Need To Know About Cosplay Fashion

Belle Morte Update on 18-02-2018
Everything You Need To Know About Cosplay Fashion

The wonderful world of cosplay is an enchanting and enriching culture that may be somewhat intimidating to someone who’s interested in getting into what seems to be a fan-made club. While it can be intimidating at first, it’s important to realize that every cosplayer has been where you are now and understand just how frightening taking this first step can be. Be comforted by the fact that cosplayers- as a whole- are an exceptionally accepting bunch of people who welcome on the creativity of others for inspiration when creating their first cosplay.

 

Cosplayers are, as a whole, a very accepting group, so don't be afraid to jump in!

 

If you’re ready to take that first step but are unsure how to start, you can rest assured that this guide will help to teach you everything you need to know about cosplay fashion and how to create your first cosplay outfit for the next comic-con or opening of your favorite film.

 

Always pick a character to cosplay that you know and love.

 

First and foremost, we’ll focus on the question that is asked more frequently than not when someone is first stepping foot into the cosplay community: why should you cosplay?

 

Cosplaying is a fun form of expression that can allow you to connect with others over shared interests.

 

Cosplay is an expressive art form that allows you to learn new skills. That isn’t to say, however, that you can’t cosplay if you don’t have an artistic bone in your body, if you’re in it to dress up and enjoy yourself, you can also purchase your costume instead of creating it yourself. That being said, making your own costume can help to boost your personal confidence as you hone your skills as a craftsperson.

 

Making your own cosplay costume can be rewarding, but you don't have to make every piece yourself.

 

Charity is another staple of the cosplay community. Many states and countries around the world have groups of cosplayers who work with foundations to bring in money and goods for charities, especially those who impact children.

 

Charity can be a driving force behind cosplaying.

 

Picking your first place of cosplay can be a little terrifying. The best thing to do is to start small and find a local convention that you can wear your cosplay at. Make sure you’re keeping your budget in mind when picking the venue.

 

To get your feet wet, try cosplaying at a local convention or event first.

 

Don't worry- anyone can cosplay! While yes, you may find people who are a bit more elitist in the cosplay community, the vast majority of people who cosplay are everyday people who come in all shapes, sizes, and social backgrounds. It doesn’t matter who you are- if you want to cosplay, you can. Don’t allow your worry about fitting in stop you from pursuing any new hobby.

 

Whatever it is you'd like to cosplay as, go for it- the sky's the limit!

 

While cosplay has its roots in Japanese anime, it isn’t limited to anime characters these days. Think of some of your favorite shows, video games, and films- who is a character that stuck out to you? If there is a character that stood out and made an impact on you, it’s always a great idea to consider them for your first cosplay. However, if this is your first cosplay, you’re going to want to think about whether or not you’re able to do the character justice when you’re working on the costume. When choosing your cosplay, make sure you choose a character and designs that you love. This will help you to set the bar for yourself on how much work you really want to put into your costume.

 

Making your own cosplay costume can be rewarding, but there is a learning curve.

 

Again, you don’t have to get your hands dirty. It is completely possible to purchase your outfit. However, there is something satisfying about creating your own cosplay. This is definitely a labor of love. Before beginning, make sure you have all of your materials on hand. Get any fabric, plastics, metals, and foam that you may need.Create your staple items first, such as the main clothing pieces, and then focus on your props. Try to pay as much attention to detail as you can.

 

Be sure to lay out your cosplay costume ahead of time to ensure you have everything you need!

 

One thing to consider while getting your materials together is safety. Steer clear of things that may pose a hazard, such as chemicals and tripping hazards. You’re going to be on your feet for a while at any convention you go to, so ensure that you’re going to be comfortable for long periods of time, or that you can remove more cumbersome pieces during a break.

 

Cosplay can seem daunting, but it can be great fun to let out your inner child!

 

Invest in your costume. While it may seem better to start out cheap, think about the possible future of your cosplay. If you find out that this is definitely something you want to keep doing, you may want to re-use your first cosplay outfit in the future. Pick quality materials to ensure the longevity of your pieces.

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