When you are prepping a new dapper look for a convention or just trying to accessorize a new dress, one key item you need to think about are shoes to complete your look.
Here are a few styles that will work with vintage-inspired fashions. All the choices are reasonably priced with shopping links below as well as photo examples.
The Ballet Flat
This style is perfect for not only dresses, but pedal-pushers or capri pants as well. I’ve never been a big fan, because they have a tendency to give me a blister on my heels. However, I just found this flat from Skechers that stays put. The shoes also have more cushioning than the usual ballet flat. Buy your Skechers ballet flat here.
This shoe has a few different types as far as heel styles. There are flat, block heeled and traditional heeled options. I really love this block heeled version I got from Amazon. They have padding on the inside and the block heel gives me lots of support. Buy your Block-heeled Oxford here.
Classic Converse Chuck Taylors
This shoe is not only great for 50’s looks, but for 80’s, goth, punk or rock looks as well. It is the ultimate casual shoe. Now, while it is not padded on the inside, you can get insoles that provide support if you need it. Chucks come in every color imaginable, and a high-top version as well. Buy your classic Chucks here.
Besides the Chuck Taylors, the other shoe that leaps to mind when someone is thinking about vintage 50s fashions is the saddle shoe. Named because the contrasting stripe resembles a saddle on the shoe. You can get saddle shoes in a variety of colors and even high heel versions, but the classic black and white flat-heeled version is the best way to go. Get your saddle shoes here.
Saddle shoes aren’t the best for long days on your feet, so I created a comfy version from a white sneaker. To create your own, will only take a few minutes of your time. Click here for the how-to instructions.
If you have any go-to styles for your dapper looks, please leave us a comment below. We love to hear from you!
The other day we broke down Benji’s Robin Hood dapper look, and now it is my turn.
I went to Dapper Day as Robin Hood’s bestie, Little John.
Disney’s Little John is my favorite Disney character. I love his sense of fun, positivity, loyalty and justice. I know that is a lot to attach to an animated character, but he made quite an impression on me as a kid.
Here is a reference photo:
Now, let’s break it down using the Team Build Checklist:
The Leader for this bound would be the bear ears. I decided to go with a Mickey ear headband, but with brown ears because, bear. I also got really lucky and found these custom-made ears by To Never Neverland on Etsy. These ladies have tons of great ear headbands for every character imaginable. Please check out their page. The headband is also super comfortable. The little feather detail was just perfect.
Little John’s outfit is pretty simple. Green tunic, shoes and hat. The best detail to let people know I was bounding Little John was a money bag. We found these perfect purses on Amazon. I actually added jump rings, removed the strap and attached the purse to my belt to create a fanny pack of sorts. The belt is from Amazon as well.
There really wasn’t any special make-up or hair needed for this bound, but because it was Dapper Day, a red lip was the perfect finishing touch. My red lip is MAC in Ruby Woo.
I hope that our latest bounds got you inspired for Spring Dapper Day! Hope to see you there, and happy shopping!
For my latest cosplay, I put together a look for Dapper Day of my favorite Captain America suit, the stealth suit.
The dress is pretty easy to put together. I found some iron-on transfer paper at a craft store. With that, a star-shaped cookie cutter and a straight edge, I was able to create the stealth dress.
When choosing your star, make sure you choose one that is good scale to your body. Then you will need three stripes on each side, again, keep an eye on the scale. The stripes end at the arms at a 90 degree angle, but are diagonally cut to fit close to the star. The lengths also vary, with two shorter stripes on the top and bottom and the longest in the middle.
I recently began building a screen accurate Captain Marvel cosplay (by build, I mean ordering various items, but I digress…). Part of this cosplay is going to be the “The Fonz” lunchbox and teseract. There are several teseracts available on Etsy, but I wanted to save a little money and make my own.
It is so easy, I wanted to share the DIY with you. Shopping links below.
What you Need:
Clear craft glue
Blue twinkle lights, battery operated
White parchment paper for cooking
Take your parchment paper and cut into squares that fit inside each side of the acrylic box
Take a small amount of glue and attach each piece of paper into the inside of the box
Insert the twinkle lights and turn them on
Boom! You’re done!
This is literally the easiest project ever. It took me mere minutes for finish and now I have a great prop for various cosplays. The great thing is that the little box has a swing lid, so you just open it, turn off the lights when you aren’t using them.
Now, basically a saddle shoe is just what the name implies. It is a shoe that looks like it has a little saddle on it. You can get any color shoe and any color paint and just go bananas if you want to. There are no rules here. You can match them with your outfit. You can get a very inexpensive shoe if you they are for a one-off costume. You can find very inexpensive sneakers in a variety of colors just about anywhere. I chose my shoe because it was super good for walking all day.
So first thing, you need to chose how big or small you want the saddle to be. Choose a natural line on the shoe to mark it. Like in the pic below:
You can see where the stitching makes a guide line for me to paint.
Then you just put a coat of paint on the shoe, wait a day and do one more and you are all set!
And there is the finished product! They turned out great, and have saved my feet at a number of adventures since.
We have made a big change to the site, in case you haven’t noticed already!
We didn’t come to the decision to change the name lightly, but because it was so long, Benji is being raised pretty well so far and we wanted to change our focus a bit, we decided to make the leap. We really wanted to focus on everyday living as a nerd.
How to integrate your fandoms into your everyday life. Not with just everyday cosplay, which is fun to wear for sure, but also more subtle ways, bounding, dapper looks, pin-up style and the like.
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The last two posts were about wardrobe solutions. Now, where do you go find these solutions for a good price? You can comb the stores at the mall for what you are looking for, but I’ve found that Amazon has pretty much anything and everything you need for a good price. Also, with Prime you get them in two days!
But, with Amazon shopping, there is a bit of a risk involved. How is the quality? Does it look like the picture? Most importantly, how is the fit? Obviously, with in-person shopping, you can try things on and see for yourself about quality. This situation is where my plus-size status actually puts me at an advantage.
You see, most plus-size items are exclusively online. Even stores like Old Navy and Target, who sell plus sizes, only offer them online for the most part. Again, if you are going to have to order something, why not get it in two days?
OK, so let’s say you need to find a dress. I am going to show you three different t-shirt dresses I got on Amazon and include tips for finding what you want and need without the disappointment.
Step One: The Search
OK, so you go on Amazon and do a general search and a gazillion items show up. My first tip is to narrow your search as much as possible. Definitely limit things to Prime only to start. Now, if you don’t find what you want, then unclick that Prime box, but for now, keep it clicked to keep you wait time and shipping costs to zero.
Tip for Plus-Size, put in an extra big size, like 4xl. Even if you aren’t looking for something in that larger size, you will tend to get more items that come in actual plus sizes that way.
Step Two: The Quality
Next up, you want to check the quality as best as you can. Scroll to the information about the product. This information is below the different color choices for the product. What is it made of? Does it have any stretch? Find out by checking for spandex content. If no spandex is listed, then you can be sure that it does not have any stretch. If the fabric is a cotton t-shirt material, then this isn’t as important, but for something more formal like a pin-up dress, then some give in the fabric is crucial. As you can see from the picture below, there is some spandex in this dress, which was great news! Buy your own here.
Also, check out the photos of the product, lined up on the left side of the main picture. If there is a short video, like there is for the dress above, even better. Look at them, zoom in as much as possible. Watch the video. It is an extra 10 seconds and will show you how the dress moves.
Tip for Plus-Size, look at the model if there is one. Is she a plus-size like the model below? Buy this dress here. If so, then you are on the right track. If not, then take extra care with the next step, which is…
Step Three: The Fit
How on Earth are you going to know if you are getting the right size? Well, first off, see if the actual numerical sizes are listed, like the dress above. Probably not, the sizing is usually XS, S, M, L, XL, 2X and so on. Then you want to take a quick look at the left side and see if this vendor has a size chart posted, like the picture below.
This is crucial. Do not go by the Amazon size guide! It is almost never accurate. I am not sure why they even have it posted, to be honest. Go by the vendor’s size guide or the numerical size listed, if applicable. Here is a close-up of the vendor’s size chart for the dress above. Buy your own here.
If not, then last option is to look at reviews at the bottom of the page about accuracy of sizing. Almost everything on Amazon runs very, very small. Do not be surprised if you end up ordering 3 sizes bigger than usual. This is pretty normal. If the item you want just does not have the size you need, then look at the bottom of the page for some similar items. I do recommend you start down that rabbit hole. You can almost always find what you are looking for in the size and color you need.
One last note about sizing, take a look at these three dresses, all from Amazon and their pages are in this post.