Building a cosplay

If you have never actually cosplayed or bounded, getting started can be daunting.  However, I’m here to help!  I have come up with a method of creating your cosplays (for the sake of simplicity, I am going to call everything in this article “cosplay”, whether it is a cosplay, a bound or a mash-up.  I call it the “Team Build”.

To say you are constructing or building a cosplay is remarkably accurate.  Even if you aren’t getting out a glue gun or blow torch, you are still constructing.  Every cosplay has building blocks that, when put together, make a complete look.  The Team Build is organized so that when you put together each piece, or “member” or your team, you’ll have a completed cosplay.  So, let’s get building!

I’m going to actually construct a dapper Star Lord as an example.  I will break it down into team members and then at the end, you will have a complete super-hero team in one cosplay.

Team Member 1: The Leader

Every super character has that one thing that makes it, it.  Examples are Captain America’s shield, Iron Man’s arc reactor, Batman’s cowl, you get the picture.  What is that one thing you need to let everyone know who you are cosplaying?

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For my dapper Star Lord bound, I began with his jacket.  When building a screen accurate cosplay, I would begin with his Walkman.  Now, because this is a bound and a dapper one at that, I took the burgundy leather jacket piece and made it a burgundy shrug instead.  Get your own on Amazon by clicking this link.

Team Member 2: The Brick

This team member provides the muscle, the foundation.  This is your main piece of clothing in the cosplay.  This is the bat suit.  This piece will be doing your heavy lifting.  For my cosplay, I needed something dapper, so a dress.  A 50s style dress to be exact.  Now, think of your character, what color/style do you need?  For me, a blue pin-up style dress was key.  Get your own on Amazon with this link.  Blue to mimick his blue shirt.  It will go with the burgundy shrug nicely to give me a Star Lordesque look.

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Team Member 3: The Scientist

This team member is all about being smart about your cosplay, specifically self-care.  Let’s start with shoes.  What footwear does your hero wear?  How can you adapt that to a being-on-your-feet-all-day scenario?  Since I was dapper bounding, I went with a sneaker.  I adapted them to look like saddle shoes (I will give you all the details in a later post so you can make your own.).  Does your cosplay present any other physical challenges?  How can you adapt them to make it workable? Do you require any safety equipment?  Make sure you adapt that into the cosplay!

Team Member 4: The Exotic

Literally where the magic will happen.  Your exotic pieces will bring the cosplay to life.  These are your accessories and props.  Besides you Team Leader, are there other accessories that your character is known for?  How can you incorporate them into your cosplay?  If you are Iron Man bounding, instead of a full-size arc reactor, what about an arc reactor necklace?  Doctor Strange bound, a burgundy long cardigan instead of a cloak.  For my Star Lord bound, this was getting orange stud earrings for his head phones and a cassette tape necklace.  I also added in a couple of Star Lord bracelets.  All are available on Amazon.  The shades are also available on Amazon.  Just click the links above.

 

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Team Member 5: The Blaster

This is your hair and make-up.  Do you need a wig?  If not, how can you color/style your hair to emulate your hero?  How about make-up?  Is there something that your character is known for here, such as a certain color lip or certain color eye shadow?  For dapper and pin-up, best to go with a red lip, which is what I did.  I wear Revlon’s “Love Is On”, which is available on Amazon here.

So, that’s it in five steps!  You’ve built your superhero team, your cosplay!  Congratulations!  Attached is a checklist you can print and make notes on for your own team ups!  Click below to download and print to your heart’s content!

Click here for your own Checklist!

Happy Building!

Love, Kim and Scout

Outfit of the Day: Hogwarts Bound

For our first post of the year, we present our new Hogwarts Bound outfits of the day!

As you can see, these outfits are unisex.  They can be as feminine or as masculine as you want.  They can both be worn everyday.  This is actually one of my favorite work outfits right now.

Photos taken by the amazing Justin Davidson Photography.  Please book him here.

Ties from Spirit Halloween.  Vests from Goodwill.  Button-downs from Amazon.  My skirt is also from Amazon.  Scout’s coat is actually my Deathly Hallows coat from Hot Topic.  I’m wearing a size 3XL and wear a size 20 for reference.  My shoes are a DIY that I will show you how in a separate post.  Wands and my bag from Universal Studios as was the location for the shoot.

A special shout-out to the Cast Members at Universal for being so accomodating for all of us bloggers and cosplayers shooting at the park!

Happy shopping!

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

Outfit of the Day: 50s Dress by Steady

Our next outfit of the day is by Steady.

This dress is a lucky find at the Dapper Day Expo last month.

Steady Clothing has a great selection of items, and they are size inclusive!

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I love the fit of this dress, not to mention the print.  Who doesn’t love 50s spaceships and robots?!

I added the black belt myself, but I was thinking a bright color belt would be great to add a pop of color if you have one.

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Clothing companies like Steady make it easy to incorporate dapper into everyday.  Happy shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout

Outfit of the Day: Veronica Lodge Cloak

Today’s outfit of the day isn’t so much an outfit as a “look”.  The kiddo and I recently became obsessed with “Riverdale”.  It is the best described as “Twin Peaks” meets “90210”.  The crazy has been turned up to 11 on this show in the best possible way.

More than the crazy plot twists, however, are the fashions!  The fashions on this show are amazing!  I have become obsessed with Veronica’s wardrobe.

Both Photos: Berlanti Productions

I recently purchased the Veronica Lodge cape from Hot Topic.  The cape or cloak is fully lined with Veronica’s name and includes a hood.  The cloak comes in both juniors and plus sizes.

To get that Veronica look, take a swing dress in a darker color and pair it with a skinny belt. Pair it with some kitten heels and a vintage bag.  Accessorize with pearls.

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Complete the look with the cloak, and you have instant glam worthy of any Riverdale Vixen!

Blue tartan dress and red/black tartan dress from Amazon.  Cloak from Hot Topic.

 

Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout

LACC and Our New Cosplay

Our latest cosplays, Hogwarts students, debuted at Los Angeles Comic Con.

Unfortunately, LACC was pretty lackluster this year, so we don’t really have any new from it to share.  I think with Stan Lee stepping down and taking his name off the con, it is having a bit of an identity crisis.

But our latest cosplays were a big hit, so we will be rolling these out again very soon.  Hopefully at Universal to get some pictures.

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This outfit also works as a great outfit of the day.  Ties are from Spirit Halloween.  Vests from Goodwill and shirts from Amazon.

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We finished the day as all witches should, with a witches’ brew frap!

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Until next time, witches!

Love, Kim and Scout

Outfit of the Day: Star Lord Cosplay Shirt

For our next outfit of the day, we have a Star Lord cosplay shirt from Kawaiian Pizza Apparel.  Funny name, great stuff!  They have everyday cosplay items for men, women and kids.  Size inclusive.

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Although they didn’t have a Star Lord dress (I wish!), I purchased the men’s Star Lord shirt and paired it with a skirt to make my own Star Lord dress!

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Grab your own shirt here.  They do run small, so I ordered a 3XL in men’s and it fit really well.  A little big, but I wanted it to be tunic-style.

My jacket is from Walmart.  Necklaces from Amazon.

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Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout

Outfit of the Day: Ghostbusters Jacket

For our latest outfit of the day, we have the Ghostbusters Jacket from Spirit Halloween.

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Yep, you heard that right!  I picked this sweet jacket up from a Halloween store.  Halloween stores aren’t just for decorating your house anymore (Ha!)

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The jacket is a men’s jacket, but fits me really well.  I got the XL.  I’m a women’s size 18/20 for reference.

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The jacket comes with name tags for all four men Ghostbusters, so you can change them with your mood.  They attach with some pretty sturdy velcro, so they stay put really well.  I went with Egon, because, of course!

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I added in a pair of Holzmann glasses and gloves to complete the look.  Good way to “cross the streams” between the men and women ‘Busters (see what I did there *wink*).

Get your own jacket here.

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Happy Shopping and remember that we are ready to believe you!

Love, Kim and Scout