Styling Your Outfits

So, you found the perfect dress or the perfect outfit.  Congrats!  However, now you need to know how to style it.

What is styling exactly?  Dictionary.com defines it as, “to design or arrange in accordance with a given or new style.”  Accessorizing the outfit is a start, but there is also your make-up to consider as well as jewelry.

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Jewelry is technically an accessory, but it is important enough to be listed seperately in this case.

So, how do you get started styling an outfit?  Here are some steps to consider while you are styling.  There are no hard set rules by any means, but this is a handy guide to help get you started.  You’ll be styling your own outfits in no time at all!

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When using your Team Build Checklist, styling the outfit consists of the Scientist, Exotic and Blaster steps.  Download your own copy of the check-list here.

Even if you aren’t using this guide to style a cosplay or bound, the tips still apply.

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Consider the style of the outfit.

Is your outfit a vintage style or 80’s inspired?  Maybe it is a more formal style or a business suit.  If it is a 50’s style dress, then you’ll want to pair it with more vintage-style accessories.  A business suit would be paired with more subdued and professional accessories.

Consider the venue and/or event for the outfit.

Are you wearing this 50’s style dress to work or to a con?  Are you wearing this dress to Disneyland for Dapper Day?  How about to a wedding?  I’ve worn the same dress to all of the above, but it was styled differently for each event.  What’s great for Disneyland is not appropriate for work and so on.

Consider the functionality needed from your accessories.

While you are considering your venue or event, think about what kind of functionality you need.  Are you going to a con?  You’ll need the most comfortable shoes you can get that also compliment the outfit.  Disneyland?  What is the temperature going to be that day?  If your day out is in August, then you might want to leave the petticoat at home (trust me on this one). Do you have a parasol?  If yes, then you can leave your hat at home if you want.  What kind of bag should you carry?  Take all this into consideration when putting the pieces together.

Balance in all the things.

Your base outfit is what you work from here.  A big fit and flare dress should really have smaller, more tailored accessories to create a balance.  If you have a hat, then make it smaller with the big dress.  Same with the bag.  Very colorful dress or outfit?  Then more subdued make-up.

Lastly, What story do you want your outfit to tell?

The last piece when you are styling an outfit is what do you want people to see?  I know your outfit is the focal point, but what do you want people to take away from it?  If you have a bound, this is kind of done for you.  If you are bounding Captain America for example, then the star on the chest or the red and white stripes on the bodice tell people that you are bounding Cap.  If you have a dress that is a great color, then you want to keep things simple and just draw the eyes to the pretty color.  Don’t overthink it.

I hope that these tips help you.  In our next post, I will post some photos of outfits with explanations why I styled them the way I did, and how I would, and do, style them differently in different situations.

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

Little John Dapperbound

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.

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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:

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Photo: Walt Disney Company

Now, let’s break it down using the Team Build Checklist:

The Leader

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.

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Photo: To Never Neverland on Etsy.com

The Brick

My “supersuit” would be my dress, the foundation for any Dapper Day look.  This dress is from Unique Vintage.  The petticoat is from Amazon.

The Scientist

My trusty DIY saddle shoes.

The Exotic

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.

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The Blaster

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!

Love, Kim and Benji

Cosplay How-to and Shopping Guide: Robin Hood Dapper Day

InPlainSight.style’s latest group cosplay was for Fall Dapper Day at Disneyland.  We went as Robin Hood and Little John.

In this post, we’ll break-down Benji’s Robin Hood dapper cosplay using the Team Build Checklist.

Here is a good reference photo to build upon.

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Photo: Walt Disney Company

This photo has Robin wearing a yellow hat, however, in appearances in the parks and for most of the film, he is wearing a green hat.  So, we went with a green hat.

The Leader and The Brick

Robin’s hat serves as both the Leader and the Brick because his ears are a part of that.  His hat was important to show the character as Robin Hood, but also a dapper version of Robin.

We chose a newsboy cap from Amazon.  Then we purchased a set of fox ears and tail from Spirit Halloween.  I cut the ears off of the headband, cut holes in the hat and worked the ears through the holes.  Then I secured the ears with hot glue.

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The Scientist

The Scientist needed to be green shoes, so we found some Chuck Taylor-style shoes from Amazon.

The Exotic

The Exotic needs to be the outfit itself.  What makes him Robin Hood and not just a fox wearing clothes.  Now for the tunic.  A tunic is not dapper, so we went with a button down and tie.  Because Robin is an outlaw, we decided with a business tie, but left undone.  The shirt and tie and both from Amazon.

The pants we went with brown as a substitute for the fox fur legs.

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The Blaster

We opted to not do fox make-up because it is Dapper Day and not a full-on cosplay.  WE did need one more item to finish the look.  Because Robin is busy robbing, he needed a money bag to keep his treasure in.  As luck would have it, I found a purse literally shaped like a money bag on Amazon.

Next up is my Little John look.  Until then, happy shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji

InPlainSight.style’s First Couture Meet-Up

The kiddo and I recently hosted our very first (first of many, I hope) couture meet-up at The Federal in North Hollywood.

We had a great time!  I was recently inspired by the Lolita tea houses all over the world where Lolitas can meet up with each other in their favorite looks and hang out, inspire each other, take fun pictures, etc.

I wanted to widen the scope of the invite to include all kinds of geekery, so we put in the invite that there were no dress-code rules; wear whatever you want.  As you can see, we had some great looks sported by some awesome ladies:

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I chose to wear my new Black Widow dapper look.

Let’s break it down with the Team Build Checklist.  Click on the link to print your own.

Click on the links to buy.

Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji

 

A Trip to Jurassic World in My Alan Grant Bound

The kiddo and I recently got to go back to Universal Studios Hollywood to check out the new Jurassic World section on the lower lot.

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We had a fantastic time!  The area was packed!  Packed!  So, Benji couldn’t even ride the updated ride.  Even with the single-rider line (I’m too chicken to go on it), the wait was over an hour and a half!  So, next time.  Also, the triceratops wasn’t out and about.  So, also next time.  Now we have an excuse to go back, not that we really needed one.

But, we DID get to pet Tango, the baby raptor…

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We also got to meet Blue and give her a command.  It was awesome!

I know we looked scared at a dude in a suit, but once you are face to face with Blue, let’s just say it’s a little nerve-wracking!

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For our day at the park, I wore my Alan Grant bound.

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The bandana is from Dollar Tree.  The shirt is from AmazonThe skirt is from RetroliciousThe shoes are from Converse. Click on each link to buy.

The Team Build is as follows:

  • The Leader is the blue shirt and bandana combo
  • The Brick is the skirt
  • The Scientist are the Chuck Taylors
  • The Exotic is also the bandana and the aviator sunglasses
  • The Blaster doesn’t really apply, but a nice natural make-up works

Click here for the Team Build Checklist.

This bound was super comfy, even with the super hot day.  I really love the skirt so much.  Retrolicious pieces are size-inclusive and reasonably priced.  Check out their website here.

Happy shopping!

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

Wardrobe Solutions: Jewelry

When you’re putting together an everyday cosplay or bound, one of the best and easiest-to-use tools in your easy reach is jewelry.

Jewelry falls under “The Exotic” category on your team build checklist.  I’ve attached a team build here for you to print and use.

If you have a dress that is a color inspired by a character, then the jewelry you choose can be the perfect touch to complete your bound.

Below are a couple of examples of outfits that I wear on the regular that have a great jewelry component.  I’ve also included shopping links for all the pieces.

My first outfit is my Avengers Engame everyday cosplay.  I have a great Avengers dress that I like to wear along with this great bomber jacket, both from Torrid.  Once you pair the outfit with a great Captain Marvel necklace and infinity gauntlet bracelet (from Hot Topic and Amazon, respectively), then you have a great complete look!  Click on the links to shop.

My next look are two necklaces that you can use in a screen accurate cosplay, but bring them into an everyday outfit to turn it into a great Marvel bound.

Star Lord replica necklaces from Amazon.

Next up is my Han Solo bound.  I paired a Han Solo wrap skirt with a vest to make a great gender-bend Han Solo bound, but a great finishing touch is this Millenium Falcon necklace from Amazon.

My last look is one of my favorite go-to outfits.  I have this great Star Lord bound.  The dress is from Amazon, as is the shrug.  The jewelry is also from Amazon.  Click on each link for the bracelet, the leather bracelet, the Star Lord mask necklace and cassette tape necklace.

Let us know in the comments how you use jewelry to add finishing touches to your everyday cosplays and bounds.  We love to hear from you!

Love, Kim and Benji

Han Solo Bound for Galaxy’s Edge

OK, so we got a reservation for Galaxy’s Edge coming up, and cannot be more excited!

Our first thoughts go to, “What to wear?”, naturally.

My closet shopping expedition was very fruitful, but unfortunately, none of my Star Wars pieces are available any more.  So, I took on the challenge for you guys.  Find a women’s and a men’s (size inclusive) Han Solo bound completely from Amazon on on Prime.  That way you can get it quickly and free shipping!  So, doing a little online shopping, here’s what I found.  Click on each link to buy each item.  Happy Shopping!

Let’s Get Building!

The Leader

The Leader for any Han Solo cosplay or bound are the blood-stripe pants.

I found this skirt and pants on Amazon.  You can add red felt stripes to the skirt.

The Brick

The Brick would be the vest and shirt.

I found this vest, and this one.   I found this shirt and this one.

The Scientist

The Scientist would be his boots.  However, tall boots would get pretty hot and uncomfortable, not to mention terrible for theme park walking, so I found these sneakers and these walking boots.

 

The Exotic

I found a couple of fun accessories for The Exotic.  A Millenium Falcon necklace and a Han Solo belt.

The Blaster

There really isn’t any special Blaster items or make-up for a Han Solo bound, but just try to not be too scruffy-lookin!

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

*Lead photo: Disney.com

 

 

Shop Your Closet Challenge!

I don’t know about you, but I do love to save some money.  Problem is, I also love to shop for new nerdy-themed wardrobe items.  The good news/bad news in that is that now, more than ever before, we have really good choices!

But, let’s say there’s nothing new catching your fancy out there on the interwebs, but you still have an event coming up.  You need to put on something new.  What is a nerd to do?

Well, try shopping your closet.  I recently had WonderCon coming up, and I wanted to dress in dapper/pin-up styles the whole Con, but I didn’t have enough pieces.  I couldn’t find anything I liked really, so I decided to shop my closet.  After all, I have a ton of pieces, so maybe I could put together something with what I already had.  Guess what?  I did just that, and now I have a new go-to fave, this Black Widow bound!

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Here’s a Team Build break-down:

The LeaderSkirt from Amazon

The Brick– T-shirt and shrug from Torrid

The ScientistShoes by Converse

The ExoticArrow Necklace from AmazonBelt from Amazon

The Blaster– My everyday make-up look

The best way to do this is to take something you really like and challenge yourself to find something in your closet you’ve never paired it with before.  If you usually wear something with jeans, then try pairing it with a skirt and vice versa.

I put together pieces that I didn’t buy to go together here, for this Tony Stark bound…

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Here’s a break-down of this look:

The Leader– Jacket from Her Universe

The Brick– Dress by Steady Clothing

The ScientistShoes by Converse

The ExoticBelt from AmazonArc reactor necklace from Amazon

The Blaster– My everyday make-up look

I recently did a Team Build break-down of my bobby soxer Avenger look here.

Have some fun with it, and you’ll be surprised at what you find!

Feel free to download and print your own Team Build Checklist download and print your own Team Build Checklist here.

Let me know what you “find” that you already have in the comments.  We love to hear from you.

Happy closet shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji

 

Disneyland After Dark: Heroes Assemble

I recently got to take part in my first ever Disneyland After Dark event, Heroes Assemble.

It was an amazing time!  The event took place at Disney’s California Adventure park in Anaheim.  All the heroes, ALL of them, were there for photo ops, which was just great.  Star Lord and the Guardians had a DJ’d dance party going on.  Ashley Eckstein from Her Universe was also there for a meet and greet.  The park had special themed food and drinks, including infinity churros!  I had a lovely boozy lemonade with red, white and blue stars sprinkled on top.  Yummy!  20190430_221440

I became a part of the collector’s collection…

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BF and I got to meet Doctor Strange…

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And I met Carol Danvers!!!!

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Now, let’s break down the fashion, shall we!

I did a basic pin-up style Captain Marvel bound for the event.  Here are the pieces:

The Leader and The Brick are one in the same here with the dress by Her Universe for Disney Dress Shop.

The Scientist are my trusty DIY saddle shoes.

The Exotic is my cardigan from Amazon.

The Blaster is my everday make-up and hair, but I really love this red lipstick from Revlon.  Get yours on Amazon here.

Print your own Team Build Checklist here.

That’s it!  Happy shopping and see you next time!

Love, Kim and Benji

We Saw “Avengers Endgame”!!!

Well, I mean, who hasn’t yet?  I will warn you that there are tons ‘o spoilers here, but it has been over a week since the movie’s release, so the spoiler-free zone is over!

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As always, here are some of our favorite moments from the film.  We aren’t movie reviewers, and we aren’t going to start trying to be one now!

So we are in the Endgame now…

  • The addition of Captain Marvel to the Avengers is amazing!
  • All of the remaining Avengers going to space
  • Nebula is the MVP for most of the film
  • Korg and Meek are OK!!!
  • Hulk with glasses and dad wardrobe is the best thing ever!
  • Time Travel!
  • Chunky Thor has been problematic for some, and I can understand why.  However, I liked that we saw how the five years had really affected him in a visual way.  It is also important to note that he was taken back on the team “as is”.  No magic weight loss or anything of the sort.  He is valuable at whatever size he is
  • When Nebula isn’t the MVP, the rat that released Ant Man is
  • Carol got my haircut
  • Now I have to SA cosplay Carol
  • Everything Rocket
  • Cap is worthy, but we already knew that
  • I think Loki is alive, fight me!
  • America’s ass
  • The convo between Tony and Howard
  • Girl squad moment
  • “Hey there, Peter Parker.  You got something for me there?” #iheartcarol
  • Cap finally got his dance
  • Captain Sam!

OK, those are just some of our favorite moments.  Please let us know yours in the comments.

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Now for wardrobe… Benji’s hoodie is from Amazon.  My bobby soxer Avenger cosplay build has the following pieces:

The LeaderAvengers bomber jacket from Torrid (online exclusive)

The BrickDress from Amazon

The ScientistMy DIY saddle shoes

The ExoticScarf from Amazon; Belt also from Amazon; Star Necklace from Amazon as well and Infinity Gauntlet bracelet from Hot Topic

The BlasterWore a nice red lip from Revlon called “Love Is On”

Print your own Team Build Checklist here.

Happy Shopping and until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji