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

Happy Blogiversary to Us!

This month marks the beginning of our fifth year blogging our adventures and fashion and adventures in fashion.

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We have so much to come this year, so please stay tuned!  We love and appreciate you all and your continued support.

Love, Kim and Benji

InPlainSight.style is off for the Holidays!

As the holidays rapidly approach, Benji and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

As we enter the roaring 20’s, please stay tuned for new content, DIY’s and adventures!

Thank you all for your support these past four years!  Here’s to a great new year!

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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

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

Captain Marvel Cosplay Pro Photos

I recently had some extra fun money to spend, and spend I did on a new screen accurate Captain Marvel cosplay.  SIM Cosplay made it for me, and I love it!

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I thought I would share some shots taken by Justin Davidson Photography with you.

As always, click on the links above to buy your own cosplay or book Justin for photos.  You’ll be so glad you did!

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Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

*All photos: Justin Davidson Photography

Captain Marvel Cosplay

I recently received my new Captain Marvel cosplay from Sim Cosplay.  I spent the extra money for a custom fit, and I’m so glad I did.  It is a bit roomy in places, but better too big than too small.  All the pieces, including the boots, are included.  The quality is great, so I highly recommend working with them when you want to build a new cosplay.  Click here for their website.

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I’ll do a photoshoot when the heat dies down a bit, as this cosplay is warm to say the least, but until then, enjoy these quick pics!

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

 

 

Outfit of the Day: Pin-up Wand Dress from Unique Vintage

For our latest outfit of the day, I have my pin-up wand dress from Unique Vintage.

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This dress, to be honest, I thought was “too much” when I first saw it in photos.  However, once I saw the dress in person, I really liked it.

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I also chose to tie the neck tie in a Windsor knot instead of a bow.  I think it gives the dress a little nice edge.

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The dress is available in all four house colors.  Click on this link to get your own.

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I paired it with some comfy chunky sneakers from Skechers.  Click on this link to get yours.

Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji