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

New Dapper Bound: Captain America Stealth Dress

We got to go to our second Dapper Day at Disneyland recently.  We spent a day in the parks and a day at the Dapper Day Expo.  For our parks day, I wore my new Captain America Stealth dress to both parks.

Dress is from Grace Karin on AmazonBelt is from Amazon.  Foam shield from Disneyland park.  Shoes are my DIY saddle shoes, which you can get instructions to make your own here.  For DIY for the star and bars for the dress, click here.

Cap himself said that he had never worn that uniform so well, so he liked it!

Spidey also loved it, and asked if he could “borrow” my shield.

Captain Marvel also loved the look and really liked the idea of comfy saddle shoes!  I also crossed universes and went to Batuu!

Please enjoy the pics and send us pics from your Dapper Day.  We love to hear from you!

Until next time…

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

 

Dressing It Down: Go Ahead and Buy that Fancy Dress!

I get a lot of compliments as well as comments on my clothes, which I love, but one comment that gives me pause is a comment such as, “I wish I had places to wear a dress that fancy.”

OK, so first of all, it is really hard to be truly overdressed somewhere.  Obviously, wearing a prom dress to work or a tuxedo to the grocery store is pretty over-the-top, but what about that great dress you bought to wear to someone’s wedding and is now languishing in the back of your closet (I just love that I got to use “languishing”, #englishmajor)?  Well, use some great basics to dress it down for everyday.

Perfect example is my Haunted Mansion dress.  My lovely boyfriend bought it for me for Dapper Day, and then I stopped wearing it.  I love it, but the top has some ruching on the bodice that is very prom-y, so I stopped wearing it.  Then, time passed and it was our anniversary.  I wanted to wear the dress he bought me out on our date, but I didn’t have time to change after work.  So, challenge accepted!

OK, so first, I needed to dress down the bodice.  I did this with a cotton crop tee from Amazon.  Just enough of the pretty ruching shows through.

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Next, here’s my Dapper Day look:

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Obviously, I left off the petticoat, fascinator, pearls and gloves for a great everyday look.

Here are some more pictures of me wearing a Disney Dress Shop dress everyday.  If you decide to take that dress out on the town, then add those dapper touches.

Honestly, dresses are instant outfits.  You literally just throw them over your head, and you have a look.  Now, more than ever, there are amazing choices for nerd bounding that are dress-and-go.

So, challenge yourself to take something that you originally visualized as super dapper or fancy and “dress it down” for everyday wear.

Click on all the links to shop away!  Enjoy!

Love, Kim and Benji

Outfit of the Day: Witch Dress from Retrolicious

Our next outfit of the day is the witch dress from Retrolicious.

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I absolutely love the print on this dress!  The witches are adorable.

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I recently picked this dress up at Retrolicious’s warehouse sale, but you can visit their website by clicking this link.

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I paired the dress, which is sleeveless, with a cropped tee from Amazon.  Click on this link to buy.  Photobomb below courtesty of Benji!

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Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji

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