The next day we hit the floor and I picked up some of the pieces I saw at the show, including the Loki dress below.
Dress is available at Her Universe. Click on the link to buy. Shrug is from Torrid ages and ages ago.
And I got this cool pic with a Cookie Monster replica…
During the Marvel panel in Hall H (which we weren’t willing to sleep on the sidewalk to wait for…), Marvel revealed some details on the Black Widow film and Jane Foster will be The Mighty Thor in the next Thor film!
Then we had to hit the road and bid SDCC good-bye for another year.
For our next wardrob solution, I’m going to take a look at the crop top and shrug. I will also be looking at cardigans. I know what you’re thinking, “Does she really expect me to wear a crop top?!” The short answer is yes, but as you will see, I’m not talking about a 90’s era Britney Spears crop top.
As you can see from the pic above, this shrug evokes a very pin-up or dapper look for my Star Lord bound. Shrug is from Amazon. Click on link to buy.
This piece is very versatile. The cropped shrug is very 50’s. It can also add a pop of color to an outfit, and help you cover your arms for more confidence if you need that boost, which is what I did in the picture above. Crop tee from Amazon. Click on link to buy. If you find that the arm openings are too big, the crop top adds some modesty coverage for you. Lastly, if you have a sleeveless dress or shirt, the shrug can make the piece wearable year-round.
This dress is ridiculously cute, but without coverage, wearing a bra with it would be impossible. A bra is essential with this dress as it has no support built-in, so the cardi comes in real handy. I paired it with a long sleeved one in this picture since it was a bit chilly that day. Click on this link to buy from Amazon.
This tie-front shrug from Amazon covers too-big arm openings in this dress. Click on link to buy. It also has the added benefit of breaking up the pattern of the dress so it isn’t too-too much.
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?
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.
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.
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!
For our first fashion alert of the year, I am putting the spotlight on CowCow.
As you know, I’m a huge fan of CowCow. I discovered a cute AF dino dress last year and cannot stop wearing it. I paid 20 bucks for it and got it on Prime. I need to spread that fashion goodness around, I’m thinkin!
Get this exact dress from Amazon here. I’m wearing a 3XL. It is true-to-size. I’ve washed it several times, and the print is still bright and colorful.
The cropped tee is available here. The Star Lord jacket is available here.
CowCow has a huge selection on Amazon that is Prime available. Click on these links to get some great deals on their dresses! Some lower than $20!
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!
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.
Complete the look with the cloak, and you have instant glam worthy of any Riverdale Vixen!
For our latest outfit of the day, we have the Ghostbusters Jacket from Spirit Halloween.
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!)
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.
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!
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*).