Wardrobe Solutions: The Crop Top and Shrug

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.

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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 can be in your team build as The Leader, The Brick or The Exotic.  For more information and to use the team build checklist, click here to download and print your own.

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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.

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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.

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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.20180323_172827

Another way to wear the crop top is under a piece to create insta-sleeves, like I did in the picture above. Click on link to buy on Amazon.

Happy shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout

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

Fashion Alert: CowCow on Amazon

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!

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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.

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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!

Dino dresses.

Space dresses.

Cat dresses.

Goth dresses.

Kawaii dresses.

Just pair any of these with some “grandpa” sneakers like these, and you are good to go!

Please send us pictures in your CowCow dresses! We love to hear from you!

Happy Shopping!

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.

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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

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