I love the vibrant color and the fabric is a super stretchy and comfy scuba, so it keeps its shape. I also love the length, which is just below the knee. You can turn it into a move vintage look by adding a petticoat.
For our latest outfit of the day, I styled this new awesome t-shirt from Forever 21.
It’s not everyday that you find a t-shirt with Shakespeare on it.
The English nerd in me, snagged this immediately!
I styled it with an 80’s-inspired oversized blazer from Lane Bryant. I added pins to the lapel. Pins are my actual pins and buttons from the 80’s, with the exception of the ducky enamel pin, which is from our InPlainSight store. In addition, you can’t pose with a Shakespeare shirt and NOT have a skull on hand. Mine is from Michael’s. Click on links to buy.
Our latest outfit of the day all comes from Amazon.
I love it when I find a look that is both size-inclusive and affordable.
This black dress fits me beautifully and gives me the “new look” silhouette that I absolutely love. The fabric is soft and has stretch. It is size inclusive, going up to a 4xl. The size chart is accurate in the photo gallery. Not only that, but the price is right at $32.99. Get your own on Amazon.
The rest of the look also comes from Amazon. Click on these links to buy the petticoat, belt and beret.
Our next outfit of the day also comes from Torrid and their Betsey Johnson collection. In addition, it will make a great Valentine’s Day look.
I absolutely love this skirt! It is so comfortable and cute. I really love how it can be dressed up or down. So far, I’ve loved pairing it with t-shirts and moto jackets, but you can easily add a more formal blouse or sweater set for a more upscale look.
Our next outfit of the day also comes from Amazon. I put together another black and pink look completely that will be fantastic for Valentine’s Day.
This dress is a steal at $26.99! The dress is also size-inclusive. I dressed mine up with retro accessories for a photo shoot in Palm Springs, but you can change things up and make it more of a goth look or a casual look by changing accessories.
I was inspired to put together a Sabrina-inspired outfit to celebrate the last season of “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”. I thought it was their best season. It is a shame that it was the last one.
The skirt is from their Sabrina collection, and if you look closely, you can see Salem on the waistband. I love the bustle-like details on the side of the skirt. I also love that it is not sky-high, like Sabrina’s skirts tended to be. I’m a 53-year-old witch and not a teenaged one after all!
So, click on those links to shop this look. Enjoy!
After a holiday break and a facelift, I am excited to be back for our 6th year!
2020 was awful, but now we have a new year, a new President and a new vaccine. So, I am hopeful about the future.
Please take a look around the new site and our new shop! Just click on that top menu to take a look. I’ve also added my Poshmark Closet for you to shop. In addition to the book, I have accessory packs, berets and other goodies!
OK, obligatory, “2020, what a crappy year!” Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to the actual effects of 2020 on nerds, specifically, cosplaying nerds.
Let me start off by stating that I have a job. I’ve had a job this whole year. I have a home and a healthy family, so I am getting through this year blessed to be perfectly honest. So, when I begin my complaining below, please know that while I feel disappointment over things lost in this craptastic year, I do have some perspective.
We lost cons, movies, tv shows, Dapper Day, and countless other nerd celebratory things this year while sheltering and trying to slow the spread of COVID. It was the right thing to do, but it sucked. It has been lonely, and at times, boring. What are cosplayers to do with their time now? Well, I have some ideas I’d like to share. These ideas do apply to other hobbies, so if you aren’t a cosplayer, please read on!
Zoom Meet Ups
I know, you are probably already doing this, but with a lot of us getting Zoom fatigued (me included), we’ve kind of let this one go by the wayside. I think with the holidays coming, we should bring it back. Perhaps a meet up with your holiday best bound, cosplay or dapper look.
Find Masked/Socially Distant Events to Attend with Your Household Members
This one can be tricky, depending on where you live. I’m fortunate enough to live in LA, so we have Downtown Disney, Universal Citywalk and Knotts Berry Farm to go to. In all these instances, they are strictly enforcing social distancing and mask wearing, as well as attendance numbers, so I feel safe going to these events. There are no rides or live shows, but you can put on a nice bound and have a nice day out!
Find a Drive-Thru Event and Cosplay In Your Car
Seems silly, but so is 2020! Again, LA has a ton of drive-thru light displays, so we can get gussied up and go and have a nice evening out.
Work on Some New Builds
Now that there is literally no “con crunch time”, take this time to look at your cosplays and bounds and see if anything needs touching up or updates. I’ve been doing this with my weekends for a while now. I can say that I have more than enough new looks for Avengers Campus when it opens and for cons for the next two years! But, I’ve been able to really take my time and make them look the way I want them to look. I’m super proud of these and can’t wait to show them off, which brings me to…
Now is a great time to do some photos of those looks. Get out your ring lights and tripods and go to town on some photos! Photos and then posting them on Instagram or Facebook is a way to stay engaged with your hobby and also stay in touch with your nerdy friends!
Purchase the In Plain Sight Book For Fresh Ideas
Lastly, please allow me to toot my own horn for a sec and suggest getting a copy of my new book, “In Plain Sight: Using Cosplay to Express Your Inner Superhero”. The book is full of information for the new cosplayer as well as ideas and inspirations for the experienced cosplayer/bounder. I have also come up with an organizational system for building looks, which I have dubbed the Team Build Checklist. You basically building your look by using classic superhero team member archetypes to assist you. Please see the example below of my Star Lord bound along with a photo of the actual look:
Right now for the holidays, I have a limited number of books that are $5.00 off the regular price and signed copies to boot! Just email me at email@example.com for one of those. If you want to purchase through blurb.com, click here.
Regardless if you buy a copy, I hope that this list has given you a little inspiration to get you through to when the vaccine is readily available, and we can all get out and enjoy our hobbies again!