Tips To Choose a Cosplay Costume

How to choose a Coplay outfit? This is one of the most common questions that people ask when they take the first step of becoming a cosplayer. Most people say that just wear whatever you like the most. However, this is a good way to begin, but selecting becomes very difficult when you see that there are thousands of characters from where you can choose. Narrow down this list, and it will help you to choose the best fancy outfit for you.

Purpose of choosing a characters varies from one person to the other. But here are some tips that might give you an idea about how to choose a costume.

Pick a Genre

Pick something that you love or adore the most. This is very simple! If you love playing video games, then it is for sure that there is a special character that you enjoy playing. If not, then there might be any superhero that you adore the most. There are many people who even dress up like a television actor and actress. The most important thing is that fancy dresses are not limited in one or two genres. You can choose anything, starting from your favorite cartoon character to a character from the 80’s movies. Most of the girls love to dress up like a princess or fairy of a magical world.

The Overall Look

Your overall look is the most important thing in fancy dressing. Before selecting the dress or your Cosplay costume, you need to decide how you want to look. Your hairs, makeup, wigs, tattoos, and props everything is very important. You need to select things in which you will stay comfortable. Just wearing the outfit won’t make you look attractive; you need to complete the look with perfect makeup and props.

Availability of The Costumes

It is not mandatory that you will have to make your own costume. There are many stores in the market, from where you can get some of these costumes. But if you still do not get one, take help from the internet. On the internet, you can find many online stores selling fancy outfits. These stores also offer you free delivery of your costumes.

Time and Budget

There are some characters that need a lot of detailing, like the armor, prop, body paint; etc. make a list of all the things that you need for completing your fancy look. Make a price list of all the items and see that if they are crossing your budget. If the character you chose is exceeding your budget, then go for some other design and character that is simpler and won’t cost much.

These are some important tips that you might consider while choosing a cosplay costume. Cosplaying is interesting but only when you are not spending huge time and money behind it. There are many stores that sell fancy costumes at most reasonable price.

Cosplay in Japanese Culture

Cosplay is not limited to dressing up in costumes from popular TV shows. Cosplay is also seen in traditional Japanese culture and fashion.

Coming of age ceremonies have been held in Japan since at least AD 714, when a young prince got new clothes and a hairstyle to mark their passage into adulthood. The official holiday was first established in 1948, to be held each year on 15 January. In 2000, as a result of the successful system, the Monday on which the Day Of Coming of Age was celebrated on was changed to the second Monday in January.

Many women celebrate this day with the use of Furisode (a kimono with long sleeves that hang) and zori sandals. Since most are unable to put on a kimono by themselves due to the complexities involved in dressing in one, many choose to visit a beauty salon to dress and have their hair done. A complete set of formal clothing is quite expensive, so it is usually taken from a relative or rented rather than bought for the occasion. Men sometimes wear traditional costumes (for example a dark kimono with hakama), but in modern times many men wear formal western clothes, like a suit and a tie, more often than a traditional dress.

The latest street fashion among Japanese women is the smokey eye look. It is a sultry and sexy look that is easy to achieve and which creates stunning results. The smokey eye look has been called the little black dress of make up as it is always stylish. Smokey eyes are perfect anywhere and anytime because the make up needed is not overdone and adds a little bit of mystery and allure to a woman’s look. The smokey eye make up is also useful for vampire Cosplay.

Fantasy and science fiction characters have became very popular Cosplay costumes. Characters from the Star Wars, Star Trek and the Harry Potter series are some of the most popular non-manga characters to be featured in Cosplay events. Anime cartoons such as Naruto, Bleach and Final Fantasy as well as video and computer games are also popular characters to be made into Cosplay costumes. Akatsuki And Organization XIII costumes as well as the ever popular ShinRa were the most common costumes at conventions. Outside of conventions, the most popular Cosplay costumes are school girl outfits and maid uniforms.

Comic books, graphic novels and fantasy movies are also a source of inspiration for Cosplayers.

Harajuku Girls – How to Get the Look

Gwen Stefani has brought the concept of Harajuku girls into popular western culture and introduced a new generation to this fashion style from Japan. In fact this style of fashion was popular long before Gwen discovered it and Harajuku has been a fashion hub for many years. But just what exactly is a Harajuku girl and where do you start to look for clothes if you want to dress like one?

Harajuku is a trendy area of Tokyo where young people go to hang out with their friends, show off their latest fashions and hopefully get spotted by one of the street fashion photographers or model head hunters looking for the coolest new looks. It is also a popular hangout for cosplayers where teenagers will gather at the weekends dressed up as their favorite anime character.

There are various sub cultures within Japanese Fashion including Goth, Lolita and Gothic Lolita, Visual Kei, and Ganguro. The Harajuku girls from the Gwen Stefani world wear bright colors, mix and match with lots of accessories – the crazier and more individual the look the better.

If you’d like to dress like a Harajuku girl then there are lots of websites selling outfits from Japan which can provide good base pieces for your collection. EBay is another great place to look for outfits and accessories. The easiest way to get this look however is just to be creative – Harajuku fashion is all about being individual and experimenting.

Get brave with your clothes – wear lots of layers that mix and match, the brighter the better. Experiment with your hair and makeup too, trying crazy new styles that you wouldn’t normally consider. Accessories should be large and bold and you should wear lots of them! Wear your whole look with confidence and try out new ideas every time you put together a new outfit.