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21 Mar 2012 - 17:5881197
How to check if a cosplay suits your body type?
Okay this might sound weird, but over the years I've been cosplaying I have SERIOUSLY struggled to find costumes that I suit (which is why I don't have many on my profile XD), due to having, what I feel, are odd proportions (37-26-40).

So my question is this, how do you figure out if a costume will suit your body type before you make it? It might sound SO silly, but it's something I really struggle with. I have no eye for fashion and try and cover myself up as much as possible, so for me this is the hardest part of a cosplay.

No, this is not me asking, 'who should I cosplay?' I'd just like tips on what body types suit what sort of costumes, like for example one body type might suit skin tight cosplays, where as another body type might want to avoid it and go for something else instead, that type of thing. <3


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21 Mar 2012 - 18:0781198
Well looking at your Clare costume it looks like you have a fairly well adaptable body type for costumes I can suggest till im blue in the face buuut do you have a rough idea of the sorts of things you like? like I can suggest DC/Marvel stuff but its weather or not your down with it? is it mostly anime you cosplay?


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21 Mar 2012 - 18:3481201
I may have gotten a bit lost on the question here (Sooo.. many.. words XDD)

but if i have read it right, then i suggest looking at other peoples cosplays before you make a final decision on who to cosplay.
For my Serah Farron Cosplay, i was unsure on what the outfit would look like one me, but then i searched on here and found a few girls with roughly the same body shape as myself and they looked really good in the cosplay! =]

Also, you could try to pick cosplays similar to ones you have done in the past, that would be a safe option.

But its all trial and error really, if your chosen cosplay doesnt work then it doesnt work, then you just move on to the next project xP

Sorry if im not much help, But i hope you find a cosplay you are happy with =D


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21 Mar 2012 - 18:5181203
I don't think body shape has much to do with it personally, as I think it's more to do with how you fit the costume to yourself. if you have a baggy costume, as you say, you can tailor it a bit more to look better on your figure, etc. It'll be a bit less accurate but will look better for it. I think this is the route a fair few people take - lets face it, no-one has the body and face right for lots of costumes. For example most Sailor Moon artwork shows them with legs double the length of the rest of their body

Bear in mind that whether a costume looks good or no is also a matter of frame - toned, slender or padded - and height.


21 Mar 2012 - 19:0081204
Quote Member-XI:
Okay this might sound weird, but over the years I've been cosplaying I have SERIOUSLY struggled to find costumes that I suit (which is why I don't have many on my profile XD), due to having, what I feel, are odd proportions (37-26-40).

So my question is this, how do you figure out if a costume will suit your body type before you make it? It might sound SO silly, but it's something I really struggle with. I have no eye for fashion and try and cover myself up as much as possible, so for me this is the hardest part of a cosplay.

No, this is not me asking, 'who should I cosplay?' I'd just like tips on what body types suit what sort of costumes, like for example one body type might suit skin tight cosplays, where as another body type might want to avoid it and go for something else instead, that type of thing. <3


It's not often you catch a thread like this on CI but this is my bread and butter! I'm a visual stylist and have just presented a panel on this subject at minami con the weekend just gone and previously at Ayacon last summer.
First of all the questions you've asked aren't silly and secondly they're the right ones to be asking. If you're truly serious about pulling off cosplays well, attending to your body shape is the first and foremost thing you should consider.
I don't think though you are considering it the right way. Yes there are cosplays that agree with certain shapes but ultimately there are ways of making sure you can suit any cosplay.
If you would like me to give you a more personal rundown on your bodyshape (given you have provided your measurements already I believe you're a pear shape) I can go through with you anything from cuts and styles that suit to what you can do to alter a cosplay that you may think doesn't quite suit what you're going for.
Drop me a private message on here, hit me up on my twitter (@kurostylr) or email me at

If all else fails and you're ok with it I can go through a few bits and pieces on here if you'd like?


21 Mar 2012 - 19:1881207
Thanks for the replies guys, tis much apprecited. :3 See normally I would do what you mentioned, Karakulz, but I find as of late I am making more and more and then chickening out because I don't think it looks right, so I'm risking a lot of time and money on something I end up hiding in my wardrobe. XD

@Captain_Marvelous I actually like a lot of comic characters, but the ones I tend to find have so much skin showing that I bail out of researching them! D: I'll pretty much cosplay anything, even if I've not heard of it, (in which case I will research the crap out of it)

No one has the perfect body like you say Blobfish, but I always tend to look at a costume and think, 'well I don't have that shape so it's a no go' which I guess is a bad way to look at it, but I think it's because I've yet to figure out how to flatter my bodytype and how other people figure it out as well. I just tend to look at others and think 'How do they know what their body type suits?' which I'm sure takes a lot of research on their part, even though it seems effortless :3

I was a little worried about putting this thread up to be honest, because I've seen them on other sites being faced with a lot of rudness and negativity, but I figure if it teaches me something I might as well try and ask people on here, most of which have more experience then me! I'll drop you a line via email Neo, since my PM's don't work well on here for some reason. D:


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21 Mar 2012 - 19:3181208
Quote Member-XI:

I was a little worried about putting this thread up to be honest, because I've seen them on other sites being faced with a lot of rudness and negativity, but I figure if it teaches me something I might as well try and ask people on here, most of which have more experience then me! I'll drop you a line via email Neo, since my PM's don't work well on here for some reason. D:


No worries! Look forward to it! I know what you mean, some people generally believe that if you want to know more about yourself then you're vain. Far from it. You're more concerned about how to make the most of what you were given!

If i can help any then I'll be happy to!


21 Mar 2012 - 20:4881215
This is just from my personal experience, but I gained a good idea about what type of cosplays would suit my body type through good old 'trial and error'.
It's true that some body types will suit a character more than others, but I do agree that costumes can be more often than not changed to suit someone.

Honestly, your not being silly at all asking a question like this. I think it's good that the subject is being discussed, as a lot of people probably are wondering the same thing



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21 Mar 2012 - 21:1981220
Basically, I just ignore the whole body-type thing and just make costumes that I like because of the design or the character whether or not they happen to be proportionate to me (I am what is technically termed as a smidget).

Everyone is completely differently shaped and many cartoon/comic/anime, etc. characters are often designed to be entirely rediculous proportiantely. They simply do not relate in any way, shape or form to human anatomy and real people. If I were to stick to characters who had similar proportions to me body-shape wise, I'd be stuck with only Marvel/DC super-heroines (as long as magic pants were employed to combat the lack of 6-pack. lol). However, if I tried to cosplay solely based on my height, I'd be stuck being only tiny little fairies and about 3 Disney Princesses.

As long as you make the costume proportionate to you, it is 100 times more likely to suit you than it would if you're trying to make a costume fit the measurements of a fictional character who has a diametrically opposite body-type to you. For example, I made my L4D Witch claws to look correct on someone my height, but when my friend who happens to be roughly the right height to cosplay the Witch far more accurately than me, they looked super-short and faintly rediculous. But, if I made them proportionate to my friend, or the Witch, they'd look silly on me. It's all about relativity. You can always wear lifts in your shoes or pad your bust and butt out or any other simple, figurative adjustment to appear more like the character you're portraying, but if you make your costume the right length for a 6ft character when you're only 5ft 2" then it ain't gonna suit you (and vice versa of course).

Having said that, I still find myself occassionally looking askance at something I've made and going: "hey, that's not right..." then actually putting it on and going: "no, it is, I'm just short." lol.

Just don't take accuracy too seriously (or yourself for that matter) and have fun. If you like the character then just go for it. Heck, I'm planning on being DBZ's Vegeta and the only thing we have in common body-type-wise is the lack of height thing... and even he's taller than I am!

Also, must say, wuff! to those measurements. You should totally wear a lycra bodysuit and rake in the fanboys/girls.... whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Pudding a bit of a perv? Never!


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22 Mar 2012 - 20:3381278
I think its a tricky one. I tend towards characters who have vaguely the same body type as me, which I determine either through looking at references or seeing how other cosplayers have portrayed the character. There are some things which I simply can't get perfect though, particularly with crossplays. I personally avoid characters who have a completely different build to me, like very athletic or small cutesey characters but that's a matter of personal choice.


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23 Mar 2012 - 15:0381316
I personally dont believe a persons shape should have an effect on what costumes they should or should not do. The essential thing is that you feel happy. I understand where you are coming from though. My answer (this is what I do) is do a quick costume test in private first, before deciding for definite weather to commit time and money to it. Find clothes/wig etc which you already have that are nearest to the intended cosplay. Pin things up with safety pins if neccessary. Then stand in front of the dress mirror. It will give you a good idea of how you will look in the planned cosplay. Then you will know weather you want to go or no go with it.

Self confidence is a matter all of its own though. You might have to take things a step at a time to gain more confidence. You can do this by being just a little bit braver each time - fear and trepidation is more common than you think ^^ but when you get out there and people ask you for photos or comment on your costume it will SuperBoost your self confidence. ^_^


23 Mar 2012 - 15:2181318
Honestly, your measurements aren't odd at all - sounds fine to me 8'D (and somehow it amuses me that we have the same waist measurement xD)

Personally I dont cosplay based on body type, I just go with the characters that catch my attention... but I do seem to lean away from certain characters naturally if their body-type is way off my own. (Except for anime's/etc that just have an odd drawing style that is impossible to recreate realistically *cough*CLAMP legs*cough*) So I generally avoid female characters due to lacking a decent sized chest, etc >__>

But really, it's just down to how comfortable you feel your body type shouldn't matter too much, as careful tailoring on cosplays can do wonders, and there's a thousand-and-one other little tricks that you can use to your advantage! Hope that helps xD


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29 Mar 2012 - 10:1481588
So, don't u know the size of the costume? or yours ? i think if u buy the costume ,the host would tell u the specific size .
for type , i think it depends urself. u can choose the style ,if ur shape is a little small , then i suggest u to choose lolita.


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