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23 Oct 2012 - 05:4492964
costume help
At the last show i saw a lot of great costumes, people looked great, different spin on costumes, new looks for old costumes. I heard some girls,say they hate guys who cosplay as females as it doesn't look right, oddly enough 2 of them were dressed as guys one as deadpool and the other I think from a zombie movie. As I dress as wonder woman for charity and others dress as well . What are some things we can do to better our look, tips , ideas, thoughts, what can we do to look better, what to wear? do? sort out? I and others are still going to do it but we want to look good as well. Suggestions welcome, rude remarks can go somewhere else. your thoughts please.


23 Oct 2012 - 08:5692974
Quote superwondergirl:
At the last show i saw a lot of great costumes, people looked great, different spin on costumes, new looks for old costumes. I heard some girls,say they hate guys who cosplay as females as it doesn't look right, oddly enough 2 of them were dressed as guys one as deadpool and the other I think from a zombie movie. As I dress as wonder woman for charity and others dress as well . What are some things we can do to better our look, tips , ideas, thoughts, what can we do to look better, what to wear? do? sort out? I and others are still going to do it but we want to look good as well. Suggestions welcome, rude remarks can go somewhere else. your thoughts please.


Hiya! Well, without knowing what you and the others are cosplaying *as*, it's hard to give advice.

I can give you a bit of advice on foam armour (don't make it too rigid or you'll die a little inside when it cracks), or sewing fur (part the hairs *before* you cut or your cape top will look like one of your little sister's Barbies after a meeting with a pair of scissors).

My main tip has to be: go as a character you genuinely like. I would have given up months ago on my Lady Sif if I didn't have a real passion for her as a character. She's kick ass, and my costume is a celebration of that.


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23 Oct 2012 - 09:1792977
In general:
Go for the better quality fabrics.
Study photos of people cosplaying as the character you are dressing as.
Also read blogs and journals by people who cosplay as the character you are dressing as - they might have useful insights.

If you are asking specifically about MtF crossplay:
Buy some good quality corsetry or shaping underwear - slimming shorts, waist cinchers, full-cup bra in the right band size, etc. As well as looking better, it will help your confidence
Get a decent foundation - I swear by MAC Total Coverage
Join, or lurk, at a dedicated crossplay forum or better yet, a crossdressing forum.
Wear tights. Even if your character is barelegged, it will make your legs look better (consider "bamboo" tights if you are pale)
Work on your posture. People-watch or find tutorials on Youtube


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