8 weeks to go until ClexaCon! Conventions are a time to try new things and to indulge in your love of fandoms. If you’ve been considering cosplaying, but are feeling intimidated I have some suggestions for doing something that might be a little less stressful, casual cosplaying.
For those of you who may not know, casual cosplaying is finding a way to dress like a character without putting together a full costume. This could mean planning an outfit based on an outfit your favorite character wore or adding accessories that relate to the character you like. I used to do a lot of casual cosplays and I will admit that the cosplays I am planning for ClexaCon this year are in a casual vein. I went through outfits the three characters I am dressing as wore and have planned and created outfits that are similar. What helps make mine look a bit more like official cosplays is that all of the characters I’m dressing like wear regular clothes and aren’t in armor, specific uniforms, or wear anything that I would have to make myself.
People who do larger cosplays that involve creating larger pieces always amaze me. They are so dedicated to their craft and creating the perfect costume. If you are considering doing something larger that is amazing and I am sure you will knock it out of the park, but if you want to try something that might be a little bit easier to start off with try picking a character who you can just buy a few clothing items for. One benefit for me of going into my cosplays with a casual attitude is that I really don’t want to dye my hair or wear a wig. I am growing my hair out, but I am just going to style my hair as best as I can to look like hairstyles the characters have had.
One other casual cosplay idea you can try out could involve a large group. If you all want to rep your favorite show, but aren’t sure if you want to try and do a big cosplay, consider wearing shirts that fit with a show and putting your favorite quote from your favorite character on them. Casual cosplays are also sometimes easier with big groups because it lowers the pressure of having to have perfect outfits for everyone. If you want to represent your favorite character just do whatever seems comfortable for you and always remember as long as you are having fun that’s all that matters.
ClexaCon will have some panels and workshops about cosplaying, Crossplay! and Queer and Plus Sized Cosplay, that you should definitely check out while you are there and for more information about the convention you can check out their website.
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