I know, I’m a week late for Halloween advice, but on the off chance anyone else receives an invite to a costume party (New Year’s, anyone?) I have an idea.
I’ve always heard (and personally agree with) the idea that when Halloween or other costume parties come around, very few cosplayers actually want to take their costumes to the party.
- Mess: Party fouls on your $200+ costume might insure the blood in the decorations isn’t all fake.
- Effort: Getting a cosplay costume ready by Halloween or other any party date unless you know months in advance is going to be stressful and exhausting.
- Recognition: Or lack thereof. If you do an iconic character that made it into mainstream media, and has more than a cult following, MAYBE. But the chances are that no one at the party is going to know who you are. (This doesn’t bother everyone, which is why it’s further down the list.)
- Preparation: Generally, Cosplay takes more prep work (hair/wig, makeup, etc.) than basic, run of the mill costumes
So, if you don’t want to go through all the time and effort, what do you do instead?
Closet cosplay is when you take items you already have (or that you can buy in-expensively) to create an outfit that evokes a certain character or theme. Welovefine, Superherostuff, and even Hot Topic can be good places to get closet cosplay items if you don’t have anything that will work. Or if you want to be a little more overt in your closet display.
Why closet cosplay? Because usually the items used in closet cosplay are more comfortable, more easily found, much easier to clean in the event of spills or messes, and while they won’t be more easily recognisable than cosplay, can be just as much fun.
Have you flown your colors with closet cosplay? Tell me about it in the comments below!