Alternate title: Closet Cosplay Wishlist: Bisexual Succubi and The Feisty Humans Who Love Them
4. Skull Gem Knuckle Ring Clutch | 5. Spike Ears Beanie | 6. Acid Wash Jeans
7. Three Way Backpack | 8. Woven to Excellence Belt | 9. Fingerless Gloves
10. Suede Platform Boots | 11. Over the Knee Boots
Closet cosplay [noun]:
1. A thing I’d do a lot of if I could be bothered to get dressed and go out and take pictures of my outfit. (One encourages the other, but the motivation is lacking for both.)
2. Playing a character without costume-exclusive pieces that you’ll never wear again, and without striving to recreate a specific outfit but rather a general style. What she wore vs. what she would wear.
3. Merging a character’s style and your own to feel a little cooler and a little geekier and walk a little more confidently in your shoes.
I don’t think there’s an official definition or anything (is there? Mia? Do you know?) but those are my basic rules for it. I can’t afford to do proper cosplay for various reasons; one is that I’m poor and another is that I can’t justify the expense when I’m living in a charmless town in the middle of nowhere without a way to hook up with a MUA and a good location and some props and a decent photographer to create a shoot that will last forever and I will be able to pull out at the barest of opportunities and go, “do I look amazing or what?” (Attention and flattery feed my soul.)
With closet cosplay, you pull a middle ground where you can use things that you either already own or will actually wear again — see how there are no skulls in this wishlist? I wouldn’t wear skulls, so they’re not there. I only picked things that matched my style, which means the whole outfit I built here is a bit more Bo than Kenzi — Kenzi on laundry day, possibly, or dragging herself to the kitchen for breakfast while hungover.
I’m one of those people who believes there are many different interpretations of a character and many places you can take them, and criticizing a concept instead of the execution of it is utterly pointless and shortsighted. I always thought it true of fanfic, and now that I accidentally came across a “critique” of someone’s cosplay that talked about like, fashion faux pas, I’m just like, yo, take a step back. Look at what you’re saying. Look at how meaningless it is. Look at how pitifully it illustrates the concept of “that’s just like, your opinion, man.” And then shut your piehole.
(Speaking of which, I’ve got an Olive Snook inspired logo I should sell as premade at some point. I also have a Dream of one day finding a pinkish red dress that Chuck Charles would wear. Did you know my camera’s called Chuck after Chuck Charles? Well, now you do.)
So anyway, this is a good example of what I’d do if I were to closet-cosplay Kenzi. I’ve actually come really close to closet-cosplaying Bo more than once because boots: check, leather jacket: check, tight jeans: check, cleavage-heavy tee: check, ponytail: …my hair will grow eventually. I’m just terribly lazy and stuff. I do have the equal-opportunity-lover part down though! Cookies to me.
Have you ever done any closet cosplay? If you haven’t, what do you need me to do to get you to go for it? ;)
Disclaimer #1: This post was written in collaboration with ShopLately via ProGrids. I haven’t tried their service and can’t vouch for it, but that’s no different than most of the wishlists I write. I have to admit I’d probably hit Etsy before getting a knit hat or a ring off any other site, but I was really impressed with their boot selection and prices.
Disclaimer #2: I haven’t watched Lost Girl since the season 2 finale, but I will get back to it eventually. I’m not a spoilerphobe or anything but I won’t be able to talk about current storylines with you because I’m not up to date. Sorry!