How to choose which character to Cosplay. Expo Tips and Tricks.

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For anyone attending their first convention or intending to cosplay for the first time ever, this can actually be a very daunting question/experience. After all, there is so much to consider…. 

So many characters to choose from and such an array of emotions to master. I know, I've been there myself but don't worry, after this you'll feel much more prepared to take on whatever hero/villain you have your mind set on.. 

Before you think I'm utterly mad, hang on and continue reading all will become clear, I promise you! For you novice cosplay adventurers… be not afraid I've broken this down into the top points to consider. So without further ado…. 

1.The Fear - Do I have what it takes to pull this off? 
  • This is the big one and it puts a lot of people off ever even trying to cosplay. For people who haven't experienced a convention it can be very intimidating as you don't know what to expect, whether people will judge you or even if you are going to enjoy it. I'm going to say something important here….Ignore that voice. Utterly obliterate it and think back to why you want to cosplay in the first place. Everyone has their own reasons and this is what you focus on. You have no time for doubt. 
  • Some people can get very hung up about looking similar to the character that they want to portray and feel that if they don't, it's not a good choice for them. This is a common misconception, if you love a character, chances are you make a great cosplay because you'll already have memorised their mannerisms and know their MO. This is actually harder than most people think and this can mean that you OWN your own choice compared to the five other Sasuke at the event….. It's less about looking like a character than becoming the character. Unless of course you want to enter contests then it becomes a bit more important as often you are judged on detail and accuracy. 
  • If you are struggling for ideas on who to pick or have a number of options, ask people you trust for their opinions; think about your height, whether you want to dye your hair or wear a wig (this can make a big difference to choice), whether you will be happy with their outfit (skimpy outfits in winter….) etc. This might seem like a trivial point but it's important to remember that you may be photographed so it's a good idea to be comfortable with who you pick because you might not have control over those images. 
2.The Pride - Pick a Cosplay you can be proud of. 
  • Chances are this is not going to be a regular occurrence so you want to choose a character you will be proud of showing off to everyone. You want to be able to look back at your memories with a smile and not cringe.
  • Will you view these photos and be happy to show your friends, family, parents etc? Is your outfit going to be decent? Will it be a sheer fabric? Alternatively are you gonna be warm enough?! 
3.The Fun - Remember it's supposed to be fun. 
  • The clue is in the title, if you aren't having fun then what's the point? 
  • Don't do anything drastic like set unreasonable weight loss goals or change your hairstyle to something you'll hate at a later date. Keep it sensible and enjoyable. 
  • Don't stress about it too much, at the end of the day you are attending to show your love of your chosen hero and take part in the amazing Expo community. Feel the vibes and chill. Whatever you decide, have fun! 

4.The Respect - Important but often forgotten. 
  • So we all know to be respectful towards others and that's part of this point however a common forgotten point is to check the convention rules. All conventions and Expos have their own rules. It's essential you find these and read them. Some will ban certain types of props, costumes, characters etc. We don't want you to rock up to the door only to be turned away, that's a bummer wherever you are. 
  • Be mindful of other cultures, if your skin tone isn't the correct colour don't change/alter it if it'll cause offence. If you need to wear items for religious reasons then wear them.
  • If you aren't sure whether you cosplay is respectful get another opinion before wearing it.
  • Remember no one likes to be insulted. 
5. The Comfort - Be comfortable. 
  • Make sure your costume is going to be comfortable. If it's something you are going to have to keep amending or adjusting, it's not a good choice.
  • If you are going to be too hot/cold, also not a good choice
  • If you can't walk in heels then spending all day in them isn't a wise decision.
  • You get the idea…. 
6. The Dedication - Decide how much time and money you want to spend. 
  • You don't want to be one of those people who bites off more than they can chew. Look realistically at the time you can afford to spare on piecing together your cosplay.
  • Work out whether you want to make it yourself from scratch, (be honest about your skill set here, we aren't born master tailors…), or whether you want a ready made cosplay outfit like the Akatsuki Cosplay Costume Set.
  • Whether you make it or fake it let's be honest it's all about taking part so if you don't want to go the full mile there's other options, like fan shirts and Anime Hoodies etc (For ideas check out the bottom of the page). There's more than one way to skin a cat as the saying goes…
  • Only buy what you can afford. Don't spend more than you want to, as chances are you probably won't wear it again. Unless it's re-purposed for fancy dress or Halloween. Or spoof Youtube videos.....

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7. The Rehearsal - Test Run
  • Do a test run. Once you've made, bought or assembled, do a practice run and spend the day in you costume at home. Move about, jump, stretch. This is the perfect time to test whether it fits, if there's any last minute adjustments needed or whether you just need an extra layer underneath because you are cold. 
  • Also take photos of you wearing your outfit from different angles or lights, then view them. This can help prevent any uncomfortable embarrassment when you realise that with the flash on, you can see your underwear. Just saying…. 


Don't lose sight of why you are doing this.
It's easy to get lost in the details but if you can keep an eye on the bigger picture you're sure to ace your cosplay. 
Still stuck? How about some of these casual cosplay fan shirt ideas;
Or perhaps just something to store all your newly bought merch:
We hope this has helped you. Be sure to leave your own tips for others below or even your own personal experiences!!!
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