Thursday, 19 November 2015

How to DIY Dress as Misty from Pokemon

Misty Cosplay Wig
FPT Womens Basic Crop Tank Top
Decent Misty costumes are actually quite hard to come by, as I learned when I was trying to make a costume for my very first anime convention back in my teens. I wouldn't ever order something pre-made, as they tend to be cheap knock-offs by companies that mysteriously disappear two week later, and I've never seen any with good reviews. Luckily, this is a super easy costume to make from ordinary clothing, many of which you may have lying about the house. This is how to do it!

Red Solid Suspenders
First up, Misty rocks a cool yellow tank top with a cropped bottom, pretty much exactly like the one on the right. It's fine to substitute this with a yellow t-shirt if it's cold out, the look is still very recognizable. Just combine your choice with a set of red suspenders like the one on the left.

I'll be really surprised if any of you didn't already have a set of high waisted denim shorts at home, so if you do that's half of the costume sitting about in your closet already! If not though, this is a great set to use. Attach the suspenders to the shorts and voila, that is the basic costume completed.

Finally, just finish off the look with your basic accessories. If you already have red hair, just give yourself a messy side ponytail, while everyone else would benefit from the awesome wig at the top of the page. Misty also wears Vans-style red and white shoes, and I've featured a very similar pair below. Why not finish off the look with a replica pokeball

Vans Unisex Sk8-Hi (Canvas) Skate Shoe
So there you have it! That is my guide to making your very own cosplay of Misty from the Pokemon series. I hope you found everything that you need and become the very best. Perhaps even the best there ever was. If you enjoyed this post and would like to see more, be sure to check out the rest of my blog for all of the best costume and cosplay ideas on the net!

DIY Velma Dinkley Costume for Women and Girls (Scooby Doo)

Rubie's Costume Scooby Doo Mystery Inc. Velma
Big Girls' Velma Costume 

Ready to head off into the dark and solve some mysteries? Who better to go as but the intelligent and savvy, but hopelessly short sighted Velma from Scooby Doo? Pretty much every generation has grown up with one version of the show or another, and the basic look of the characters has always been the same, so it makes for an instantly recognizable and nostalgic costume. While you can get some great premade costumes out there, such as the two above, this is a very easy costume to make out of normal clothing. You'll probably have some of the things you need already, so just fill in the blanks!

Purl Women's Oversized Baggy Chunky Knitted Jumper Pullover
MBJ Womens Basic Versatile
Stretchy Flared Skater Skirt

(available in kids sizes here)
Bright orange fashion was all the rage a few years back, and you might still have an old orange sweater hanging in your closet. If so, fantastic, because that'll be the centerpiece of your costume. If not, you can pick a perfect Velma style jumper above. You can get an orange jumper for kids here.

Next up, you will need a red pleated skirt or a skater-style skirt in red, to go with the jumper. A bit of an odd combo, but I guess Velma isn't the fashionista of the group, and hey, she pulls it off. If you don't already have one lying around, the one on the right is a good shout. 

OG Vintage Buddy NERD Wayfarer
Blues Brothers Clear Sunglasses
That is the basics of the costume. With those in place, you'll need to highlight the look with some great accessories. Velma wears knee high orange socks, so be sure to pick those up here. You can replace them with orange tights or longer socks if you anticipate being a little chilly. As for shoes, red or black flat Mary Jane style shoes are perfect, and you can find some wonderful red ones that fit the costume right here. And don't forget the glasses! You won't be able to see without your glasses! 

Simplicity Hair Bob Light Brown
Straight Short Cosplay Wigs
If you fancy going all out, you can do up your make up in such a way as to totally enhance the costume. The tutorial above is a great way to start, plus it has guides to other Scooby Doo characters too. I also like this video tutorial on how to make fake make-up freckles, which would work well with Velma's look.

Finally, if you don't already have a short brown bob, have no fear! You can just tie your hair up and add a wig to replicate the hair style without having to take a pair of scissors to your head. The one on the right works well, and brown bob wigs are available at pretty much any party store. 

So there you have it! That is my guide to making your own easy Velma Dinkley costume for all you Scooby Doo fans out there. I hope you found everything you need and have a great time dressing up. If you enjoyed this post and would like to see more, be sure to check out the rest of my blog for all of the best costume ideas for women and girls on the net!

Monday, 2 November 2015

Top Ten Santa Girl and Mrs Claus Costumes for Women

Forum Novelties Women's Sweet Miss Santa Suit, Red/White
Christmas is fast approach, and soon Father Christmas will be coming down the chimney will all sorts of fun gifts. But what about Mrs Claus? What will she be up to? Well, that is entirely up to you. I've collected all of my favorite Santa girl costumes for the 2016 holiday season into one place so that you can find a Santa costume that's right for you. Let's take a look!

Forum Novelties Women's Premium Classic Mrs. Claus Costume
Leg Avenue  Mrs. Claus Costume
I want to start us off with something a little unusual that looks like its going to be popular this year: medieval, Game of Thrones style ball gown Mrs Claus costumes like the beautiful dress costume featured above. They are unique, elegant, and simply gorgeous! Each set of this costume comes with the amazing dress, the fluffy hat and the black belt. 

Fun World Costumes
Ms.Santa Pant Set Costume
But anyway, let's move on by taking a peek at the classic styles of Santa girl costume. Cute mini-dresses are very common, and come in a few different styles, but the elegant Leg Avenue Mrs Claus costume is a good example of the typical design. You can also get this costume in a deep green. I recommend also picking up a white petticoat to go under the skirt in order to give it lift and volume. Here's a great one for you!

If you like that costume, you should also check out the costume at the top of this post, which includes a super cute little capelet in addition to the costume.

If you want a true classic and prefer your pants to your skirts, you definitely want to take a look at the Fun World Ms. Santa costume featured on the left, a slimming and form-fitting take on the classic Santa Claus costume for women. Each set comes with a velvet jacket and pants, a matching belt and a Santa hat. Add some knee-high black boots and you'll have everything you need for a tumble down the chimney this Christmas. 

Ulike2 2015 New Sexy Fever Santa Ladies Christmas Fancy Dress Adult Costume Outfit
Hooded Miss Santa Costume
Let's get short, sexy and naughty next! I always love Santa costumes with a dash of black leather or ribbon, it fits in well with the color scheme and adds a bit of unique flair to the overall look. If that piques your festive curiosity, here are three costumes you will love.

Forum Novelties Enchanting
Miss Christmas Costume
For the party girls out there, the super short mini-skirt is the perfect club gear mini dress for the Christmas season, with plenty of white fluff and lovely black ribbon accents. You can get the hat to match the dress right here.

If you are more of a corset gal, you'll love the Hooded Miss Santa costume on the right. The waist cincher compliments any figure and adds a 'bad girl' vibe to the costume. Warning: this costume may land you on Santa's naughty list. Each set of this costume comes with the dress, attached hood and the corset cincher. 

For a bad girl who is still sophisticated, elegant and feminine, check out the Forum Novelties 'Enchanting Miss Christmas' costume, featured on the left. This is my favorite of the costumes on this page for it's very unique style and interesting design and blend of colors, and the fact that it can be customized for a different look every year. All you need to do is combine the beautiful robe-jacket and cincher belt with your favorite little black dress and you'll look absolutely stunning! The matching boot cuffs for this costume are available here.

Roma Costume Women's 1 Piece Sweet Santa
Secret Wishes Santa's
Helper Costume
Above is another sexy party dress for all you ravers and clubbers out there. This is a gorgeous corset-style velvet dress with a lovely feather lined skirt with plenty of poof! The matching fuzzy leg warmers are available separately here

Christmas Costume Mrs
Santa Claus Dress Suits
For a very unusual and unique look, take a peek at the cool halter-neck, bandage style mini dress on the left. I love that shiny material and the gold accents! Each set of this costume includes the dress, a Santa hat and matching boot tops. 

Last but not least, did you know that before Coca Cola rebranded Santa his coat used to be green? It's true! If you feel like bucking the trend, there are quite a few unusually colored Santa costumes out there for you to check out. My personal favorite is the cool blue number on the left. 

So there you go! Those are my top ten favorite Mrs Clause and Santa girl costumes for Christmas 2015. I hope you found one that is perfect for you and have a wonderful time. If you enjoyed this post and would like to see more, be sure to check out the rest of my blog for all the best costumes for women on the net. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!