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6 Closet Cosplay Outfits For Your Workweek

Why yes, I know I ~kind of~ look like Wonder Woman today. Thanks!

Being a fan of something is awesome.

You not only get to talk about it incessantly (hit me up if you wanna talk Saga!), but at least once a year in every major city you get to meet a convention center filled with like-minded people. Most of whom are dressed to the nines in the most amazing costumes you've ever seen.

No one is ever too young/old, fat/skinny, dark/light, male/female, short/tall to cosplay.

You just have to love your character and rock it!
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You just have to love your character and rock it!

But as much as we would all love to show up to class or the office like this...

It's not entirely appropriate.
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It's not entirely appropriate.

The solution? Closet cosplay. Basically, theming clothes you would wear on a regular basis to your favorite character.

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You may think it's a bit much, but there's something completely empowering about dressing up as a character from your fandom and going about your life. Regardless if anyone around knows exactly what you're doing.

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So I decided to give it a try for a workweek.

I made the decision to use things that I owned and were already in my apartment. I didn't want to have to make or buy a bunch of expensive accessories or clothing in order to pull off the character. There's nothing ~casual~ about that.
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I made the decision to use things that I owned and were already in my apartment. I didn't want to have to make or buy a bunch of expensive accessories or clothing in order to pull off the character. There's nothing ~casual~ about that.

Eeyore from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

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Everyone's favorite Debbie Downer seemed like a great place to start given the simple color palette. Although I wasn't necessarily melancholy, I did have a nice sense of calm and a laissez-faire attitude about the day. If I could go back and redo this outfit, I'd totally get a pair of gray flats.

Scarf, sweater, shirt: Gap

Jeans: Old Navy

Boots: Bloomingdale's

Wonder Woman from the '70s TV show

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I'm not entirely sure why, but as a kid they used to show reruns of this every afternoon on TV, so I totally identify with the Linda Carter version of the Amazonian princess more than the DC character. Either way, I was feeling my look all day! This is one of two instances when I did make something to complete the outfit. I painted a white plastic headband gold, a wooden star red, and glued them together to make a casual version of her tiara. I also got a lot of compliments on it!

Headband: Michael'sSweater: GapPants: Old NavyShoes: Tom'sCuff: Lord & TaylorButton: They Might Be Buttons
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Headband: Michael's

Sweater: Gap

Pants: Old Navy

Shoes: Tom's

Cuff: Lord & Taylor

Button: They Might Be Buttons

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Deadpool from X-Men

Ryan Reynold's got nothing on me. I'm definitely wearing this outfit again and again. It's comfy, cute, and honestly, how can you dress like Deadpool and not feel like a major badass?Dress: TargetLeggings: American ApparelSweater and tank top: Marshall'sBoots: Bloomingdale's
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Ryan Reynold's got nothing on me. I'm definitely wearing this outfit again and again. It's comfy, cute, and honestly, how can you dress like Deadpool and not feel like a major badass?

Dress: Target

Leggings: American Apparel

Sweater and tank top: Marshall's

Boots: Bloomingdale's

Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time

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When I started this whole experiment, this was the character I wanted to dress up as the most. She's smart, sweet, and totally kick-ass (I can relate to all those things). This was also the other instance where I actually "made" something for the outfit. I use that term very loosely — I wrapped purple yarn around the neck and waist of the dress to create a collar and belt. For the crown, I braided a few strands of yellow rope together to make a headband.

Headband: Home DepotDress: NordstromShoes: ZaraNecklace and Belt: Michael's
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Headband: Home Depot

Dress: Nordstrom

Shoes: Zara

Necklace and Belt: Michael's

(Casual) Loki from Avengers

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Well, this was a no-brainer as Loki is one of the best villains in recent superhero cinematic history...and I own a lot green clothing. I made a casual and formal incarnation of his outfit just because it was so fun! Bonus: The necklace and bracelet in the casual outfit, I found the day of. As in, someone was giving them away. Score!

Casual Outfit
Sweater
: Nordstrom

Shirt: ModCloth

Leggings: American Apparel

Boots: Bloomingdale's

Earrings: Kate Spade

Necklace and bracelet: found

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(Formal) Loki from Avengers

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Formal Outfit
Dress
: Bloomingdale's

Sweater: Banana Republic

Leggings: American Apparel

Shoes: T.J. Maxx

Earrings: Anthropologie ($4 on the sale rack!)

Necklace: I got at a random beach stand on vacation, but this one is similar.

So there you have it! One week, all my favorite characters, and no ridiculous amounts of time or money spent.

To get inspiration on how to closet cosplay other characters, check out great collections on Polyvore or great Tumblr blogs like Cosplay Every Day and (my personal favorite) DisneyBound.

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