Have you ever wanted to be a daring adventurer? One who is light-hearted and can make a game out everything? Who will daringly face off against those who are older, more experienced, and better armed because you are just that darn confident in your abilities? I am, of course, referring to young Peter Pan.
Or how about a different kind of adventurer? One who traverses fields, mountains and forests? Who would be willing to leave your home & everything you knew just to save a captured princess? No, I am no lamenting about being Mario… I mean Link, Hero of Hyrule & Savior to Princess Zelda.
I have a secret for you: you can be that adventurer in your everyday life… you just have to pick the right outfit! In honour of today’s release of Pan, let’s analyze:
The biggest hurtle when trying to closet cosplay Link is not appearing to be dressed as Peter Pan. I’m not dissing Peter Pan; I adore the story of the Darling children and their dashing hero. Something about a boy who never wants to grow up really resonates with me. However his outfit is overwhelmingly green & iconic-ly recognizable. This is a plus if you are Disneybounding for a day at one of Walt’s many fine theme parks, but will be the end of you if you’re going for subtlety… or if you are actually attempting to be the hero of Hyrule, rather than Neverland. A Peter Pan “costume” will rarely be mistaken for Link, although if you are surrounded by a group of Disney-hating gamers it is possible (that being said, I doubt hard-core Disney-haters play Zelda… the two fandoms share the same sense of whimsy).
Basically trying to be either one without being mistaken for the other is a logistical nightmare… but never fear for Kris is here! To avoid this trap I have compiled a quick comparison of Peter & Link’s costumes and made sure to point out the best ways to distinguish yourself as the appropriate savior.
The Green Tunic
Both Link & Peter wear one. It’s the key to either outfit. But how can you use the Green Tunic to distiguish which you are trying to Closet Cosplay? Look at shape and texture. Peter’s is light (like it might flow a bit in the breeze) with petal-cut edging on the bottom & sleeves. Link’s, on the other hand, looks heavy (like it might protect you from a dull weapon) with structured tailoring. When picking an outfit, pay special attention to the fabrics. Peter Pan lives in a tree in Neverland; he probably fashioned together his ensemble from things found in the forest. Embrace this with floaty materials, such as chiffon, silk or even a simple, smooth cotton. Link lives in Hyrule where he is constantly questing. He would probably get his tunic tailor-made with only the most durable of materials. You should choose fabrics that are heavier or textured.
Another distinguishing factor is that Link will sometimes wear things under his tunic. If you are taking advantage of this layering (either by putting a long-sleeved tee under your tunic or a sweater over your shirt) try to stick to brown, beige or white. Green will just look like an extension of your top & will probably seem more Peter than Link.
To Tight or Not To Tight… that is the Question.
Peter Pan is a man in tights. There’s nothing wrong with that; I’m just stating a fact. Link’s bottoms are debatable. Sometimes it appears he’s wearing white leggings, other times khaki pants, and occasionally he looks nude under his green “dress”. My advice is to use this key difference. If you are being Peter, always do Green-on-Green. They can be different shades (his are), but the combination of a green shirt & pants/skirt will emulate how Peter sports all-green all-the-time. To be Link, match your green dress with white tights or your army green shirt with khaki slacks. This will ensure you are identifiable as Zelda’s beau.
Some accessories must be classic because there is no other way to explain why Link & Peter have made all of the same choices when completing their looks:
- Hats – Both boys sport a green hat. Peter’s is a small green cap, while Link’s is long pointy elf hat. I doubt you are going to wear either in real life. Instead rock a green fedora for Peter or beanie for a more hipster version of either. The most important thing to remember s that Peter’s cap has a little red feather in it. Use this.
- Shoes – Brown is the color of choice here. Peter, again, goes light with slipper-like fairy shoes. Try ankle boots, mocassins or Toms. Link is still being a hardcore with intense boots meant for long walks through fields, forests, and mountains. Try combat or riding boots.
- Belts – We all know Link carries around about a million different things at all times (sword, shield, bow, claw shots, slingshot, bags of bombs, a giant wallet… and the list goes on…). His belt is appropriate for supporting all of these essential items. It is thick and heavy. Peter’s is thin, more like a cord tied around his waist.
- Weapons – Peter carries a dagger while Link has a sword & shield. I don’t recommend carrying around either in public.
- Fairies – The similarities continue when you consider that both Link & Peter are usually accompanied by a fairy. Navi is just a round (& annoying) ball of light, while Tinkerbell is a (vixen of a) humanoid girl. If you are picking accessories featuring a fairy this can be a helpful distinction.
Your accessories can play a big part in clarifying your character. Throw in an ‘obvious’ Zelda call-out to make your intension clear. I love triforces hidden in jewelry, etc. because if you get it you get it… if you don’t it’s just a pretty triangle design. Or maybe you have a Master Sword necklace, like KG. For Peter Pan, there are some items that hint towards his story: a thimble, an acorn, a ship or lost boy imaging.
Geez, now that I’ve broken it down, these outfits don’t seem the same at all. And I know you will have no problem making sure all of your Disneybound friends know exactly who you are channelling the spirit of. If you are sporting a Peter Pan or Link look be sure to share it with us on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr.
Love & Luck,