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This Tuesday is an ultra exciting day on television. We will be graced with the mid-season premiere of Pretty Little Liars – with the intriguing #5YearsForward jump – and the series premiere of Shadowhunters, the new series based on Cassandra Clare’s book series The Mortal Instruments. Obviously we are obsessed with both of these fandoms and as the good fangirls we are, we’re dedicating an entire week to discussing these thrilling television debuts. Welcome to PLL/Shadowhunters Week on My Fangirl Life!
In the lead up to all the excitement, perhaps you’d like to spend tomorrow (or really any day) dressed like your favourite characters from these shows. Don’t worry – we’re here to help with all the fashion inspiration you need. While trying to decide whether we should pull together a PLL Closet Cosplay or a Shadowhunters one for this post, we discovered just how easy it is to transfer from one to the other. So today the My Fangirl Life team is here to share with you tips on how to change your outfit from Liar to Shadowhunter in only 3 steps. Read on for Closet Cosplay: Pretty Little Liars & Shadowhunters Crossover!
If you’re still not up with the game and don’t know what Closet Cosplay is, I am happy to be the one to teach you, because it is magical. As Kris wrote in her very first Closet Cosplay post:
Closet cosplay is the act of dressing like your favorite fandom character in your everyday life… The key to Closet Cosplay is that you use your bountiful creativity & fashion skills to take a costume & turn it into a date night or work or casual outfit.
The best parts about Closet Cosplay is that you create these outfits with clothing and accessories you already own, and you interpret the character in your own style.
Now that you’re all caught up on what we’re doing today, let’s get on with the point of the post! Kris, Justine, and I got together to create outfits for each of us inspired by characters from both of this weeks feature series. Read on to see how we did it.
KG as Aria Montgomery
Aria likes to mix patterns and textures, and to add varied accessories to create an eclectic look. We have some style elements in common, though she does tend to be a little more “out there” at times than even I am. Her style is a mix of girly pieces and edgy details, so I put on a heart-covered cardigan, a leather skirt with a casual shirt tucked in, and patterned fishnet stockings. The outfit is finished with a sparkly camera necklace, to commemorate Aria’s love for photography.
Justine as Spencer Hastings
Spencer is the preppy Liar, just as Justine is the preppy member of our group, so this was an easy choice. Justine donned a pretty black dress and a black blazer, added a gold collar necklace, a gold wrapped bracelet, and preppy black shoes. We captured her running out the door with her laptop in hand!
Kris as A
When we dug into Kris’s closet, we realized that she doesn’t really dress like any of the actual Liars, but that her wardrobe is easily reminiscent of A…. so we decided to take this spin on it. She put on some black leggings, a black sweater, and an oversized leather jacket with the hood up (obvi) and some awesome black chelsea boots. She then skulked outside a window… instant A!
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, we’re showing you Closet Cosplay outfits that can be switched from Liar to Shadowhunter in 3 easy steps each. I’ve outlined how we made the change below!
KG as Clary Fray
To make the switch to Clary, I took off the cardigan, switched my necklace to one reminiscent of Shadowhunter runes, and untucked and tied the shirt. This resulted in a casual street-style Shadowhunter outfit… you know, for when Clary needs to move unnoticed through the actual world.
Justine as Isabelle Lightwood
To turn from Spencer into Isabelle, Justine shed her blazer and collared necklace, spread out the gold wrapped bracelet (which, SURPRISE! is actually a snake!) to bring a whip to mind, and switched into her best Shadowhunter combat boots. In this she’d be ready for battle but able to easily mix into any mundane crowd.
Kris as Alec Lightwood
The switch from A to Alec was actually pretty simple. Kris pulled down her hood, took off the jacket, and grabbed a bow (ok… so maybe that was only like 2 steps, but we were trying to make it fit with the post criteria…). Convincing Shadowhunter though, right?
As you can see, these two shows have some style inspiration in common! What do you think of our outfits? Let us know if you try out a PLL or Shadowhunters inspired Closet Cosplay… or if you find another way to go from one to the other. We’d love to see what you come up with!
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Are you still looking for that perfect-yet-easy Halloween costume? Whether you’re reading this post right after it went up and still have a couple weeks, or if you found this during your time of need the night before Halloween, I hope that I can help you to figure out a costume that is easy, affordable, and fun. In the past year or so, I have discovered the secret to easy Halloween costumes, and I’m here to share it with you today in this month’s installment in our High Five series. Read on for my list of 5 easy Halloween costumes that you can probably make from your own closet.
The answer to all of your problems is Closet Cosplay. For those of you who don’t know what this is, you can check out our post on it here, but I’ll give you the description in a nutshell. Closet Cosplay (also known as Disneybound or Everyday Cosplay) is all about dressing in outfits inspired by your favourite characters using clothes that you already own. You’ll see some examples below that will help you out. Basically you often end up looking like modern-day, fashionable versions of your character, which is a fun twist!
My favourite part about this is finding outfits that fit in with my personal style (I like to call mine Hipster Folk Princess). Each of the members of the My Fangirl Life team makes pretty distinct fashion choices all the time and this carries over into our everyday cosplay habits – for example, Kris usually ends up looking like a grungy hipster in every outfit she does, but she still always looks like the character. I imagine that if we each tried to do a Closet Cosplay for the same character, they would end up being very different.
For Halloween purposes, I recommend that you choose extremely recognizable characters and maybe go a little overboard with the details. Sometimes in everyday life I try to tone down how obvious my inspiration is, or pick a character that isn’t that well-known, but for Halloween you want everyone to get your costume.
So here we go, 5 costume ideas that you can probably already make from your own closet, or at the very least through a cheap trip to the mall.
1 – Modern Disney Princesses
There are so many possibilities for this one. Even if you’re not one to wear stereotypical “princess” colours, I can almost guarantee you that you will be able to find an outfit from one of the princesses that you can channel. Merida wears green. Belle is always sporting either blue or yellow. It doesn’t have to be pink or purple. I mean, none of them really wear much black but other than that I’m sure you can make it work! Focus on details that bring across your character.
In the Rapunzel photo below you can see that the colours I wore were so Rapunzel, but I added lots of flowers in my hair and a frying pan necklace.
We’ve done so many other Disney princesses too. Here’s a list with links in case you want to see any of them: Snow White, Merida, Elsa (Blue Dress, Coronation, and Blue Dress again), Anna, Ariel, and if you want to mix it up a bit with femme Princes, Eric and Hans.
2 – Link or Peter Pan
If you’ve got a lot of green in your wardrobe, you might be able to pull off either Peter Pan or Link from Legend of Zelda. Which one will depend on what types of clothes you have available to you, but Kris has broken down all the differences in her recent post Closet Cosplay: Link vs Peter Pan. Check it out for some handy tips on this one!
3 – Wonderland Characters
The fun part about Wonderland is that there are so many characters with lots of different colours, so I think almost anyone should be able to find one that works with their wardrobe. Of course, the most recognizable of all is Alice, which I wore below.
Our blog team wore a selection of Closet Cosplay outfits when we were in Disney World in February, and this one was one of my personal favourites. You can also check out our post We’re Disney Bound in Disneybound: Wonderland Edition for ideas for the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts.
4 – Hogwarts Students
For this one, we’re not talking wizard robes or anything like that. In the photo below, Justine is dressed in a distinctly Hufflepuff-coloured outfit that looks fit to be a school uniform. Her wand is a nice little accessory (it’s Cedric Diggory’s) which you may need for this option, but there are tons of DIY tutorials online on making wands, or you can purchase one at most nerd stores. What self-respecting geek doesn’t want to own a wand anyway?
So pick your favourite Hogwarts house (or wizard school) and get started, Deathly Hallows necklace optional. If you want to see ideas for being a Slytherin student or a Beauxbatons student (I don’t belong to a Hogwarts House), check out our post Off to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Disneybound Style. There are some other ideas in the post too, including a Death Eater, Hedwig, and Yule Ball Hermione!
5 – Post-Apocalyptic Survivors
This one is a little less Closet Cosplay and a little closer to actual cosplay. That being said, these clothes actually did come out of Kris’s closet. Though her outfit wasn’t inspired by any specific character, it was inspired by a situation: life as an Apocalypse Survivor. There is so much you can do with this idea with a bit of creativity! At the bare minimum all you need are some ripped or distressed clothes, perhaps some leather, a cool weapon like a bow or crowbar, and a badass expression on your face that conveys your zombie-killing expertise.
For more ideas on this theme, check out the gallery from the shoot that Kris attended in her post My Fangirl Life Cosplay: Post-Apocalyptic Photo Shoot.
The possibilities with Closet Cosplay really are endless. We’ve also put together a bunch of outfits before that don’t really fit in anywhere, so I thought I would link them here in case one of them sparks your interest: Pinkie Pie, Aristocats, The Avengers (Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Loki), Nancy Drew, Clara Oswin Oswald, Members of One Direction, and Disney Villains (Jafar, Cruella, and Ursula). You can also click the banner at the bottom of this page to see a list of posts on everything we’ve done, or just pick a character and come up with your own!
I hope that you find this month’s High Five – AKA list of five random things that we want to talk about – helpful with your Halloween planning. Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @Fangirls_Online if you do any cool Closet Cosplay costumes! We’d love to see what you come up with.
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,
A few weeks ago, I started to put together a post about Closet Cosplaying or Disneybounding Elsa from Disney’s Frozen. It turned out that I had WAY too many clothes that just screamed Elsa at me, so I broke the post up and did the first part on Coronation Elsa. Today I’ll be sharing with you my everyday looks for Elsa’s outfit after she’s let go and become the ice queen.
This outfit is all about the bright blue, some sparkle, and the colour of Elsa’s hair. I’m lucky in that I’m also blonde, but I still found bringing in some gold touches helped to get the point across. If you can’t remember exactly how Elsa’s dress looks (who are you anyways?), here’s a photo:
This is a pretty classy outfit that I could wear to work or anywhere that I want to look put together. The blue dress is a little dark for Elsa, but the lace pattern and light blue shining through totally make it work. The blazer is perfect Elsa, with the blue fabric and gold buttons. Of course I accessorized with my favourite snowflake earrings and a side braid. I think this look totally seems like something responsible Elsa would wear in real life.
The next outfit:
I also feel like this look is totally work-appropriate if your office is somewhere that you can wear fun patterns. This dress is awesomely Elsa-inspired, really bringing out the purple of her eyeshadow and pairing it with the blue of her dress. In my hair I have the Elsa-inspired bow that Justine bought me for my birthday last year. I love these frilly socks and felt like they were the perfect touch to this pretty and professional outfit.
On to number 3:
This adorable outfit is perfect for a casual day at the mall or even brunch with the parents. The sparkly skirt and Elsa hair bow add some fun touches, while the collared shirt and cardigan keep it classy. I’m also still wearing my snowflake earrings!
Now for the final Elsa look in my closet:
Ok, so this one is a bit of a joke. It is actually kind of my Halloween costume from last year when Kris, Justine, and I were Hipster Disney Princesses. That being said, I wear my Let It Go shirt in real life, and I want to wear the moccasins and beret too (though not together). The only thing the jury is out on is the fur vest, but the world of fashion is telling me that it’s a thing.
Have you ever done a Frozen closet cosplay? Let us know in the comments or tweet a picture to @Fangirls_Online! We can’t wait to see what you’re wearing.
This week I decided it was time to put together another Closet Cosplay outfit. It is so fun and creative… and I just love to go through my closet and think about new and exciting ways to wear my clothes. If you aren’t familiar with Closet Cosplay, it’s basically taking clothes from your own closet to dress in an outfit inspired by your favourite fandom character in your everyday life.
I went through my clothes the other day, thinking I’d pull together an outfit or two inspired by Elsa from Disney’s Frozen… because she’s totally part of my style inspiration. I’ve dressed as her once before, at Walt Disney World earlier this year, and it was definitely a lot of fun. Little did I know that taking on this task with my full closet in front of me would result in WAY too many outfits to put in one post! This means that you’ll be getting an additional Elsa post sometime in the next few weeks.
For today, I’d like to discuss Elsa’s coronation outfit. If you can’t remember what this looks like, here’s a quick photo:
Isn’t she fabulous? I love the colour combinations in this outfit, and I was excited to see what I could find in my own closet that would fit in. As it turns out, that was more than one outfit… apparently I wear the colours in this look often. Here we go:
I pulled out a dress similar to Elsa’s dress colour, a light cardigan similar to her cloak, and added some fun details that bring it all together: snowflake earrings, a purple bow to bring in the other purple colour, a gold necklace, and black patterned tights. I threw my hair up in a quick bun… not quite as pretty as Elsa’s. The final touch was to bring in the blue of Elsa’s gloves with my wrist-warmers.
This outfit is a great casual-but-pretty look. It’s dressed down enough for most activities and dressed-up enough to wear even out for dinner or drinks.
This outfit is a bit different in that I didn’t bring in too much green… just through the bow in my hair and the delicate necklace. These black and gold high-waisted shorts are absolutely fabulous and look great with the tank and oversized cardigan that emulate Elsa’s cloak, and the short heeled black boots. The touch that brings in the blue of her gloves on this one is my awesome large bag. Of course I again wore the snowflake earrings (an Elsa must) and the bun in my hair (a Coronation Elsa must).
I feel like this outfit is a bit more trendy and great for a coffee date with a friend or a day at the mall.
And on to the third Elsa look:I paired this awesome collared dress that has a high-low hem with the same oversized sweater from earlier. I then added a gold belt and my large blue bag. I kept the purple bow in my hair and the snowflake earrings (obviously!). For footwear, I put on a pair of black oxfords.
This outfit is great for work (though I might throw on some black nylons depending on the day), or for a family brunch. Be careful though, if you have young cousins or young family members they just might mistake you for Elsa when wearing this…
And the final outfit:
When I found these purple ombre tights in my drawer, I just knew I had to find a way to wear them. I paired them with a green skirt and black tank top. I brought in Elsa’s blue gloves with a bright blue cardigan, and put on a pair of black heeled boots.
This outfit is perfect for a casual date night. It’s cute, flirty, and fun but not too dressed up… I can see wearing it for dinner and a movie or even when just going out for drinks.
There you have it! All of my Coronation Elsa looks. Keep watch in the near future for some other Elsa-inspired outfits taken right from my closet… because who doesn’t want to dress like the Queen of Arendelle?
What do you think about these looks? Which is your favourite? Do you have a Coronation Elsa outfit in your closet? Share in the comments!
You may have noticed from a couple recent posts that My Fangirl Life are at summer camp with IGGPPC this week!
Each day there has been a closet cosplay challenge. As big fans of closet cosplay and disneybounding we decided we needed to participate in this challenge. Instead of posting an individual post for each day, here are the first 4 closet cosplay challenges:
Day 1: Disney Prince
Justine jumped at another chance to be Hans. She pulled out KG’s ‘Hans’ dress and was reminded of that time she was poor misunderstood Hans at Disney World. She continued to recreate the look with a white blazer, pink scarf, gold belt and black boots.
Day 2: Pixar Animals or Objects
Kris struggled for a little trying to figure out what Pixar character best personified her style. But throughout all the looking she kept coming back to Carl from Up! He’s not exactly an animal or an objects, but it’s the Pixar character that Kris dresses the most like on a daily basis. She stuck true to her “neutral” tendencies and paired a white collared shirt with tan joggers & a boxy brown jacket…topped off with a hair bow to mimic Carl’s bowtie.
Plus we blew up some balloons to complete the look.
Day 3: 90’s Cartoon
Kris and KG came up with this one for Justine…because apparently she kind of dresses like Arthur in her everyday life. It was easy, she already had the yellow sweater and a perfect white collared sleeveless shirt. Paired with some denim shorts and red shoes she quickly became Arthur. Plus of course a backpack as the two of them are both still students.
Day 4: Marvel AND DC Comics
The three of us have already Disneybounded Marvel characters so Kris decided to take a different take with this one. The challenge was Marvel OR DC Comics, why couldn’t Kris be both? Why can’t she love all of the comics?!
To support both sides Kris pulled out her Marvel comic book skirt. The rest of the outfit was less exciting with a simple black tank top and necklace. She had originally pulled out her Marvel shirt, but it was just too much with the skirt. What she really wanted was a Batman shirt (something to keep her eye out for now!). Kris grabbed her Batman and Robin stuffed animals instead to show her support for DC.
Who else is participating in the closet cosplay challenges? Let us know or share your photos with us in the comments!
– Justine Alyssa
Just because I want to, today I am going to write about Pinkie Pie. I’ve done it a few times in the past – here and here… and maybe a couple other times. But today I’m going to write about her in a different fashion. Today’s post is about Pinkie Pie Closet Cosplay!
What is closet cosplay, you ask? Kris explained it best in a previous post, but in a nutshell, closet cosplay is taking clothes from your own closet to dress in an outfit inspired by a character in your everyday life.
This is not as difficult as you think. Let’s take today’s example… everyone’s favourite pony, Pinkie Pie!
As you can see, Pinkie Pie’s signature colour is definitely pink (obviously!), but she does also have a yellow and blue cutie mark. This needs to be taken into account to get the full Pinkie Pie effect. With Kris’s help, it wasn’t too challenging to come up with a few different outfits for various occasions… all from my pieces already in my closet! So here they are. Enjoy!
This is a fun outfit for any sort of casual activity. We chose to go with pastel versions of the colours for the right feel for this outfit. The pink cardigan and purse bring in the token Pinkie Pie pink, while the yellow shirt and denim skirt emanate her Cutie Mark. We also added a sequinned hair bow for a little extra sparkle!
We put together this Date Night outfit with more muted tones of the colours. The yellow tank top under the lace shirt ads a touch of yellow, and I carried a blue bag to complete the Cutie Mark colours. The gold sparkly wedges just seemed like something Pinkie Pie would wear!
For this Pinkie Pie work outfit, we interpreted the colours a little more as jewel tones, and in fact used gold to represent the yellow instead. This seems appropriately polished for work. The pink peplum dress just SCREAMS Pinkie Pie, and the blue blazer with gold buttons brings in her Cutie Mark. We also added a couple small hair bows in pink and blue for good measure.
What do you think? Have you ever Closet Cosplayed Pinkie Pie or any of the ponies? Let us know know in the comments!