Cosplay, Fancy Dress or Costumes on a Budget
[Editor's Note: Cosplay, for those of you like me who had to look it up again, is short for "costume play" and basically means dressing up like a specific character. Don't want to buy the $85 Harry Potter costume? Try these tips for finding great dress-up clothes for adults and kids! -Rita]
Frugal Nerd Lesson #1: Cosplay on the Cheap
Tip #2: Selection of WHAT you will dress up as is key. It's painful to see people squeezing into outfits that are accurate to their inspiration, but unflattering to the real-life person's body. Quality wigs can be pricey, so I like to choose fellow brunette characters, thus eradicating the need for a wig or hair dye. Yes, it's fun to dress up as someone REALLY different, but it's also neat to have someone come up to you and say how real you look. Example: I don't look like any of the companions of the Doctor on BBC's "Doctor Who," but I think I look a little like David Tennant, so I bought a pinstripe suit on eBay for $10 and did my hair up all crazy and spiky.