Costume Advice For
Comic Convention Newcomers
Viewing all the impressive costumes fans design and wear to comic conventions could be a little intimidating for newcomers, but you don't need to shy away from dressing up if you're unfamiliar with the scene. Even if you didn't spend the last six months putting your costume together, you can still feel confident enough to strut your stuff with these quick costume tips and comforting advice.
Convention costumes can range from over-the-top to out-of-this-world and everything in between. When constructing your costume, make sure it's something you can wear the entire day. Consider details both small and large. Sequins look awesome but can be bothersome on bare skin. Larger pieces like armor that cover portions of your body can also be irritating if you're not wearing layers underneath. If they restrict movement, you may not be able to sit down, either. Wear layers and make sure such pieces are removable.
Posing For Pictures
If you're dressed up, people might ask for photos. You've become a physical embodiment of their favorite character, so don't be surprised if strangers want to snap a shot. If you're fine with people taking your pic, practice some poses in the mirror and really get into character. If you love a character, but can't figure out how to make an exact replica work for you, use that character as inspiration for creating a new version that represents you. You can go as crazy as you like because you are adding your own spin to the story.
Looking awesome all day can take a toll on your feet. Unless they're part of your costume, flip-flops and open-toed shoes are a no-no. You can wear them if you like, but consider how much you'll be moving and standing all day. Unless you have super feet, you're probably going to want to invest in some comfy shoes that'll allow you to withstand the occasional long line and turn miles of busy walking into a leisurely stroll.
Some conventions have bags for all the swag you pick up, but if you'll need to bring essentials like a power bank charger, try to fit them into your costume. You can wear a utility belt, or strap it to your arm. If you're carrying an epic hammer or giant prop, remember that those don't get their own seat at panel discussions. You'll be required to hold it or figure out another place to put it that won't bother other fans. If you have huge wings or other props on your costume, make sure you have a friend watching your back, literally.
Just Be Comfortable
You can find an easy costume to pull together really quickly, or choose not to dress up at all. It all depends on how you want to experience the convention. Some people choose to wear a casual, everyday outfit. Others want to look like their favorite character and take part in the famous costume tradition. Whatever you choose to do, just be sure you'll be comfortable and confident.
Whether you go over the top or just go, remember to have fun and enjoy the unique comic convention experience. At Lakeside, we're always on the lookout for things to make every day more epic. From an oversized laundry tote that'll fit all the clothes in your complex costume to imaginative toys for kids, we have everything you need.