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audrey12345
03-22-2010, 07:32 PM
I'm trying to put together one of those outfits that some people wear at cons, that aren't character costumes, with cat ears or something? I really don't know what they look like. Can anyone tell me what one of those outfits would include? I hope ya'll know what I'm talking about..

Raenam602
03-23-2010, 07:50 AM
not really sure what you are talking about, but you can add cat ears and tails to just about anything so long as there is a way to secure them. or are you talking about mascot costumes?

MemoryOfAlessa
03-23-2010, 08:43 AM
I think I know what you mean; I like to refer to that as Otaku fashion. A Genki hat is a must, and if you're a girl you can wear leg warmers or something. But you can pretty much wear whatever like.

Lithium Flower
03-23-2010, 11:49 AM
Is this what your talking about?

http://bouquet100.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/10165cosplay_-_neko_girl.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__gfSXMof3qE/Sk7YmhKh6RI/AAAAAAAABVM/hlt3eSgdF4U/s320/Cosplay+chica+neko.png

Suiseiseki0284
03-23-2010, 12:28 PM
Is this what your talking about?

http://bouquet100.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/10165cosplay_-_neko_girl.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__gfSXMof3qE/Sk7YmhKh6RI/AAAAAAAABVM/hlt3eSgdF4U/s320/Cosplay+chica+neko.png



Actually, the second IS a cosplay, that's Mystia Lorelei from the Touhou series.

Lithium Flower
03-23-2010, 12:32 PM
Actually, the second IS a cosplay, that's Mystia Lorelei from the Touhou series.

EEP! I've never heard of it, sorry.

PockyPants
03-23-2010, 12:44 PM
I know exactly what you mean! "Otaku fashion", as MemoryOfAlessa said, is a perfect name for it. It's pretty much whatever you feel like wearing.

I see a lot of...
bright colors
gloves
fishnet
wigs and/or hair falls
cat ears and tails
corsets
goggles
boots
genki hats
mini top hats
masks

Most of this stuff can actually be purchased at the con or hot topic.

Lithium Flower
03-23-2010, 01:46 PM
I know exactly what you mean! "Otaku fashion", as MemoryOfAlessa said, is a perfect name for it. It's pretty much whatever you feel like wearing.

I see a lot of...
bright colors
gloves
fishnet
wigs and/or hair falls
cat ears and tails
corsets
goggles
boots
genki hats
mini top hats
masks

Most of this stuff can actually be purchased at the con or hot topic.


Otaku Harajuku?

audrey12345
03-23-2010, 08:03 PM
Yeah, like Otaku/Harajuku stuff.
Thank you, I knew SOMEONE would get it!
:]

Lithium Flower
03-23-2010, 08:23 PM
Lots of beads and bobbles! XD

There's a lot of different styles of it there seems to be a more goth spin (http://www.japanforum.com/gallery/data/2/medium/harajuku-fashion-01-20-07-017.jpg), a kind of casual (http://z.about.com/d/diyfashion/1/0/j/-/-/-/Harajuku12.jpg) style, some more lolita (http://www.teacherinjapan.org/harajuku_girls.jpg)-ish, and sweet (http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u226/dolce78/harajuku/harajuku2-1.jpg) styles.

Really what I would do is browse the internet looking at Harajuku fashion and what elements you like best. Maybe even check cos.com and see what others have tried (http://www.cosplay.com/results.php?id=681495&sort=).

PockyPants
03-23-2010, 09:21 PM
Wait so which are you talking about? What con folk wear or japanese street fashion?

audrey12345
03-23-2010, 09:51 PM
@PockyPants, both I guess? Idk.

CezzaXV
03-26-2010, 05:40 PM
Have you had a look in the J-Pop/J-Rock forum? I think they might have alot of the kind of stuff you're looking for.

Meiki
03-26-2010, 06:47 PM
Harajuku is a place, not a style, and it's just as popular for actual cosplay as it is for unique fashion, so that's a ridiculous misnomer.
Lots of beads and bobbles! XD

There's a lot of different styles of it there seems to be a more goth spin (http://www.japanforum.com/gallery/data/2/medium/harajuku-fashion-01-20-07-017.jpg), a kind of casual (http://z.about.com/d/diyfashion/1/0/j/-/-/-/Harajuku12.jpg) style, some more lolita (http://www.teacherinjapan.org/harajuku_girls.jpg)-ish, and sweet (http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u226/dolce78/harajuku/harajuku2-1.jpg) styles.[/URL].
That's all just decora. I would look through the memories of the decora lj community: http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=d_e_c_o_r_a if that's what you're going for.

I'd say 90% of the general non-cosplay con-wear I've seen is just people throwing on whatever crazy stuff is in their closet, and putting on whatever cat ears or hat they bought at the con. As far as Japanese street fashion goes, if that is what you're going for, you're going to have to do some research and be a little more specific before anyone can help you. Gyaru, lolita, decora, visual-kei, and mori-girl are just a few I can think of off of the top of my head.

ToroSonyCat
03-29-2010, 12:35 PM
Things like cat ears/tails and animal ear hats are popular.
Lots of Japanese styles are commonly used also, such as Lolita or Decora.
Anything that seems like very anime-esque is good, I dont know how to describe it.. things like the kinds of skirts that you see in anime and stuff like that.

Erm.. everyone else has better ideas than me.
Maybe you could come up with a colour scheme, anything is good ^^

Bioslate
07-13-2010, 06:56 PM
I think I know what you mean. You want to do a costume that isn't an original character and isn't a cosplay (or a modification of a character's costume) you want your own original design that isn't attached to any OC or anime. Am I correct?

Marcquelle
07-13-2010, 09:10 PM
I get what you mean. Here is my 2 days before the con made outfit hahaha (just don't try and do make-up on trains like i did TT_TT :P was good fun though hahahah):

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2629896/

Go for it and as long as you feel comfortable and feel that you look good that's all that really matters in the end.

UsakoLuna
07-15-2010, 01:30 AM
Um... When I'm not cosplaying at a con I tend to dress how I normally do- skirt or jeans (depends on weather), cute top, flip flops, maybe arm warmers since I'm addicted to those things October thru April. Occasionally I'll wear cat ears.

Musouka_Ningyou
07-19-2010, 07:56 PM
I'd say 90% of the general non-cosplay con-wear I've seen is just people throwing on whatever crazy stuff is in their closet, and putting on whatever cat ears or hat they bought at the con.
This. So much.

Most of the non-cosplay and non-"regular" (jeans and t-shirt type stuff or whatever looks like they would wear that normally) that isn't a set fashion type that I see usually looks like a bunch of stuff thrown on with a bunch of accessories bought at the dealer's hall. Some people keep a fairly consistant style (wear a bunch of goth-type clothes with black items bought from the dealer's hall, wear something resembling an actual style or full cosplay [lolita-ish, maid-ish, schoolgirl-ish, but not actually one of these] with random accessories), and some just wear... whatever.

If I had to pinpoint a few items that are common, I'd say that short skirts, stockings of some kind (colourful, tall socks, fishnets, loose socks, etc.) or leg warmers (furry or flared), aniaml ears/tails or those fleece animal-shaped hats, some sort of casual shirt (anime or J-rock bands are common) fishnet shirts or corsets.

I personally wouldn't dress this way (but my cons are usually pretty packed between cosplay and lolita!), but there's nothing wrong with dressing this way if you like it~ If you want to get all decked out in crazy anime-esque clothing, go for it as long as you have fun.

Here's a link with some goo examples of what I mean:
http://style-geek.blogspot.com/2010/01/street-snap-anime-love-style.html

grotesk_faery
10-15-2010, 07:29 PM
Wear whatever you want, really, but, for the love of god, DON'T BE A WEEABOO!!
*Ahem*
Now that that's out of the way... I would suggest anything that draws attention to yourself (in a positive manner, preferably) since there's so much crazy stuff at cons that if you want to be noticed at all, you have to be crazy, too. I love coordination so people who just throw on random clothes that don't go together irk me. Try to give each outfit a theme, and never mix and match things that shouldn't go together (i.e. steampunk goggles, a cat tail, and a rainbow tutu) because that really looks amateur and is just obnoxious.
Cons are a good place to wear skimpy (preferably anime-related) things without getting disapproving looks, so little bitty outfits are fine if you have the body for them. Wigs are always accepted, but bad wigs are just disgraceful. Well made animal ears and tails are okay, but full on furries tend to be cringed at by most. Some styles (especially some raver styles like Kandy or Japanese styles like Decora) can be done fairly cheaply and easily and still look good. Goths are always welcome, but it's not very attractive usually if you just wear cheap Hot Topic stuff, however Tripps/skirts and tees are okay.
I would suggest not attempting to wear something like Steampunk, cyber, or Lolita fashions without knowing a lot about them and having really good pieces. Closet cosplays don't usually turn out very well, either, unless you know what you're doing. While they claim to be accepting, congoers are also very elitist, and look down on anything poorly done/worn.
Another huge factor is whether or not something is comfortable! If you can't walk in those shoes all day, take a comfortable pair (that still matches your outfit) with you, too, or don't wear them at all. Don't wear clothes that will get on your nerves, because you'll be too busy thinking about it to enjoy the con. Also take into account the weather.
In general, just wear something that you think looks cool and fits. It's always helpful to ask an experienced congoer if something would look good. If you really don't want to get noticed, jeans and a tee shirt are always fine.

Whew, sorry for the novel, I just started thinking about it and stuff kept popping into my head. Please bear in mind that this is all my opinion and not some set-in-stone con outfitting rule book. I'm just talking from the experience of going to a lot of cons and getting lots of compliments and attention on outfits even when I'm not cosplaying. Really, wear whatever makes you happy, and have fun :)