View Full Version : Are Glasses A Thing To Consider When Picking a Character?

01-02-2003, 09:47 PM
Alright, this's been bugging me ever since I started Cosplaying. Is it bad if your a person who wears glasses and you cosplay a character that doesn't wear glasses? I kinda hate the idea of contacts, and yet, all the characters I know of in anime don't wear glasses(Except for just a couple exceptions...like a couple of the characters from Hikaru no Go, which, may I add, is a really rox'n anime which you all should check out...It's like the only anime that is somewhat realistic clothing wise >> the characters actually change their outfits and all, unlike most animes -Coughs-), but I do Xx. Is it a big deal or not? Heh, I'm just curious, 'cause I've never met another cosplayer in real life(Unless you count kids on Halloween dressed up in makeshift Ash Ketchup costumes 'n stuff like that, but they're not really cosplayers...), so I wouldn't know....

Heh, just wonderin', 'cause if it's a major thing, I might wanna start considering my glasses as a factor when I choose costumes from now on...But then again, maybe not...Most people that wear glasses in anime are uncool and scary(With, again, the exception of the HnG characters who wear glasses, though, they might be considered geeks...Tsutsui doesn't get looked upon very highly I don't think...).

Oh, and are braces a big deal too? Xx I bet I'm like the only cosplayer that's got braces...blasted pieces of metal...I hadta miss Zoids NC0 and Digimon when I got 'em on...the stupid dentist lady wouldn't shut up...she kept talking about Christmas parties and her 'on the brink of dying and poor grandmother who she has to visit today after she finished up with this' >>. Then the other dentist guy thought I was a guy.

-Sigh- Oh well, this was more pointless ramble...I seriously gotta stay on track more...

(Also, I wasn't sure where to put this Xx I couldn't decide if it belonged in Anime Costumes or the Costume Help thing...so I did the 'Eynnie Meenie Mynnie Moe' thing and I chose this one(Yes, my methods of choosing are highly advanced XP))

01-02-2003, 09:58 PM
I wore glasses for a long time too, and I find the best solution is to take them off when you are having your picture taken. That way you can see and cosplay accurately. I think glasses can look cute on certain costumes tho ^_^
And there isn't much you can do about braces, except keep your mouth closed when you smile. I think it really depends on the character tho. Like, schoolgirl with braces can be cute. Sexy girl with braces doesn't fit as well. ^^

01-02-2003, 10:09 PM
Like Medellia said, glasses aren't a real problem if you take them off for pictures (it's what I do =D).

01-02-2003, 10:21 PM
^^' I see. Heh. Taking off glasses when getting photo....good idea....then again, I prolly won't get my photo taken at OhayoCon or any other Con I go to. Oh well -Heh-. And I keep my mouth closed during all the pics I ever get taken of me at like school and stuff...and I usually don't smile...'cause the last time I smiled during a pic, it turned into this odd smirk..and it looked similiar to Ron Weasley's in the HP movies oo'. Heh. I dunno though. I realised I don't care much about anything other than the costume. I don't really take hair colour or length into consideration when choosing, or even eye colour really, or height, or gender for that matter(All my cosplaying's that I've done've been crossplays, so far, which is about three or four crossplays). Maybe I should start though ^^. I don't think any of that'll matter with my costumes I'm planning for OhayoCon though, since I'll just use some jel in my hair to make it stay like Jounouchi Katsuya's, since it's really wavy on the sides and like layered in the back, kinda like his hair. Though Kouichi Kimura's might be a problem...

Bleh, sidetracked again.

Anywho, I guess that's all. I'm ending this pointless reply now >> that's another problem, I think everything's pointless.

01-02-2003, 10:23 PM
For me, I actually got contacts when I first started cosplaying. I didn't like the fact that for my Squall costume you really couldn't see the scar with my glasses on.

Also before this whole cosplay thing, I swore up and down that I'd never wear contacts, I mean putting a piece of plastic (silicone, whatever) on your eye? Ewwww... but I got over it. :) One less thing to worry about costume-wise. :)

01-02-2003, 10:53 PM
I have contacts, but the funny thing is, I only wear them when cosplaying, haha.

They're a kinda old prescription, but I can see decently enough when walking the halls cosplaying. It's handy for me to have when cosplaying a character with no glasses.

But taking them off for pictures is a good idea and I think I'm going to start doing that until I get new contacts.

01-02-2003, 11:00 PM
I actually need a pair of glasses for my new Hakkai cosplay..
I mean,its even harder when you don't wear glasses but you DEFINITELY need a pair to make the costume complete.
;_;..I need them so bad,but where to get them..

01-02-2003, 11:20 PM
I -HATE- contacts, and I hate the way I look without my glasses (nose looks too fat, have big forehead), so I leave mine on, unless the photographer asks me to take them off. Which has only happened like 1/100 pictures. (and I looked horrible in that picture!) If people are only complaining about my costume because of my glasses, then pfft. My costume is still good... I'm not going to make myself suffer to be perfect. When I'm in cosplay, I'm still ME, so I'm not going to try to be someone I'm not. (IE. a person who can see) My glasses are an extension of my personality. So.. yeah. Though, I would rather cosplay as someone WITH glasses, I'm not going to let it stop me if they don't have glasses. Though a few bespectacled characters are on my to-do list. Blah. It hurts my feelings when someone insults my glasses. Yeah. So.. /end rant.

01-02-2003, 11:24 PM
Chobrat - Some costume stores sell them.. OR check out reading glasses and get a really light perscription... you can see pretty well out of them, and they come in lots of styles.... They're not all that much either.

As for glasses with characters that have them... Not a big deal. Take them off like they said, or if you have small ones, that aren't like... brightly coloured or anything, no one's gonna care. ^_^

Hikaru Tsuki
01-03-2003, 12:53 AM
None of the characters I've cosplayed wear glasses, but I look horrible without mine, so I keep them on. Besides, my vision is SO bad that if I take off my glasses, I wouldn't know where to smile for the camera aimed at me. Not to mention headaches are a big issue.

It really depends on the person, in my opinion. If you want to keep your glasses on for characters without them, do it. As for braces, I don't care. ^^

01-03-2003, 06:46 AM
It all depends on you and how important it is to YOU to look exactly like your character. If it doesn't bother you, then go ahead and wear your glasses. Me, I have contacts that I wear only for cosplay, kendo and music performance, because I hate them so much.

01-03-2003, 10:33 AM
I was wondering.. there are these things at the optometrist's ..
these boxes with like glasses for ten dollars,not even that bad styles.
I need two or three pairs..would I get in trouble for buying 'em..
I dunno if their just for poor people <.<;;..I'm not sure WHY they're there even

01-03-2003, 11:07 AM
Originally posted by Chobrat

I dunno if their just for poor people <.<;;..I'm not sure WHY they're there even

Erm.. because they're on sale?

01-03-2003, 11:08 AM
I've been wearing glasses for about 3 years now, but when I cosplay I use contacts as much as I hate putting them on! It just helps me get into the characters more ^_^

01-03-2003, 11:16 AM
Heh. Y'know Chobrat, if you don't wanna wear glasses or spend a lot of money to get them, what you can do is take a pair of sunglasses or something and just take the lenses out of them, that way it makes it look like you're wearing actual glasses. And sunglasses don't have bad styles either, if you get a pair of ones with oval frames or something...I had a friend who did that when we did these Book Reports at school and had to dress up like a person from History and he had to wear glasses for the guy, but he didn't wear glasses in real life. You could hardly tell that the lenses were out of the glasses too ^^' infact, this one girl didn't believe that the glasses didn't have lenses until she poked at where the lenses should have been and poked right through to his eye -Snickers-. And having lensless glasses have benifits, like you don't have to worry about the glare from the light hitting your lenses destroying the picture, or running into things because the perscription's messed up.
But, if you don't want to do that, then maybe you could just take them from that box and pay...I'm not exactly sure why a box of glasses for $10 each would be at a office like that either Oo the only time I've ever heard of glasses for the poor were a box at the library in my city with cheap reading glasses.

01-03-2003, 12:03 PM
thats really smart o.o;
Thanks DMG xD

01-03-2003, 12:25 PM
I usually wear my glasses on everyday life because contacts can sometimes get dry and bother me, plus glasses are cool because Benjamin Franklin is cool. However, I do wear my contacts for cosplay unless my eyes hurt too much. I have never cosplayed a character with glasses. I know that I look nicer without the glasses. And I know that my glasses are for reading and that I do not need them for a con, but contacts keep me from squinting in pics.

01-03-2003, 12:35 PM
I look horrible in glasses, so use contacts at cons as much as possible. I have a lot of allergies and my contacts dry out sometimes, so I might have to resort to my glasses and just take them off for pictures.

01-03-2003, 12:37 PM
Even if a character I chose did wear glasses, I highly doubt they are anything near the thick purple rectangular frames I sport on a daily basis...

01-03-2003, 01:22 PM
Heh. I love my glasses Xx I remember back in second grade when I went in to get my eyes checked before I had glasses to test if I would need them, and I thought glasses looked killer cool, so I cheated on the test to get a pair XP. But, overtime, wearing glasses destroyed my formerly perfect vision, so I needed them, and thus, I now have a pair...Heh. I had a fit because they were out of the 'Tiger' coloured frames, so I hadta get tortoise shell coloured ones. I've had the same colour ever since, though I wanna get a silvery pair with bluish tinted lenses now for some reason...

And Ben Franklin -IS- cool...he's got his face on a $100 bill, and I love seeing his face XP, though I don't see it often. Only when my parents get money from the bank. -Sigh- Oh well.

Oh, and I look nicer with glasses >> without them my face looks odd. Xx' I don't think I'd choose to wear contacts because of that reason too, that I'd look weird without them.

And finally, I wanted to ask this too, what's the best way of covering up a birthmark? >> I got one on my forehead, about where the lightning-bolt shaped scar Harry Potter has on his is, and I dunno what to do about it. It's a small circle though, with a line through it(My former baby sitter who watched me when I was little and doesn't anymore said I got the line through the center when I ran into the corner of a wall...), and it kinda stands out on my face >>. I dunno if I should cover it up, or not...and I dunno what to cover it up with -Heh- I was thinking makeup, but I'm not sure, since my skin colour's really light...Bleh. I only have to worry about the birthmark for my Jou costume though, since Kouichi wears a hat and the hat'd cover up the birthmark(and my horribly messy hair...). Is there any alternative to makeup? Xx.

01-03-2003, 02:32 PM
Well I just don't wear my glasses when having photos taken. I'd get contacts but my prescription is such that *one* pair would cost about $300. I have to wait til I'm 21 to get Lasik surgery then I can get contacts. To tell you the truth, I like my glasses. Glasses can give a person a higher cuteness factor, IMO. ^_^

01-03-2003, 02:40 PM
hehe, I'm going to sew a flap or ring into my costume where you can't see it and when I don't need my glasses, I'll fold them up and hang them there.

01-03-2003, 02:48 PM
Originally posted by Sciguy
hehe, I'm going to sew a flap or ring into my costume where you can't see it and when I don't need my glasses, I'll fold them up and hang them there.

Hey that's actually a good idea. I usually just shove mine in my purse (and they broke last year while in my purse >_<; ).

05-09-2003, 04:33 PM
You can always just tuck them onto the back of your costume (ie. collar, obi, etc...) when getting your picture taken. Then you can just whip them back out when you're done. That way, there's no need to sew extra pockets into the costume or anything. ^__^

05-09-2003, 05:00 PM
I'm nearsighted and blind as bat. I used to wear contacts in junior high, high school, and at the beginning of college. Around my senior year I learned I had a papillary disorder under my eye lids and it wasn't good for me to wear them. So I quit wearing them and tried to find the most stylish glasses I could.

But, When I first started cosplaying I didn't want to wear my glasses, because I wanted to be accurate. So I dug out the old contacts and gave them another try. Well they bugged me so much that I would be this irritable bitch while cosplaying (which my husband really appreciated).

So I decided to do the wear my glasses and take them off for pictures thing. I got sick of that, I managed to bend my glasses all to hell from taking them on and off so much.

Now, I learned to not squint when I don't have my glasses on, so I just don't wear them at all. Yes, I can't see, but I got used to it. Now if we are going to go watch some anime or AMV's or something I bring my glasses. I like to be as accurate as possible, so being a little blind is okay by me. ( I do however like the rare occasion when I do cosplay someone who wears glasses.)

Usagi Mylene
05-10-2003, 01:19 AM
I really don't have a choice. I can't wear contacts so I have to wear my glasses when I start to cosplay. My eyes just start to sting as soon as I get the suckers in. No one knows why. I need to save up for the lasik surgery. ^.^

If you're going to the Japantown anime faire in San Francisco, Ca in Sept and you see a Tsukino Usagi running around with glasses on, make sure you say hi!!! It'll probaly be me.

05-10-2003, 04:39 AM
glasses make people look sexyer anyway power to us Glasses wearers!

05-10-2003, 04:59 AM
Originally posted by Usagi Mylene
I really don't have a choice. I can't wear contacts so I have to wear my glasses when I start to cosplay. My eyes just start to sting as soon as I get the suckers in. No one knows why. I need to save up for the lasik surgery. ^.^

I had pretty much the same problem, and I had the LASIK surgery. ^^ It was WORTH IT!!! -- Good luck!! ^^

05-10-2003, 11:50 AM
I would totally get lasik but too broke. And I like my contacts just fine. They are soo comfortable. =P Aside from what was said on this thread.

05-12-2003, 11:28 AM
Not really if the Char has glasses. You can get some clear lenses (non prescription) frames and lenses at Claires or After toughts or just pop the lenses out of a pair of sunglasses from Wal-mart or somewhere. If you're the one with the glasses, it might be a problem. If you have contacts, wear them.

05-13-2003, 10:18 AM
Contacts are generally a real pain to maintain, and disposable contacts are expensive. Use them just for cosplay may be a waste. Ultimately, it is your decision if they're worth it to look more the part.

Glasses only cause a real problem if a camera's flash reflects off the lens.

I wouldn't worry too much about complete accuracy, because anime body type are generally very unrealisitc or difficult for many people to obtain. Anime males tend to have toned bodies or musclular bodies. Anime females tend to have sexy bodies, thin bodies, and bodies with large chests.
So, not everything has to be perfect.

I just happen to seek out characters with glasses, since they tend to be rare. I have observed that anime characters with glasses often don't have elaborate costumes (they are not often used in animes not set in the modern or future day). Male characters with glasses seem to be less frequent than female character with glasses.