I just finished watching The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya a few weeks before Anime North 07, and it was my "default" cosplay costume for the conventions I wanted to attend that year (and the subsequent years).
I digged through my closet, and, miraculously, found almost all the pieces of the series' high school boy's uniform: white dress shirt, brown pants and black belt. XD I bought the dark red necktie at a 2nd-hand clothes store near my workplace; the socks could've been random (we almost never see them in the anime); but the shoes... I had no white shoes, only my tan Puma ones. (Heck, some male TMOHS cosplayers were black leather shoes.)
Without the teal blazer, I could be a number of different characters: hey, which anime doesn't have a guy with a white shirt, red tie and brown pants? I was often mistaken for Light Yagami from Death Note, but Light has a brown jacket and a vivid red tie (plus holding a DN notebook). So I was even more anonymous/generic/unworthy with this cosplay, which both provided me with an advantage and a disadvantage: I could walk around, outside the convention venues, appearing as a normal person (not in costume), and not getting any weird stares; however, no one would take photos me me like that since I didn't look like any specific character (well, I didn't have Kyon's hair, my hair never grew THAT long, ever).
I wore it again for O'thon, then at FanEx I wore the summer variant, which was basically the same thing, but with a short-sleeves shirt and no blazer (I was missing the blazer anyway). For O'thon, I walked around malls all over my city, looking for a green/teal jacket, ready to be added with the hallmark embroided "M" letter on the breast pocket... but to no avail. So I decided to wear the winter uniform again without blazer.
However... There was a group of TMOHS cosplayers at the con who were generous enough to lend me a blazer! 8D To return the favor, the next day (Sunday) I brought some computer speakers from home and we held a Hare Hare Yukai dance at the Cosplay Café. I wanted to learn the Hare Hare Yukai dance for the dance session, but I procrastinated too much and didn't learn it, even though I had the learning material available to me (it was posted on the O'thon forums).
Then come September. I contacted Simakai, the maker of the TMOHS uniforms (boys and girls), and informed her of my request to make a blazer for me. She said she's gonna try to make it better than the ones at O'thon, but she needed my measurements. I didn't send them to her until January 2008... The blazer was completed in May, a few weeks before. This commissioned costume piece cost $60: $30 for the materials and $30 for the labor. (I gave her a $100 bill, which she later used to buy some expensive figurines at AN).
Anime North 08 was the first con in which I was as Kyon in a full winter uniform. Some people recognized me, and I was taken in picture in this costume about 3 times. I had some interesting discussions with a few Haruhis, including one who was at the Artists Alley (Deadcabbage on dA).
O'thon would be my days of glory in my Kyon costume. Wearing the winter version again, I was taken in photo no less than 14 times! :D I posed with several Haruhis, Mikurus and Yukis, including Sephilia as Bunny suit Haruhi (I wanted to pose with her at AN 08 but she was in a hurry; after I took a picture of her, I went and joined her in her pose, but when people took a picture of me, she had already gone, so I was posing next to an empty space >_<).
The summer uniform was worn at FanEx 08, though the winter one was simulated by wearing the blazer over the short-sleeves shirt, hiding the fact that it was short-sleeved... ;) At least one person recognized me as Kyon while I was wearing my blazer. I wanted to pose with some Haruhis (the ones with the big poster), but I was volunteering and we, as volunteers, had to wear our FanExpo T-shirts on the outside, and when my shift finished, I never found those girls again... :( So I just post with a random one, the first and only one I could find.
I wore the winter uniform again for the cosplay photoshoots me and Angelbless organized these days. I sure won't retire it any soon, as it's my most "civilian-like" costume, which can help me blend into a crowd of non-costumed people (good for some situations), hehe. :D
- No awards won. Student uniforms rarely get awards, as they're mostly composed of store-bought clothes.