Denver Comic Con and Cosplay Fails

It’s finally here! I’ll be going to Denver Comic Con for the first time in just a few hours–WAHOO! But, I have a sad, sad confession to make: I fully failed in my cosplay efforts. I had such hope at the beginning of all this. I was so sure I could easily figure out a cheap and easy costume. I made an entire Pinterest board of easy-to-create cosplay ideas. My only criteria was that I didn’t want to have to spend too much, and I didn’t want to have to sew anything. So after a lot of searching, I decided dressing up like Clara Oswald from Doctor Who in her Souffle Girl incarnation would be a pretty easy costume. It seemed simpleย enough. Red dress, a belt, and hair down. I could gather all the things I need for my costume in a day, I thought to myself. I mean look at it! It’s so simple!

souffle girl
I did a quick search of the usual cheap subjects: Walmart, Target, thrift stores, and I didn’t find anything. I thought, This is a cute dress. I’d wear it again probably. That could justify me bumping up my price point a bit, right?ย So I did a more extensive online search. Nothing. I couldn’t find a red dress that looked remotely like Clara’s dress anywhere. So I thought I’d jimmy together an outfit with a red skirt and a red top. Nothing. It wasn’t like the style I was looking for wasn’t out there. It was. Just not in red. Nothing in red. The universe was clearly playing a cruel, cruel joke on me.

So I decided to re-think my cosplay. Of course, because I like to make things far more challenging than they need to be, I waited a really long time to officially declare defeat on my Clara costume. So as I contemplated my second costume, I didn’t have a lot of time on top of my tiny costume budget and incredibly limited sewing skills. Ultimately, I decided on Amy Pond cosplay:

Easy, right? I had a lot of the costume components already. I had the skirt, I had the chucks, the tights, and the headband. All I was going to need to get was the red hoodie. I figured, I live in Colorado. It isn’t a rare occurrence for it to snow in the middle of the summer. Surely there would still be basic hoodies in stores, right? Yeah, no. No red hoodies. No red sweatshirts. No red long-sleeved tees. Tons of red camis and tanks, but that’s it. Walmart? Target? Thrift stores? Nope, nope, and nope. Well, I did find a pretty cute tank top at Goodwill today. It won’t work for a costume, but it’s still cute. So, you know, not a complete loss. Long story short, I’m not going to the con in cosplay. Instead, I will be wearing the consolation tank I bought myself at Goodwill. Cosplay or not, I’m still ridiculously excited for Denver Comic Con. I’ll be tweeting when I can throughout the day, and then I’ll be blogging about the con after it’s over. So be sure to follow me on Twitter, @Kendall_Ashley, and maybe I’ll see a few of you at the con!

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