Here is a side by side comparison of my #cosplayvscharacter
for Sailor Moon. This cosplay I ended up scrambling to finish but in the long run it paid off. I try to be as thrifty as possible with my cosplays to fit them in to my every day budget. I went in thinking I’d be spending approximately $300 for this one but ended up only spending $80. Crazy, right?? This is how I did it.
The outfit itself retails most places upwards of $150 for the good quality ones. I browsed the web for months waiting for sales, but unfortunately none happened. This put me in a bind because typically these take 3+ weeks to make. LUCKILY, I downloaded the Depop app and someone was selling this outfit for only $50! 😊 I bought it as soon as I found it and thanked my lucky stars. For $50 I received the outfit, the crown, a choker (not pictured), the boot socks, gloves, bows, and a broach. Almost everything was included except hair accessories and wig.
The hair accessories online retail around $25 for both pieces I would have needed. I made mine using some craft foam and $3 rhinestone buttons. I painted the clear gems with red nail polish that I already had on hand and popped them through the back of a circular piece of foam. I’ll post the highlights of it on my profile soon!
The shoes. The shoes were a big problem for me because I have large calves. I was lucky and the boot socks fit me. They were snug but worked fine! Instead of paying $79.99 for the signature boots, I opted to go to my local Shoe Show and grab some heels. I wanted something red but love how these white platforms turned out! They were only $9.99!
Lastly, the wig. I had my heart set on a sailor moon base from Arda that was around $70 but couldn’t justify that amount of cash for it at the time. I paid $20.99 for a pigtail with from Amazon. When it came in I styled the bangs and space buns myself.
Overall, I was very satisfied with my end product for the amount of cash and work I put in on it. If I had it to do over again, I would definitely change the wig. Wigs are almost always the best part of a cosplay to splurge on. If you have any questions about this cosplay or budget cosplays drop them in the comments!