I love to cosplay! But my budget doesn’t always feel the same way. Cosplaying can be a bit of an expensive hobby, so sometimes I have to be bit resourceful when it comes to building a character’s look.
That’s why I’ve found the best way for me to cosplay on my budget is something I like to call, “low maintenance cosplay”. Which means I shop around stores like Forever 21 to find pieces that I can use for cosplay looks that are pretty easy for me to customize for the desired look I’m going for. It helps save me time and works for my hobby budget especially when I can use an item more than once. Here’s an example of one I did last Halloween with a faux leather catsuit on sale $20 at Forever 21. It made a great Catwoman cosplay and I still have plans to reuse it for future cosplay too.
And that’s how easy it can be for anyone. Below is a list of cosplay inspirations from Forever 21 that I think would make an addition to anyone’s cosplay looks. Whether you want to wear them as is, make alterations to make them more accurate, or just them customize to your liking, they are a great resource for anyone to use.
Dark Lady – Sailor Moon
Cammy – Street Fighter
Edward Elrich – Full Metal Alchemist
Lum – Invader Lum
Bulma – Dragon Ball
Lupin – Lupin III
Gall/Alita – Battle Angel Alita
So whether you’re a seasoned cosplay veteran or a newcomer I hope this list of cosplay might be of some use to you for your next cosplay creations. Halloween may be over, but it’s time to take advantage of the never-ending gift that is Forever 21 and get ready for your next convention.
LaNeysha is a host on So Here’s What Happened, and Did You Have To?. she is also responsible for developing strategic marketing and communications plans to assist with brand recognition, growth, and community engagement. Self-proclaimed low-maintenance cosplayer. Has an ever-growing anime and video game list to work through but always looking for more