If it weren't for the fashion-friendly people in my life, I'd still sport a t-shirt, saggy pair of jeans and oh so comfortably lumpy sweatshirt. Luckily (but more begrudgingly), I've had to do away with that and actually spend time learning about fashion.
Though it's taken years to even get to my current point, it's been full of great lessons. And though I'll always try to revert to my long-lost frump wear, I have come to respect the role clothes play in society.
With BlizzCon coming up next month (!), it's time to start putting together your two or three days of clothes that let you put your best foot forward.
Where to Find Clothes
For those with a restricted budget, Goodwill is your your new best friend. Amongst the racks of clothes, you can find some amazing items for less than $10. If done right, you can easily walk out with your entire BlizzCon ensemble for less than $30. For those that don't need to worry too much about budgeting, shop wherever you want! Great clothes can be found at almost any store.
Dressing for your Body
Body shapes affect both genders - it's not just a female thing.
For girls, click here.
For guys, click here.
Why do you want to dress for your shape? It accentuates the great parts and draws attention away from the less desirable.
Also, ladies, as a note, an hourglass figure is not just having broad shoulders, a tiny waist and wide hips. You also have to have big boobs (your bust and butt measurement should be about equal). This is a mistake I've been making my whole life. If you have nice curves but a small chest, you are a pear.
For both sexes, make sure your underwear doesn't show through your pants or that there are any noticeable outlines of boxers, briefs or panties. Should you have an outfit where the material is slightly see through, buy yourself a set of nude colored undergarments because white will only shine through your pants like an beacon we'll all want don't want to see. Same goes with bras, my female compatriots. Your normal bra is there to give shape, not add decoration. Nude is the color you want.
And ladies, also make sure you have a bra that actually fits you. If you're like me (small chested) and your current cups have enough space to fit two more sets of boobs on a good day, it's a poor fitting bra. Please go through this article. It is amazing.
If you decide to go sans bra due to shirt restrictions, make darn sure your nipples don't shine through unless you want to have a day full of awkward conversation and stolen glances. If they are on display, pick up a pair of pasties or strapless bra.
As for colors, make sure you go with those that look good on you. A look in the mirror will instantly tell you if it does or not. If you don't trust your judgement, bring a friend and tell them to be 100% honest with you. Just promise not to get upset if they tell you something doesn't look good. To help with this, think of the clothes as objectively as possible. They're not a part of you; they're simply drapery to make you look good.
The hardest part of this will be trying on things you wouldn't normally wear. After all, black is a great color all around, why wear anything different?
Be brave, my friend. Knowing what colors work for you expands your options.
And feel free to do research about color combinations for clothing if you really get into this. There are some great articles out there.
Assuming you've never done theater, going out in new types of clothes can be embarrassing and altogether scary because they can be downright uncomfortable.
Don't be scared, though. These clothes are only uncomfortable because you're not used to how they fit yet. Wear it out a few times to get used to the feel. Understand wear it constricts and how you have to move while wearing it.
Also, think of it like a costume. That's all clothes you don't normally wear are. So hold your head up high and pretend like you know what you're doing. Do that enough times and you soon will know what you're doing.
A Note on Clothing
Clothes are made to fit as many people as possible. If you really like an outfit but it's a little big in certain places, take it to a tailor. Clothes fitted to your body look amazing. If you're not sure you can afford this, reach out to a local tailor. Explain what you're hoping they'll do, and they can provide you a price quote based on this information. If that's still out of your league, see if any of your friends or family sews and ask if they'd be willing to help.
Co-host of HeroesForge, founder of Battle to Be Better, gamer, singer and all around happy person.