Posts by A.C. Rodgers

Zardy from Zardy’s Maze

Zardy might be hard to avoid in his maze, but out there on Halloween night, nobody is going to want to run from this cosplay. Or if they do, at least they’ll be running for the right reasons.

Zardy is a little inhuman, but copying his look is possible. A black witch’s hat and a pumpkin mask start things off on the right track, though you can opt for face paint if the mask will be too warm. A shoulder cowl, a pair of scissors – to cut off the hood and create the V at the bottom – , some fabric glue, and orange fabric paint creates the iconic top detailing. It’s a bit of a DIY project but it layers easily over a versatile black long-sleeve pullover sweatshirt. Finish off with a pair of jeans, some shoe covers in the style of brown boots, and a farming hoe. If you don’t want to carry an actual farming tool around, you can use a costume scythe instead.

Penny from Bolt

Penny (Miley Cyrus) might have only played Bolt’s partner on TV but the love between the two is very real. And though Penny faces danger Bolt doesn’t expect, their bond saves them both in the end.

Penny has a few looks in the movie but one of her most notable is the layered look featuring black and white striped tights. They pair well with black shorts and shoes, a black long sleeve shirt, and a red t-shirt. These are all pieces that can transition into other cosplays as well as play a role in your day to day closet, making Penny a great closet cosplay. The one piece that is specific to the cosplay is the auburn wig. It matches a few other costumes, however, and if you’d prefer to style your own hair, you can leave it off altogether.

Rowena Ravenclaw

Rowena Ravenclaw from Harry Potter

There is no official actress for Rowena Ravenclaw as the founder died long before Harry Potter attended Hogwarts. And while there are descriptions in the book, cosplaying as Rowena still leaves lots of room for personal interpretation. The one thing you don’t want to forget, however, is her diadem.

For this version you’ll need a long auburn wig, a blue gown, matching blue slippers, a wand, and a leather journal with a blue stone. An eagle necklace rounds out the bewitching look.

Stacy Stickler from Stickin' Around

Stacy Stickler from Stickin’ Around

Stacy (Ashley Taylor) may seem a little bossy. But what is a girl to do when she knows what she wants and how to get things done? She really does love her friends and family and means well. But boy do they sometimes get on her nerves!

Stacy’s look makes for a great closet cosplay. An orange tank top, orange skirt, and yellow socks cuffed above pink shoes is an easy look using pieces that can transition to other cosplays or work with your daily wardrobe. The most intensive part of the cosplay is her hair which you can replicate with your own hair and some pomade if you are so inclined.

Ethan Winters from Resident Evil Village

Ethan Winters from Resident Evil Village

Ethan Winters (Todd Soley/ Hidenobu Kiuchi/ Raphael Rossatto) isn’t used to giving up, least of all where Rosemary is concerned. And if that takes him into the heart of Lady Alcina Dimitrescu’s castle, well, that’s a risk he’ll have to take.

Ethan is a simple man who just wants to do right by his family. And maybe stop a few global threats in the process. His clothes are as utilitarian as his goals. They consist of a work jacket, a zip-up pullover, a t-shirt, jeans, and work boots. A brown leather belt holds a hip holster complete with a costume pistol.

Asami's Formal Look from Legend of Korra

Asami’s Formal Dress from Legend of Korra

Asami (voiced by Seychelle Gabriel) is probably the most mature and steady of Korra’s group. She carries herself with a sense of calm and collected poise that runs counter to the chaos the group so often experiences. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have her breaking point or that she doesn’t feel deeply for her people, and for Korra most of all.

Asami is fashion-forward and has several looks throughout the series. But her formal look is one of her most striking and it is one that can be replicated with just a little DIY. A high-collared sleeveless red gown can be altered with just a few snips at the neckline to create the keyhole in the chest and the curved angle of collar similar to Asami’s gown. Fabric Fusion will glue the seams down from the cut edges, creating a smooth finish in the area and preventing any runs or fraying. And it can be used to glue on a bow made of burgundy cord.

With that bit of DIY done, all you need is a long brown wig, gold decorative hair clips, stacked gold bracelets, and vintage-style black heels.

Risty Wilde from X-Men: Evolution

Risty Wilde from X-Men: Evolution

Risty Wilde (voiced by Nicole Oliver) drove fans wild when she first showed up in X-Men: Evolution. With her British accent and punk hair, fans were sure Risty would eventually become Psylocke or was at least fashioned after her. They were shocked to find out she was actually Mystique trying to stay close to Rogue using a fake identity the way only Mystique can.

Unlike Mystique’s usual blue appearance, Risty’s look will rely less on body paint and more in hairstyle. A black bob with purple streaks clipped in, to be specific. For her usual outfit, all you need is a beige long sleeve shirt, dark red pants, and blank ankle booties. They’re pieces that can fit into your usual wardrobe or easily transition to other cosplays, making this not only a great cosplay by itself but also a great option for people traveling to a convention or with limited space to store their cosplays

Courtney from Total Drama Island

Courtney from Total Drama Island

Courtney isn’t what you probably think of when you imagine someone on a reality TV show. Voiced by Emilie-Claire Barlow for most of the show (Rochelle Wilson voiced Courtney in two episodes), it quickly becomes clear that Courtney is in it to win it and that she has big plans for the prize money. Unfortunately that leaves her little room for patience with other contestants. Especially Duncan. Or so she claims.

Courtney’s style is thankfully not as high maintenance as she is and it makes for a great closet cosplay. A grey sweater matches grey gladiator sandals which coordinate with green capris and a white button down shirt worn under the grey sweater and cuffed at the elbows. A brown bobbed wig – or your own brown bob – finish off the look.

Dimitri from Anastasia

Dimitri from Anastasia

Dimitri (voiced by John Cusack) has spent his life running from the memories of what he saw as a child the night the Romanov family fell. He’s never seemed to settle, never really found his place. Not until he stumbles upon the real Anastasia, the girl he helped escape years ago. Only then do things seem to fall into place.

Dimitri has a few looks in the film but his most memorable is probably the first outfit we see him in as an adult. A off-white button-neck shirt and brown slacks are a common look for the time, as are the vest and brown shoes. But with his slick center-parted hair style, Dimitri gives the look a modern spin that makes for a great cosplay.

Tyler from Total Drama Island

Tyler from Total Drama Island

Tyler (voiced by Peter Oldring) started out a member of the killer bass. Somehow both sporty and accident-prone, he’s quick to take on the physical challenges but isn’t quite up to the games Heather has running in the background of the competition.

Cosplaying as Tyler is both easy and comfortable. You can either use your own hair or grab a brown wig to copy his look before adding a red and white sweatband over whatever you choose. After that all you need is a red tracksuit and a pair of white sneakers and you’re all set!