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Future Trunks from Dragon Ball Z

The Dragon Ball franchise is epic and sprawling. Timelines criss cross and interweave among different movies and shows and written formats. And from that tightly woven web comes Future Trunks. With an entirely different life and experience set from the original Trunks, he is a unique character with a wildly different approach to things that his counterpart.

Most of Future Trunks’ costume is very straight forward. Loose black pants tucked into yellow boots and held up with a blue belt. A black tank top beneath a padded blue vest. And lilac hair that you may have to style a little to get just right. But there are a few elements, such as the yellow bunching on his belt or the silver toe tips on his shoes, that you might have to DIY. they’re small touches that can really make your cosplay pop, but the costume looks great without them too!

Sam Wilson from Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Sam Wilson (played by Anthony Mackie) has been a staple in the MCU since his introduction in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Using the code name Falcon, he has been at Steve Rogers’ side through every battle since the resurgence of Hydra. In the comics he is as close to Steve as Bucky is, sharing such a deep bond with the original Captain America that the two can formulate plans with little more than glances and nods of the head. They have a similar relationship in the MCU, though it is a little more understated.

It is no wonder, though, that Sam is the one Steve chooses to carry on the legacy of Captain America when he retires. Although fans still aren’t sure exactly how that will work out, we got a few hints when Disney+ dropped its Super Bowl spot. Viewers got a glimpse of Sam in a grey pullover and comfortable jeans with his iconic shield on his arm. It’s a simple look but the understated costume just highlights how comfortable he feels with the shield on his arm!

Bloom from Winx Club

Bloom from Winx Club

Bloom – also known as Princess Bloom and the Fair of the Dragon Flame – is the leader of the original Winx Club (voiced by Molly C. Quinn on the Nickelodeon version). She is also the protector and Princess of Domino. All of these together have led her on some amazing adventures and each of them have added to or changed her look in some way. But there are two looks that are iconic and stand out as her original costumes.

These are her two looks from the first season – one when she is a civilian and the other when she is in her fairy form. In her civilian form she prefers yellow wedge-heeled sandals, bell bottoms with stars around the cuffs, an a crop top in yellow and blue. You’ll have to layer two tops – or do a bit of sewing – to get a top like hers. And you will have to add applique stars to the bottom of some bell bottoms to get that exact look. But with a long red wig, you’ve got a spot-on cosplay!

Her fairy form is a little glitzier. Blue wings match a shimmering blue skirt and crop top as well as heeled boots in darker blue. Any large gold pendant can stand as her necklace and a little styling turns the wig from her normal look to one fit for a fairy!

Bowser Jr. from Super Mario

Bowser Jr. from Super Mario

In the Super Mario Bros. series, Bowser Jr. is the only child of Bowser and an unknown mother. He’s not to be confused with the infant form of his father – Baby Bowser – or the Koopa Troopas. For most of the franchise he struggles to live up to his father’s expectations but every now and then a different side shows through. It’s what makes him such an interesting character.

For his cosplay you will want a yellow body suit and yellow Bowser feet, though you’ll want to seal the feet with a waterproof spray before wearing them to a convention. Black cuffs adorn either wrist which are easy to get in a variety of sizes.

His bib will take a bit of DIY however, especially in order to get one big enough for an adult. The easiest way is to get a large square of white fabric like the table cloth listed above, then fold and trim it down to the right size. From there you just need some fabric markers to copy over the snarling mouth on Bowser Jr.’s bib and your version is good to go!

His shell is easy to replicate with a shell backpack (always handy at a convention) and spikes you can add yourself. His hair is another spot where you will have to do some DIY. You can go for a bald cap and then make a top ponytail or you can put your own twist on it with something like the orange wig pictured above!

Elle Woods from Legally Blonde

Elle Woods from Legally Blonde

Elle Woods is the protagonist of the movie Legally Blonde. Though she has many amazing outfits, one of the most popular is the dress she wore in court. It can be recreated with a knee-length hot pink dress and a pale pink ribbon belt. Layering a rhinestone belt over that creates the dual effect of Elle’s original dress. Strappy pink heels that match the ribbon belt and a blonde wig complete the look, though this cosplay also requires a full face of makeup as well as a manicure and pedicure as it is Elle’s signature look.

Strawberry Shortcake from Berry Bitter Adventures

Strawberry Shortcake from Berry Bitty Adventures

Strawberry Shortcake has been a childhood staple since her introduction in the 1980s. Her Berry Bitty line was part of the 2009 relaunch and led not only to new toys and movies but to a whole new look for Strawberry Shortcake and her friends. In this version, Strawberry Shortcake has traded her bonnet for a cap and her dress for a skirt, top, and striped tights.

Most of the costume is easy to put together, but the line was short-lived and finding the hate premade is next to impossible. Thankfully, it is fairly easy to recreate. All you need is a pink newsboy cap, some green paint for the bill, and pink felt dots to cut into ovals for the strawberry seeds. A white ribbon just above the bill of the hat completes the look. As long as you have a glue gun and some extra time you can make your own cap to finish off this look!

Doomer Girl Meme

Doomer Girl

The Doomer Girl meme is one of a series of memes. She is supposed to represent the emo or goth girls that became much more common in the early part of the Millennium. In some cases she is used to deride such women but in other cases she is used to demonstrate their viewpoints and reactions to things.

This is why she has black hair and very simple makeup with almost no color except her pink blush. And although the meme is very pale, the blush used in this example works on all skin tones! A pendant choker and black sweater rounds out the visible parts of the meme while the meme’s use helps fill in the rest. Black pants with laces up the side and black velvet boots with chunky heels are all perfect for this aesthetic and finish out the meme for a head-to-toe costume.

Llewyn Davis from Inside Llewynn Davis

Llewyn Davis from Inside Llewynn Davis

Llewyn Davis (played by Oscar Isaac) is a struggling folk musician on the edge of a breakdown. He bounces between his dreams and harsh reality during the winter of 1969. These unsteady course takes him back to old friends, old lovers, and old wounds that he hasn’t properly seen to. Through the ups and downs of the music industry – and what happens when he can’t break into it – Llewyn has to figure himself out or risk losing it all. His costume is a simple daily look from the ’60s, rounded by his ever-present guitar case and the cat that acts as his companion through most of the movie.

Harley Quinn from Birds of Prey

Harley Quinn from Birds of Prey

Harley Quinn aka Harleen Quinzel (played by Margot Robbie) is one of the most fascinating women the DC universe. She started as a love interest and henchwoman to the Joker and later gained her independence. When and how varies from comic run to comic run or show to show. But every time she finds her way to independence and the results are wild, a little dangerous, and always fun. Birds of Prey is the newest addition to Harley’s canon exploits and it is set to be a wild ride. She fully embraces her own unique style in this film. That means a crazy combination of crushed velvet with caution tape and some star-spangled shorts for good measure. Nothing quite matches but with Harley’s wild nature just brings it all together anyway!

Luz Noceda from The Owl House

Luz Noceda from The Owl House

Luz Noceda (voiced by Sarah-Nicole Robles) is the 14 year old main character of Disney’s The Owl House. She enjoys the creepier and odder things in life which alienates her from the kids at school. It makes her perfect for the Owl House, however.

She dresses casually in slip-on white shoes, black leggings, and a pair of cuffed high-waisted shorts. She also wears a white and bluish-purple hoody with cat ears on the hood. Such hoodies aren’t readily available, but fans can achieve the look with Rit dye and a white hoody! Black stud earrings and the Owl staff complete Luz’s look. Just be sure to have a handle ready for the staff, as most Etsy sellers only sell the owl topper.