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Tecna from Winx Club

Tecna (voiced by Domitilla D’Amico in the Italian versions and Morgan Decker in the English versions) is one of the six core members of the Winx club and the fourth introduced in the series. She is also the Fairy of Technology and the Guardian Fairy of her home planet Zenith. Her boyfriend Timmy is know as the brains of The Specialists and works along side the significant others of several other Winx Club members, all of whom attended the Red Fountain School.

In both her forms Tecna favors the color purple with the exception being her hot pink hair and her silver accents. As a human she wears a purple crop top, purple mini skirt, and purple leggings. Her silver boots can be worn for both costumes. In fairy form though she wears a purple bodysuit and silver gloves as well as a silver cap that a headband can stand in for. Green wire is perfect for her simple wings after just a little bit of bending!

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David from The Lost Boys

David from The Lost Boys

David (played by Kiefer Sutherland) is the leader of the vampire gang menacing Santa Cruz, California in the ’80s vampire hit The Lost Boys. At least, that’s what it looks like at first. But there is always someone bigger and badder out there. Even if you’re an undead gang leader who sleeps all day and parties all night.

You might not gain David’s immortality but you can definitely copy his style. One of the most iconic – and unfortunate by modern standards – pieces of David’s look is his bleach blonde mullet. A wig will give you the same style or you can bleach your hair and style it however you want. The rest of the outfit will make it clear who you’re cosplaying!

The next thing you’ll need is a costume goatee. You may have to lighten it with makeup. Or, if you prefer, you can create a goatee using this tutorial and makeup. You will also need a pair of vampire fangs and a few fake earrings.

The rest of David’s look comes down to clothes. David is a classic ’80s tough guy in a whole lot of black leather. His gloves, motorcycle boots, and pants are all black leather. He does wear a black cotton shirt and black wool pea coat. But between the pea coat and his shirt is something with a leather collar that he layers over the collar of his coat. It is most likely a motorcycle vest left open to reveal the shirt underneath.

At this point you’ve got a great David cosplay. But you can go one step beyond by making the wine bottle used in the vampire ritual too! All you need is  a wine bottle, some copper-colored clay, fake rubies, and a glue gun. Form the clay pieces according to a screenshot of the bottle (don’t forget to bend them to fit the bottle too!). Press in the rubies to create indents for them, then then pull them out and create place fillers out of tin foil. Bake the clay according to direction When they’re done, use the glue gun to apply the rubies and then glue the clay to the outside of the bottle. Voila! You have yourself your own spoofy vampire ritual bottle!

Baron Helmut Zemo from Captain America Civil War

Baron Helmut Zemo from Captain America: Civil War

Baron Helmut Zemo is a classic Marvel villain. He was brought to life in Captain America: Civil War by Daniel Bruhl. And though his character is not quite so evil in the movie as in the comics, his impact is just as strong. After all, who can’t relate to the desire to stop those we blame for our family’s deaths?

Zemo’s costume in the movie is much simpler than in the comics. He wants to blend in and so he wears clothes that are easy to ignore. A grey sports coat and matching dress pants. A black button down, black leather belt, and black leather shoes. He has a little bit of stubble growing in but nothing noteworthy. And his brown hair is styled with a simple side-sweep.

His only visible accessory is a brown leather shoulder bag. But the bag isn’t as important as what’s inside. To really complete a Zemo costume you need the red notebook that contains the code words that give you control of the Winter Soldier. You can also get a copy of Mission Report: December 16th 1991 if you want to add a bit more to the bag.

Of course this costume also makes it easy to pay Zemo’s comic origins a little homage. A purple ski mask and a golden circlet crown is an easy – if a bit cheeky – addition to the costume.

Gretchen Weiner from Mean Girls

Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls

Gretchen Wieners (played by Lacy Chabert) is the one non-blonde in the mean girls clique at her school. At least until Cady (played by Lindsey Lohan) starts at their school. Gretchen is largely a people-pleaser though she has her limits. And when she reaches them, watch out! Her temper can be explosive. And when it’s time to move on, Gretchen doesn’t have any problems. It turns out she’s good with people! Just don’t tell Regina that.

Gretchen has two key looks in the film. The first is her Wednesday look. After all, on Wednesday they wear pink. In Gretchen’s case this means a tight pink sweater, a gold plaid skirt, and pink heels paired with a blue purse.

Her other look is the Christmas show look. A red Santa hat, Santa babydoll dress, and black boots are all you need for that look.

In both cases you’ll want a long wavy brown wig and, if you want to carry an accessory, your very own Burn Book. Though I recommend leaving yours blank!

Kicks from Animal Crossing New Horizons

Kicks from Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Kicks is one of the wandering merchants that show up on your island at random in the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons. He sets himself up in the town square when he arrives and stays until late that night. Kicks is a skunk, but don’t let that put you off. Because if there is one thing about him that doesn’t stink, it’s his sense of fashion! Whether it’s shoes, socks, handbags, or accessories, he’s always got the latest and greatest!

The challenge with Animal Crossing characters is deciding how much of their animal nature to include. You can copy Kicks’ look by just copying his clothes or you can use black body paint and white body paint to achieve his classic skunk markings. You will also need peach body paint to create his nose.

In both cases you will want a white wig and pomade for styling as well as a yellow driver’s cap. A cream button down shirt, tan suspenders, yellow knee pants, brown boots, and white gloves make up the rest of his outfit. If you decide to go for the animal-accurate look you will also want black ears and a skunk tail in addition to your body paint.

Princess Annalise from Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper

Princess Annalise from Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper

Barbie is an American (and in many place, global) household name. And it’s not just a doll line. She long ago branched into movies. And some, like Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper have a huge fan following. For good reason, too! The songs (where Barbie is voiced by Melissa Lyons) are catchy and Barbie herself (voiced in speaking parts by Kelly Sheridan) is an inspiration.

If you want to channel your inner Barbie princess – and the good she tries to do – you’ll want to start with a pink ballgown. A few examples are included above since a princess rarely has only one dress. You’ll also need a long blonde wig, a gold tiara, a gold choker, and gold shoes. Gold ribbon can add bow details to your gown as well. And of course you’ll want a white cat just like the princess!

Yule Ball Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Yule Ball Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire

Hermione Granger (played by Emma Watson) is the brains of Hogwarts’ most notorious trio. At least the most notorious while she was in school there. Usually Hermione wasn’t one to stand out from the crowd except with her intellect. But when the Yule Ball rolled around the stole the show in her lilac dress, slick curls, and the school’s visiting heart throb as her date.

You might be hard-pressed to find your own Viktor Krum but you can certainly copy Hermione’s look. You’ll want to start with a long curly wig since one of the first things noticed about Hermione at the ball was her hair. You can achieve the same updo with hair pins and this YouTube Video. There are also video tutorials on how to copy her exact makeup look as well.

Once you have your wig set, add in a violet ballgown and some plum ribbon as a sash. Finding her exact dress is a little difficult (though there are patterns online if you are handy with a sewing machine) but there is one listed above. A few similar dresses are also included that may be a little more affordable. Once you have chosen your gown just add in some enamel flower earrings, silver heels, and Hermione’s wand. We might not have seen it at the ball but it’s not likely that she didn’t have it close at hand!

Miss Trunchbull from Matilda

Miss Trunchbull from Matilda

If you were a ’90s kid, Miss Trunchbull from Matilda was the stuff of nightmares. Played by Pam Ferris, she was the epitome of a horrible principal. Whether it was locking kids in the Chokey or tossing them out a window to land (safely, thankfully) in a rare patch of flowers near her school, she terrorized students and staff alike.

I wouldn’t recommend emulating her attitude but you can certainly get her severe style with a few key pieces. The most important pieces are a long green overcoat and a wig with a slicked-back bun. The overcoat pictured above is longer than Miss Trunchbull’s but this will allow you hem it (or tape it up) to the right length for you. If you want to cosplay her her school uniform you can wear a skirt and shirt under the overcoat, though they won’t e seen. Of course you’ll need the wig with its slicked back bun as well. Add in some tall Army green socks and leather shoes as well as a leather belt to complete the look.

For the clothes she wears at home you’ll need a grey pullover sweater, green sweat pants, white athletic socks, and sneakers. Using letter Transfer sheets add the words “1972 Olympics” to the front of the sweater.  Tuck a white towel in around the back of your neck with the bulk of it showing above the collar. Take the leather belt from her school outfit (or a weight lifting leather belt if you have one) and tighten it around your waste. Then add in green sweats, bunched athletic socks, and simple sneakers.

And, of course, Miss Trunchbull isn’t Miss Trunchbull without her coveted box of chocolates. You can make your own by taking the chocolates (still in their paper cups) out of a standard box of chocolates and putting them into an enamel hinge-top box. It’s a bit bulky for an accessory but every Matilda fan will know immediately why Miss Trunchbull would keep the box close!