With Fan Expo fast approaching I have geek fashion on my mind!
I never cosplay to Fan Expo, the reason of which I will be explaining in a later post, so instead I like to put together a really geeky outfit and that is the topic of today’s post: How to put together a great geeky outfit for a convention.
You can, of course, wear whatever you want to a convention but in my humble opinion there is a time and a place for every kind of outfit and a convention is not the place to wear something, for say, work or going to a downtown club.
Whether geeks like to admit it or not we are really actually quite snooty about what other people wear to a convention. We see a girl in a really ‘normal’ outfit and we assume that she was dragged there by her girlfriend. A guy in a club-esque wear or not having a hint of geeky swag on him, he is only here to hit on ‘easy geeky girls’.
Is it fair? No. Is it true? Hell yes.
So to make things a little easier I have created a list of different style of outfits you could put together for going to a convention and all of them require item that you likely already own!
Do’s in a con outfit
Show off your fandom: Comic books, video games, TV shows, whatever you love can be easily shown in a geeky outfit for a con. Pair a great geeky shirt with a great skirt and boom geeky outfit! Just completely wear your fandom on your sleeve with an outfit entirely based around whatever you love!
Make an outfit based on your favorite character: Disney bounding has become wickedly popular at Disneyland and is even starting to spill over into everyday life and the basic idea of it can be easily applied to a convention outfit. Consider the basics of the character like how DC’s Penguin wears a lot of black and white and Marvel’s Emma Frost wears all white.
Wear an average outfit with epic makeup: This is actually what I plan on doing for Fan Expo. Basically I am wearing a pinup girl style dress and doing either spider or creepy doll themed makeup. This version of an outfit is really awesome if you do not necessarily own any geeky apparel and would rather wear something you already own. Check out Pinterest or Tumblr for great makeup ideas.
Wear an average outfit with geeky accessories: This one is kind of a combination of the first one and the third. Basically you can wear whatever you want but then add some great geeky accessories like a necklace and earrings or great geeky hair accessories like a bow, hair band or hair clip.
Using geeky accessories helps you fit in by showing off your fandom but also gives you the opportunity to start a conversation! You would be amazed by the amount of friendships made from “Hey I love your Batman necklace”.
Con Outfit Warnings
Think about shoes: Conventions involve a LOT of walking and standing so pay attention
Don’t force your outfit on people: This is especially important for the outfits based on characters. This is not a cosplay, it is just an outfit so do not expect people to treat you like a cosplayer while wearing it.
Be careful with showing too much skin: A lot of cons have dress codes and these codes apply to both cosplayers AND normal congoers. You may be asked to change or cover up if a con staff sees something wrong with your outfit. Is it fair. No not really considering what some people get away with in costume. But will it happen? Very likely.
Pay attention to the weather: Conventions are pretty much always warm. There are a lot of people in a small space and that means things get warm! Consider that when putting together an outfit. For winter cons, layering is always a good idea since it may be cold outside but it will be hot inside!
You don’t have to cosplay at a convention to have fun but dressing in at least a geeky manner will help you feel like