Halloween is a mere three days away and hey, if you haven’t gotten your costume together yet? No judgment from us. (We promise you that we are the Queens of finishing costumes at the last minute.) Sadly, Halloween stores tend to not have the best options especially if you’re a woman. This close to the big holiday, your only options might be between sexy banana, sexy Elmo, and sexy crayon. Or maybe you just don’t want to spend $40+ on something you’ll wear once.
The good news is that you probably have everything you need for a geeky Halloween costume right in your closet already! We’re just here to help you along with a few ideas.
Option 1: Hogwarts Student
This one is pretty simple and chances are, you’ve seen people pull this together for midnight premieres for years. What you need is simple: a white button down blouse and a black skirt (pleated or knee length is best and then knee socks) or black dress pants are the base. From there, you’ve got some options. If you can find an official Hogwarts house tie, you’re set! If not, just look for a tie that has the right colours and then get yourself a wand. Instant Hogwarts Student! There are plenty of “upgrades” you can do too such as a black/dark grey sweater, knee socks that match your tie/house colours, or even a cloak if you have one so just remember that the sky is totally the limit here!.
Option 2: MCU SHIELD Agent
Get a basic black government suit and some shades. Look like you mean business. If you’re really serious about it, make an eyepatch and run around telling everyone that you’d like to talk to them about the Avengers Initiative.
Option 3: Rogue
If you have or can find a white hair streak, this one’s easy as pie and you’ll even get to stay warm because that girl covers up. You’ve got plenty of wiggleroom here for what you wear but you should definitely wear some green. Green and yellow is good and so is green and black. Got a brown jacket? Throw that one. The most important piece is definitely a pair of gloves though.
Option 4: Mako Mori
Just when you thought we were going to shut up about Pacific Rim… No such luck. (Who are we kidding? We’ll never shut up about that movie.) Lin’s even got a full tutorial up for you.
Option 5: Newt Geiszler
KEEPING WITH THE GIANT ROBOT THEME, Newt’s another fairly easy option to put together. A poorly ironed white shirt, black pants, a skinny black tie, and black rimmed glasses are all you need! Bonus points if you draw kaiju tattoos all over your forearms.
Option 6: Han Solo
This one has some options depending on how much time and effort you can put in. The basics you’ll need are as follows: a long sleeve white shirt, a black vest, dark blue pants, and a belt. If you can, a holster for a gun/blaster and the gun/blaster itself is always a great prop. Finally, the Corellian bloodstripes will really help sell the costume. You probably don’t have time to individually sew/paint the broken stripes on a pair of pants but if you take some red or dark yellow ribbon or paint and go at it, that’ll definitely get the idea across.
Option x: Use that t-shirt
This is absolutely one of the easier costume ideas but hey! If you’re in a pinch, you’re in a pinch. Pair one of those costume t-shirts with an appropriately coloured pair of pants or a skirt and you are ready to go!
These are definitely just a few ideas to help you out. Obviously, everyone’s closet is different so your best bet is to just dive right in there and see what you can pull out! (Spoiler Alert: That’s basically how we put together half of our outfit posts.) Most importantly though? Have fun, be safe, and Happy Halloween!
Ready to drive right into danger? Rock an all red look and take it from the triplets to go deep — blood red, dark red, a perfect crimson. For one more look at our forever favourite movie Pacific Rim, we salute the Wei triplets with some dirty glam style that’s city street ready.
It’s no secret how much we love Pacific Rim around here and with the film coming out on BluRay and DVD tomorrow, we just had to pull together some more posts to celebrate it!
Back during Jaeger Con, I put together a shopping list with style suggestions for emulating the Hansens and that Striker Eureka look. I decided to take my own suggestion and translate it into real life! (The fact that I recently saw the film again yesterday at a meet up and was reduced to tears because of these three in THAT SCENE obviously has nothing to do with why I picked them. Obviously.)
Olive Jacket: DKNY
Grey T-Shirt: Kenneth Cole
Bulldog Earrings: Amazon
Jeans: Calvin Klein
Lace Up Boots: Naturalizer
Sadly, no one would lend me an actual bulldog for these pictures. And Lin wouldn’t go get me one. It was tragic. I had to settle for these earrings.
TODAY WE ARE CANCELING THE APOCALYPSE
Want to know what’s even better than an online Pacific Rim convention? A meet up with several dozen other fans at a convention! At Dragon*Con the other weekend, we got to do just that!
We reached into our Jaeger Con closets the Saturday of con for our Mako Mori and Girl!Tendo Choi costumes and wandered around the hotels for a few hours with double lattes and a bagel in hand. It was awesome every time someone recognised our costumes and (inevitably) mentioned how much they loved the movie.
Around 2pm, we made our way towards the meet up point and ended up finding some other Pacific Rim fans along the way. Despite the meet up not officially starting for another half hour, it wasn’t long before there were a fair number of us in that smaller-than-it-looks-hallway positively bubbling with enthusiasm. There were cookies and Gipsy Danger pins and a heck of a lot of drift compatibility going on.
And then I somehow ended up directing the photoshoot. I’m still not really sure how it happened but I do know that I ended up dragging my dear friend and fabulous photographer Pat Loika into it with me as our impromptu official photographer for the meet up.
Someone remarked to me later that it was kind of perfect that I was dressed as Tendo for all of this. Mostly, I am glad that I could put by loud voice to good use and that none of my fellow attendees thought the jokes I was cracking in between setting up shots were too terrible. And that I can say my photoshoot directorial debut went smoothly.
We got both large group shots of everyone and then everyone in costume (and everyone being silly) and shots of smaller groups with the same or related costumes. Spoiler Alert: The Newts were the overwhelming majority.
Although I kept the pictures moving at a fairly brisk pace (because Atlanta heat is brutal and there was a huge photoshoot starting soon), it seemed like everyone was still definitely enjoying themselves especially when we got to take some fun shots like Gipsy Danger taking on a kaiju…
…or all of our Newts reaching longingly for the kaiju…
…and, of course, the appropriate appreciation for the Hot Dads of the film.
Thank you so much to everyone who attended the Meet Up. It was absolutely a group effort by everyone and it wouldn’t have been nearly as lovely if we haven’t had everyone there. Honestly, we both had so much fun and we’ve never experienced a fan gathering quite like that before. It was quite excellent getting to meet all of you and we look forward to next year! Until then, we’ll see you in the Drift!
Don’t forget to check out all the pictures from the Meet Up over on Pat Loika’s Flickr account!
Hey everyone! It’s been a little while but we’re finally back. Sorry if we didn’t post to Twitter and Instagram as much as we would have liked — internet was virtually non-existent in the black hole that was the con.
But once again, Dragon*Con was four days of crazy and awesome and tons of costumes, and we definitely partook in all of those — in the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing pictures and our cosplays! In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek from our Instagram: