Day 12: Hulk
HULK LIKE THRIFT!
And…BONUS!! This shirt has a special surprise!
T-Shirt from Goodwill
Shorts from OMG! Thrift
Day 11: Forrest Gump
I think Forrest Gump was my very first Tom Hanks movie. Or at least the one I remember seeing first. They say you never forget your first Hanks…well, they should say that! Because Tom is a national treasure. He’s one of those actors that is beloved by all. And if you don’t like Tom Hanks, then I truly question your very moral compass. How are you living an upstanding life if you don’t like The Hanks?! I ask you that!
I mean…I even named my cat after the incomparable Mr. Hanks. Look at that little face…
Don’t you think all cats should be named after him? Who are we kidding…name the dogs after him too. Are you having a baby? Let me offer you the name Tom Hanks…girl or boy! First name Tom, middle name Hanks! What better namesake could there be? Just look at how happy my cat is to bear the name of Hanks:
Ok, bad example. Tom Hanks, the cat, never actually looks happy. But I’ll bet he’s smiling on the inside, all because he’s named after the G.O.A.T…Thomas Jeffrey Hanks. And…actually Tom Hanks, the cat’s middle name starts with a J too, just like human Tom Hanks! But it isn’t Jeffrey, it’s Jamesfranco.
Alright, back to the cosplay. Here is my homage to one of human Tom Hank’s greatest characters:
Which movie was your first Hanks? Let me know in the comments or meet me on social media!! #MyFirstHanks
Day 10: Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice
When I was in the 10th grade, I was supposed to read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but I totally didn’t. I bought the cliff notes and actually…didn’t even read those. I think I got an F…I definitely deserved an F! But worse than a failing grade, was missing out on loving one of my favorite authors and her works much earlier in my life.
It wasn’t until college that my horizons were broadened. I caught the 1940’s Lawrence Olivier/ Greer Garson version on TCM one night and rethought my adolescent decision to skip Austen altogether. I feel in love with Mr. Darcy, saw myself to be an Elizabeth Bennet and then quickly poured through the works, biographies and extended universe of Austen’s Regency England. Persuasion has actually come to be my very favorite Jane Austen novel. But Pride and Prejudice is right behind it, with Emma coming in as third.
Now…the obsession is real! I mean, look…
Mr. Darcy’s Outfit:
Top Hat from my dad’s impressive hat collection
Green Blazer from Goodwill
Frilled Shirt from Salvation Army
Grey Pants from Plato’s Closet
Boots from my shoe closet
Shawl from Goodwill
Dress from OMG! Thrift
Shoes from Goodwill
Day 9: Fairy Godmother from Disney’s Cinderella (1950)
Everyone’s always giving all the love to the Disney Princesses, ok…I know…me included. But what about the supporting characters who make the Princesses’ stories happen. Like…for example…Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother. We don’t know much about her, but we know that without her Cinderella would be up a creek without a paddle, if you will.
And another thing. We know Cinderella is Becky with the good shoes, but dang, if the Fairy Godmother didn’t have her own exquisite taste in footwear, would she really be giving Cindy such a great pair of heels? Women with bad taste in shoes don’t give shoes as a gift. I’m just saying…Fairy G Mom is probably rocking a pretty epic shoe closet back at home. With that in mind…here is my take on Cindy’s Fairy Godmother, mind the shoes!!
Top from Salvation Army
Pants and Shoes from Goodwill
Check out those sparkly shoes!! That’s how Fairy Godmother rolls!!
Bippity Boppity Booya!
Day 8: Imperator Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road
It usually takes a while for a character to really cement themselves as a favorite on my coveted list of favorites. There has to be many viewings and lots of You Tube montage videos must be watched. It’s a whole process. But I gotta tell you, Imperator Furiosa became #lifegoals pretty quickly after I saw this movie in the theaters in 2015.
It shouldn’t be surprising! Charlize Theron is basically #lifegoals herself, is it any wonder one of her most bad assiest characters of all time would make the charts! Here’s my take on the Imperator:
Tank Top from Goodwill
Pants from Goodwill
Boots from Plato’s Closet
Arm Piece from Goodwill
Day 7: Rapunzel from Tangled
Today’s thrift store cosplay is a minimalist version of Disney’s Rapunzel. It’s more of a bounding, if you will. For those of you who have never heard of Disney bounding…look it up. It’s a simple way of representing your favorite characters at work, at Disney…basically anywhere you are, and still seem like a fairly normal person to the outside world.
This outfit could easily be worn anywhere and people would not automatically suspect me of cosplaying. That’s the beauty of Disney bounding, it’s more of an internal cosplay and the people who get it are the ones you discover to be kindred spirits!!
Day 6: Amazon from Themyscira
Ok, I could have gone the Wonder Woman route or even done a faithful adaptation of Antiope or Hippolyta, but since I truly believe that I belong among the Amazons of Themyscira, I did my own take on it. I don’t want to have someone else’s look when I finally find the hidden island!
So here is my unique take on Amazonian fashion. Complete with shorts under my skirt for serious fighting!
Tunic from Goodwill
Belt from Goodwill
Shoes from OMG! Thrift
Wristbands from my cosplay closet
Headband (a repurposed necklace) from Plato’s Closet
Sword from my personal sword collection (Yep, you read that right!)
Day 5: Beverly Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation
With a brand new Star Trek on the horizon, I’ve been looking back at some of the episodes from my very favorite Star Trek series…The Next Generation. And one of my favorite characters Dr. Beverly Crusher. The constant (and only) shipper for my very favorite Starfleet Captain…Captain Jean Luc Picard! Here’s my take on the classy, sassy Doctor!
Top from Salvation Army
Lab Coat from Goodwill
Black Pants from OMG! Thrift
Shoes from my own closet
DIY Communicator made with cardboard and foil paper
Day 4: Spongebob Squarepants
There will a few times in this series where I will stray from my coveted vow of only using thrift store, consignment, resale and vintage clothing. Sometimes I’ll use things from my closet purchased long ago or I’ll turn to the closets of those closest to me, my mom, my dad, my aunt Becky and my Granny.
Today was one such instance…I was on the hunt for the perfect pair of brown Spongebob shorts, when I remembered a piece of clothing hanging in my closet already. A brown wrap skirt my mom had made when she was younger, that she bequeathed to me. Rather than spend extra money on a different pair of shorts that might better represent Spongebob, I opted to make use of that vintage (mom probably wouldn’t like that I call it vintage) skirt. And voilá….Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Top from Plato’s Closet
Skirt made by my momma
Shoes from Cougar Shoes
Necklace from Goodwill
Earrings from OMG! Thrift