Okay, I know this one is cutting it close, but September has been an incredibly busy month for me. Like, seriously weird, crazy, and awful. So, naturally, things like this have slipped my mind. But, I wanted to post this casual cosplay because it will kick off Spooky Season, and it’s a collaboration with my author friend, Crystal Cestari!
Crystal recently released an awesome book called The Best Kind of Magic, and seeing as how September’s theme is “Literature,” I thought that doing an outfit inspired by this book would be very appropriate.
A little bit about the plot of this book: the story of The Best Kind of Magic centers on a teenager named Amber Sands. Amber is your typical teen who goes to school, hangs with her best friend, and works in her family store part time, which is situated in the heart of Navy Pier in Chicago. Amber, however, isn’t exactly typical. She comes from a long line of witches, and she works in her mom’s magic shop as a matchmaker. If Amber were to look into your eyes, she’ll be able to see who your true love is. The problem is, though, that she cannot see her true love. “Talk about ironic.”
The Best Kind of Magic is the perfect inspiration for an autumnal outfit, especially if you’re drawn to that witchy look. But I wanted to stay true to the spirit and charisma of its characters, so after some consultation with the author, I decided to do two outfits to help represent this awesome story.
The first outfit is inspired by the clothes Amber’s mom “suggests” as appropriate for someone who’s profession is in the wheeling and dealing of love advice and magical objects. I took this adorable dress I found at Target (super spoopy), and paired it with a comfy hunter green sweater, patterned tights, and faux suede gray boots.
I amped up the make-up–particularly the eyes–to evoke classic fall colors: purples, reds, burnt oranges, and golden tones. I was also sure to use an ethereal highlighter to give a mystical glow, and finished the look with subtle lips.
Amber is very much a tomboy, and while she may not wear a look like this, I still thought it would be best to make it as witchy as I could without it being too over-the-top or costume-y.
Still using the same make-up look, I decided to go for comfort, and wear some clothes that I figured were more in-tune with how Amber would actually dress. There aren’t many shots of this ensemble, but I made a simple look with a soft flannel shirt, comfy t-shirt, and trusty leggings.
Coincidentally, this is also a great look for curling up and reading a good book, like The Best Kind of Magic. And, since it’s fall, you can’t go wrong with leggings and an oversized flannel.
Getting started on your Casual Cosplay
To get started on your very own literary casual cosplay, keep these tips in mind:
- Start by thinking of your favorite literary characters, paying close attention to how they would dress based on factors like setting, time period, and personality.
- Once you’ve selected a couple, assess your wardrobe, and pull pieces that you think would work best for one of these characters.
- After you’ve built your base ensemble, you can accessorize, add make-up, and do all that fun stuff.
- Don’t limit yourself based on the world your character lives in; if your favorite character is Catherine from Wuthering Heights, you do not have to wear a 19th century costume. Rather, pair pieces that are inspired by that era, and add modern staples like a skirt, pants, or even jeans.
- If you need further inspiration, take a look at my new Pinterest board for ideas. It will be updated throughout each month with its corresponding theme.
So, which look was your favorite? I love both, depending on the occasion, of course. And which fictional character would you dress up as? Let me know in the comments below! Also, don’t forget to check out The Best Kind of Magic, available at every major bookseller!
October’s theme will be Tim Burton, so start planning that out now, Nerds! Check out last month’s Casual Cosplay of the Day while you’re at it, too!
Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for?