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Last-Minute Closet Cosplay Ideas for NYCC That Won’t Look Last-Minute

48 hours? No problem.

The Wicked + The Divine

Cosplaying is all fun and games until it’s 48 hours until New York Comic Con and you have no idea what you’re going to wear. Whether you scrapped your original costume plans, or you’re like me and procrastination has finally caught up to you, there’s no need to stress.

Believe it or not, you still have enough time to put together a creative costume with little effort and cash. All you have to do is turn to your closet to whip up a closet cosplay.

Here are six fun suggestions from comics, games and cartoons that you’ll be able to knock out—for sure!

Suzy of Sex Criminals

Sex Criminals

What you’ll need:

  • Black “I Love NY” shirt
  • Turquoise skirt
  • Black shoes or whatever you have on hand
  • Black wig with bangs or your natural hair

We’re starting of fun and simple! If you don’t already own these pieces, Suzy has a lot of simple yet identifiable looks, so be sure to skim through Sex Criminals for some inspiration.

Stevonnie of Steven Universe

Steven Universe

What you’ll need:

  • Red cropped t-shirt
  • Turquoise cropped tank top
  • Denim shorts
  • Large hot pink rhinestone
  • Nude shoes
  • Long dark wig or your natural hair

To make the star, purchase yellow  fabric or felt ($0.33 at Michaels), and simply cut out a star shape. To attach the star, you can use fabric glue, hot glue or heat n bond. I’d recommend heat n bond above all. It’s $9.99 a yard at Michaels, but if you use one of their almost always available 40%-50% coupons, you’ll have a good investment.

Laura of  The Wicked & The Divine 

The Wicked + The Divine

What you’ll need:

  • Green jacket
  • White t-shirt or button down
  • Skinny jeans
  • Black boots
  • Green hair spray for an ombre effect or do the real thing

What will really make this look identifiable is Laura’s hair and makeup. Using temporary green spray at your local costume store will get the job done! Apply a strong cat eye and freckles, and you can reference any of Laura’s looks. However, her signature green jacket will make the looks complete.

Terra of Teen Titans 

Teen Titans

What you’ll need:

  • Black long sleeved turtleneck crop top
  • Yellow bike shorts
  • Tan/Brown boots and gloves
  • Long blonde wig or your natural hair

To recreate the emblem on her top, you can follow the same steps to make Stevonnie’s star, above. Also, if you think finding a “black long sleeved turtleneck crop top” sounds difficult, you can find one for about $8 at Forever 21.

Ramona Flowers of Scott Pilgrim 

Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim

What you’ll need:

  • Denim jacket
  • Pink or bright shorts
  • Colored tights
  • Studded belt
  • Boots
  • Colored wig or own hair

Easily one of the most recognizable convention costumes and simplest to make. Ramona’s ever-changing outfits and hair allow you to use whatever you have laying around. As long as you have colored hair, you’re good to go.

Clemetine of The Walking Dead game

Clementine in The Walking Dead game.

What you’ll need:

  • Blue and white hat with “D” logo
  • Pink hooded sweater with “BROOKLYN” logo
  • White skirt
  • Brown tights
  • Flats
  • Short

The dead giveaway for the costume is Clementine’s signature hat and pigtails! Recreating her hat will let you improvise the rest of the costume. If you really want to replicate her look, iron-on white letters from Michaels ($9.99—use those coupons!) to spell out “BROOKLYN” on her sweater will be simple! Also, try using liquid eyeliner to create the “illustration” markings on her face.

Knowing what to wear is half the battle, so the rest is up to you! If you decide to try any of these costumes be sure to tag @themarysue and me, @thecrazybatlady. We’d love to see how it came out! Or if you have any other suggestions for fellow fans in need, leave them in the comments below.

Jessica is a pink-cladded brat-girl, blogger, and craftswoman headquartered in NYC. You can find her collection of adventures in beauty, cosplay and more of her tutorials over at her blog, The Crazy Bat Lady.

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