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Casual Final Fantasy Cosplay: Aerith Gainsborough (Final Fantasy VII)

Casual Final Fantasy Cosplay: Aerith Gainsborough (Final Fantasy VII)

Written by Lauren — 12 Jul 2015

Casual Cosplay is something that's become a bit popular as of late. It's a way of cosplaying for anyone who either doesn't know how to sew or lacks the time to do so, isn't comfortable going to cons in full cosplay, or doesn't have enough money for a really good commission. Not only that, Casual Cosplay can be made from things that you can wear regularly so in the long run, it's just an excuse to get some new items in your wardrobe and in reality, can be quite cost efficient!

I have started exploring the world of Casual Cosplay, mainly due to the time it takes to tailor costumes, and I've really been enjoying coming up with different ways to blend both my own style and that of the character that I've chosen.



For Aerith Gainsborough, I wanted to go for something a bit simple but elegant. I'm not a massive fan of Aerith's dress mainly as I don't think it suits many body types, but we'll get to that in a bit. Here are the indvidual items that I've found to make an ultimate Aerith Gainsborough Casual Cosplay.


Hair Bow Tie Set

First off, we have Aerith's bow which is probably the most signature accessory of hers. It is of course, the bow she receives from Zack on a date. This bow set offers a really easy bow hair tie that should look perfectly Aerith-esque. On top of that, it's extremely cheap at Forever 21.
USA - $1.90 / UK - £2.00


Didoa Brown Boots

Aerith of course wears brown boots and I respect that. However, I'm not a fan of Uggs which seems to be what many people choose to wear while cosplaying Aerith and although they're probably the closest match to what her boots were designed to be, I much prefer boots that are a bit higher up the leg. I feel like they elongate your legs and don't cut them off short like ankle boots do.USA - $35.00 / UK - £35.00


Ornate Etched Cuff

Aerith has very lovely bangles she wears and I think a silver cuff would be a perfect representation of her bangles which are very thick and bulky.
USA - $8.90 / UK - £5.00


Waxed Cotton Necklace Cord

There are some bow tie necklaces on the market, but considering the expense, it's a lot cheaper to just buy your own cord and make it yourself.
USA - $1.42 / UK - £1.37

Turquoise Resin Flower Stud Earrings

In an effort to match Aerith's materia, I saw these lovely stud earrings which will offer a nice alternative. However, if you don't have pierced ears, I suggest either finding clip-ons or perhaps finding some other type of turquoise statement piece like a pendant necklace in place of the cord necklace.USA - $3.50 / UK - £2.49


New Womens Shrug Ruched Top Ladies Bolero

This red bolero I thought would be a lovely alternative to Aerith's jacket. It's elegant and short sleeved and will match well with the dress I've picked for this casual cosplay.
USA - $6.96 / UK - £5.45

Lauren is a self-confessed Squall addict and will fight to the death whenever questioned. You can often find her scouring retailers for her next casual cosplay features! Feel free to follow her on Twitter.