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 - Â£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 - Â£35.00
Ornate Etched Cuff
Waxed Cotton Necklace Cord
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 - Â£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 - Â£5.45