For Friday of Otakon, I knew I had to choose a very easy cosplay, since Lucina was a pretty ambitious costume with a lot of pieces, especially because I wanted to make her sword. It helped that Chie and Naoto were my two favorite characters in Persona 4, and Naoto’s summer non-school outfit is possibly the easiest one in the entire game. Here’s how I did it.
Hat: I was going to use this great tutorial to make a hat, but then I found a dark blue newsboy cap in Five Below and bought that instead. Then I just had to make the band out of strips of ribbon and navy fabric. The downside of this is the hat was very tight over my wig–it probably would have been a lot better to make the hat so that it fit properly over the wig, but it did save me some time.
Wig: The wig is Arda’s Lulu in dark blue, which I then styled myself. Wigs are one area where my costumes could really use improvement. I may start commissioning wigs instead of trying to style them myself. I only have so much time to learn new skills, and wig styling is far from the top of the list!
Makeup: This is another area I’m trying to improve. I used to not wear makeup at all! Bad idea. I have a lot of foundation on, and the eye makup is black eyeliner on bottom lid only, and some brown eyeshadow. I also used a neutral sheer lip gloss. I got the eyeshadow and lip gloss at the CVS down the street in Baltimore, and I didn’t practice this at all before Friday of Otakon, but I think it turned out all right?
Tie: Yellow skinny tie off eBay. I originally ordered a regular tie, but it looked ridiculous on me. The skinny tie has the right proportions.
Shirt: Luckily for me, Old Navy was selling a teal button-down shirt right when I needed one. I just cut the sleeves to 3/4 length with short slits on each side, then hemmed it. Done! I wore a sports bra underneath to look more boyish.
Pants: Black slacks from Old Navy, women’s boot cut. I debated getting men’s pants but even from Old Navy they were too expensive to buy just for a costume, so I got a pair I could also wear to work or whatever.
Shoes: Uniform shoes from Payless. They are very cushioned and sooo comfortable.
And that’s it. As you can see, it was very little sewing, really. Mostly stuff you might be able to find in your closet. I recommend any of the out-of-school Persona 4 character outfits for beginner cosplayers, but this one was likely the easiest of all.
I took a lot of photos so hopefully I’ll have the full gallery ready soon~