The last time I went to a comic and gaming convention it was spring 2003, and it was a modest local con, rapidly gaining a rabid following by the name of Mega Convention. Like most nerds and geeks, I have several bucket list cons such as San Diego Comic Con, NY Comic Con, PAX, DragonCon and others, but MegaCon was my very first con experience when I was an undergrad in the late 90s. For the past couple of years, I’ve lived vicariously through my friends because I simply didn’t plan accordingly. This year, I’ve not only got a plan, but I meeting up with friends to nerd out together in The City Beautiful. My recent dabblings in casual cosplay have lead to another Game of Thrones-inspired look in the works for Saturday!
My new Homecoming. The best kind is the nerdy kind.
Casual Cosplay: House GLAMnister
To save money on a con outfit and to also invest in some fun summer staples, I went to Style Encore to find some fun and functional pieces without breaking the budget. Although I am House Stark through and through, I wanted to put together a fun outfit for when I queue up to get a photo with Lena Headey, the live action incarnation of Queen Regent Cersei Lannister-Baratheon. The only thing that could made the opportunity complete would being able to meet Nikolaj Coster-Waldau who plays Cersei’s twin brother and partner-in-all-kinds-of-crime, Ser Jaime, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
Shirt – The hardest part of assembling a casual cosplay involving Lannister colors is avoiding looking like I a) work at Target, b) am a Gryffindor, or c) went to Florida State. Not there’s anything wrong with these cases of mistaken identity, but as I am a) not employed by Bullseye, b) very much a Ravenclaw, and c) an orange-and-blue blooded Florida Gator, I have to make a clear distinction. After tearing through the racks, I came across a comfy Women’s Geometric Graphic Tank which is slated for some DIY shenanigans.
Shorts – I prefer a more modest hemline when it comes to shorts, and I almost never pick ones with patterns. There was something about these fun, jungle print shorts, and I was thrilled to find one with at minimum 4″ inseam. One of my biggest issues with summer fashion is that after dressing conservatively in Japan for 5.5 years, I have a tough time wearing short shorts.
Jacket – I was drawn to this jacket purely because of the combination of the structure and the map print lining. Looking at several of Jaime’s jackets, this is a modern take combining masculine design with feminine detailing. When paired with the tanktop, it really reminds me of Jaime’s outfit when he arrested Ned Stark outside one of Baelish’s establishments. In Florida, it may be hot outside but depending on the venue, it could be colder than North of the Wall. The jacket packs easy and it’s light weight.
Shoes – As much as I would love to tough it out in some wedge heels or gladiator sandals, but with the amount of walking involved in con wandering, I always opt for function over fashion. In this case, I get to showcase my gold knit Converse All Stars. I just have to find the right socks. Ironically, some Gryffindor socks with a lion could be strangely appropriate.
Accessories – Naturally, the House Lannister is known for it’s piles upon piles of Lannister Gold, so I pulled out several of my favorite gold Rafaelian finish Alex + Ani bracelets, including the Compass and the Knight, two iconic images within the Seven Kingdoms. This would be more of a nod to Jaime who is Lord Commander of the Kingsguard whose journey on the roads of Westeros reshapes his character. The crimson beaded bangle accent calls to the other color of the Lannister family, a rich, jewel tone red. The necklace is a flock of little birds once orchestrated by Varys and quickly gathered for Cersei in the wake of his departure for Essos. When it comes to Cersei’s accessories, large statement necklaces in gold are a staple .
Hair – I applaud the hardcore cosplayers who can do wigs in stifling Floridian summer humidity. Personally, I can’t do it. Since I grew my hair out and opted for some summer blonde, I will attempt one of Cersei’s least intricate hair styles. I might add some gold barrettes and break out the hot rollers for those beachy waves.
Brienne & Jaime teamed up for a costume consult.
One of the most enjoyable things about casual cosplay is shopping in one’s own closet or discovering versatile pieces which can be incorporated into the daily clothing rotation. The added bonus of getting most of the items from a second hand store is that I’ve managed not only to get higher quality pieces, but I was able to save a fair bit of money, too. Although I am clumsy, I couldn’t pass up on the cream colored linen jacket.
The only challenge is deciding whether this look is a more adventurous Cersei or a gender-swapped Jaime. Perhaps like the morally gray Lannisters, I’ll leave it open to interpretation for now. I already have butterflies as I look over the schedule for Saturday. Time to move onto stage two for my con prep: packing my day survival pack.
Answer Me, These Questions Three
- Are you planning on attending any conventions this year (nerdy or otherwise)?
- Do you have a go to power convention outfit or do you enjoy putting together a new one?
- If you’re in the Greater Central Florida-area, are you planning on hitting up MegaCon?