Right now, pretty much any store carries an array of graphic tees toting your favorite superhero emblem or visage. For the past few years “geek culture” has become more and more popular, leaving all of us who craved cool Star Wars t-shirts years ago totally immersed with vintage, fan art, official, and many more styles of clothing from which to choose. For everyday casual clothing, one no longer has to raid their parent’s closets hoping to score an original shirt from decades ago.
But what about of us in the geek community who want take it to the next level? Yes, I am talking about cosplaying! Attend any sort of convention and chances are that you encountered people in cosplay. If the forums and booths are the meat and bones of a convention, cosplayers are the blood, bringing the convention to life. Walking around the convention, a person can become completely enraptured in scouting out their favorite characters to have pictures taken with them.
So what happens when the convention is over and we have to put our full-body Fallout power armor suits away and switch into something more work appropriate? This is where “Undercover Cosplay” comes into effect. Each article will discuss and give ideas for how to bring your favorite move/game character from robot-crushing superhero to street styled.
Over the past several months, I have forsaken pretty much all my other loves to devote my time and energy into one game: Overwatch. Blizzard released their new first person shooter team based game back in May and gamers all over have been cranking out some amazing cosplays of the playable characters. It is likely that at any given convention you will be able to find a handful of Hanzos and Tracers darting about and everyone’s favorite “ship”, Pharrah and Mercy. But most of the time those outfits aren’t practical when you have to meet up with friends for happy hour and still need to let them know that you “Play to Win!”. That is where this edition’s undercover cosplay comes in, featuring our lovable “Meka” driving girl, Hana Song aka D.Va!
As we can see, her game outfit isn’t really something you can slip into on your way out to the grocery store or to meet up with some friends. So today, I have imagined her “street style” outfit that works perfectly for an undercover cosplay, suitable to be worn pretty much anywhere!
So for this outfit there is not a “save” vs. “splurge” breakdown as in Jessica Jones’s edition, but most of the items can be found fairly inexpensively through the links provided below. I wanted to focus on a few attributes of Hana Song to make this outfit stand out and be a good representation of the sassy and adorable personality she has in game.
For this look there are any number of top styles tat would work. A baggy white top tucked into the skirt, an off the shoulder t-shirt, or a cute crop top like this one (currently out of stock).
Again with this you could do any shade of blue, but I chose one that matched more with the blue in the jacket. Another good option would be a few shades darker that would compliment more of her game outfit. Similar skirt found here.
I went for a thigh high sock option on this look, but think you could also just do tights that had a cute pattern (cat tights anyone?!) and still get a very D.Va style. Socks found here.
Out of everything in the outfit, this jacket would give you the most grief in trying to find in store. The picture above is of an Alexander McQueen version, but there is this listing on Etsy that I loved the sheer detailing and the muted colors.
In game, D.Va’s shoes are part of her full outfit; so there wasn’t a direct example of what would be a great undercover cosplay shoe. However, Hana has to be able to move around and run back to her Meka at a moment’s notice, so these high tops work perfectly to give her ultimate mobility while still being true to her overall cute look.
D.Va’s headphones are an iconic part of her outfit and she is pictured always wearing them (I like to imagine she has Lucio’s new album on repeat). So obviously headphones are a must when doing undercover cosplay Hana. I found these from Ariana Grande’s Brookstone collection that come in so many different colors and are cute as heck.
This brings us to the conclusion of another “Geekly Chi Undercover Cosplay” edition. In the future I plan on bringing more of Overwatch’s characters to the streets, as well as other icons in nerd and gaming culture. If you have someone that you want to see featured let us know by commenting below or reach out to us on Twitter @nika_howard and @ethnicninja. Until next time, Happy Cosplaying!