Once I decided I was taking on all things Rat Queens this week, I knew this was going to be my chance to casual cosplay Betty. Betty is a great choice for casual cosplay both because she's an awesome character and because her outfit is seemingly pretty easy to replicate.
With the exception of her hood and crop top, she's basically already wearing my everyday clothes. So, how hard could it be?
In my completely non-expert opinion, a good casual cosplay Betty needs 5 things:
- Khaki pants
- A white v-neck
- Turquoise accessories
- Some sort of brown top layer
- Brown shoes
Sounds super easy, right? I thought so too. I mean, I own and frequently wear khakis and a white v-neck. My own khakis are pants, and I really needed these to be capris. But no problem--I just rolled them up. For the white v-neck, I'm sure a scoop neck tank top would also work fine. As long as the shirt shows a little chest, it's probably aces.
The turquoise accessories presented a small problem as I'm not one for costume jewelry. Luckily, my mother is. A quick trip to my parents house gave me enough turquoise jewelry to at least make it work.
So, three out of the five requirements done. Totally, easily done.
Now on to the brown top layer. To my dismay, I own absolutely no brown clothing. But, I figured, hell, I'd probably use a brown hoodie at some point in my life. So off I went to buy one. Only, I couldn't. I looked at Target, Ross, Khol's, and Burke's, which is pretty much the extent of shopping I'm willing to do. But committed to making this work, I decided a brown scarf would also do the trick.
But, again, I couldn't find one. It's like every store in Texas decided they weren't going to carry anything brown. In true desperation, I even rifled through the little boys clothing section (where I can usually fit into an XL). Nothing. Literally nothing.
So what could I do? I just started buying up anything thing that was even close to brown. I bought a tan scarf, a light brown sweater, and a tan sweater. And then finally, mercifully, I stumbled upon a brown scarf at Wal-Mart and bought it too. I was left with three versions of Betty's outfit--none of which I loved.
So, yeah. I couldn't do my perfect Betty cosplay. What should have been easy, turned out to be super hard. And I think life is the same way. I'm one of those people who always overestimates my abilities and underestimates the challenges a task presents. I think it's good to be reminded that we can't always be perfect. And we love characters like Betty because they're perfectly imperfect--just like us.
Betty would never stress about her scarf not being on point. She's too busy enjoying her friends and her life and finding her own happiness. So sometimes stuff doesn't end up the way we want it to, but that's okay. Especially when it's the small stuff--and usually, it's always small stuff.