The obvious choice for a Star Wars cosplay is Princess Leia. Long flowy white dress, white and silver belt, ridiculous bun hair, and maybe a blaster, and you're all done. Forget about casual cosplay--you could probably go full-on Princess Leia without even trying too hard. But, as much as I love Princess Leia, I wasn't feeling up to dressing up as one of the most badass female heroes in cinema on a day when I barely got five hours of sleep.
Princess Leia is a take charge, kickass kind of lady; and today I wanted to blend in. I guess you could say, I didn't want to be the droid people were looking for. So today, I took the opportunity to play a quieter, yet still pivotal role in the world. The role of R2-D2.
So, there are three critical components of any R2-D2 inspired outfit:
- A white base layer
- Royal blue accessories
- A hint of red
For the white base layer, I used a white dress I already owned. The nice thing about the dress I used was that it had silver beading on the chest, which is semi-droid appropriate. But if you don't have a white dress laying around, white pants or shorts and a tank top would work equally well.
Now, there's a lot of room for play in the royal blue accessories department. I used a blue hoodie (again, because I already owned it), with a white belt cinching it at the waist. I liked the pops of white on the hoodie thanks to the strings and the belt. But another option would be a bright blue belt, chunky blue bracelets, a blue purse, or some combination of all the above.
Finally, you need that pop of red. I considered a couple of different options, including a red scarf, before settling on red lipstick. You could do a ruby charm on a long necklace or even a red headband. The important part is that the pop of red happens above the chest. I like the red lipstick because it's easy and because it's as good excuse as any to wear red lipstick.
Keep your shoes simple, sticking to either flats or tennis shoes in either white or grey. Remember: you're a droid today, so leave the heels at home.