Hello ladies! After an almost two year absence, I'm back!
There were lots of things keeping me from posting (mainly my lack of inspiration/motivation), but I promise that I will not leave you all for that long ever again!
Now, if I recall correctly, I was going to do spotlights on each body type as a monthly update. Since I know the most about my own body, I'll start with my body type- hourglass/apple combination.
Me, as Christine Daae, of Phantom of the Opera fame.
This body type can be hard to dress- we have the right curves in the right places, but our bellies prevent us from doing all the sexy cosplays we want. Well, there are ways to cheat the system, if you're willing to be just a bit uncomfortable.
First, ladies, if you have curves and a big belly, wearing a gown that poofs at the bottom (think Princess Peach or Madam Red's gown from Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler) is a huge help. That's where a large skirt comes in. The poof will extend beyond your stomach, giving you the illusion that you're thinner in the waist.
Like this. I actually had to look twice before I realized she was plus-sized.
Secondly, corsets, cinchers, and body shapers will also help flatten that pooch. They're tight and can get uncomfortable when you wear them for a long period of time (sitting is the worst, in my opinion- you cannot slouch in the things!), but they're efficient and can work wonders for straightening the line of your figure. You can order them online, get them at conventions, or, like me, even find them at Wal Mart! I have a belly-and-thigh smoother I absolutely adore that I bought there and I use it for just about every costume I wear.
Finally, DO NOT WEAR TIGHT- OR ILL-FITTING CLOTHES. A tight-fitting fabric will cling to everything, and I mean everything, and let's be honest here, nobody wants to see that. It's not classy and disrespects you, your body, and the character you're attempting to portray. If you're insistent on tightness, then go for a dress that fits tightly across the bust and flows around the bottom.
That's all for now- happy cosplaying, ladies! Til next month!
P.S.- feel free to send me a message with any questions or comments you may have!