Dress Up Like Your Favorite Glee Character

Oddly enough, the inspiration for this post was a Glee photoshoot gone wrong for Vogue. I thought they weren’t dressed representative of their characters in both on and off-screen so I decided to write about how to steal their signature Glee styles. These aren’t tips on how to copy their looks, but to serve as an inspiration on how to put their clothes and your personal style together.

Kurt Hummel

They always say that Mercedes is the diva and the fashionista of the Glee Club, but that is seriously up for debate. Kurt Hummerl played by award-winning actor Chris Colfer, with his fitted double-breasted jackets, bow ties and impeccable layering, is arguably the true fashionista of the show. I clearly remember him mentioning his jacket was Alexander McQueen in one episode and removing it before he was about to thrown in the dumpster by the school’s bullies.

The key to getting the Kurt Hummel look is layering. You cannot be just wearing a shirt, you have to be wearing a shirt with a knit vest on top of it and a double-breasted coat over the whole thing. It’s also about accessories, Kurt always wears a necktie or a bow tie with his button down shirts. And instead of sneakers, wear proper shoes, maybe some boots or brogues.

Rachel Berry

Lea Michelle never fails to impress in all her red carpet appearances, but her character in Glee is a far cry from the fashionista that she is in real life. Mini skirts, mid-calf socks with lace ruffles and every color cardigan there is to be bought. But there is a certain Catholic school girl vibe in how she dresses, which reminds me a little bit of a hodge podge of Alicia Silverstone in Clueless, Liv Tyler in Empire Records and Lindsay Lohan after joining The Plastics in Mean Girls.

To get the look, we’re going to update the classic school girl look meaning the short pleated skirt and the white button down shirt. Let’s start with the short pleated plaid skirt, which is like the foundation of any Rachel Berry outfit, now instead of pairing that with a white button down shirt go with a white t-shirt with a large graphic print instead. A long gray cardigan that reaches just about the end of the skirt and keep the socks, but instead of just wearing flats, trade those in for some t-bar shoes.

Tina Chang

A little Goth Lolita that can tap dance just about sums up Tina Chang’s style on Glee. Goth Lolita or Goth Loli is a type of Japanese street fashion that takes inspiration from Victorian dolls. So it’s basically a knee-length poofy skirt, socks, Mary Jane pumps and a lot of lace. A lot.

But let’s make the Goth Loli look work for everyday life by making a few tweaks here and there. Because the lace is an integral part of the whole look, we’re going to keep it but not in the form of a voluminous, knee-length lace skirt with peplum underneath. You can wear a tiered lace mini skirt instead and pair that with a tank top and a cropped leather jacket. Finish the look with some eyeliner, make sure it’s smudge-proof especially if you plan on wearing it the whole day. My advice is to just put a little bit during the start of the day, because as the day goes on and you’re going to be re-applying it, it’ll pile up.

5 Costume Ideas For School Parades

School costume parades are sure to create fond memories for both proud parents and their kids who participate. As a parent, you want your child to garner the attention of the audience and perhaps borrow the spotlight away from their classmates. So here’s a list of some top-notch costume ideas for school parades and what makes them so especially appropriate:

1. Fuzzy Animals – A small child dressed as a giant fuzzy animal is an undeniably cute sight. If the child is young enough that they can wear it without feeling embarrassed in front of their friends, then dressing as a furry or fuzzy animal is guaranteed bring your kid a lot of positive attention.

2. Recent Popular Movie Characters – When a movie is fresh on everyone’s mind, it’s pretty easy to pull off a good costume with a movie character that everyone has been raving about. Think comic book movies like Iron Man and The Dark Knight or TV shows that have made it to the big screen like High School Musical. If for some reason that doesn’t work, base the character off a recent animated Pixar or Dreamworks film and people will surely pay attention.

3. Classic Popular Movie Characters – For a costume that the parents may appreciate even more than the kids themselves, bring back a figure from a few decades ago. The Star Wars, Grease, and A Nightmare on Elm Street films along with Zorro and legendary Disney characters all fit the bill here

4. Cultural Costumes – Promoting cultural diversity is always a positive lesson to teach children. Dressing in a foreign disguise can serve two purposes in this situation. Kids can learn about other cultures and nationalities while having fun in costume. There’s no need to stick to your actual family heritage, but that works too. Japanese Geisha Girl, Roman Gladiator, or Native American Indian are a few suggestions for outfits that will simultaneously instruct and impress.

5. Deluxe/3D Costumes – Finally, one of the best types of costumes for parades are those that don’t simply cover the child’s body. Instead, they are costumes that have additions that stick out from the body making them look three dimensional. For example, your child can dress up like a train, and have an engine that sticks out from their chest. Many of these are humorous and unique – check out the Wheaties Box, Whoopie Cushion, Pea Pod, and Unicorn for a few ideas that will “stand out” from the pack.

Costume parades are enjoyed by parents and kids alike. Discuss with your youngster what costume you’d like them to wear, what outfit they’d choose, and find a happy medium that everyone can be proud of. Then, when it comes time for the big show, both adults and children will have their heads held high and cameras will click away, preserving cherished moments in time.

Erotica and Roleplay

In Japan, where cosplay is seen as the embodiment of a character and acting out specific roles, it is not uncommon for its practice to be explored in most adult relationships. Considered a sexual fetish, many embrace the ideals of either cross dressing – where the males take on the roles of females and vice versa – or seeing their partners in maid, nurses or high-school girls’ uniforms. The latter two roles seem to be the most popular as the fantasy of having subservient or helpless females at their bidding, gives the male a sense of authority and power during sex. The adult industry, in Japan, do not shy away from exploring such ‘taboo’ situations and cater to specialized hotels or facilities that provide cosplay options for their visitors.

The term hentai, which refers to sexually explicit or pornographic material, is a genre all of its own in the sex industry. Explicit adult video games, or Japanese eroge, typically have themes that reflect the weak female (maids, nurses or school girls) at the mercy of their male torturers. These are quite popular among the male population and earn millions of yen annually.

Another genre that’s all the rage in Japan is the role of the AV (adult video) girl. Unlike the Western culture where porn stars are not treated with much respect, the same could not be said for their counterparts in the East. Some famous actresses (many in dramatic movie or TV roles) today got their starts as AV girls, or some end up becoming AV girls when they can no longer find work in mainstream television. With these girls earning as much as four million yen a year – in a market that makes up almost 30% of all Japan video rentals – the industry is definitely one that’s taking its place as a staple in society today.

The use of toys, in addition to cosplay roles, adds to the excitement of the relationship. If the female takes on the role of a student, the most common used toys are whips or bondage-related props; the ultimate idea of subservience between partners. Another theme is the doctor-nurse relationship, where the use of some actual medical devices like the speculum is used during the act. Some even find pleasure with more traditional themes, choosing to role play feudal lords and mistresses of the court with more elaborate costumes. For creativity breeds more entertainment.