Casual Cosplay: New 52 Batgirl

2 May 2014

So, of course Batgirl was one of the first ideas I had for casual cosplaying. I can’t remember what exactly was the initial spark to do casual cosplay this year at C2E2, but I’m glad I caught whatever bug that was. (There’s a chance Mia Moore had something to do with it…)

Anyway. Batgirl. As much as I love her, I’ll admit, I’m really limited in my knowledge of her. And I only have familiarity with Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl, not Cassandra or Stephanie’s. But that’s a topic for another day. It’s the New 52 Batgirl that really caught my eye and told this casual cosplay bug that we needed to do this. Batgirl Casual Cosplay Top: Black tank or shirt or whatever you like. Purple cardigan. You could also go yellow or gold too.
Bottoms: Black skinny jeans with a yellow belt.
Shoes: The yellow Keds keep it casual, but I also like the idea of her wearing a hightop sneaker.
Accessories: Bat necklace. If you’re doing a purse, something stylish and black is probably you best bet, unless you find a good yellow one to reflect her belt.

Now, from this, I built my own version that would work well with my own wardrobe.  As much as I wanted yellow shoes, I knew for now I should get something I can wear for a few things. So black hightop  (wedge) Puma’s. Which were sort of ok, but after 6 hours I traded them in for flip flops (not show room acceptable!)…  I also modified my purple hoodie to have bat ears. I did these with felt very quickly.

Here’s how it turned out:

Batgirl

Shirt: Old Navy | Hoodie: Amazon | Jeans: Old Navy | Shoes: DSW | Necklace: Etsy

Sorry it’s a little blurry. Couldn’t really hold my hand still. Also, I need to clean my apartment AND get a fully length mirror to help with these. (Or just clean and use my tripod.)

Here’s one of the hoodie though, since you can’t see that in the full body shot.

Batgirl hoodie

Over all, I was super comfortable wearing this at C2E2. No one really noticed I was doing casual cosplay — probably because a con is not the best place to make this actually stand out, what with people doing actual cosplay. But I like the outfit and will probably wear it to work — though I’m not sure if I’m keeping the bat ears on the hoodie…

Now I just need to come up with a summer version of this so I can keep being Babs despite the sweltering weather.

  • B

    Maybe for summer switch out the black tank for purple? Or keep the black but find one of those extra loose tanks and then layer a purple under it?

    • Erini

      I actually have a good purple tank, which I think I wore on Sunday for C2E2. I’m also going to have to check if I have black shorts. Because that will help A LOT. (Chicago gets stupid humid in the summers.)

  • CUTE sweatshirt!!! I want one!!!

    • Erini

      Aw, thanks! The ears were really fun to make! I’ll have to do a quick tutorial soon! 🙂

  • This turned out soooo cute!! I think doing character-inspired outfits is so much fun 🙂

    • Erini

      Definitely! I just finished the concepts for some Thorin Oakenshield ones for spring and summer! Now here’s hoping I can find the right pieces to do it in real life! 🙂

  • I’ve been toying with the idea of doing casual cosplays for the past few months, but this has definitely got me considering it more. I love the chance to give little nods to our nerdy sides every single day.

    • Erini

      It has been so absolutely fun! I cannot wait to be able to put together more outfits!

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