Corporate Cosplay

Most of the costumes I make aren’t exactly workplace appropriate. I put mounds of work into them, but I only get to wear them four or five days a year, at conventions, where I effectively pay for the right to do so.

This seems very silly.

Recently, I’ve started making costumes that I can wear to work without raising eyebrows. They’re business attire that can fly. It’s great. I can show my dork colours, feel dapper, and apply my skills to something I can wear every day. So far that mostly involves making fancy vests.

The first was a Newt Scamander cosplay. It’s a straight up costume duplication. The vest is so warm and fuzzy that it makes a great winter work outfit and I wear the scarf every day.

Newt Scamander looking at the camera

Photo by Josh Hoey

Photo by Josh Hoey

My latest attempt is an Iron Man tribute. Another vest, this time with colors and overlapping panels mimicking the structure of the iron man breast plate.

Do you wear stealth cosplay to work? Tell me about it!

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Ryan Consell is a skeptical artist, tap-dancing armorer, juggling scientist, rock-climbing writer, sword-fighting math teacher, uni-cycling gamer, fire-spinning academic and devout nerd. He has a Masters in Applied science, most of a bachelors in Fine Arts, and a very short attention span. He is the author of How Not to Poach a Unicorn and half of the masochistic comedy duo that is Creative Dissonance. Follow him on Twitter @StudentofWhim

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