Whaaaaat, thank you so much, that’s so sweet of you to say! And if you find that you have the money, definitely cosplay. You’ll find it’s a lot of fun.
As for the costs, it really varies from costume to costume. Lucky for you, I’ve actually been keeping track of how much I spend on cosplay!
So here are some examples:
The Master: $72.40
John Watson: $63
As you can see, it varies. Let me break a couple down for you:
sharpies to dye wig: $5
prosthetic eye: 9.75
The rest of the costume, I didn’t need to buy because it was part of my existing wardrobe (pants, dress shirt, shoes, tie, glasses), and other parts needed, I had for other costume purposes (makeup - liquid latex, spirit gum, etc.). I borrowed headphones from a friend and already owned a nice microphone.
Now, someone could have spent a LOT more on this costume, had they not already had pieces which I did have, or even if they just went in for more expensive items (like wigs - that’s cheap for a wig). Also, this could have been much cheaper for me had I just bought a vest at Goodwill or cosplayed without the eye (or drew it on). I could have paid around $18, or alternatively around $100.
CASTIEL (regular version)
contacts: $45hair dye: $30
(Purgatory cost $42, “Broken/Crazy” cost $32, End!verse cost $62)
I didn’t sew this one myself, but rather gathered articles of clothing from various sources. The coat could have been gotten for much cheaper at Goodwill (I have 3 different coats, the one I use for Purgatory!Cas cost $5). Also, since this is a costume I’ve worn rather a lot, I put more mney into it. Such as the $20 belt. I started with a free belt from a friend and then bought one I liked and would use for everyday wear. I also started with a shirt I already had and then upgraded. Also, I buy prescription contacts. One could spend a lot less on Halloween contacts (but my eyes won’t allow for that, unfortunately). And the hair dye total is accumulative since I’ve had to dye it multiple times.
Know that making a costume yourself isn’t necessarily cheaper, but can often lead to better results if you have some skills in that department. Personally, I take pride in every costume I make myself, and they’re that much more special. Take a look around online stores and your local fabric store to get an idea of the fabric costs for your costume. (Fabric isn’t cheap, but you can find good deals) Also, always check out places like Ebay for wigs first, but always be aware of the quality.
Examples of fabric costs (my recent purchases):
linen-look fabric for harem pants: $18
twill for a vest: $5.09
fur and suede for a top: $14.50
suede for vest: $25
Let me know if you find this helpful at all! If you have more questions, always feel free to ask. I’m happy to help with whatever I can!
This is super helpful for beginner cosplayers! A lot of people ask me how to cosplay on a budget, but I never have real figures to give them.