Whether you’re a seasoned cosplay expert or an eager newbie, everyone could use a good closet cosplay in their lineup—that’s a costume made mostly from store-bought items with little to no alteration needed on your part. And, if you’ve been enjoying the Summer 2021 anime season so far, why not try out a few of these easy closet cosplays from some of its best new characters? Let’s see what fun outfits you can create for your next convention!
1. Jahy from Jahy-sama wa Kujikenai! (The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!)
This season’s tan, tsundere cutie-pie is Jahy, a formerly elite demon who lost most of her powers to a magical girl and has been stranded in the human world ever since. You could recreate her de-powered form by writing 魔界復興 (“The Dark Realm’s Reconstruction”) on an oversized t-shirt in black fabric paint, stringing an amber-colored pendant onto a black necklace cord, and braiding a long purple wig—getting the bangs and “horns” right would be a good introduction to wig styling!
2. Uramichi Omota from Uramichi Oniisan (Life Lessons with Uramichi-Oniisan)
Uramichi’s “Together with Maman” uniform is dead simple: just a light blue polo, darker blue athletic pants, and white sneakers. If you can’t find a shirt and pants with white stripes in the right places, Heat n’ Bond or fabric paint will do the trick nicely. The real challenge of perfecting this cosplay comes from acting the part, as Uramichi is perpetually dying inside behind his plastered-on smiles. Practice your thousand-yard stare in the mirror and see if you can maintain it while striking gymnast poses—or, alternatively, you can just pull an all-nighter the day before you wear the costume and you won’t have to act at all...
3. Fena Houtman from Kaizoku Oujo (Fena: Pirate Princess)
Fena’s white dress from before she fully embraces the pirate lifestyle might be a bit difficult to recreate from just pre-existing clothing, but the various iterations of swashbuckling gear that she dons on her voyage would be perfect for closet cosplays! Corsets, tricorne hats, thick leather belts, and billowy white shirts are easy to procure from sites specializing in Halloween or Renaissance Faire goods. As for the heart necklace, any little girls’ accessory store worth its glitter would have one in stock. Pick your favorite look and go out on an adventure!
4. Alice Lendrott from Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid (The Duke of Death and His Maid)
The voluptuous assistant maid of the Duke’s mansion wears a flowy black dress, a bonnet, a gold necklace, fishnet tights, and black goth-inspired boots. While most of these elements would be simple to find online, you may need to cobble together a couple of different dresses if you can’t find the exact shape you’re looking for. Luckily, adding shoulder straps or lining a hem with lace would be a great chance to practice your sewing skills! You don’t even need a machine—hand-sewing may take longer, but it would work just as well here and you can use the extra time to catch up on any anime you’ve missed from this season!
5. Hayato from Heion Sedai no Idaten-tachi (The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace)
This meat-headed Idaten god is a born-and-bred shounen hero, albeit one with an unusually foul vocabulary, so it’s only natural that he should have a shounen hero outfit to go with it. Layer a tan bomber jacket on top of a loose-fitting pink shirt, and then tuck billowy black pants into some matching boots (Goku-style). And, if you want to try styling a wig into spikes, Hayato’s more realistic hairstyle would be pretty forgiving for a first try. Go for it!
You could also easily pull together the school uniforms from Sonny Boy or Re-Main, Nagisa’s casual outfit from The Detective is Already Dead, or Aki’s pink-and-black ensemble from Remake Our Life. Are there any other outfits from this season that you think would make for killer closet cosplays? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!