Okay, so here is a shot of my Umbrella Security Service cosplay from the zombie crawl Saturday, taken by Dark Light Imagery.
I already posted before about how I made my shoulder pads, but I thought I’d post some general thoughts about assembling an Umbrella (or really any paramilitary) costume for ladies. Basically, I got some compliments on my costume from other girls in the group as well as random strangers that I had put together something that looked pretty badass but still feminine in a way, and I just wanted to let you guys know my ~big secret~…
The kids’ department.
HAHA no really though, my tactical vest is a little boys’ tactical style hunting vest from the Army/Navy Surplus. My elbow pads are actually kids’ knee pads for rollerblading. My shoulder pads are taken off a little boys’ hockey pads. Even my boots are actually from the little boys’ section (at the Army/Navy again) because my shoe size is a normal women’s size but the analogous male size is actually a 4 in boys’. Basically my number one piece of advice is to just not even bother with the women’s section for anything and just head straight for the kids’ stuff.
Well except for my beret, which is huge, because I had a wig on and I needed something that would accommodate that as well as my big dumb head.
Incidentally, if you are thinking about doing an Umbrella cosplay, you can get all your pins and patches for really cheap on ebay. I happen to have the good fortune to be married to an awesome artist with a steady hand, who painted my logos onto my shoulder pads for me, but if you don’t think you or someone you know could do that you can get stickers on ebay as well. Also, please allow me to suggest that you get in touch with other Umbrellas (for example, our group is Umbrella Corp. Denver) because the people who do this have loads of tips and tricks and can really help you putting together your look/”character” (you don’t need an actual character, but it helps to make an outfit if you have an idea of what you’d like to look like you do…) and I know at least our group does year-round events to raise money for charity so you can have a lot of fun and meet really wonderful friends that way.
Anyway, sorry if this wall of text scared any of you off…