Types of Cosplay School Uniforms

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Types of Cosplay School Uniforms
Japan, where the cosplay movement began. (Miyajima Japan image by Sachika from Fotolia.com)

The term "cosplay" is an abbreviation of "costume play." Cosplayers are people who like to dress up as characters from anime and manga series. A recurring theme in anime is high school students with secret identities. Because of this, school uniforms are a popular costume choice in the cosplay community. School uniforms for specific anime characters can be purchased online but many cosplayers prefer to put them together themselves.

The Sailor Moon Uniform

Sailor Moon is an anime series about a young girl who discovers she is a cosmic warrior. The Sailor Moon style school uniform is made up of a sailor-style top in white and blue with an oversized red bow and a matching skirt. The skirt is extra short and pleated with an oversized red bow in the back. Long, blonde wigs can be styled to more closely resemble Sailor Moon's "meatball"-style hairdo. This look also requires red knee-high boots.

Types of Cosplay School Uniforms
An example of a sailor style shirt. (navy uniform image by Joann Cooper from Fotolia.com)

The Rukia Kuchiki Uniform

Bleach is an anime series about a high schoolgirl named Rukia Kuchiki. A Rukia Kuchiki school uniform features a long-sleeved grey jacket with red piping and a matching short pleated miniskirt. The rest of the uniform includes a white dress shirt and a red bow tie that matches the piping on the jacket. Black knee-high socks and brown loafers finish the outfit. A cropped black wig would enhance the costume.

Types of Cosplay School Uniforms
A white dress shirt is a staple of any Cosplay school uniform. (The woman in a white shirt image by Andrey Andreev from Fotolia.com)

The Himeji Mizuki Uniform

Himeji Mizuki is a character from the manga book series, "Baka to Test to Shokanju." A Himeji Mizuki uniform is made up of a black school blazer with gold piping, a white dress shirt, a red pleated miniskirt and a red tie. The costume is topped off with a pink wig and a bunny hair clip. White ankle socks and brown shoes complete the look. Loafers or mary-janes would work well for this outfit.

Types of Cosplay School Uniforms
This style of blazer closely resembles the jackets of Cosplay school uniforms. (business girl with white jacket image by Doctor Kan from Fotolia.com)

The Ran Mouri Uniform

Ran Mouri is an anime character from a series called Detective Conan. Her school uniform is modern and untraditional. The entire uniform is cobalt blue. The blazer and pleated skirt are completely blue with no piping or other details. A white dress shirt is worn under the jacket with a men's style green tie. White ankle socks and white and green tennis shoes complete the uniform. A long, black wig would enhance the costume.

Types of Cosplay School Uniforms
These shoes would be suitable for a Ran Mouri costume. (Womens running shoes image by Stephen VanHorn from Fotolia.com)

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