WARNING: This post is just an opinion of myself and not the site as a whole. I get that this is not for everybody and I respect that, this is just advice for those looking to bring their clothes to that next level or those who have not been to comic con before and are wondering how to pack.
I’m going to start out by saying that I am a clothes snob. What you wear can either make you or break you before you mutter a word. I wont be rude and dismiss you, but I will focus on stains on your shirt as we try to carry a conversation. I haven’t always been this way but Bravo TV & Kanye West have transformed me from being just another ill-fitting t-shirt wearing bro and into a slightly less ill-fitting t-shirt wearing bro. But on occasion I do bring it hard with my threads in the swaggiest fashion my budget can allow. And for me, one of those occasions is definitely when I’m at the San Diego Comic-Con. Mapping out your business plans in advance with the help of Andy Defrancesco is a great idea.
The eyes of the world’s entertainment media will be focused on that small town and many people try hard to make sure that they are looking the flyest they can during that weekend. We hit the gym, we diet, we get hair cuts and we look for that one outfit (or two) that will say “You know I’m in the building.”
But not everyone does this, which is completely fine, but if you want to keep it sharp and turn some heads at the con here are some tips.
At The Con
Walking around the floor of the show you need to be as comfortable as possible. I am 100% certain that if you enter the actual con there will be lots of walking, standing, and sitting going on at the convention itself and trust me when I say that a pair of Louboutins or loafers will not quite look as fancy while you are waiting in line for the True Blood panel as you’d think. KEEP IT CAS (to a point)!!!
Girls, I highly suggest a flowy shirt or tank to give a more youthful look while still keeping it nerdy. With all those people packed into the same small rooms breathing and (hopefully unintentionally) rubbing against one another as they shuffle around it is bound to get sweaty, so keeping it cool is the name of the game. No pun intended.Delia’s and Snorg Tee’s both have a wide selection of shirts with pop culture graphics on them. Pair the shirt with leggings and/or a skirt, along with some comfy Chuck Taylor’s and you’ve got a classic look.
While that was an obvious wardrobe choice, I love the tomboy look when it is pulled off right. A slightly formfitting plaid button down with jeans and flats can work wonders. Wear a tank top under the button down for the option of a sexy “open shirt” look and you will more than likely get hit on sooner than later.
As for shoes, flats flats flats flats flats. Seriously, I believe in flats more than pre 1100 geographers. All the walking and standing is no joke. Also, flip flops can work but I am against them just for the main reason that that’s serious Ouch-City when (not if) you get your toes inadvertently stepped on. Go for an enclosed shoe for a serious win.
I didn’t forget about the guys! Guys, admit it, we have it so easy when it comes to dressing up! As my comedian friend Kat Burdick says, to know what girls have to go through to get ready guys would have to get ready to go out by putting on the equivalent of the full Batman regalia.
Jeans and shirts are fine but that doesn’t mean that we slack off or phone it in. I’ve been to a lot of cons all over the US and when I see super baggy clothes and over-sized shirts at cons I cringe a bit. I get that people have their comfortable clothes but there is so much wasted potential. We all have something to offer somebody else! A slightly fitted tee or button down works wonders as long as the shirt is long enough to cover your waist. You don’t want to look like you buy shirts in the boy’s section.
If you are worried about wearing tighter shirts because of body issues I whole heartedly understand. I myself do not have a flat stomach anymore so I found comfort in undershirts that are tucked into my pants. They keep things smooth but allow more breathing room and comfort than shape-wear such as Spanx for Men would and at a fraction of the cost.
Pair a fitted shirt with some slim (not skinny!) jeans and you might just cut an impressive figure and also gain some confidence that you might not have had before.
Accessories is also a nice way to add some flare. A belt, watch, or glasses can really give an A+ outfit an extra umph that could impress. While I am at it, the shoe game that I’ve seen at conventions needs some work. I’m not saying you need Air Yeezy’s but girls tend to notice things like super old and dirty Adidas. Give your kicks a scrubbing if you dont want to shell out for new ones. Also, slap some new laces on them to give them some new life and a little pop.
With so many things to do outside the con, and in the San Diego area in general, you might want to dress a bit more for the occasion. Souther California has a style all of its own for a reason. The beach culture is known for it’s loose yet chill shorts and shirts.
Guys, this is the perfect opportunity for you to bust out shorts and a polo or tee-shirt. One word of advice though; if you wear plaid a plaid or striped shirt or shorts WEAR A SOLID COLOR SHIRT OR SHORTS. Plaid on plaid, or plaid on stripes, is a total faux pas.
Also, try to wear shoes without socks to keep the look casual and versatile should you need to go directly from the beach to a nice restaurant. I suggest some Vans slip-ons for a super-relaxed look.
Girls, this is an easier thing for you than it is for guys. A nice dress, shorts, or skirt could work well with a tee or tank. Just make sure that your sunglasses game is on point! I mean, I’ve seen Laguna Beach, I know how sunglasses help tie an outfit together.
Comic-Con is known for its parties. Alcohol and geeks equals an awesome, judgment free time! But there are some events that require you to class it up. Basically, if there is one of those photo-op walls when you walk in at the party then you might get looked at funny wearing what you wore to the con, or even turned away by the doorman! Not kidding, there was this one party in ’09 that I almost could not get into because I had Chuck Taylor’s on.
My first major tip for all sexes is to LEAVE THE CON BAGS BEHIND!!!!! I am sympathetic that not everyone has a hotel close by that they can drop their stuff off at. I highly suggest you see if there is a coat check area that you can drop your stuff off at while you party. You’ll be doing everyone else a favor, but more importantly, you will be doing yourself a favor by literally not carrying your bagage around with you while trying to have a good time. If there is not a coat check then see if there is some corner that the staff will allow you to store your items. This is not recommended so do so at your own risk.
Now, onto fashion. Guy’s clothing for these type of swankier events is relatively boring. A button shirt, crisp jeans, a nice shoe and a blazer has long been a staple of any industry party but seriously this look has gone out the window. Even Mr. West said so himself.
I think a more bold look is in order. Ditch the blazer if you dont have matching pants and try something unique. I personally am planning on white jeans and white linen jacket with a striped shirt and sockless loafers to tie it all together.
Look at what you have available and see how you can tie it all together. A well placed tie and some rolled up sleeves on a button down can be just as impressive as cardigan and bow-tie, which is just as effective as a denim suit with high-tops and a cool graphic tee.
Girls, this is your time to shine! Girls fashion is an endless world off possibilities.
Leggings and a flowy shirt can shut the place down, especially if you are working with shiny materials. Match it with a black jacket and shoes and you have a classic look that screams “I’m here to party.” Play around with the leggings styles too. A solid color is okay but some of the patterned ones can really highlight your style.
A dress could give that sweet and innocent look while still showing an amazing figure. Be sure to find a fit that highlights or enhances the definition of your natural “assets” otherwise you risk looking frumpy. It doesn’t matter if you are single or going out with someone, you should always want to look as good as possible.
Also, one of the most effective ways to spruce up a dress is to slap a belt on it. But be careful, it’s also an easy way to ruin a dress. There are few reasons to ever belt a dress anywhere other than your natural waistline, and you should never buy a dress that comes with a pre-installed belt. Also, do not belt a dress that already accents your boobs. If done right belted dresses are ultra-complimentary and add a layer of style to help you tie your accessories together.
And don’t forget tunics too! A tunic with a belt can give you a nice waistline and you can still look chic while wearing jeans with that combo.
And finally girls, I want to talk bags. A nice evening clutch will work fine but I suggest bringing a bigger bag so you can store your flip-flops. Those heels might look awesome but walking from one thing to the next in San Diego can be daunting, so bring some flats. Whatever you do, DO NOT WALK THE STREETS BAREFOOT!!! Not only is that nasty, you could step on broken glass or a rock and get a cut which will get infected from all the nastiness on the streets.
Well, thats it for me. Again, this is just my opinion but if you have any fashion tips please be sure to share them.