Amazon is my favorite online store for, well, everything. Whether I need paper clips, cereal, iPhone accessories or a (gasp!) book, Amazon is always my first choice. Their website is adept at making relevant suggestions while I’m shopping. Their prices usually beat everyone. And even their app is very easy to use.
It may surprise you to find out what a great cosplay store online Amazon is. The costume selection is wide-ranging, from TV and movie characters (Maleficent is pictured) to classic witches and devils. They offer costumes for every age and size, at very reasonable prices. As always, the suggested items are helpful, especially when you can see what other folks have bought to complete their costumes. All this help makes cosplay very easy.
HerUniverse.com is a new online store with all kinds of cosplay-type apparel and costumes for women. You can find sci fi and fantasy garb that’s actually flattering. (Flattering fangirl apparel is difficult to find. Those traditional, boxy t-shirts are really meant for men, with no seams to allow for curves.) The website is user-friendly, with plenty of white space to keep things clear and big pictures to show you the apparel. HerUniverse.com is the vision of Ashley Eckstein (pictured in a Star Trek tunic), actress and voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Araca Group, a leading theatrical and brand management company. I’m sure after attending plenty of cons to promote The Clone Wars, Ashley figured out there was a market for good-looking costumes and props for cosplay, and fangirls everywhere.
Torrid is a totally rockin’ plus-size clothing store. They don’t have the usual muumuu’s and (ahem) grandma clothing. They have cool, hip stuff that’s well-made, so it lasts.
Torrid is beginning to rival Her Universe for the amount of unbelievable cosplay clothing they have. (In fact, for my trip to Disney, I bought the Belle dress and it was a HIT.) Their stuff covers Disney, Harry Potter, Star Wars and lots of other great fandoms.
Best of all, their clothes are made for plus sizes. They’re not just enlarged versions of the smaller sizes, which usually don’t fit.
One day while I was scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook, I spotted a tiny little DressLily.com ad. The ad caught my eye because it featured girls in these fantastic wigs. See, I’ve been thinking about doing the mermaid hair thing. These wigs look just like what I want my hair to look like. So, I might end up buying a wig from this cosplay store online (which also has cool regular clothes) and save myself the hassle. Check out what they have to offer for everyday cosplay, as well as these gorgeous wigs for men and women.
This website’s slogan is “where heroes shop.” They should amend that to include villains, too. You can find pretty much any cape, vest, jacket, sword, gun or shield you need to complete your cosplay costume. I love the new character hoodies. Just zip up and you’re transformed into Wolverine (complete with claws) or Loki (pictured, complete with horns), or several other characters. SuperHeroStuff.com can be confusing because the website has a lot of menus, big fonts and bright colors. Use the search box for the most efficient way of finding your costume piece. Also, they frequently send coupons to their newsletter subscribers, so sign up for discounts
Entertainment Earth has been around since close to the dawn of the Internet. The company has fantastic customer service. You can find merch on their website either by the type of product, a general theme, a genre, a specific character or a specific franchise. Entertainment Earth is another cosplay store online that might surprise you. Their costume selection isn’t as broad as some of the other websites, but they have a nice selection of props or cosplay pieces, including the Groot mask pictured here.
It may seem strange to include a studio-specific website on this list, but how could I leave it off when Warner Bros. owns some of the best franchises out there? Particularly, I visit their Harry Potter section. I love all things Harry Potter, and around Halloween, WBShop.com has deals on robes, wands, hats and other props, like the Spectrespecs that Luna wears (pictured). Merch from other franchises is for sale, including pretty much every DC property ( like Arrow), Lord of the Rings, Looney Tunes and plenty of other great props and apparel from movies and TV, perfect for cosplay.
If you’re looking for something homemade or more specific than these websites offer, ebay and Etsy are the places to look. I’m not crafty, so Etsy is usually where I shop when I want something unique and cool. Etsy is somewhat easier on the eyes than ebay, but the latter website certainly has a reputation for offering a huge marketplace.