Geek Chic: Plus-Size Cosplay for the Ladies

Cosplay 101 for the Big Girls

For plus-size cosplayers, there are a lot of options out there, you just have to know where to look. For me, cosplay is all about creativity and having fun, which is why we do it in the first place, right? To be authentic to a character means getting creative and exploring options well in advance, not being afraid to ask friends for help and having plenty of time to shop and style. As a big girl of color, I know that I am not exactly the spitting image of Dean Winchester (a white male, aherm, with fanfic green eyes), which is why I had fun with my BurCon costume and didn’t try to look LIKE Dean but embody the Dean Winchester values of functionality and pure sex in boots. So, an army green vest with a black tee, tight blue jeans, the Samulet and 14-holes?

Pretty much.


My Advice

For the upcoming WonderCon in Anaheim, I’m cosplaying Captain America, but as ME. Yes, I could go as Michonne, Storm, Princess Tiana or even Nick Fury, but why limit myself? I’m just a big geek that wants to dress up with a bunch of other geeks and get geeky. I fricken love Captain America and I cannot wait to represent, regardless if I don’t fit (pun intended) the mold of your regular cosplaying girl.

The gorgeous Miss Kaddie O
The gorgeous Miss Kaddie O”Keefe at SDCC 2013

Now, I am quite picky about my outfits and refuse to A) look like I’m trying too hard and B) look like I don’t know a damn thing about the character.

Which is why I’m the Diva.

If you’re going to stare at me at a fan convention, it’s going to be because I make an awesome Captain America and because I’ve got creativity and attitude. If it’s for any other reason, well, that’s you’re problem.

Fat Grrls Unite

So, what are plus-size nerd chicks doing for cosplay and where are they getting their gear? The fat grrls I know do pretty much the same thing as skinny chicks–we troll Tumblr for examples of what other people are doing.There are body friendly sites that share cosplay ideas, create beautiful and unique pieces for big girls to wear at cons that are wank-free. Also, the folks I’ve worked with who do custom made orders over on Etsy are usually really friendly and professional about size. My belief is–if you like the character, then do it. The fact is, there is a double standard in cosplay. Luckily, there are a few brave girls out there who are willing to face the crowds and cosplay out of love for the medium.

Where to Look

If you’re a big girl looking for a flattering and fun cosplay, here are some sites that I love. Happy hunting!

The Geek Garden

KMKDesigns Steampunk Fairtytale Wedding & Apparel

Trendy Halloween


Body Positive Cosplay Appreciation

The Collectiva Diva

Read Geek Chic: How To Be A Fat, Black, Lady Cosplayer Without Really Trying here.

Listen to my WonderCon 2015 podcast here

Read about crossplay here

 Are you a plus-size cosplayer? Tweet me @collectivadiva or follow me on Tumblr for content like this.


  1. Deanna

    So this is my question. I’m a mom of two boys who my husband and I are going to surprise this year with weekend passes to the Tampa events. I’m a size 16-18 and I wanted to find something that is affordable for us to dress up as a family or I don’t maybe looking for opinions since this is for our kids and I just want to have fun. Suggestions? Hope out there for me? Anything??

    1. The Collective Blog

      Depending if you want to find something ready to wear, I’ve got a couple of suggestions. For dresses, I’d definitely go with the Her Universe line from Torrid. Here’s the link:

      and also:

      A fandom t-shirt and a comfy bottom are always great, too. You can find shirts in your size all over, including Hot Topic, Torrid, Wal-Mart and Target, depending on what you’re looking for. I often do a fandom tee with a skirt or jeans for cons, no biggie. It all depends on what your family theme is, but you should have no problem finding stuff for the entire family. If you have more time, Etsy is a great place to find plus size cosplay stuff. I like Geek Garden (
      and Nerd Alert (

      Good luck and let me know what you decide to wear!

  2. Stacey

    I just wanted to say thank you for giving me a confidence boost!!! I’ve always ran from displaying and just hid in the background thinking I’m to big for this. But not anymore. I’m going to be proud of myself and showoff my sewing skillz on myself fi t a change!

    1. The Collective Blog

      honey, you are beautiful inside and out and very brave for commenting on this. don’t let anyone stop you from enjoying your fandoms or from dressing the way that makes you happy. i’m so sorry that someone told you to stop, but i’m telling you to enjoy and explore your creativity through cosplay and to try very hard to ignore the haters. sending all the love your way today, sweet kerra.
      xoxo -Diva

  3. melissa jackson

    It is so awesome to find a bigger girl like me that effin LOVES cos play! You are so inspiring, we should never have had to be brave just to dress up and have fun but people can be cruel, I was a child of the 90’s and its just nice to see attitudes changing. Its because of people like you!

    1. The Collective Blog

      It’s been over a year since I’ve cosplayed and I’m not sure when I will again tbh but i love the freedom that cosplay affords to allow me a chance to be a character i never thought i could be. it’s fun and frivolous and i hope you enjoy it as much as i have!

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