Cosplays for the Holidays: 11 Costume Ideas for Your Holiday Party

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Promotional portrait of the cast of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ California, 1987. Pictured are from left, front row, American actor LeVar Burton (as Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge), British actor Patrick Stewart (as Captain Jean-Luc Picard), and American actors Jonathan Frakes (as Commander William T. Riker) and Brent Spiner (as Lieutenant Commander Data); from left, back row, American actors Whoopi Goldberg (as Guinan), Gates McFadden (as Doctor Beverly Crusher), and Michael Dorn (as Lieutenant Worf), British-American actress Marina Sirtis (as Counselor Deanna Troi), and American actor Wil Wheaton (as Wesley Crusher). (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

Star Trek

Within the world of Star Trek, you have so many different shows to choose from for inspiration that it’s a little ridiculous. I’ll focus on Star Trek: The Next Generation though, since its uniforms have some really rich, wintry colors.

The best choice here would definitely be the command red of Jean-Luc Picard and William Riker, but a sciences teal from Beverly Crusher wouldn’t be a bad option to build an outfit on. You could go rather subtle, and simply pair either color with a lot of black. Even Worf and Geordi La Forge’s gold aren’t terrible ideas and could be turned into a festive accent color. Additionally, you could wear some tapered or skinny black jeans under some boots to get that pseudo-military look.

You could, alternatively, wear something like a cosplay hoodie at a more casual party, since layers never hurt in wintertime.

For accessories, again, you’ve got some options here. You could go full out with Trek earrings, borrow one of Deanna Troi’s hairstyles (just maybe tone the volume down a bit, because her hair ranges into ’80s territory in those early episodes), or even put some pips near your collar. Alternatively, keep it simple and slick, and revel in the fact that no one knows that you’re representing the Federation. Think of it as a fact-finding mission.

from Cheryl Wassenaar