Where to Buy Cosplay Costumes Online

by Orpheus on February 28, 2011

I get emails all the time from people asking me to make them costumes. While I appreciate how much you all love my work, I’m way too busy to make custom costumes for others! Luckily, I’ve gotten so used to answering this question that I’ve come up with a list of places where YOU can buy the costume of your dreams!

I have not ordered from any of these companies, however, I’ve researched all of them and have read many good things. BUT, don’t feel limited by the stores on this list! There are hundreds of cosplay shops out there that I’m not familiar with, that have lots of beautiful costumes for sale, so feel free to check them out too! If you’re unsure about ANY company you’re ordering from, simply google the company name, with the word “review” after it. Or, check out the Commissioner Reviews thread on cosplay dot com! Now without further ado:

Five Places to buy Cosplay Costumes!

1. Need cheap cosplay costumes? eBay is your best bet.

eBay is full of sellers who sell not only already made costumes, but custom made costumes as well. It’s easy to see which sellers on eBay are reputable, too, using eBay’s feedback function. Because many eBay sellers are based in Hong Kong or China, the exchange rate tends to work favourably for those of us based in America, Canada, Australia, or the UK – i.e. you can find some really low priced costumes! The only slight downside to eBay is that there isn’t a ton of variety there – most of the vendors on eBay only offer costumes of the most popular characters. It’s ridiculously easy to find costumes from things like Naruto, Bleach, Sailormoon, Utena, Batman, and so on. However, if you’re looking for a complex costume, or a costume of a character that’s not often cosplayed (like something from Assassin’s Creed or even Venture Brothers for that matter), you’ll probably want to look at one of the other places on this list.

2. Limebarb.com

The sexy and talented Barb of Limebarb.com

Limebarb is run by veteran cosplayer and all around awesome lady Barb Staples, and her team. Limebarb was one of the first companies to offer custom made cosplay and has been going strong since 2002. The website is easy to order from, and Limebarb offers both pre-made costumes and commissions. You don’t have to order a full costume if you don’t need one, they do partial costume commissions, prop commissions, and wig commissions too. In addition, they also sell pre-made clothing and accessories in their pre-made stores.

3. Taeliac Studio

Gorgeous Yuuko cosplay from xxxHoLic, made by Taeliac

Taeliac Studios is also run by a veteran cosplayer, Samantha Lemieux, also known as “Taeliac”. Since 2001, Taeliac studios offers exclusively custom made outfits, including original designs, such as steampunk clothing. They also have a blog here!

4. Cosplay Magic

A costume of Rei from Neon Genesis Evangelion, available at CosplayMagic

Based in Hong Kong, Cosplay magic is one of the most popular vendors of cosplay costumes and accessories online. While their prices are slightly higher than a lot of vendors on eBay, they also have quite a wide variety of characters to choose from. They have pre-made costumes in standard XS, Small, Medium, Large, and XL sizes, or for an additional fee you can get a custom made outfit. You can also buy styled wigs, cosplay jewellery, and accessories there.

5. ezCosplay

Luka Megurine from Vocaloid cosplay, available at ezCosplay.com

ezCosplay is a China-based seller with very competitive prices. In addition to Anime costumes, they also offer outfits from films and TV shows. All of their costumes are apparently pre-made; they do not take commissions. Their website, however, is not that easy to navigate, so you may be looking through quite a few pages before you find what you’re looking for.

6. MicCostumes

MicCostumes have a great selection of costumes, accessories, and wigs. Plus, their website is beautifully designed and easy to navigate. Their prices are also very reasonable! I haven’t bought from them yet, but their wig selection looks great so I’ll probably get one from them soon. I’ll let you know how it works out!

As you can see, finding the perfect cosplay for you is actually very easy – you can still cosplay even if you don’t know how to sew at all! No matter what your size or where you’re located, there is a costume maker out there ready and willing to make your dream costume a reality!

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