Replicas as everyday wear - philosophy and practice...

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grendle

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So I've been noodling on this issue for a while. My interest in replica clothing is pretty specific, but I guess no weirder than a lot of other people, so here goes...
I like to try to find items from films that I like that I can wear as everyday items without it looking like a costume. Examples? Well, Indy's boots, for example. They are great boots. I like the idea that these boots really exist in both worlds, and that they are a practical type of footwear. And here's where I've come a little unstuck - I've been trying to use the Rebel Hoth Trooper hat as ski-wear. Not dressing as a Hot Trooper, but just the idea that perhaps some of those hats end up in an army surplus store somewhere and they make practical winter wear...
And that's the problem. They are not particularly practical, because the hat doesn't seem to have been designed for real arctic use. So I've been trying to add more insulation, get the brims to feel more comfortable, and square the idea that the goggles straps don't really work that well in practice.
Does anyone resonate with these issues? Have any stories about this kind of thing??? Am I the only weirdo who does this kind of thing???
 

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Apollo

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No you are not the only weirdo that does this thing

I have been “cosplaying” since before the phrase was coined

Early 8 0’s ,I used to wear my BSG tans all the time when I cruised in my Wiley’s Jeep , people thought it was some Motor cross suit :lol

Been wearing my Herbert Johnson Poet for years, mid 80’s with my suits and no one knew what it was except a nice hat.

My favorite though is when I wear my Eastwood, man with no name poncho always get the whistles and shouts!

Also have always wore Aloha shirts got turned on when I was in the Military and many I had were the ones used on Magnum P.I.

Still wear my Rolex and Team ring to this day
 

Sundowner

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I'll wear my QoS Omega Seamaster Pro watch to weddings and parties and I wear my McFly Nike Bruins nearly every single day. I also will wear my Drive Henley, Casino Royale aloha shirt and my Kingsman sunglasses.
 

Funky

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Wear it every day. Best watch I ever owned.
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MattgomeryBurns

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Funny I was thinking of posting something similar the other day. I've been eyeballing a "Don't Hassle Me I'm Local" shirt from What About Bob for awhile. But I figured if I wore it the youth would have no idea what it was from.
 

egosheep

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If I'm being honest I would love to have a beater lightsaber on my belt at work and around town. Maybe I will try it when I finish my V2. And if I had a nice Bespin Luke or Han jacket I would be wearing that all the time, but I don't.
 

Sourdoh

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I wear Aloha (Hawai'ian) shirts almost everyday (when I'm not wearing my Wild West getups for shows). I worked in Hawai'i for a number of years in the 60s and 70s, so I acquired a big collection which I've added to ever since. It counts out to over 100 now, so I guess I'm a little strange as well. I've been through two major Aloha Shirt renaissances, (we are in another now) so I guess I should say 3 of them!
 

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mrwax

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The only two items I wear with regularity are my Todd's Indy jacket and some old Todd's Indy boots (found them at Goodwill in my size!). It's the sort of thing where I enjoy knowing what I'm wearing and where it's from, but no one would think twice unless they're in the know, which could lead to a fun conversation.
 

Liberance

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I bring my Indiana Jones shoulder bag with me nearly everyday, everywhere. It's one of the original MkVII gas mask bags from the 40s, not a replica, so it can withstand a nuclear blast. Been wearing the thing for over ten years now on a regular basis and it still looks like the first day. And it just works marvels as an everyday satchel to carry books, headphones, phone chargers and whatever you need in it.

Other than that I also wear my Wested Last Crusade jacket every now and then. To people, it just looks like a normal leather jacket... because that's what it is. But there have been a couple of times that someone stopped me and asked it if it was an Indy jacket, which in a way is what's cool about this stuff, only the biggest fans recognize it and it always leads to a fun conversation when it happens.
 

Mike J.

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I wear my replica Nostromo crew shirt every now and then.

Also my replica Deckard (Blade Runner) necktie for special occasions.

And my Clark Kent (Batman v Superman) plaid shirt.
 

razorsharp192

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I do this too, been wearing my Power Rangers communicator watch (prop converted to an actual watch) for years, most people just think it's a funky futuristic looking watch, only the odd people actually knows what it is. Also wear my Assassin's Creed hoodie a lot too.
 

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KojiroVance

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Was going to say no, but I’m one a community of watch enthusiasts (WIS) who wear an homage/replica of the Rolex 6538 that Connery wore in the first four Bond films, and we sometimes like to wear them on a brown croc strap (Dr. No, From Russia with Love), or a reproduced regimental stripe nylon (Goldfinger, Thunderball).

I think few people notice it. Now when Danny Craig did it, people noticed!

Oh, for several years I carried satchels, my favorite being an Swedish infantry canteen bag (it has two compartments, and a leather base, one compartments has drainage holds in the bottom), tough as nails and good looking, the kind Indiana Jones might appropriate. Bought it from Banana Republic’s warehouse sale when The Gap acquired them. They had a huge warehouse south of Market in SF, easily half of the stuff stuff was military surplus from around the world.
 
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Fly4v

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I've been trying to use the Rebel Hoth Trooper hat as ski-wear. Not dressing as a Hot Trooper, but just the idea that perhaps some of those hats end up in an army surplus store somewhere and they make practical winter wear...
And that's the problem. They are not particularly practical, because the hat doesn't seem to have been designed for real arctic use. So I've been trying to add more insulation, get the brims to feel more comfortable, and square the idea that the goggles straps don't really work that well in practice.
Does anyone resonate with these issues? Have any stories about this kind of thing??? Am I the only weirdo who does this kind of thing???

I had read that Harrison Ford didn't like being cold and wet.
When I had to work in Canada I looked at the Hoth Solo outfit since I don't like cold either.

While not a Hoth trooper hat, I did find something close off the shelf.


The only problem was an occasional gap between the goggles and the cap.


The outfit worked great for the well below freezing temperatures and my co-workers thought it was great.
 

osric

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I have a bunch of pieces that I wear randomly (a ST:TNG jacket, a Farscape vest, a Doctor Who scarf) and I always have a Tardis key on my keyring. Tee shirts are particularly fun, like the "It gets better" from Spider-Man, a couple of Bicycle tees from Elementary, and the DISCO one from ST:Discovery. So much of my cosplay is trapped in my closet that it's nice to wear some of it out in the real world.
 

Psicorp7

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My three coats on rotation are my Pacific Rim Gypsy Danger Anchorage leather bomber jacket, Newt Scamander blue long coat with Hufflepuff scarf, and my BBC Sherlock long coat and scarf. On sunny days it is very common for me to run around with my Indy fedora. It is fun to see who recognizes the clothes and who just like the design.

I was stopped by a theater employee after Black Panther as he said, "Holy Cow! Is that a Gypsy Danger coat? Where did you get it??". I had to explain that I made it and then we started a conversation about the run of patches on theRPF. So it is a nice icebreaker with other prop collectors in your area that you didn't even were there!
 

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