how to start collecting fantasy fashion

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If you’re a fanatic of different fantasy games and memorabilia, and you’ve decided you want to collect fantasy fashion clothing, you likely have no clue where to start. After all, it isn’t like you can just head out to your favorite department store and purchase this type of clothing. If you’re a collector, you probably don’t intend to wear this clothing except for the occasional Comic Con gathering, and the rest of the time it will be kept where it is safe and well-protected. Nevertheless, knowing where to get these articles of clothing is your first step as a collector, and the good news is, they are easy to get if you know where to look.

What Is Fantasy Fashion?

Fantasy fashion usually consists mostly of costumes that some of your favorite characters wear. These can be characters from movies, television shows, comic books, and much more. Collectors usually have a favorite character, show, or comic book, and there are literally hundreds of them out there to choose from. Regardless of which character you like best or why you decided to become a collector in the first place, you’ll find lots of items to collect, including not just costumes but also statues, jewelry, small collectible items, and so much more.Steampunk Woman_Image by Lisa Anderson

Some of the costumes you’ll run into are very extravagant. The manufacturers of the outfits pay close attention to every detail, which means you’ll get clothing that is authentic-looking so that you can feel just like that character whenever you wear it. From Batman to Hans Solo and Spiderman to Justice League, the right store will have everything you need to collect various clothing items for your collection. It isn’t just the costumes, either. You also get headdresses, boots, gloves, and numerous accessories just like the real characters have. The accessories can range from guns to wands and many others, enabling you to get something truly authentic and something you’ll enjoy having in your collection.

Just where can you start shopping for these fantasy fashion items? If you do your due diligence, it’s easy to find these stores, and just as you’ve likely already guessed, many of them are found online. Often, you can find the clothing at a store that is dedicated just to that character or television show, while other times, you might have to visit a store that offers clothing for all types of fantasy characters. Some of these costumes, though not all of them, are expensive, but you have to keep in mind that they are usually very valuable. If you ever go to sell any of them, it’s doubtful that you’ll lose any money on them, and you may even make some money.

To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular online stores that offer fantasy clothing at its best, and they are discussed below.

Firefly Path

Dedicated mostly to luxurious gowns and accessories, the site offers not just clothing but also items such as gloves, aprons, patterns for clothing and even accessories, separate trains and capes, and candles and perfume collections. If you consider yourself the ultimate fae, you may want to go explore their website, and while the gowns start at around $800 and are therefore expensive, they offer outstanding beauty, a lot of uniqueness, and the quality you want and deserve when you’re buying things to add to your collection. Hyrule and Elven gowns in gorgeous colors such as pink, white, and green make it all the more tempting to buy one of these amazing clothing items.

Etsy.com

Etsy is a website dedicated to some very talented people who make everything they sell to others, and they have a special section just for fantasy clothing. Their merchants offer cloaks, leather vests, shoulder plates, all sorts of tops, capes in all designs and colors, costumes and dresses, and a whole lot more. When you shop at Etsy, you know you’re getting high-quality items, and you also get personalized service because it is a very competitive site filled with vendors who work hard to offer you the very best products. Most of the items are also very reasonably priced.Fantasy Clothes_Photo by murat esibatir

By the Sword

This store sells lots of clothing items under categories that include both fantasy and Gothic clothing, and just a few of their items include cloaks, capes, special shirts, costume helmets, corsets, dresses, belts, and gambesons. They offer everything from items made out of leather to items related to Game of Thrones, Aramis, Elven, Eldar, Luke Skywalker, and all sorts of medieval clothing and accessories. If you’re going to collect fantasy clothing, you might as well collect the best, and this store is a great place to start.

Holy Clothing

The good thing about this store is that you can find clothing that is both fantasy-based and that you can wear to a wedding or even for a night on the town. They sell dresses, tops, skirts, cloaks, outerwear, inner wear, pants, and chemises, and best of all, the items come in beautiful colors such as burgundy, forest green, navy blue, and rose pink, among others. The clothing is reasonably priced and perfect for renaissance wear, Wiccan wear, and even Viking and Celtic activities. This is a very versatile store that you’re certain to come back to time and time again.

The Pyramid Collection

Selling themselves as a “celebration of the feminine spirit,” this store offers clothing and so much more. You can buy dresses, tops, bedspreads, jewelry, boots, statues and figurines, tunics, and skirts. They come in a variety of designs and colors, and they include items such as pirate costume vests, dragon’s claw walking stick, and celestial draped cardigans, among many others. If you want to add to your fantasy clothing collection, this is a great place to come to and explore.

A Fantasy Store

A Fantasy Store has a little something for everyone, making this a great store to visit if you aren’t sure what you want. If you’re a collector, they are worth visiting because they’ve been around since 1995 and sell things related to renaissance fairs, medieval reenactments, Mardi Gras celebrations, Halloween, and many other special occasions. From Victorian waistcoats to Black London frock coats and skull jewelry to Celtic knot-work earrings, A Fantasy Store can easily help you find something unique and one-of-a-kind to add to your growing collection of fantasy clothing and memorabilia.

Armstreet

When it comes to medieval and fantasy clothing, you can’t beat Armstreet. Their designs are trendy and they offer not just clothing, but also armor, footwear, accessories, and jewelry, and their sales and discounts are phenomenal. You can get a gift certificate for someone if you like, and they offer collections that include Dark Wolf, Stars of Steel, Viking, Water Flowers, and Moonless Night, as well as many others. The clothing items are brightly colored and offer top-notch workmanship, so if you buy something from them, you can rest assured you’ll be able to keep it for many years to come.

Fantasy Clothing Company

If you’re looking for fantasy clothing that includes clothes from the Roarin’ 20s, Alice in Wonderland, Colonial Williamsburg, or even a Saloon Girl, you’ve come to the right place. Their fantasy clothing includes much more than this and consists of a lot of vintage clothing from various decades, making this store so much more than just a fantasy clothing store. They offer tons of dresses, skirts, tops, and even matching skirts and blazers, so regardless of what you’re looking for, you’re very likely to find it here.

IGN

The IGN store sells items related to Star Wars, Captain America, Loki, Kingdom of Hearts, and The Legend of Zelda, to name a few. While their fantasy clothing consists mostly of T-shirts that feature various pop culture characters on them, this is still a great store to visit if you’re interested in finding fantasy clothing that you wish to collect. All of their items are reasonably priced and easy to find, and their customer service is excellent. Whether you’re into Marvel Comics, Nintendo, or Star Wars, they’ll have what you need to scratch that collector’s itch.

eBay

Let’s face it, eBay has everything, and this includes fantasy clothing such as T-shirts, belt buckles, cosplay outfits, hats, and so much more. In fact, all you have to do is enter “fantasy clothing” into their search engine and you’ll be surprised by what pops up on the screen. If you want something specific, simply enter that instead, but whatever you’re looking for, you are bound to find it on eBay. They have thousands of clothing items for all types of characters and movies, and you can either bid on the items or buy them outright, depending on how the seller has the account set up and ready to go.Nymph_Image by Enrique Meseguer

There are other online stores offering fantasy clothing as well, and if you do your due diligence they will be easy to find. One thing’s for sure – regardless of what type of clothing you’re looking for, it should be easy to find. There are so many stores that sell this clothing that you shouldn’t be disappointed whenever you go out and look for it. You can also try some local clothing stores if you like because a lot of local stores have a lot of variety when it comes to their clothing line.

 

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