This is my second year attending, the first year I didn't have time to put anything together but this year I had a little advance warning so I planned out a referential Captain America costume. This means I didn't wear the full suit with my Chris Evans-esk physique, instead I put together an ensemble with hints of Captain America flavor.
And here are all the elements that went into my costume:
First was all the makeup I used for my face and nails:
I didn't know what to do specifically for my eyeshadow, so I went with a shooting star motif.
And then I added some gems to this because sparkly eyeshadow wasn't sparkly enough.
Next were the colors for my hair. I did a french braid on both sides interweaving red, white and blue hair pieces:
Then we have the Captain America hoodie (from hot topic) and blue jeans.
My red shoes (instead of red boots) and a blue tank top for under the hoodie.
These were some potential additions to the costume, red gloves, Captain American themed temporary tattoos, and sunglasses. I only ended up using the white with silver gems sunglasses.
In addition to all that jazz, I spent some time crafting a clay Captain America shield ring seen here with my red nail polish.
Last but not least, my handmade (in two days none-the-less) Captain America shield backpack. While I initially was cool with just having the shield ring, I realized that I was going to need a place to put my sunglasses when I was indoors. I didn't want to mar my costume by having them out and around my person when they weren't needed so then I thought of what I could design to conceal them. Then the idea of a large backpack came to mind, a backpack that I could either wear on my back or on my arm like a shield, and then this baby was born:
Even though the backpack had space on the inside for my glasses, I made a pocket on the back side just for them so I could access them easily when moving between buildings/outdoors and indoors.
A top view of the backpack:
Okay, so you put all that together and you have a Captain America costume for years to come...
Or until he's no longer cool. ;p