Howl’s Moving Castle is a Japanese animated fantasy film by Hayao Miyazaki, who is part of the Studio Ghibli. Set in a an alternate fantasy realm where magic and 20th century technology co-exist, a war is waging between two kingdoms
The story focuses on Sophie Hatter, who is turned into an old woman by an evil witch. She meets a wizard called Howl (hence the movie title) and joins him on his battle for the king.
Although the movie is set in the 20th century it explores many contemporary themes such as war, gender norms/roles and growing old gracefully. Hayao Miyazaki often cites this as one of his favorite creations, aiming to teach the audience a lesson: that life is worth living and fighting for.
In today’s post we’ll be putting together a Sophie Howl’s Moving Castle Costume. This would make the perfect group cosplay idea for cosplay conventions and Halloween. So without further ado let’s begin!
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Sophie Howl’s Moving Castle Wig
Before we begin keep in mind there are two different outfits: the one Sophie wears when she is younger and the one she wears after being turned old by the witch, it is totally up to you to decide which one to wear.
If you prefer to go for younger Sophie wear a brown braided wig or style your own hair this way. For old Sophie wear a grey wig, or style/dye your natural hair this way.
Sophie Howl’s Moving Castle Hat
If you decided to dress as young Sophie then wear a wide brim straw hat along with the braided brown wig. You could pick this item up from the link above or check out local thrift stores.
Sophie Howl’s Moving Cosplay
Now if you’ve decided to dress as old Sophie this is the dress you have to wear; a blue dress with white apron. This would be easy to put together from items you find at the thrift store too, or check websites like Ebay.
Sophie Howl’s Moving Castle Green Dress
Finally if you’d like to dress as young Sophie wear a light green country style dress. Once again if you prefer check out local thrift stores or vintage dress stores for a more authentic look. All that’s left to add is a pair of brown boots or footwear from your closet.
That’s is everything you’ll need to transform into this character whether young or old. Before you go check out the rest of our tutorials on the blog or follow us on social media for updates on new posts we publish. Until then have fun!