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How to put together a casual Shadow of the Tomb Raider cosplay

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We’re officially less than a month to the release of origin-story-concluding Shadow of the Tomb Raider on 14 September. In South Africa, that date happens to coincide with the first day of Comic-Con Africa. If the buzz on the local cosplay social channels is anything to go by, loads of people – especially first-timers – will be dressing up. So, regardless of your gender, here’s how you can inject a little Lara Croft into your Comic-Con (or everyday) wardrobe, with no sewing or crafting skills necessary.

For the record, casual cosplay is when you introduce a few elements of a character’s look into your normal fashion ensemble. It could be as subtle as wearing the same colour scheme associated with the character, or a single, signature accessory. Using Tomb Raider as an example, that means you could simply combine a tank top, cargo pants and boots (with bonus grubby bandages), which is Reboot Lara Croft’s signature look thanks to the 2013 game and 2018 Alicia Vikander movie adaptation.

Replicating a Shadow of the Tomb Raider look is a little more complicated. However, if you know what basic elements you need and where to find them, it becomes a lot easier to get it right. Minus any outfit accessories, weapons and modifications required, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Combat or security boots
  • Joggers or cargo/utility trousers
  • Sporting vest and/or sleeveless light blue shirt
  • Nylon webbing belt
  • Black exercise gloves

Now watch the video for more useful tips, including the budget required for this particular ensemble.

Last Updated: August 20, 2018


  1. Original Heretic

    August 20, 2018 at 12:56

    So if do this “casual” cosplay, you should also get a bit dirtied up, to get that “I just crawled through a jungle” look.
    That’d make you a filthy casual.


    • Admiral Chief

      August 20, 2018 at 13:34

      Filthy casual, lolz, good one OH


    • RinceThis

      August 20, 2018 at 13:42



  2. Raptor Rants

    August 20, 2018 at 13:38

    What a cool idea to get people in to the cosplay thing. What about one for Nathan Drake?

    Ideas for everyone to start working off. Will this be a more regular type of posting?


    • Admiral Chief

      August 20, 2018 at 15:41

      Geoff should “model” since he is the handsomemest


      • Geoffrey Tim

        August 20, 2018 at 16:16

        Voetsek, veerraier


        • Admiral Chief

          August 20, 2018 at 19:17

          Never, I’ve always been loyal to you


      • Raptor Rants

        August 20, 2018 at 18:43

        I approve of this idea. Geoff for cosplay model


        • Raptor Rants

          August 20, 2018 at 18:54

          Unless it’s Batman. In which case Darryn only.


          • HvR

            August 20, 2018 at 19:01

            Well if it is West’s Batman; then Geoff as Batman and Darryn as Robin

          • Raptor Rants

            August 20, 2018 at 19:06


          • Admiral Chief

            August 20, 2018 at 19:15

            Make it so

  3. HvR

    August 20, 2018 at 14:41


    You can quite easily add a cheap nylon/canvas drop leg holster for R250 or less from airosoft players on sites like gumtree or buy/sell sections on airsoft forums.

    You can also buy single carabiners in all colours for cheap cheap at Cape Union Mart

    For more authentic look and dropping a few thousand.
    Mechanix M-pact fingerless gloves (~R500)
    VEGA canvas belt (~R800)
    VEGA system kydex drop leg thigh holster (~R1700)


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