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What to wear to E3 (or any gaming expo): a Lazygamer guide

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Fashion police

Gavin laughed at me when I wrote about Marvel’s contribution to fashion earlier this year. But apparently fashion matters to gamers – just look at the recent brouhaha over the apparent male chauvinism in casual wear at gaming events. This isn’t even a new thing – a couple years ago there was drama over an article written with advice on how to dress for E3 if you’re a woman. So, here is my fashion advice for women and men attending gaming events, particularly expos.

First and foremost: wear something you’re comfortable in. You might be chatting to all kinds of people who range from those you want to avoid to those you want to impress. You don’t want to be worried about what you’re wearing, so pick a tried and true outfit that you know you feel confident and comfortable in.

There generally isn’t a dress code at these events, and things do tend towards the casual. Converse shoes are something of the norm, as are jeans or khakis. Whatever your shoe choice, be sure to wear something well worn and supportive – you’ll be on your feet for hours and you want to make sure you avoid as many blisters as possible; this is not the time to wear new shoes, a lesson Geoff learned the hard way. While plenty of people wear their gaming shirts to show their gaming cred, be aware of the people you’ll be around and if it will confuse them and make them think you’re part of the game’s creation/promotion.

If, like me, you have boobs, I go back to the first point. You need to dress so you’re comfortable. I spend most of E3, Gamescom and rAge in summer dresses because they keep me cool and take minimal time for getting dressed. If, however, you feel uncomfortable showing cleavage or curves, feel free to throw on something less revealing. That said, most people are so focused on the games that they will be too busy drooling over games to drool over you.

Contrary to the articles that cause so much mayhem, you really can wear whatever you like and makes you feel confident – In my own experience – which of course, is not everyone’s experience. While there is a general fashion norm of men wearing jeans, plaid shirts, sneakers and occasionally a beard, if you want to wear something different it won’t cause issues. With or without makeup, with or without jewellery, it really makes no difference; the focus is on the games and you really shouldn’t worry about making a fashion mistake. Unless, of course, you wear uncomfortable shoes that lead to bizarre chafing. Don’t do that.

Last Updated: May 21, 2015

64 Comments

  1. WitWolfy

    May 21, 2015 at 14:35

    Bitches be like.. “I love Spider-man, I’m totally gonna cosplay him at rAge!”

    What a young hormone teen sees:
    http://i.imgur.com/IkooPhk.jpg

    What I see:
    http://rs1img.memecdn.com/suddenly-sausages_o_897997.gif

    Never been a fan for “cosplay”, its always some chick trying to sex it up.

    Reply

  2. RinceTheElfRoot

    May 21, 2015 at 14:41

    Well, it you let everyone wear what they wanted to you’d have more Trevors around and that ISN’T DAMN ACCEPTABLE!

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 21, 2015 at 14:43

      Also no Crocs! They’re not going to Wallmart……..yet.

      Reply

    • Captain JJ Browman

      May 21, 2015 at 14:45

      One Trevor is unavoidable already.

      Reply

    • WitWolfy

      May 21, 2015 at 14:46

      I live in the East Rand, every second dude here thinks he’s Trevor. Driving around in their Cortinas thinking they own the show, polishing what they think is a bicep… FML…

      Reply

    • Trevor Matrix

      May 21, 2015 at 14:54

      There can be only one!

      Reply

  3. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 21, 2015 at 14:47

    “What’s all the rage for rAge”

    Reply

    • RinceTheElfRoot

      May 21, 2015 at 14:48

      At you rAge you wouldn’t understand *RUNS

      Reply

      • Ruqi

        May 21, 2015 at 14:50

        Could you please repeat that in English so the rest of us can understand?

        Reply

        • RinceTheElfRoot

          May 21, 2015 at 14:51

          WOW

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          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 21, 2015 at 14:55

          • RinceTheElfRoot

            May 21, 2015 at 14:55

            ENGRISH DAMMIT!

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 21, 2015 at 14:59

            Wot?

          • RinceTheElfRoot

            May 21, 2015 at 15:02

            Ain’t dat da truth m8te? Owza abou we go get some cheeky Nandos with da ladz?!

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 21, 2015 at 15:05

            Remember that AliG poser a few weeks back?

          • Brady miaau

            May 21, 2015 at 15:33

            Yes. But I was starting to forget, thanks.

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 21, 2015 at 15:49

            Same here, so Rince opened up some crappy wounds

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 21, 2015 at 15:18

            Not enough innits or sniffing.

          • Skoobaz

            May 21, 2015 at 15:58

            * Ingrish

          • Hammersteyn

            May 21, 2015 at 14:57

            hehehehe

        • Captain JJ Browman

          May 21, 2015 at 14:52

          Haha

          Reply

  4. Brady miaau

    May 21, 2015 at 14:47

    I would much, much have preferred if you just wrote “If, like me, you are a woman”. So, essentially, the criteria for a comfortable and easy to put on dress is having, and I quote here, “boobs”?

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  5. Sageville

    May 21, 2015 at 15:13

    Secretly I enjoy it when the ladies with cleavage are interviewed or interview and then there is the whole “Boob-check” test….

    Reply

  6. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 21, 2015 at 15:16

    And of course we have the ultimate in leisure wear…

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 21, 2015 at 15:28

      You need a higher quality one, RIKE DIS!
      (refresh)

      Reply

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 21, 2015 at 15:29

        I will not.

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        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 21, 2015 at 15:29

          Sissy

          Reply

  7. Ross Woofels Mason

    May 21, 2015 at 15:24

    Lol Its a convention, who cares what you wear, just wear whats appropriate for the convention. Eg going to rage it’s all ages, so if you’re a guy dont go wearing tight spandex with out a dancer belt so all your junk shows through. If you’re a women just wear something that hides most of your bits.

    If you’re going to something like sexpo or dragon-con overseas where it’s 18+ then people can wear what ever they want.

    It’s just common sense and courtesy.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      May 21, 2015 at 15:41

      inb4 sexpo gets a dress code.
      gimp suits for staff only.

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      • Ross Woofels Mason

        May 21, 2015 at 15:45

        Damn i need to find a way to become staff!

        Reply

  8. Ottokie

    May 21, 2015 at 15:29

    Jeans and a Lazygamer shirt (so you know who matters XD)

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    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 21, 2015 at 15:29

      ^This!

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    • Brady miaau

      May 21, 2015 at 15:32

      Jeans, takkies and the top t-shirt in the pile, thanks.

      Reply

      • Ottokie

        May 21, 2015 at 15:33

        If that’s the case I will probably always be at a convention in my work clothes 😛

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        • Brady miaau

          May 21, 2015 at 15:42

          Ah, no. My work clothes are leather shoes, proper formal pants (NOT Chinos, thanks) and a formal shirt. Although, to be fair, I dress better than most in my office. Well, I say better. More formal.

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    • RinceTheElfRoot

      May 21, 2015 at 17:18

      Lazygamer *Tentshirt

      Reply

  9. Abbey

    May 21, 2015 at 15:39

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    Reply

  10. Kromas,powered by windows 10.

    May 21, 2015 at 16:59

    My underwear with a bathrobe is the most comfortable thing I can wear. Not sure it is E3 material. 😛

    Reply

  11. 40 Insane Frogs

    May 22, 2015 at 14:57

    Every year, you guys miss out on sending Banana Jim to E3. Here’s a guy that’ll walk in wearing a banana suit, and rock it like a boss!

    Reply

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