There are basic rules that every cosplayer has that helps him or her determine whether or not to be a certain character. Rules vary from person to person, but if you'd like some tips, here are some helpful hints that other cosplayers have given.
If you didn't want to read those and you want to know what I think, here are my two cents.
A Character That You Like
I think it makes the costume feel more complete and satisfying when you finish it. You'll have a good idea how to pose without needing to do too much extra research. Not saying that you CAN'T do a character you don't know/like (Hell, I'm doing Deelit this winter. I hate how whiny she is.), but for a first costume, a character you really like will make the experience much more enjoyable.
Choosing a Character Within Your Sewing Range
Personally, the most daunting thing about cosplay is the difficulty of some of the costumes you can do. If you start off with a costume that is too hard, you'll most likely give up half-way through it and never pick up cosplay again. It's okay to start simple if you don't know anything about sewing. Everyone has to start somewhere!
What You're Comfortable With
What are you comfortable wearing? I know you might really like Rikku from FFX-2, but would you really feel comfortable wearing what she's wearing in public? Would you mind the stares that you may or may not get in the crowd or wherever you are doing your photoshoot? Think about these things before you choose a cosplay! And don't worry about the body shape thing too much. If you're personally comfortable with what you're wearing, then I say go for it!
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