Update time! It's been a crazy few weeks! We're almost finished shipping backorders, and the restock is currently being put away. We are a little behind on current orders, so please be patient with us as we work as fast as we can to ship everything out.
Orders will be shipped out in 5-6 business days instead of the normal 1-3. We will return to normal next week (4/27). If you have any further questions or need any changes made to your order, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
April showers bring May flowers, but more importantly, April means warmer weather and (hopefully for us Northerners) NO MORE SNOW!
To celebrate such a wonderful time of year, we are having a flash sale! From midnight April 9th CST to 11:59 CST April 10th, use the code SPRING to get 15% off all wig purchases, INCLUDING discontinued items! (Styling accessories are excluded from this sale.)
As always, a few things to remember:
Preloading carts may result in Shopify overselling items. Preloading is not a guarantee of item get. Orders will be filled first come, first served. 65% of all orders in a sale are received in the first five minutes. Hundreds of orders are received within the first few hours. We are closed on weekends. We're very sorry if your item sells out and it takes us a few days to notify you. We do the very best we can!
Backorders on out of stock items will not be allowed. Due to requests from our international customers, we will contact INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS ONLY to let you know your order is out of stock before we refund or ship. Domestic orders will be immediately refunded for out of stock items and notified by email of their order status afterward. There are only 10 of us here at Arda; we ask your patience and understanding. We simply do not have the manpower to email everybody, and we are VERY sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause. The "Out of Stock" tag is manually added by us and is NOT auto-updated.
Half of our staff will be in attendance at Megacon until April 15th. This may cause a bit of an extension of our 1-3 day shipping time to 3-5 days (or more, if we have a lot of emails to send out). Thanks for your patience!
April restock may not be received in time for this sale, but here's hoping! If it comes in time, we'll let you know.
Sales are crazy, and we love you! Thanks for ordering and understanding.
Wig style and color: Le Tigre in Platinum Blonde 081
Q: When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A: I had no idea that cosplay was a "thing" until I attended my first convention, which was Anime Expo 2001. My friends and I had dressed up as characters from Sailor Moon for Halloween the year before, so I thought it might be fun to wear my costume to the event. When I got there, I was surprised that so many other people were wearing costumes too, and even more surprised that people wanted to take my picture!! I was immediately hooked. My mom and grandma made my costumes for me at first, but as the outfits I wanted got more complex, I figured I should probably figure out how to do this stuff for myself. A whole heck of a lot of trial and error later, here I am!!
Q: What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A: My favorite part is probably the brainstorming process; I love that initial excitement I get when I see a design I love and start pondering how to make it happen in real life. I love hunting for the perfect fabrics and coming up with ideas to embellish a design and make it really special.
There's also this moment that usually occurs about half-way into the crafting process, a sort of "ah-hah!" moment when a costume starts to look like the character I'm going to portray; this usually happens when I complete a special design element that's unique to that character. For example, with my Mami Tomoe costume from Madoka Magica, it was when I put the buckles and trim on my corset... and suddenly "Ahhh!! It's Mami!" I always look forward to this "It looks like a thing!!" moment when I'm crafting!
Q: Which costume are you most proud of?
A: A couple costumes come to mind for this; my Miki Hoshii "Starry" outfit from The iDOLM@STER 2 (http://on.fb.me/1MQR5vF), and Chii from Chobits (http://on.fb.me/1NQAs0i). Starry because... well, the entire thing was covered in 200+ LED lights, all of which were hand-sewn to the costume in a specific arrangement so they would light up with a chasing pattern. It was an arduous, torturous process that still haunts me to this day, but the pain was worth it... I think. Chii is special to me because I took a relatively simple design and put a lot of thought and care into all the details and really made it my own. I spent a gratuitous amount of time searching for really luxurious fabrics and trims, and the overall craftsmanship on the costume is my best work to date.
Q: Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A: I cosplay a LOT of blonde characters, and Arda carries my two very favorite shades of blonde; Light Blonde 013 and Platinum Blonde 081! They're bright, happy blondes that have a nice anime-like yellow hue without being TOO yellow. As a cosplayer from the era of neon yellow blonde wigs, these colors are a god-send!!
As for styles, I'd have to go with the Luthien. It's so thick, especially for a wig so long, and the waves are luxurious and beautiful right out of the bag! I've been using the same Luthien in Light Blonde for all of Miki Hoshii iDOLM@STER costumes for the past 3 years (I have 9 Miki costumes, oops) and it still looks amazing!!
Q: What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A: The internet is an incredibly valuable resource; you can learn so much from your cosplay predecessors by looking up tutorials online. YouTube specifically is great place for self-taught sewers to learn professional-looking techniques. I've learned SO much from watching YouTube, everything from installing an invisible zipper to using conductive thread to sew LED lights into a costume; it's an amazing resource! Don't ever let "I don't know how to do _______" stop you from making something amazing; google it or ask cosplayers with more experience for advice. You CAN do it!!
On the non-crafting side of things, always cosplay what you love and what makes you happy. This may sound obvious, but in my 10+ years of cosplaying I've found that simply aiming to have fun is much more rewarding than seeking internet "fame". Get brave and reach out to fellow cosplayers that love the same things as you do, make friends, make awesome costumes, and have fun!!
Our sale is tomorrow! Please be aware backorder is turned off to prevent out of stock items from being preloaded into carts.
Also, the sale code will NOT work on our sister-site Arda Canada. Thanks!
We are discontinuing some of our slower selling items to make way for new stock. Discontinued items may be reordered in the future if the demand reappears. As always, you can email Malinda@arda-wigs.com with questions or requests on discontinued items. For now, once they are gone, they're gone!
Items are priced as marked and are displayed on their respective item page. Prices should alter once the item is selected from the drop down menu. Many items are $5 off and some are even more. View the entire list of items here!