I love cosplay and I enjoy giving tips on how to dress up as popular characters.
Kakashi Hatake is one of the popular characters in the Japanese anime Naruto. He is a Shinobi of Konohagakure's Hatake clan. He is considered to be Konoha's most talented ninja; he became the sixth Hokage after the Fourth Shinobi World War. Kakashi has spiky silver hair oriented to his left side and he has a vertical scar in his left eye which was damaged in a battle during the Third Shinobi World War. He wears a dark blue mask that covers the lower half of his face and sometimes the whole left eye too. Kakashi Hatake always wears a dark long sleeve shirt, dark blue pants, and a flak jacket or vest, which is the standard infantry clothing for Konoha. He also wears black, shiny fingerless gloves with metal plates on the backhand and chain necklace underneath. He wears ninja boots or sandals with white wraps, the traditional headpiece and haori. His weapons are Kamui Shuriken ninja stars and Naruto Kunai with a holster bag strap in his right leg with a white wrap. He is always holding a book because he is a teacher to his team. He is so cool... he usually reads his book while in battle.
This is something that you probably need to purchase unless you have an old silvery white wig that you can work on. It doesn't need to be very expensive wig. If you are good at styling, then a relatively inexpensive wig will do. I bought mine online from miccostumes.com. Now, no one have done Kakashi Hatake's hair right except, well, Hatake. But with a little styling gel or hair spray, you should be able to look fairly close to his appearance.
The vest is also kinda hard to DIY, but it's not impossible. If you have an old military jacket, you can improvise to add the high collar and similar pockets. Maybe do some spray painting on an old tactical jacket to make it green. Again, this is something that you may want to purchase online to avoid the hassle.
For the gloves, you can buy a cheap pair of fingerless black lifting or gym gloves that is easily available in Walmart or Sports Authority. I took my old gym gloves and covered the brand name using a black marker. I had improvised something that will look like a metal plate on the backhand of the gloves. It's a grayish felt fabric cloth I bought from Walmart that I marked with the Leaf Village logo with a permanent marker and used a fabric glue to stick to the gloves. Of course, it was not shiny like a metal plate, but from afar it looks really nice.
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Naruto Leaf Village Headband
The Leaf Village ninja headband or headpiece sells for almost $10 online, which is a bit expensive for me considering that I have some ideas on how to create one. The headband is really just a dark blue cloth that you can cut from an old shirt. That's what I did. For the metal plate, I used the same gray felt fabric that I bought from Walmart, drew the Leaf Village logo using a permanent marker, and stuck it to the cloth using glue. You can probably use a piece of cardboard, wrap it with foil so it looks shiny, then draw the Leaf Village logo and stick it to the cloth. It really depends on your preference.
The face mask is also easy to improvise. If you have an old shirt that you no longer use, you can cut it to create the mask. It might require some hand sewing or stitching in order to make it look nice. Hatake facial masks sell for around $5, so I just bought one. The cool thing about it is that it has a zipper at the back so you can easily put them on and take them off. It is also well made to match the shape of your face.
Long Sleeve Shirt and Pants
For the long sleeve shirt, you can just get a plain long sleeve that you no longer use and just add the patch of the Leaf Village logo on each shoulder. I used my black long sleeve shirt even if it has prints in front. It's not gonna be visible anyways due to the vest. Again, I created two patches of Leaf Village logo. The pants can be regular sweat pants that are dark blue in color.
I bought a pair of ninja shoes to make my costume look authentic. It can be a lot of work to improvise the ninja shoes, but not impossible. If you have a dark colored or brown boots, that should work too in lieu of the ninja shoes. For the white wrap on the shin, I just bought couple of flour sacks from Walmart, which are very cheap, and used white string to spiral around the wrap to keep it in place.
I didn't have enough time to create the weapons and the holster but you can just buy them from toy section of Walmart or other local stores. I could have done better on the wig, but I didn't have enough time to style it. Overall, the costume really looks good. I won a $60 prize at my job's Haloween party, which pretty much paid for my expenses. I had couple of people take their photos with me. My kids are a huge fan of Naruto, so they can use my costume whenever they wanna go to a cosplay or costume party.