Katniss Everdeen: whether you have read the books, watched the films, or both, you know her, you love her, you cheer for her to take down the Capitol. You are also probably counting down the days until the next installment (which happens to be the day before my birthday). We also cheer Jennifer Lawrence who plays her, but that's another story entirely. Katniss Everdeen is a woman who did not ask to be symbol of a rebellion, but found herself there by standing up for what is right. In the end, it does not matter if you are team Peeta or Team Gale (though, I do have my favorite), because its a story about a girl, a corrupt system / country, and survival. And some days, you need a suit of amour to take on the world. Since regular knight armor can be a little cumbersome, why not try that Katniss Everdeen look instead? Her clothing varies from District 12, the Capitol, and the Games, which means you really do have a lot to choose from. I decided to focus on her look in the first The Hunger Games (2012).
The color palate is muted: blacks, green khaki, brown. So, I decided to approach this cosplay with two different looks pulling from the same color palate. Now, confession time: I don't have a mockingjay pin, but I do have District 12 Victor tags I scored at a screening of Catching Fire in November 2013. Therefore, instead of buying or making extra items, I worked with what I already had on hand, and of course you can too.
Look One (let's call this extra casual look or get ready to run / fight): black denim, green top, black jacket (and yes this is my regular 50-60 degree temperature jacket), boots, and tags. Simple and effective. I sadly have no skills braiding my hair at this length, so I kept my hair simple. If you can braid, then please do and share tutorials so one day I too can learn these skills.
Look Two (casual, yet able to wear to work look): I went with a black tee, black cardigan, green khaki skirt, dark tights and boots, and paired this look again with the tags.
This is a great example to show how you can mix and match to vary your casual cosplay for even one specific character. I know friends who hate wearing pants or loathe wearing skirts. This shows there is a way to cosplay either way. May the odds be ever in your favor.