When a cosplayer spends weeks or even months on an outfit, it’s not always so they can wear it once then bin it. A lot of the time a costume can be kept for years after its first wearing, as it’s added to and improved upon.
As an example of that, here’s cosplayer Alexandre, who shared with us his progress on Ahri from League of Legends, which he first wore in 2013.
That’s pretty good! But as he’s tinkered with it over the years, and improved his cosplay knowledge and skills, Alexandre has basically reworked the entire thing, especially the ears and tail, to the point where it now looks like this:
In cosplay, as in life, you can’t stop progress.