Let's get out of the cons. Now say you created the cosplay outfit. You wear it to some place like a tree lighting ceremony, a cinco de Mayo festival. How about the Ultimate Women's Expo. How can you impress them? How about asking for attention using your cosplay ettiquete at a pageant queen meet and greet, what kind of experience will you get? How about showing an impression on Rodeo drive?
Honestly I have never done a proper cosplay, but if I had the right "costume" that has a shred of practicality, I totally would. I have an Indiana Jones jacket, hat and satchel that I've worn together many times.