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The Elements of Style FAQ is like so:
Do I really have to wear a skirt? Some girls get good results with pants... but it's much, much harder. If you're going to try to be a heavy magic-user and you can't stand skirts, not even over a pair of snazzy leggings, you're probably going to need professional consultation.
Does my motif have to relate to my magic? Not necessarily. If your magic is strongly visual, a theme that cooperates with it will let you look cooler while you're casting... it won't affect how much magic you have available from a standing start. And if your spells can't be seen, then there's no there there for your motif to cooperate with!
How about drag? Avoid. Pants are hard enough already. We're not aware of any professional-grade magical girl costumes that don't look emphatically feminine. Note, of course, that there are all kinds of ways to be feminine - if eight year old girls can be little powerhouses without C-cups, so can teenagers who just don't want the extra ballast!
Do my clothes have to harmonize with my physical changes? Yes. A pair of plain feathered wings goes with almost anything, but if you're doing cool stuff with colors and textures, your clothes need to match for good results. Contrast can work, but do it advisedly and thoughtfully, don't just slap snakeskin on over seal fur and expect a second spell.
Does it matter if I'm pretty, as long as my clothes are? What does being pretty mean? We'd like to be able to tell you that everyone is pretty in her own way. But whatever we might think of your looks, you probably want to smooth them out before you expect the big spells. You will be fighting an uphill battle if you're sentimentally attached to pudge, acne, a unibrow, snaggle-teeth, or any but the very coolest-looking scars. That's not our judgment call - this is the same magic that has something against pants, for crying out loud. And if you're really determined, maybe you can pull it off - Maria Cordova weighs a hundred and eighty pounds, and she doesn't even have wings.
What counts as plagiarism? This one's still a subject of major research. You can draw on references and influences - it can even help you stay in-theme to do so. What you shouldn't do is look at something in a movie or a shop window, say 'that's part of my base costume now', and copy it. The rule of thumb is that you need to change at least two things: if you copy boots but change the color and length, that's fine, though it'd be better if you also adjusted the heel and added your emblem to it. If you copy a dress but swap the sleeves with some you saw on a different dress and add ruching to the bodice, that's fine, though it'd be better if you hemmed it and altered the neckline too.
Is Elements of Style affiliated with the Church of Thaumatology? Some of our writers are members of the Church but we're not a Church organization or affiliated with the Church.
Does Elements of Style provide style consults? We have a section where we post profiles of style consultants, but EoS itself does not provide this service and someone featuring on the site is not an endorsement.
How much is too much, when it comes to getting close to turning into a cryptid? If you're venturing into uncharted territory, all we can tell you is to be very, very careful. There's no warning when you're half an inch from the edge of the cliff, so even going slowly won't necessarily help. However, for common additions, we've got a "point system" that we think is conservative enough to trust. Stay under 325 points picking exclusively off that list, and you're golden. (Or whatever color you want to be!)
What else should I be reading if I'm just getting started? We particularly recommend these articles for newbies: Motifs 101, Visual Dictionary Compilation, Strongest Magical Girls Of The World - Photo Album And Detail Discussion, A Guide to Honing Aesthetic Intuition, and Playing Hotter And Colder.