Can Comics Get Fashionable With Everyday Cosplay?
It seems like lately superhero-inspired clothing for women has been put in a pretty polarizing position. Fans can either pick up affordable logo tees and the like, or splurge for overpriced fashionista fare. No one can fault a publisher like DC for going to top designers, but even with Karl Lagerfeld involved I doubt many people will shell out six hundred bucks for unrecognizable “Green Lantern” bedazzled gloves. Even more recently, DC has introduced the nOir line of DC jewelry, also “inspired” by superheroes and also ready to take a chunk out of the monthly rent money.
These high fashion designs, whether they’re good or bad, all seem to embrace superhero kitsch. Chunky jewelry, haphazardly sewn stars, lots of glitter; these things are over the top, and they drag their prices with them. Is there a possibility, though, of dialing down both the price and the concept of superhero costumes until they come into the reach of plebeians? If sell-able superhero clothes stop being ‘inspired’ by characters and start emulating actual costume designs more closely, it seems like there would be a lot of women who would line up to wear certain pieces.
Hit the jump to see a few choices for practical comic book character items worth paying for.
The first hero crying out for widely available public costuming is Wonder Woman. All incarnations of Wonder Woman’s costume would be fair game for this. Spangled undies would be fun. Literal Wonder (Woman) Bras would also sell. Wonder bathing suits with all kinds of different hemlines from modest-near trunks to thongs would be appropriate. Wonder Woman boots are already on the market. All they need is higher quality, and a non-heeled model. And look at the above picture. Add shoulder straps to the old costume and they would make comfortable Wonder pajamas.
But the costume on the right really breaks into costumes that could be worn by any woman any day. Whatever people think of the redesign to Diana’s traditional garb, there’s a lot of potential in this costume. Dark denim slacks, a body-hugging tailored shirt in deep red and gold, the retro jacket with the padded shoulders, the gloves, and that chunky gold belt can be worn together or in pieces. Either way, it would look good on someone walking down the street. This is actual, practical, and attractive fashion.
What superhero costume pieces would you wear walking down the street?