This week, the marvelous folks of Red Carpet Superhero, started a new column titled “Ready-to-Wear Superhero”. And their first subject was our girl Wonder Woman.
If you’re not familiar with the blog, Red Carpet Superhero searches the world of red carpet fashion for anything with a strong superhero (or supervillain) vibe. The brainchild of Anika Milik (of Fantastic Fangirls fame), it’s a must-read for anyone who likes clothes and comics. The new Ready-to-Wear Superhero column is written by Christian Milik.
Ready-to-Wear Superhero: Wonder Woman
A new column by CHRISTIAN MILIK
It’s no secret that Wonder Woman has a new look. Gone are the days of her golden eagle bustier and star spangled briefs to be replaced by an armored jacket and skinny jeans. It doesn’t matter how you feel about this costume change; I think we can all agree that this look is far more wearable than her iconic costume. This outfit at the very least says “I could wear that”. When I see superheroes in ready-to-wear rather than their usual custom couture looks, the first thing I think is “we can dress like that too”.
When dressing like a superhero there is a fine line between fashion and cosplay. For Wonder Woman’s new look we are trying to reproduce the overall ‘look’, not the details. If you are determined to wear a tiara and golden eagle belt, I suggest going all out and try to reproduce this costume in exacting detail. But at that point it stops being “ready-to-wear” and becomes “what-I’m-wearing-to-comic-con” . You can achieve a Wonder Woman look and still wear this outfit out on the town, around the house, or on an average day of work or school.
First lets focus on the silhouette. Wonder Woman’s look can be broken down pretty easily into:
A cropped jacket with rolled sleeves to the elbow
A form-fitting tank
An interesting belt
Low, block heeled shoes or boots
I left the bracelets for last because while they are iconic to whom Wonder Woman is (what’s wonder woman without her magic bracers?) they are at the same time the most ‘costumey’ and least important to the overall silhouette. I consider them optional.
While the shoulder pads of the jacket are its most interesting part, I don’t think they are necessary for the look. If you find a nice navy jacket with shoulder pads built in (everything is ’80’s these days, right?) more power to you. I think it’s far more important for the jacket to be cropped and for the material to be easy to cuff at the elbow. A cropped dark navy jeans jacket seems perfect to me. If it has brass or gold buttons, all the better. This Levi’s trucker jacket looks pretty good to me, though it could be a darker blue:
Just roll the sleeves up half way and you’re good to go!
You have to check out the full article – it’s full of fantastic pictures and ideas. Christian did a bang-up job with this. I know I’ll be trying to dress like Wonder Woman next time I’m out for a night on the town!
And while you’re over there, give the rest of Red Carpet Superhero a look-see! Thanks to Anika for letting us repost the article.