A Last-Minute Adventure at Chicago’s Comic Con

I had approximately 24 hours to assemble a Black Widow costume. Black leotard from Forever 21? Check. Black leggings and multiple black hip belts? Check and check. 90s-style high heeled boots from Goodwill? Check. Handmade Black Window insignia? Check.


When you find out last minute that Chicago, a mere 2 hours away, is hosting its annual Wizard World Comic Con, you must pull out all the stops to get there. And get there I did. This was actually (can you believe it?) my first con, so I’d like to share a few words of advice:


Go to Artists’ Alley. Chat with the artists and writers. Buy a creator-owned comic book and have them sign it for you. Exchange business cards.


Don’t be shy. Ask everyone is a decent costume to take a photo with you. Drop everything and pose when someone asks you to take a photo with them.


See the costume contest. Cheer like a maniac when Wolverine takes his shirt off.


Next time, blackmail all your friends into coming with you. Dress as the Avengers.

Iron Man T-Shirts That Consider a Woman’s Curves

Okay, so every time I go into Urban Outfitters I get a little ticked because they have an awesome selection of t-shirts with prints like Captain America’s shield and the like but they’re all made for men. The one major difference between men and women that I’ll admit to recognizing is our body shapes. A man’s t-shirt simply will not accommodate my womenly features.I like my womenly features, thank you very much, and as much as I love Captain America, I will not shroud said features in a high-cut, boxy t-shirt made for a man.

A “unisex” t-shirt is a lie.

I have to buy my superhero tees somewhere though, so thank goodness for Threadless. Threadless, your one stop shop for artisan t-shirts, doesn’t discriminate based on gender. Any shirt they sell for a man, they sell for a woman. They have an awesome selection of Iron Man shirts for sale right now. Gentleman and ladies, take your pick:

Threadless Iron Man Tshirts


Loki-Inspired Fashion

This outfit was inspired by the Avenger’s super villan and demi-god, Loki. I tried to capture the essence of Loki without creating a look that would be impossible to pull off in real life. What resulted was a dark, edgy but completely wearable outfit complete with trendy details (the neon bag, the sheer blouse, and the golden cuff, for instance).
This is the first villian who has inspired one of my outfit creations (check out some of my other popular superhero outfits, like Black Widow and Captain America ), and I love the result! Who should be my next villanous inspiration?

Loki Inspired Fashion

By Sarah, contributing writer. Sarah is an art and business student who enjoys the occasional graphic novel and the more than occasional Marvel hero movie. She is pursuing a career in the fashion and apparel industry.

Captain America Inspired Fashion

A patriotic outfit inspired by Marvel’s Captain America, 1940s fashion, and the good ol’ red, white, and blue. Happy July Fourth!

Captain American Inspired Fashion

By Sarah, contributing writer. Sarah is an art and business student who enjoys the occasional graphic novel and the more than occasional Marvel hero movie. She is pursuing a career in the fashion and apparel industry.

Once Upon a Time: Snow White

What’s so great about Once Upon a Time? Besides the fabulous strong female leads (the ladies are the ones who get stuff done in this series), the adorable fairy tale men, and the unique and ever-surprising  story line, the fashion in Once Upon a Time is hard to ignore. The Queen is most notable for her daring and dark ensembles, but for this wardrobe inspiration, I looked to Snow White. It’s no surprise that this princess’ look leans towards the feminine…but don’t forget she has her (many) kickass moments.

Snow White: Once Upon a Time

By Sarah, contributing writer. Sarah is an art and business student who enjoys the occasional graphic novel and the more than occasional Marvel hero movie. She is pursuing a career in the fashion and apparel industry.

How to Dress Like a (Female) Superhero: Black Widow

In light of Black Widow’s kick-ass role in the Avengers movie, I’m reposting this fashion guide. I missed the midnight premier of the Avengers due to a final the next day (for my comic writing class, nonetheless), but I was totally prepared to dress like Black Widow for the event. Luckily, Sarah shows us how to do the Widow without the spandex…

I don’t think I need to make any case as to why Black Widow qualifies as a superhero. In fact, I’ve always wondered, if Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Hulk get their own films, why can’t the Avenger, Black Widow? I’m pretty sure I saw her take down enough men in Iron Man 2 to qualify her for at least one movie.  Black Widow’s superb superhero skills, her upcoming reappearance in The Avengers, and her sexy, confident style make her an easy choice for my next Dress Like a (Female) Superhero article.

Since I don’t know that many women who would want to wear a skin-tight spandex suit, I’ve tried to capture the essence of Black Widow’s style in this collection. I took inspiration from her role in latest Iron Man movie and the business looks she pulled off. But no worries; there are a few spandex-suit-inspired pieces as well.

J.Crew Valentina Printed Patent Pumps, $248

As far as I can tell, Black Widow hasn’t actually worn anything animal print, but these pumps seem to convey the attitude of the super hero: daring but not too flashy.

Banana Republic Long-Sleeve White Ruffle Shirt, $69.50

This look is inspired by Black Widow’s appearance in the latest Iron Man film. Black Widow (aka Natalia “Natasha” Romanova) plays the part of a confident, down–to-earth businesswoman when she isn’t kicking men’s asses in her spandex suit.

Banana Republic Navy Lightweight Wool Skirt, $69.99

This wool skirt finishes off Ms. Romanova’s business look, and though you certainly won’t look like a superhero wearing it, you might be confident enough to feel like one.

J.Crew Claudia Halter Dress in Silk Chiffon, $385

If Ms. Romanova were to go out to say… a Tony Stark charity ball, I might expect to her wear nothing less stunning than this chiffon gown. The halter strap detail is icing on this dashing silhouette.

Banana Republic Short-Sleeve Pleat Neck Blouse, $49.99

This short sleeve button down is almost identical to Black Wideow’s light blue shirt in Iron Man 2. Plus, every woman needs a staple button down in her wardrobe.

J.Crew Oragami Sheath Dress in Wool Crepe Charcoal, $198

Inspired by Black Widow’s black dress in Iron Man, this J.Crew dress in a softer charcoal is no less sexy or confident-boosting than any spandex suit I can think of.

Michael Kors Gibson Roller Wide Belt in Black, $55.00

This belt will add a touch of Black Widow’s superhero style without going over the top. The piece is inspired by Black Widow’s thick, weapon-loaded belt.

Hive & Honey Waist O-Ring in Black, $32

Another very wearable belt inspired by Black Widow’s own. I can picture it with dark wash skinny jeans and a tee. It’s a simple but a daring addition to the outfit.

Betsey Johnson Spider Charm Cuff Bracelet, $45.00

I couldn’t resist putting a spider piece in the mix.  The bracelet is a bold piece, but it’s probably the closest one can reasonably get to including a spider in an outfit.

Tinley Road Color Block Stretch Bracelet, $40.00

This gorgeous bracelet is inspired by Black Widow’s utility cuffs/wrist ammunition (check out her superhero uniform).  I should say loosely inspired. The bracelet is much more stunning.

Zappos Frye Mimi Scrunch Boot  in Black, $348.00

I will end this selection with a boot appropriate for Black Widow’s skin-tight uniform. After all, everything the boy Avengers are doing, Black Widow can do in heels.

By Sarah Spoto, Contributing Writer. Sarah is an art and business student who enjoys the occasional graphic novel and the more than occasional Marvel hero movie. She is pursuing a career in the fashion and apparel industry.

How to Dress Like a (Female) Superhero: Rogue

I found it pretty challenging to put together a look based on Rogue. In both the movies and comics her outfits are more “superhero-y” than some of the other female heroes I’ve featured. I focused on creating an edgy look with pops of Rogue’s usual yellows and greens.

Lambskin Cycle Jacket, $124.94

Even her name is badass, so Rogue would definitely done this super cool leather jacket.


Fingerless Motorcycle Gloves, $17.99

These gloves are actually practical (if you have a motorcycle), but for those of us who don’t, I suggest pairing them with a simpler outfit, to avoid looking too tacky.


Classic Trench in Black, $198

What a classy piece! It is certainly the easiest Rogue-inspired item to add to your wardrobe. It’s a simple way to add a touch of Rogue’s comic book look ( recall her telltale long, black jacket)


Ruched Knee High Boot in Black, $33.50

I don’t really suspect that Rogue would wear heels when she’s crime fighting, but that doesn’t mean you can’t.


Jenna Jeans in Black, $23.60

These jeans are perfectly edgy without going over the top. I think how they are styled here, with neutral heels and classic skirt, really does them justice.


Double Face Eyelash Fringe Scarf in Green, $88

I’ve added this scarf in an effort to bring in some of Rogue’s bright green tones.


Justin Rock n’ Roller Belt in Brown, $34

I love how versatile this belt is.  It looks great on Rogue when she’s wearing her green and yellow body suit, but I think it’d look just as good with a button down and jeans.


DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Isadora silk-blend lamé gown, $487.50

If Rogue were ever convinced to go to a fancy gala, I suspect she’d chose this golden gown. The piece is gorgeous thanks to the shimmery fabric and dones a very understated, but classy silhouette.


Full Finish Lipstick in “No Competition” Color, $18

I don’t envision Rogue with bright red lips or over the top makeup. I think she’d appreciate this sophisticated pink.


By Sarah Spoto, Contributing Writer.

 Sarah is an art and business student who enjoys the occasional graphic novel and the more than occasional Marvel hero movie. She is pursuing a career in the fashion and apparel industry.