Noir Comics Fashion Style Guide

By Sarah Spoto, Contributing Writer

The theme for this genre-inspired fashion guide is Noir. Think Dick Tracey, V for Vendetta, and Sin City. For this selection, I’ve focused on creating a dark, sexy, and dramatic look. The whole look is anchored by a classic staple: the simple trench. Edgy, no?

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.

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Who Said Fashion and Comics Can’t Mix?

By Sarah Spoto, Contributing Writer

Betsey Johnson long top
$79 – betseyjohnson.com

Dolce gabbana
$149 – bluefly.com

Betsey johnson
$98 – betseyjohnson.com

Ring
$18 – modcloth.com

Finest Imaginary chain jewelry
£7 – hannahzakari.co.uk
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.

Dress Like a (Female) Superhero: Mystique

By Sarah Spoto, Contributing Writer

If you’ve only watched the earlier X-Men movies, Mystique may not seem like a hero, but in First Class she proves that villainy (and heroism) are not black and white.  Plus, I absolutely adore her style in the movie. Retro has been quite popular lately in the fashion world, and Mystique’s (aka Raven’s) contemporary spin on a 1960s look is perfectly relevant and charming.  Be warned, this post is strictly First Class Mystique inspired.  If you are looking for the blue Mystique-inspired look, check back in a few weeks!

Anthropologie Precious Metals Cardigan, $78

This sweet, delicate cardigan more or less portrays the feeling of Raven’s part good girl, part sexy, confident hero look.

Anthropologie Easton Garden Scarf, $58

This scarf is a fresh spin on Raven’s silk scarves from the movie.

Ralph Lauren Traveler Bag, $295

A sophisticated and utterly practical bag. I could picture Raven strolling through London with this one.

Lands’ End Canvas Softest Turtle Neck Sweater in Oatmeal Heather, $19.99

I actually own this sweater, and it is ridiculously soft. Plus, a turtleneck is mandatory if you are going for a late 1960s look. The Oatmeal Heather color gives it a nice contemporary spin (not all turtlenecks need to be black!).

Talbots Ama Patent Leather Almond Toe Pump in Peacock Green, $139

Patent leather pumps are a no-brainer staple for any professional woman, but I particularly like the color of these pumps. It does harken a bit to Mystique’s natural color, doesn’t it?

Lands’ End Luxe Wool Insulated Pea Coat in Garnet, $169.50

I couldn’t get Raven’s adorable grey pea coat out of my head (remember when she’s walking arm-and-arm with Charles through the rain?). This Lands’ End version is an affordable option. Unfortunately, unlike Raven, we can’t get James McAvoy for an accessory.

Etsy  Rozzie Long Turquoise Pendant Necklace

Pendant necklaces are certainly in style right now, and I love how this particular necklace harkens back to Raven’s gold pendant. Raven sports relatively low-key accessories in the movie,  and of the few, her pendant necklace is probably the best.

Urban Outfitters Wink  Metallic Open-Back Sweater Dress,  $99.99

The high neck on this sweater is reminiscent of Raven’s turtleneck dresses, and the back gives it a sexy touch.

Selection of sweater dresses:

There were so many Urban Outfitters sweater dresses I could have chosen from for this look. If you want Raven’s style, chose the best dress for your shape from this selection.

Leighton’s Doorman Umbrella, $31.95

So we can all pretend we are in London when it’s raining.

J.Crew Lilabeth Dress is Silk Taffeta in Caspian Blue, $295.00

How could I not help but put a blue dress in the mix? This may be the best way to get Mystique’s look…without paining yourself blue.

Whose look do you want to see next?

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.

Threadless Comic Inspired T-Shirts

By Sarah Spoto, Contributing Writer

Threadless has always been a go-to for artistic, one-of-a-kind tees, and now they offer a pretty solid selection of comic tees. And this are no normal comic tees—each shirt depicts an issue in a series.

My favorite? Monkey Around, Issue 2, Vol. 4 by Colleen Coover

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.

Manga Style Fashion Guide

By Sarah Spoto, Contributing Writer

I’m not going to tell you how to dress “bohemian” or “feminine” or how to get that perfect outfit for Valentine’s Day. You have fashion magazines for that, and this is a comic book blog—a comic book blog for women, which means I’ve put together a guide to reinvent your wardrobe with comic genre-inspired pieces. And since I am a big fan of Japanese fashion, I’ve chosen manga as the first genre.

In case you don’t know, manga is the Japanese word for comics but has come to mean (for us English-speakers) a comic produced in Japan. Manga’s art has a unique style, just like Japanese fashion. In terms of manga fashion, a school uniform is probably the most common outfit you’ll see any character wearing.  The second most common outfit is sailor. My picks are collected from the always-trendy selections of Akira and Asos.

What genre would you like to see next? Noir? Horror? Superhero? 

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.

Ms.Comix T-Shirts, Hot Off the Press!

Ms.Comix t-shirts are now on sale! And for only $10! These cool graphic t’s are available at Mosaic Shirts, a small student-run design and shirt printing company. I’m not a graphic artist in even the loosest sense of the word, so I turned to Max from Mosaic shirts. I showed him the Lichtenstein I chose to brand my blog, and he did the rest.

So what are the perks of owning a Ms.Comix t-shirt?

1. You look cool.

Amiright?!

2. You support women.

Ms.Comix interviews some awesome female comic writers and artists. By wearing your Ms.Comix shirt, you’re helping the blog keep doing what it does best–supporting awesome women!

3. You support a small business.

Mosaic Shirts is student-run, and everybody knows that students are the future (and, btw, entrepreneurs are the foundation of our economy!).

When Fashion and Comic Books Collide

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By Sarah Spoto, Contributing Writer

This December, designer Phillip Lim, known for his effortless, feminine, and wearable fashions, launched a pre-fall collection that combined high fashion with a touch of comic book inspiration.  Most obviously, tops and accent accessories sported blocky, vintage comic book letters (think: Dick Tracy). Less explicitly, but no less stunning, Lim made his collection pop with traditional comic colors like bright yellow and red. The outerwear pieces look as they just stepped out of a vintage, noir comic, and Lim’s use of bold color blocking and geometric designs is an effortless success at weaving comic book inspiration into reality.

In Lim’s own words, “Everyone wants garments to be superheroes. This ‘fill in the blank’ should save your day, your week, your year.” Forget Superman; all a woman needs is a good outfit. That makes Phillip Lim and his pre-fall collection the superhero for the season. See the whole collection here.

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.