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

By Sarah Spoto, Contributing Writer

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.

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) Super Hero: Peggy Carter

Sarah Spoto, Contributing writer

Captain America was certainly a lot to look at in the recent film, but let’s be honest, his ass-kicking love interest gave him a run for his money.  Peggy looked hot and strong in both her military uniforms and flowing silk tops. Her red-hot nails and lips were the finishing touches for this strong-willed hero.

Peggy Carter’s style is one not to be overlooked, and so it kicks off the “Dress Like a (Female) Super Hero” series.  I’ve scoured the web to collect some of the most Peggy-inspired looks I could find. They are presented here at a variety of price points, so no matter who you are, you can get your Peggy fix with one of the items below.

Jcrew  Blythe Blouse in Silk, Alabaster $98

A neutral silk blouse is a stunning and effortless way to add a touch of Peggy-inspired look to your wardrobe…without actually looking like you’re trying to dress like a Marvel character

Ralph Lauren Astrid Leather Moto Jacket $1298

Obviously, this is a bit of a splurge, but if you are looking for an almost perfect match to Peggy’s jacket in the movie, then this is the choice for you.

Zappos Nikxon Alexa Moto Jacket $140

To even the price points out a bit, I’ve found a much more affordable, vintage-inspired leather jacket that is not a perfect match to Peggy but still evokes her 1940s, ass-kicking attitude.

Zappos Nix+Zoe Military Knit Jacket $93

Peggy’s look wouldn’t be complete without a military-inspired jacket. Military-inspired style has been in vogue for the last few months, so this jacket is a perfect fit to a modern wardrobe, Peggy or not.

Ulta Full Finish Lipstick in Espionage $18

Peggy’s look wouldn’t be complete without her stunning red lips. This dark red color from Ulta goes by the name “Espionage” and was a perfect fit to this Peggy collection.

Ulta Union Jack Pack Trio Nailpolish $36

Red nails are Peggy’s choice color, but I’ve chosen this trio pack in the red, black, and tan for a more everyday wearable selection.

Etsy 1950s Green Wool Skirt by ManicVintage $36

Since I was looking for 1940’s inspired pieces, I had to check out for a real vintage look. I found this wool tweed skirt that nearly matched Peggy’s in the film.

Etsy 1960s Burgundy Pumps by wildfellhalvintage $30

For a set of Peggy-inspired heels, I found a pair of 1960s vintage burgundy pumps. has a wide selection of great vintage heels in lots of different colors and styles. Wildfelhalvintage on Etsy also has a beautiful selection of vintage clothes worth perusing.

Etsy Vintage Military Pins by HALLAMHOUSE $9.50

Add a touch of military to your outfit with vintage military pins. I found these on Etsy for a pretty good deal.

That’s it for my Peggy inspired looks. Check back soon for more tips on how to dress like your favorite female hero.

If you have a suggestion for what hero should be next, leave a comment below.

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.