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.

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.

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.

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.