Ready-to-Wear Superhero: Gwen Stacy (Back-to-School Series)

I saved my favourite for last.

Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker at school, talking. Still from The Amazing Spider-Man.

It’s no secret that I love Spider-Man. But ever since I saw this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man I have been obsessed with Gwen Stacy’s shoes. I need to own them. Screen accuracy would be ideal, but a) I still haven’t discovered what boots those actually are and b) the costume pieces purchased for the film were available during filming — fashion moves on. But even a like version has proven difficult to find, especially for under $300. The fact that it was Summer (in New England) probably has something to do with that, boots are just now appearing in stores again, so my quest is far from over. I will have Gwen Stacy Shoes.

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Ready-to-Wear Superhero: Spoiler (Back-to-School Series)

Stephanie Brown has been Robin and Batgirl but her first super-identity was Spoiler.

Even as a supersuit head-to-toe purple is a little funky. But Steph’s an original and it felt only right to use the look she really owns.

Stephanie Brown (Spoiler)

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Ready-to-Wear Superhero: Nightwing (Back-to-School Series)

Dick Grayson was the original Robin, but when he decided he wanted to grow up, he graduated to Nightwing.

Nightwing flying high over Gotham by rope

Even now, Dick is still young and when he first became Nightwing he was a Teen Titan. That look was hilariously of its time and he currently prefers red to turquoise (why DC why?!) but this is the costume I think of as Nightwing’s (it even showed up in the cartoon, remember?).

Dick Grayson (Nightwing)

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Ready-to-Wear Superhero: X-23 (Back-to-School Series)

X-23 basically only wears clothes that would break the dress code at your average respectable high school.

But her look is made up of realistic and available clothing and can be toned down without losing her edge.

Laura Kinney (X-23)

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Ready-to-Wear Superhero : Robin (Back-to-School Series)

Tim Drake is my favorite of the Robins, so I chose to focus on that costume.

Tim Drake (Robin)

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Ready-to-Wear Superhero: Wonder Girl (Back-to-School Series)

Cassie Sandsmark is my favourite of the Wonders. While Wonder Woman is the icon and Donna Troy’s Wonder Girl preceded her by thirty years, Cassie is the Wonder Girl I personally connect with.

And this outfit has a lot to do with it. I love its silly nineties earnestness.

Cassie Sandsmark (Wonder Girl)

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Ready-to-Wear Superhero: Shadowcat (Back-to-School Series)

Kitty Pryde was introduced to the X-Men in 1980 as a school girl and while she’s now an adult member of the team, she retains a youthful outlook and fills the kid sister role to more than one X.

Shadowcat in uniform, with Lockheed the purple dragon.

While the yellow-and-blue X-jumpsuit is not unique to Shadowcat, it is her most iconic look. And it’s not difficult to add a few touches to make it clearly Kitty.

Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat)

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Ready-to-Wear Superhero: Damian Wayne (Back-to-School Series)

Damian Wayne is the son of Gotham’s Bruce Wayne and the League of Assassins’ Talia al Ghul. He’s the latest and current Robin to Bruce’s Batman but he was introduced (pre DCnU) as a precocious assassin.

I love this costume design: it illustrates the struggle between good and evil that defines Damian and his family.

Damian Wayne (Assassin)

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Ready-to-Wear Superhero: Molly Hayes (Back-to-School Series)

It’s Back-to-School season! And what better way to start the school year than with an outfit inspired by a favourite school-age superhero? Well, we’re here to help!

Molly Hayes is a character from Marvel’s Runaways series. She’s an eleven year old mutant with super super strength and invulnerability. And an uncanny ability for back talk.

Molly’s style is distinctive: she wears bright colors, baggy layers and she’s barely ever seen without a cutesy hat. Think Girly + Tomboy with a nod to Japanese Street Style.

Molly Hayes

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