Ready-to-Wear Superhero: Wonder Woman

A new column by CHRISTIAN MILIK

It’s no secret that Wonder Woman has a new look. Gone are the days of her golden eagle bustier and star spangled briefs to be replaced by an armored jacket and skinny jeans. It doesn’t matter how you feel about this costume change; I think we can all agree that this look is far more wearable than her iconic costume. This outfit at the very least says “I could wear that”. When I see superheroes in ready-to-wear rather than their usual custom couture looks, the first thing I think is “we can dress like that too”.

When dressing like a superhero there is a fine line between fashion and cosplay. For Wonder Woman’s new look we are trying to reproduce the overall ‘look’, not the details. If you are determined to wear a tiara and golden eagle belt, I suggest going all out and try to reproduce this costume in exacting detail. But at that point it stops being “ready-to-wear” and becomes “what-I’m-wearing-to-comic-con” . You can achieve a Wonder Woman look and still wear this outfit out on the town, around the house, or on an average day of work or school.

First lets focus on the silhouette. Wonder Woman’s look can be broken down pretty easily into:

A cropped jacket with rolled sleeves to the elbow
A form-fitting tank
An interesting belt
Form-fitting pants
Low, block heeled shoes or boots
(Bracelets)

I left the bracelets for last because while they are iconic to whom Wonder Woman is (what’s wonder woman without her magic bracers?) they are at the same time the most ‘costumey’ and least important to the overall silhouette. I consider them optional.

The Basics:

While the shoulder pads of the jacket are its most interesting part, I don’t think they are necessary for the look. If you find a nice navy jacket with shoulder pads built in (everything is ’80’s these days, right?) more power to you. I think it’s far more important for the jacket to be cropped and for the material to be easy to cuff at the elbow. A cropped dark navy jeans jacket seems perfect to me. If it has brass or gold buttons, all the better. This Levi’s trucker jacket looks pretty good to me, though it could be a darker blue:

Just roll the sleeves up half way and you’re good to go!

The next most important element are the form-fitting pants. When I think form-fitting pants in 2010, I think Skinny Jeans. Some might just go for tights, others might just want boot-cut jeans or black slacks. Don’t wear pants you’re not comfortable in, but if you are comfortable with the skin tight lycra/denim crazy fad that are skinny jeans, black skinny jeans are perfect for this look. These Guess jeans are perfect:

They are a little pricey for some, but they are a versatile and well-made pant that you’ll love for years.

Wonder Woman’s pants seem to seamlessly flow into strappy boots. The straps on these boots are popular on boots these days, but are easiest to find in a motorcycle boot. A quick search for “ladies motorcycle boots” should put you on the right track. I’m a fan of these classic looking Harley-Davison boots:

I also have a special place in my heart for New Rock Boots.

These might be less accurate, but adding your own personal touches that are ‘your style’ is what will make this fun. If you can, try to pull your skinny jeans over your boots:

The final touch to the basic look is the tank top. I think this is where you can experiment with your personal style. The last thing you want to do is to wear something exactly like Wonder Woman’s top here. Remember, this isn’t cosplay. I can see going in many directions here. Some might want this athletic top that mimics some of the lines of Wonder Woman’s top:

Or perhaps a trendy red tank with gold beading from the junior’s section:

After reading Wonder Woman #600 and seeing this pic:

I think the best interpretation of this look would be the layered tank look. Perhaps a bra with gold straps paired with a lacey golden yellow tank under a red tank. Just about everywhere sells a plain colored tank for layering. Ragstock.com has an amazing selection, including several lacey tanks that are perfect as an underlayer peaking out OR (I just thought of this) a lacey RED tank on top of a plain golden yellow tank might let the yellow peek out through the lace of the top tank. It’s all about experimentation!

A bra with gold straps as the most under layer would be perfect to finish the basic look. Something comfortable, simple, and attractive would be best. I’ll leave you to find your own perfect style, but of course Victoria’s Secret is a great place to start your search.

Accessories:

A few basic accessories will finish off this look: an interesting gold belt, a necklace, and possibly some bracelets or hair accessories. These can be just about anything. Follow your own personal style, but here are a few ideas to get you going:

This Gold Studded belt ties in with the biker boots and the hip skinny jeans.

This western style belt can easily be worn angled at the buckle to mimic the “V” of Wonder Woman’s belt.

This layered chain belt kinda captures the feel of her golden lasso.

For the necklace, I think you should forgo the costumey choker and instead go with a simple, understated gold necklace. If it matches the belt in some subtle way, all the better.

Finally, too many accessories are an easy mistake to make. But if you simply must have bracelets and some kind of tiara substitute, go with something small and simple. If you want the tiara and the bracelets, you should probably ditch the necklace. As they say “Before you go out, look in the mirror and remove one accessory”.

Here is a simple tiara option. Gold Sunglasses worn like a headband.

For the bracelets, my daughter likes these Wonder Woman silly bandz.

Or for a more mature look, go for lots and lots of these gold bangles.

Of course the most important thing is to have fun and to discover your own unique style. But there is no harm in being inspired. And what better place to find that inspiration than between the pages of your favorite comic book. You too can be a ready-to-wear superhero!


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3 Comments on “Ready-to-Wear Superhero: Wonder Woman”

  1. wonderali says:

    Oh my god, I love this!!

  2. […] have to check out the full article – it’s full of fantastic pictures and ideas. Christian did a bang-up job with this. I […]

  3. […] head-scratching choices, but the long sleeves on top with no pants on bottom is a big one. As with Wonder Woman choosing a shirt that looks good on you and that you feel comfortable in is most important. Nothing […]


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