Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Best Dressed Out-Of-Costume Superheros

By night, they’re superheroes sporting colourful latex outfits and sharp icons of their superpowered selves. If you’re fighting crime and saving the world, you want to look good doing it. But which superheroes stay stylish even outside of their exciting second life? Let’s take a look at the top picks for style-savvy superheroes. 

5.    Daredevil

Daredevil, or Matthew Murdock as he’s known in his day-to-day life, doesn’t have the same wardrobe budget as Iron Man, but he still maintains a rugged air of style. Similar to superhero style icons Batman and Iron Man, he’s a fan of a three-piece suit when he’s not out fighting the bad guys. Although he is partial to a smart suit, he likes to keep it simple when it comes to colour and prints. Costume designer Stephanie Maslansky explained that this is because since he cannot see his clothes, he needs to know that whatever he pulls out of the wardrobe will pair well together. She also revealed that the majority of his suits came from designer Paul Smith, as these had the best fit for Daredevil. 
Murdock has a number of different men’s dress shirts to choose from though. He sports textured Oxford cloth button down shirts, which gives him a more ruffled look compared to those billionaire superheroes such as Tony Stark. His oval sunglasses finish off every look with a touch of style too. 

4.    Batman

With more than enough money to spare, Gotham’s richest man Bruce Wayne ensures his place as one of comic book’s best-dressed characters. He adopts more of a reserved style and he isn’t one for flashy suits or garish outfits. But there’s no denying that he knows how to dress. He lets his rich playboy persona show when he dons a Giorgio Armani suit in the 2008 film, The Dark Knight. The suit designer reveals that by wearing a made-to-measure suit like this, Wayne can demonstrate his status as a “discriminating and sophisticated connoisseur of fine fashion, while also showing he has individual taste.”
With charcoal greys and midnight blues, Wayne’s wardrobe is more than a subtle nod to his Batsuit. These keep him looking suave and stylish when he’s off-duty. Similar to Murdock, Wayne is partial to a pair of mysterious sunglasses. He opts for wayfarer sunglasses instead, which match well with his conservative image. 

3.    Black Widow

Natasha Romanoff, known in the superhero world as the Black Widows, definitely has elegance on and off-duty. When she’s not head-to-toe in low-cut latex, she’s channelling 1950s vibes with feminine frills and sweetheart necklines. Her off-duty look can be described as stylish office chic, and it’s why she’s made the list. In 2014’s Captain America sequel, Romanoff opts for a sleek leather blazer to run her off-duty errands. Paired with black pants and knee-high boots she still brings a powerful demeanour even without carrying out any of her complex manoeuvres.  
Romanoff also brings her fashion game strong when wearing more feminine attire. In other scenes she’s been spotted in pencil skirts, tall stiletto pumps and buttoned blouses, all of which are well-fitted and match her style. She knows how to colour co-ordinate too. Take her meeting with Captain American and Pepper Potts in Monaco in Iron Man 2. Romanoff shows up wearing a fitted red dress and red lips — both of which complement her glossy red hair. 

2.    Iron Man

Tony Stark’s enviable wardrobe is built on a vast wealth. Similar to Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark likes to wear the colour of his costume — red. He’s been spotted creating a bold contrast with dark suit jackets and red dress shirt, showing that he’s confident in what he wears and conveying power with the bold tone. 
Stark has gadgets and accessories to spare too. From expensive watches and smart inventions to loud sunglasses he likes to spend his cash on items other than clothing. His sunglasses of choice seem to be low tinted aviators, and he’s been seen wearing red, brown, and violet coloured lenses — not your traditional wayfarer styles! 
His well-groomed beard certainly helps, alongside those suits. Take his grey pinstripe suit that he wears before a Senate hearing in Iron Man 2 for example. Of course, Stark pairs it with a chunky yellow tie — he’s not one to be plain! If he’s not rocking a suit though, he’s kicking back in a vintage tee — of course, he still looks the part! 

1.      Black Panther 

The Black Panther, T’Challa, blend a contemporary feel into traditional clothing that makes him truly stand out from the rest of his superhero brethren. All of the outfits were designed by Ruth E. Carter. She said that she based T’Challa’s look on 18th century designs, complete with embroidered panels which resemble a Nigerian style. 
T’Challa’s numerous outfits throughout Black Panther are fit for a king. Take the first time he is spotted on the throne for example, his black and grey embroidered jacket stands out from the rest of his look and sets the tone for his fashion sense throughout the rest of the film. In another scene, he wears a white embroidered tunic, crafted with patterns that represent cultures from around the world — something truly unique! But then again, just because he’s a style king doesn’t mean that his look pleases everyone. Even his sister Shuri mocks his sandals in the film, but in reality, they were modified Alexander McQueen shoes! 
The king later wears a black-on-black fitted suit with a silk scarf. This scarf was designed by Wale Oyéjidé who named the piece ‘From Wakanda, With Love’. 

Which superhero’s wardrobe would you like to take some fashion inspiration from?  


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