I Just Realized I Dress Like A Superhero -- And Here's How You Can, Too

And I’m okay with that. In fact, I think it’s pretty awesome.

Oct 8, 2013 at 6:00pm | Leave a comment

Maybe it’s all the "Iron Man" commercials, or "A.G.E.N.T.S. of Shield" debuting on TV, but it finally occurred to me what my style is. I know what you’re thinking. How has someone who has been working in fashion for over 15 years just finally figured out her style? The way you dress is an evolution.
 
Anyway, I realized the other day that I, in fact, dress like a superhero.
 
I'm a bit more modern than Wonder Woman or Supergirl. My uniform is all black (and has been since I was 12. Blame those goth years), with a fair amount of leather, and some fun hardware. And strangely enough, it works.
 
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Let’s start with the pants. Leather leggings are my go-to, though I have been known to rock some leather-plated denim (Joe’s Jeans has some good ones). But leggings allow for more give. You know, for those really high kicks. In this city, it happens. My preference? DKNY’s leather-paneled ones. Pricey but they rock. 
 
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 The top: I prefer a long tee, a slouchy sweater, or anything that appropriately hides the crotch when wearing leggings. “That doesn’t sound so super,” you’re thinking. It doesn’t matter -- no one is seeing this. At best, it’s about camouflage, blending in with the creatures of the night -- oh yeah no, I just like black. What you do see is my hardware. A vintage necklace that could probably stop bullets. Let’s not test that. 
 
The cape: Oh yes, I said cape. I almost always prefer to wear a cape to a coat. Ten below in February? I’ll have my cape on, freezing, but looking awesome. (One of my superpowers is that I don’t feel the weather.) I’m on the hunt for some new capes because you can never have enough. Also, my current one is navy. NAVY! That’s not black. My ideal length hits at below the hips, is black, and has some leather trim. You can find one from $150 up to $2,000 or more. Unfortunately, my kryptonite is that I will always go for the priciest one, without even meaning to. Curses! I’m eyeing a few but if I showed you which ones, I’d have to kill you all.
 
The shoes: Of course, I can’t fight the annoying, the bland, and the dull of this world without some amazing shoes. I prefer black suede and leather studded Valentino boots -- studded for extra pain, to boot the grime of this world in the crotch. I’ve found if you distract your opponents with your shoes, you can easily throw a ninja star or two their way. 
 
The accessories: Add to this my mask (red oversize glasses) and gloves, a utility belt (a studded bag) and you’ve got one kick ass, chic ass super hero. 
 
WIth that, I’m off, to save the world. Or, you know, have some champagne.