Laura Kinney’s had our hearts for years now (we’ll never stop loving NYX or the New Mutants) and the Death of Wolverine has brought her back to the front of our minds again. The convention season may have wrapped up for a bit but it’s never too early to start thinking about costume plans for next year or even to put a few ideas in the back of your head for the costume that you totally weren’t going to do for this con but OH WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT TO PULL TOGETHER A COSTUME IN THREE DAYS?
You’ve definitely got a few options here as Laura’s changed her look over the years with different variations so don’t feel too locked in if you can’t find something that matches the artwork exactly.
Leather-esque pants or leggings are your best bet here and thankfully, those are getting easier to find in stores. If you’re not quite as comfortable with the tight and leather, black cargo pants are also a good option!
Combat boots combat boots combat boots! (Come on, this was an obvious one!
Now you just need to find a few more things to finish the look. You’ll need a longish black wig if your hair doesn’t already work, black fingerless gloves, and a metallic circle belt. (If you’re feeling crafty, the belt is likely something you could make yourself and you could work in an X logo somewhere.)
You’re on your own for the claws though. Those you can’t really find in your closet.
Happy Kamala Day! Today marks the launch of Ms. Marvel #1 by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona. The book, in case you hadn’t heard, stars Kamala Khan, a young Pakistani girl who can shape shift and who also happens to idolize Carol Danvers.
The good news is that it’s pretty easy to stealth or closet cosplay as the newest Ms. Marvel. It definitely helps that she’s a fangirl just like us! Best part is that this is all comprised of things you likely already have in your closet or that you can acquire easily.
Step 1 is the shirt! WeLoveFine has specially made one for sale but if you need one fast or if you’re a bit pinched for cash, it’s simple enough to make one. Just get a plain black t-shirt from somewhere like Old Navy or Forever 21 and put the lightning bolt shape on there yourself with something like fabric paint or an iron on transfer or even an appliqué if you’re feeling bold.
Step 2 is the bottoms! The easiest suggestion would be a pair of jeans. If you want to invoke Jamie McKelvie’s design a bit more, I suggest either a dark blue denim skirt or shorts with either red leggings or tights underneath.
Step 3 is shoes. Short boots are totally the name of the game here.
Step 4 is possibly the most important step: the scarf! Kamala is sporting a totally gorgeous red/purple/orange mosaic patterned scarf on the cover of Ms. Marvel #1 and has a thin red one as a part of her superhero costume. Either type definitely works here! Remember this is about stealth and closet cosplay, not necessarily page accuracy.
Step 5 is accessorize! With something like this FREAKING PERFECT MARVEL RING. (It was too perfect not to share with you all!)
And that’s it! Now get on out there in Kamala Korps style, and be sure to swing by either your local comic store or a digital retailer today to snag Ms. Marvel #1 for yourself!
We’ve all felt that con season fever, and for first-timers wanting to whip together a little cosplay something with limited time and skills — well, comic book Black Widow is the perfect place to start! With a simple black base and only a few key components that speak to Black Widow’s visual makeup, you’ll be a leading lady Avenger in no time.
Black Catsuit & Gloves
Plenty of dancewear and theater companies will be able to supply you with a black zippered bodysuit. But for those without access, a pair of matching black leggings and turtleneck can do in a pinch — Black Widow’s belt comes in handy for hiding the separation!
Black gloves are an easy find — less easy, though, is matching the sheen of the gloves to your catsuit. Readily available are satin costume gloves, and little else. One solution? Go for the more practical movie look, and suddenly fingerless dancewear gloves become an easy option.
*this is actually the unitard we use for our SHIELD costumes!
Black Widow’s Gauntlets
Feeling a little crafty? A bandolier of toy bullets offers the perfect base — prime and paint gold, cut to fit the circumference of the wrist, and secure the ends together with black elastic.
Feeling a little less crafty? Gold bracers. They’re in, they’re everywhere, grab a pair and go.
Belt & Boots
Want the easy belt inspo? Go for the movie equivalent and drop the golden circles. A simple gold buckle will do the trick, but if you’re feeling a little DIY or Etsy, you can always add the Black Widow insignia!
Any basic black boot can finish off the outfit, but visually optimal would be knee high and without laces. And while heels can give you an extra sexy lift, also consider a low heel or flat boot if you’ll be doing a lot of legwork on the convention floor.
And last but not least, Natasha Romanova’s signature hair! Whether wavy or straight, remember to match the red to your skin tone — it’s very easy for the wrong red to overwhelm or clash. There’s some resources online for advice, but image googling somebody with similar skin tones as you can help immensely too.
This week’s launch of leading lady Natasha Romanova in her own Marvel Now! title pleases us greatly, and we’re kicking off the new year by going Black Widow for the celebratory Widow Week, hosted by the ever excellent Fuck Yeah, Black Widow of dot tumblr dot com.
Halloween is a mere three days away and hey, if you haven’t gotten your costume together yet? No judgment from us. (We promise you that we are the Queens of finishing costumes at the last minute.) Sadly, Halloween stores tend to not have the best options especially if you’re a woman. This close to the big holiday, your only options might be between sexy banana, sexy Elmo, and sexy crayon. Or maybe you just don’t want to spend $40+ on something you’ll wear once.
The good news is that you probably have everything you need for a geeky Halloween costume right in your closet already! We’re just here to help you along with a few ideas.
Option 1: Hogwarts Student
This one is pretty simple and chances are, you’ve seen people pull this together for midnight premieres for years. What you need is simple: a white button down blouse and a black skirt (pleated or knee length is best and then knee socks) or black dress pants are the base. From there, you’ve got some options. If you can find an official Hogwarts house tie, you’re set! If not, just look for a tie that has the right colours and then get yourself a wand. Instant Hogwarts Student! There are plenty of “upgrades” you can do too such as a black/dark grey sweater, knee socks that match your tie/house colours, or even a cloak if you have one so just remember that the sky is totally the limit here!.
Option 2: MCU SHIELD Agent
Get a basic black government suit and some shades. Look like you mean business. If you’re really serious about it, make an eyepatch and run around telling everyone that you’d like to talk to them about the Avengers Initiative.
Option 3: Rogue
If you have or can find a white hair streak, this one’s easy as pie and you’ll even get to stay warm because that girl covers up. You’ve got plenty of wiggleroom here for what you wear but you should definitely wear some green. Green and yellow is good and so is green and black. Got a brown jacket? Throw that one. The most important piece is definitely a pair of gloves though.
Option 4: Mako Mori
Just when you thought we were going to shut up about Pacific Rim… No such luck. (Who are we kidding? We’ll never shut up about that movie.) Lin’s even got a full tutorial up for you.
Option 5: Newt Geiszler
KEEPING WITH THE GIANT ROBOT THEME, Newt’s another fairly easy option to put together. A poorly ironed white shirt, black pants, a skinny black tie, and black rimmed glasses are all you need! Bonus points if you draw kaiju tattoos all over your forearms.
Option 6: Han Solo
This one has some options depending on how much time and effort you can put in. The basics you’ll need are as follows: a long sleeve white shirt, a black vest, dark blue pants, and a belt. If you can, a holster for a gun/blaster and the gun/blaster itself is always a great prop. Finally, the Corellian bloodstripes will really help sell the costume. You probably don’t have time to individually sew/paint the broken stripes on a pair of pants but if you take some red or dark yellow ribbon or paint and go at it, that’ll definitely get the idea across.
Option x: Use that t-shirt
This is absolutely one of the easier costume ideas but hey! If you’re in a pinch, you’re in a pinch. Pair one of those costume t-shirts with an appropriately coloured pair of pants or a skirt and you are ready to go!
These are definitely just a few ideas to help you out. Obviously, everyone’s closet is different so your best bet is to just dive right in there and see what you can pull out! (Spoiler Alert: That’s basically how we put together half of our outfit posts.) Most importantly though? Have fun, be safe, and Happy Halloween!
So we high fived Pacific Rim so hard we thought we were gonna die, and it’s no surprise that Mako Mori is the leading lady of our collective hearts. And what more can we ask for in a comfort costume than pants and pockets? Nothing. We can ask for nothing more.
We’re totally 4-4 for this and you can be, too. Here’s a guide for those not so hot with the sewing skills:
Military surplus right around the corner? Rad. But for those less lucky, here’s a few to go by. Just remember that lady fashion cargo pants tend to be more fitted, so opt for a larger size. Look for one set of outside pockets, belt loops, and a blue-toned dark grey.
Basic ribbed tank in a warm charcoal black or midnight navy, with a white overlock trim running along the neckline, down both sides, and in a U-shape on the upper back. Look to colour match against the cargo pants — the tank is darker and less saturated.
We suspect that barefoot training is a no-go, so let’s get the combat boots from her intro into this thing.
Dog tags tucked in; double grommet fabric belt with a PPDC buckle; angled black bob with a peek of royal blue. While you can go full cosplay and get the belt buckle done and the dog tags to spec like Raleigh’s seen here, here’s a few easy fixes:
Ready to cancel the apocalypse? We sure are! You can also look for Lin kicking around Dragon*Con this Labour Day weekend as Mako Mori — feel free to talk to her about giant robots!