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!
We here like to take a pro-mecha approach to all things in life. And so to punch the air just that little bit harder for the release of Pacific Rim this weekend, what better way than to lady pilot this thing into psychological terror ha ha ha.
Taking cues from Asuka Langley of the super forever favourite Neon Genesis Evangelion, we go Rebuild style with the track jacket and blinged out cap, sans ears, and a typical red palette winknod to DANCE LIKE YOU WANT TO WIN!! in an off-shoulder top and sleek black unders. Gang signs are all Second Child; the love is destructive so wear it like a badge of honour.
(It’s only love.)
(Everybody finds love in the end.)
Off-Shoulder Top: Urban Behavior
Military Style Shorts: Forever 21
Black Stockings: American Apparel
Asuka Langley Track Jacket + Pins: ebay
Arm Candy, Accesories: Forever 21; Juicy Couture
Studded Heart Garter: mechafaux
Studded Ballcap: Aldo / DIY
Spike Boots: Steve Madden
Can’t get enough ridiculous Neon Genesis Evanglion inspo outfits? Why, I have just the answer for you: Kaworu Nagisa.
No one Hawks like a Hawkeye and so today’s outfit, as you might have guessed, is 100% inspired by my favorite Hawkeye (sorry Clint), Kate Bishop! I fell head over heels in love with her from the minute she saved the Young Avengers’ spandex butts in that church. It’s my actual life goal to be as cool as she is. Hashtag Still Not Hawkeye
I took my style cues from David Aja’s art hence the lavender and the aviators and traded my pumps for some sensible boots that are suited for kicking some tracksuit ass.
Lavender Top: BCBG
Black Shorts: Express
Tights: Betsy Johnson
Combat Boots: Macys
Aviators: Kenneth Cole
Pee Ess: Don’t be hating on the compound bow. This baby and I have spent a lot of years together and she’s never let me down. Arm and finger guards aren’t actually a part of the outfit. I just valued my forearm not being in pain in case I had a sloppy bow string release.
It’s Hawkeye Week, bro. In honour of the new story arc debuting this week, we decided to fly our purple pennants — so check back in with us every day as we class up this joint like Kate Bishop, party like Tracksuit Dracula, and make embarrassingly coordinated kitchenware like Clint Barton.
Avengers Academy left a heart-shaped imprint on me, not gonna lie, and while I have absolutely zero of Tigra’s sexy feline appeal, I still wanted a sleek look with a bit of edge — taking it up a notch, fashionably speaking.
(Just pretend I have abs or something.)
Of course, this was also an excuse to make grabby hands at a tiger print blazer because I have no concept of decency — further proven by the fact that I have so many things with ears on them. (Whoever nails the provenance of that cat ear cap gets full points to their nerd house of choice…)
Special tip of the hat to Powdered Pretty for that Gold Star “i tried” pin on my cap. It’s totally rad.
Tiger Print Blazer: Zara
Studded Crop Top: Forever 21
Wet Look Leggings: Black Milk Clothing
Claw Ring, Tiger Print Ring, Cat Ear Pearl Headband: Asos, Yesstyle
Gold Star “i tried” Pin: Powdered Pretty
Cat Ear Cap: Ebay
Silver Tip Wedges: H&M Divided
Yo, check out them claws.
Love comic book inspired outfits? So we do! Check out more from our feature What Are You Wearing for our adventures in wardrobing like a superhero.
Have a thing for the Captain Marvel legacies and, you know, not being naked? No big deal. We’ll get through this together.
When few of your merchandising needs are met, customising comes second nature. And if you, too, suffer from the need to slap an 8-pointed star on a cozy sweater like some kind of not-so-secret handshake to the world — well, that’s what this stencil + guide are for.
This is my salute from the frozen north, but can easily be done for other apparel. Hola.
- a sweater
- gold fabric
- matching gold thread
- light-to-mediumweight fabric (backing)
- fusible adhesive (sewable)
- pins, chalk, etc.
1. Draw the Captain Marvel star on paper and cut it out. If you wish, you can print out the Captain Marvel star I used.
2. Trace the star onto the back of the gold fabric and cut it out.
3. Do the same with the fusible adhesive. (I used Heat n Bond Lite.)
4. Do the same with the fabric backing, but add a seam allowance by drawing an outline about 5/8″ away from the original star before cutting it out.
5. Follow the instructions for the fusible adhesive, and attach it to the back of the gold star. Trim excess if needed.
6. Carefully position the gold star onto your sweater, and pin it into place.
7. Slide the backing star inside your sweater, so it’s lined up with the gold star on the outside. Carefully pin the backing star in place.
8. Sew around the gold star, as closely and neatly to the edge as possible.
9. Congrats! Now go out there and punch a hole in the sky.
1. Sweater colours can vary depending on taste and/or Captain Marvel of choice. Red combined with either blue or black are generally safe bets; I’m not into red, so I found this black/cream combo from Forever 21 that mimics the general shoulder design. Colourblocking is still hanging out with the cool kids, so you should be able to score something. Here’s a few I found:
UPDATE: there’s been a lot of people coming here from my Captain Marvel outfit post, and this is just a warning that this DIY features sweaters from last season, i.e. sold out at this point. However, just go to any ladies shop at the mall and you should be able to find a colourblocked sweater easily enough!
2. As with the sweater, you can totally opt for a silver or black star. Just remember to get matching thread.
3. The lightweight fabric is the backing for the star appliqué, and helps stabilise it. It can be any fabric that doesn’t stretch or fray too much, and the easier to sew, the better. Just be wary of fabrics that are too heavy, because it’ll cause the sweater to sag. I used some scraps of lightweight cotton flannelette.
4. If you don’t want your star to be permanently affixed, use a longer stitch so it can be easily removed without damaging your sweater.
5. You can also add extra details, like three gold buttons on the sleeve for that Carol Danvers touch.