Tees? Not my thing. But when a sizable amount of comic book wear comes in the form of my age old nemesis, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Which is essentially customising a tee by cutting it up. Boy, I’m just a regular superhero aren’t I.
As the “I Survived The Battle of New York” was a ~special exclusive~ from NYCC, and NYCC broke me as a person BUT IN A REALLY GOOD WAY, this will be a two-parter on How To Style A Tee When You Don’t Really Wear Jeans And Tees Are Not Your Thing Okay.
ROUND ONE: IT’S CASUAL DAYTIME AND I NEED A QUICKIE OUTFIT!!
Top: Marvel NYCC
Pleated Skirt: Zara
Belt: Forever 21
Tall Boots: BCBG
Captain Marvel Bracelet: Nara Rouge
Quickie Fashion Advice Time With Lin: Teeshirts don’t have to be same old, same old. Give crew necks a touch-up by cutting a wider neckline; cut basic sleeves at an angle for insta interest. And you don’t need to fancy it up, either — a quick way to navigate around this is to flip the bird at old adages, and just tuck it in with a skirt or a pair of skinny jeans. Add heels or ballet flats, and a funky belt. Voila!
Special heart-shaped thanks for the patent Coach wristlet because it was a birthday gift from Mandy, my favourite asshole. Whenever I use it, I think fondly of the time we almost died of alcohol poisoning and comic books.
Fall is finally here which means I can finally break out my boots for every day and not just for a costume. Most of us have our fashion weaknesses and I’m perfectly okay with admitting that mine is boots. (I started counting how many non-costuming specific pairs of boots I own and had to stop. It’s an embarrassing number.)
If there is one item in your closet that I think it absolutely worth spending the extra money on, it is absolutely a solid pair of boots. That brings us to anecdote time!
My college roommate and I had completely opposite views about fashion; mainly in regards to where to look for clothes and also how much to spend on them. Getting her to spend more than $10 on an item of clothing was like pulling teeth although she was willing to maaaaaybe go up to $20 for a pair of boots. To me, this was completely unfathomable. Now I’m not saying that you should only buy full price designer clothes. Obviously that would be silly and unrealistic since we’re not made of money. But if you spend $20 on a pair of boots at Charlotte Russe, you shouldn’t be surprised when they fall apart after a season.
In my eyes, boots should be staples in our wardrobe that remain there for year after year that you greet fondly in the fall and bid a bittersweet farewell to in the late spring. Everyone should have a nice pair of boots that they can wear all day year after year. If you go ahead and spend the money on a pair of good quality boots, they will absolutely last you. (To clarify, I’m not necessarily talking about the stiletto boots with leather soles. While those are fabulous (and I’ll admit to owning a pair or two), they aren’t the sort of shoe I’m talking about there.)
Let me give you an example from my own closet:
I positively adore these BCBG boots. I first purchased them from Nordstrom back in 2007 and have worn them faithfully every fall and winter since. They set me back about $140 on sale but have been worth every last penny. These are the boots that I can wear all day (and fit my arch supports much to my physical therapist’s delight) and don’t leave my feet aching. These are the boots that have somehow managed to withstand all of the winter weather that three different countries have thrown at me and survived. And why? Because I put in the investment at the start. On top of that, I honestly believe that nothing beats good quality leather. Good leather not only feels and looks better than the cheap stuff but it is also far more durable and will last you much longer.
As I wrap this up, I realise that I’m starting to sound a little preachy but seriously, folks. Invest in a pair of comfortable and great quality boots in a basic colour. There are a lot of clothes or shoes that you can, without too much regret, veer towards the cheap and easy side but in my mind, boots are really not one them. To me? It makes much more sense to go ahead and spend $100 on a pair of boots once instead of $20 five years in a row. Fashion may be an ever changing medium but there are some fashion staples that will never go out of style. I promise you that you will not regret it when you’re still wearing them years later.
We interrupt your quasi-regularly scheduled comic book posts to bring you a Star Wars inspired outfit! I was going through my closet a few weeks ago when I came across this top and it suddenly hit me that it was perfect for a casual Winter Celchu streetwear look. The look is inspired by an outfit she wore in the Thrawn Trilogy comics. I actually made a costume version of this that you can see here.
Top: Kenneth Cole
And just for fun, I took a picture with my white wig on too!
In anticipation of The Avengers release, I decided to pull together some outfits that were inspired by characters from the film, but that I could also go to class in without looking like I was trying to walk the runway. Sadly my Captain America earrings didn’t make it there in time, but that didn’t stop me from throwing my best salute!
Laura Kinney, aka X-23, has been a favorite of mine ever since she first appeared on X-Men: Evolutions. Her usual fashion sense (and costumes) tend towards leather pants and crop tops. Instead of taking the easy route, I decided to do an interpretation of her outfit from X-23 #1. While obviously my style’s quite different from Laura’s, I think I found a happy medium here between me and the character.
Skirt: The Limited
Shoes: kate spade