It's truly amazing how much the fashion of comic book characters has affected the real world fashion industry. Even a couple of years ago Luella put out a collection of runway ready Batman clothes: yellow and black and emblazoned with the logo of the bat. But it's no wonder, as the character and costume design of the majority of superheroes (and supervillians!) is truly exceptional. As a self professed fashionista, I feel that growing up reading comic books truly helped to define my style. I was always attempting to replicate the X-Men's fashions, or dying my hair to emulate Polaris. Comic book fashion is a subject that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about and thus I am brought to my point: Who are the ten most fashionable comic book characters?
10. Ramona Flowers
What sort of top ten list would this be without that quintessentially adorable nerd girl that you lust over? Ramona Flowers definitely fits this description, with her quirky brand of obviously Asian infused style and constantly changing hair colours. It may not just be her fashion that Scott Pilgrim finds so appealing, but I would risk almost certain death at the hands of her evil exes for those adorable black boots that she wears.
Maybe it's just the sparkles in my eyes, but for originally being a disco queen, Dazzler is one fancy pants pop star. In my own little universe I like to believe that Lady Gaga's TRUE inspiration is late 70s Dazzler. Originally created as a cross promotion between Casablanca Records and Marvel in the style of the band KISS, you would not think that Dazzler should be on this list. But her character has evolved gracefully from the days of disco into a still over-the-top but well dressed celebrity in the world of fictional music and mutants. And isn't the true mark of someone who dresses well their ability to change their look to stay with the times, but still maintain their own unique style?
Giving new meaning to being buried in your best clothes, Wormwood: The Gentleman Corpse somehow manages to pull off the classic suit and tie better than most "living" men. Despite the omnipresent toothy grin that, in all reality, should detract from the snappy clothing, Wormwood’s nice shoes seem to level out the playing field against his rotting flesh and empty eye sockets. Pair that with the fact that his creator Ben Templesmith is perhaps one of the best dressed men in comics, and Wormwood has secured a solid spot on this list of comic book character trend setters.
7. The Shade
There are three ways one can make top hats look awesome:
2. You happen to be the Mad Hatter.
You are THE SHADE.
Obviously, since I am talking about comic book characters here, the answer is number 3. One of the classiest villains you will ever come across, The Shade takes Victorian chic to a whole new level with an impeccable top hat, fantastically tailored coats with shiny buttons, and custom canes that would make Dr. Gregory House salivate with envy. The Shade rocks these combinations much better than Charlie Chaplin, and I would let him envelop me in his darkness ANY DAY.
With dozens of costume changes over the years, Supergirl is the true superhero fashionista. With constantly evolving outfits that seem to subtly reflect the trends of the "real world" that year, Supergirl's only true constant is red and blue, two colors that always look fantastic together. Add her frequent wardrobe changes to the fact she is a smokin' hot blonde who could ALSO kick your ass, and Kara is basically the quintessential (albeit slightly non-traditional) All American Girl Next Door.
5. Tony Stark/Iron Man
Admittedly, if you were a multi-millionaire, you could hire people to dress you. But Tony Stark is a true ladies man and doesn't need any help – he knows how to look sharp in a suit, be it Armani or armor made up of nanobots the size of a grain of sand. When romancing ladies and enduring the harsh glare of the public spotlight, he's rocking skinny ties and pinstripes, sunglasses and Italian leather shoes. Tony Stark has a suit for every occasion, and that includes those times when the dress code is less hand-crafted Italian and more torch welded iron. Be it the original red and gold, silver, stealth armor, or something he has only recently created, Tony Stark always has the outfit to get the job done. Is there really THAT much of a distinction between conquering ladies heart's and downing corrupt branches of the government?
You know that really bizarre girl in high school who wore tutus and faerie wings and painted rainbows on her cheeks and was always seen lurking at the thrift store when you went with your mom? Yeah? Delirium is totally that girl. I imagine that when she dresses herself, she employs some sort of technique where she rolls around in a pile of clothes on the floor and whatever sticks to her is what she wears that day. It's like a closet threw up on her, violently, but it works for her… and it leaves fourteen year old Hot Topic consumers wondering how to replicate her effortlessly insane style.
3. Emma Frost
It takes a certain sort of skill to dress like a classy prostitute and somehow not appear trashy AND still remain fashionable. Emma Frost manages to possess this singular and unique ability, although I am not quite sure this is a skillset you would want to brag about on your resume. As if that weren't enough, she dresses like a popstar wannabe and wears all white, which of course is a generally accepted colour of purity. Ha. Sure, she may show a bit too much skin at times, but with a bangin' body like that… why wouldn't you always want to be switching up your costume?
Have you ever faced the dilemma where you wake up in the morning, try on about four different articles of clothing, throw your hands into the air and scream: "I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!!"? Of course you have, it's happened to the best of us. Do you know who DOESN'T have that problem? Two Face. He can't decide between the giraffe print or argyle tie? No problem! He gets to wear two suits at once. It doesn't matter if he has a casual lunch with hired goons to contemplate ways to destroy Batman, followed immediately thereafter by a formal occasion where his master plan takes effect: he has all bases covered. I wish this was a fashion trend that would catch on, because I have a feeling it would make life easier for most of us.
1. The Spirit
The Spirit nails the number one slot here because there's no way you can ever go wrong with a classy suit, trench coat and a sweet fedora. It only adds to the sexiness and mystery that he wears a tiny mask. Men, take note: you'll make any lady's knees go weak if you wear a skinny tie and a well fitting suit. Then when they ask where you got your fantastic fashion sense, you can proudly proclaim: comic books!
Molly McIsaac points her camera at everything and enjoys fictional characters with green hair. You can stalk her to your heart's content on Twitter.