This past weekend, San Diego became the stomping grounds of freebie swag-baggers, passionate artists, and self-proclaimed nerds within the realm that we call Comic-Con International. The exciting hustle and bustle of people all across the globe meeting to express their love for the popular arts has them dressed to the nines, and we aren’t talking about pearls and a little black dress. Comic-Con-goers are decked out in fantastical costumes inspired by science fiction movies, superhero comics, and humorous cartoon television for these four legendary days in July. While most who pass by Downtown San Diego around Comic-Con might be flabbergasted by the strenuous shoes, constricting corsets, and sky-high hats that grace the passionate guests of “The Con,” any fashion-lover (or Chictopian, for that matter) can understand the suffer-for-the-look thought process that is behind these transformative outfits. Everybody Is Ugly takes you to Comic-Con International and shows off the Style Gallery icons of Chictopia next to the art gallery icons of the comic books.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE STYLE
Being inspired by superhero fashion is definitely easier than fighting crime, unless your idea of fighting crime is fighting ugly footwear… then you’ve got a real problem to deal with. We love the idea of superhero fashion. Capes, minimalist metal jewelry, and bold colors? Everything superhero-esque is perfection for fashion right now. Check out some comic inspired fashion in Vogue’s editorial by Craig McDean starring Coco Rocha: Daring Do.
Man of Steel, meet Woman of Style. Completely in classic American workwear, the denim shirt paired with bright red skirt gives vibes of casual normalcy and punchy superpower stylishness. The yellow bag with red and blue stripes has a pop art vibe that hearkens back to that classic comic look.
We definitely want to come to the dark side if it involves head to toe flawless black ensembles. Batman loved his leather and draping fabric, and this Chictopian has got the look down. Sleek, modern, and a little rough around the edges works perfectly for the Dark Knight.
LEGEND OF ZELDA: SHEIKTOPIA
Elegant and mystical, the Nintendo games of the Zelda franchise have been successful for over two decades. Comic-con celebrated the 25th anniversary of “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” with an entire Nintendo arcade for conventioners at the nearby Marriot hotel. They also gave out free t-shirts with Link on them through a redeeming card received at the Nintendo booth on the exhibition floor.
This pale green dress is perfect for a casual summer day and definitely ties into The Legend of Zelda. While simple and sweet, the dress has details that take it to a virtual fantasy realm, like the tiered bodice and Victorian-esque buttons. The brown strappy wedges also remind us of Link’s brown leather belts, gloves, and boots.
For a more dramatic look, this princess skirt is given daytime glamour with a chic lime chartreuse Ralph Lauren button up shirt. The princess-style skirt is definitely up Princess Zelda’s alley, but the accessories and bright color definitely give a modern spin to the look.
COWBOYS & ALIENS
Based on the 2006 graphic novel, Cowboys & Aliens is a science fiction Western film starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde. The film premiered an exclusive screening at San Diego Comic-Con. The film’s Western setting makes for amazing inspiration for effortless fashion and gorgeous hats.
Taking a southwestern vibe of fashion, this Style Icon works her native-textile kimono jacket. Pairing the rust colored sweater with an equally graphic Pendleton-esque bag gives depth and interest to the entire outfit. Floppy hats are always chic, and definitely needed if warding off aliens is your thing.
With a more traditionally cowboy hat, Golestaneh proves that just because the Wild West can be cheesy, doesn’t mean it has to be. Her soft leather jacket and Alexander Wang bag look combat-ready for any alien invasion. Cowboy boots and maxi skirts seem like a must-have/need/want after seeing how perfectly she styled them.
Comic-con was amazing fun, and we definitely encourage you to check out some of the highlight reels going on throughout the web. The costumes look amazing in photos and even better in real life so if you ever get the chance to go to The Con, don’t miss out! We had an amazing time getting loads of random freebies, taking pictures with awesome costumes, and going to panels. We suggest volunteering if you live in or around the area because it’s an easy way to get into the convention for free (working pre-convention set up gets you days off during the actual Comic-Con days). Now we just need to get our costumes in order… so Chictopians, what would you be if you were at Comic-Con?
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Everybody Is Ugly by Iris & Daniel
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