In a flurry of black leather capes and jumpsuits, the superhero summer of 2012 is sadly over. Reading through The Fashion Harbinger’s rundown of the Avengers costumes, I was pleasantly surprised to realise that superheroes can be very reasonably dressed, especially compared to some of the more outrageous costumes that comics have inflicted on the world.
One staple of the superhero wardrobe is the trenchcoat ensemble. Trenchcoats hang comfortably on the frame of the body, don’t connote any particular expression of gender, and yet can be tweaked across styles to fit any sartorial preferences and gender presentations.
Plus, they look badass.
Case in point: Nick Fury. Samuel L. Jackson really knows how to work that look.
Another superhero who is fabulous in trenchcoats: Renee Montoya, the Question. The Question is a noir-ish sort of character, and Montoya was a police detective in Batman’s Gotham City before becoming a superhero.
The cinched belt and flared trousers offer a very different sort of silhouette from Fury’s military profile – not to mention the snazzy fedora.
Last but not least, there’s the X-Men member Jubilee. A plastic yellow overcoat paired with hot pink shades, a pink tank top, short shorts, and fishnets? There’s no way that could go together – but it does, as this fan’s cosplay shows.
It’s a jumble of kitschy, mismatched items that get up in your face with aggressive self-confidence.
The best part is, you don’t need a proper trenchcoat to pull this off. A long shirt, a shirt-dress, even reincarnated lab coats and bathrobes — these can all convey an air of genderplayful superheroics.