Sure, most superheroes sport super-sleek costumes when they’re out saving the world. But how many of them maintain a sense of style when they go back to their everyday persona? In this article, we’ll be showing you our top picks for stylish superheroes:
Daredevil’s civilian counterpart Matthew Murdock might not be rolling in the riches of Tony Stark, but he still maintains a rugged sense of style. Similar to superhero style icons Batman and Iron Man, he’s a fan of a three-piece suit when he’s not out fighting the bad guys. Although he is partial to a smart suit, he likes to keep it simple when it comes to colour and prints. Costume designer Stephanie Maslansky explained that this is because since he cannot see his clothes, he needs to know that whatever he pulls out of the wardrobe will pair well together. She also revealed that the majority of his suits came from designer Paul Smith, as these had the best fit for Daredevil.
Murdock does have an array of shirts he cycles between though. He sports textured Oxford cloth button down shirts, which gives him a more ruffled look compared to those billionaire superheroes such as Tony Stark. His oval sunglasses finish off every look with a touch of style too.
Bruce Wayne has no excuses for not looking his best, given his affluence. He adopts more of a reserved style and he isn’t one for flashy suits or garish outfits. But there’s no denying that he knows how to dress. He lets his rich playboy persona show when he dons a Giorgio Armani suit in the 2008 film, The Dark Knight. The suit designer reveals that by wearing a made-to-measure suit like this, Wayne can demonstrate his status as a “discriminating and sophisticated connoisseur of fine fashion, while also showing he has individual taste.”
Wayne’s attire tends to lean towards the same shades and hues as his Batsuit. These keep him looking suave and stylish when he’s off-duty. Similar to Murdock, Wayne is partial to a pair of mysterious sunglasses. He opts for wayfarer sunglasses instead, which match well with his conservative image.
3. Black Widow
The Black Widow, real name Natasha Romanoff, certainly makes the list. When she’s not head-to-toe in low-cut latex, she’s channeling 1950s vibes with feminine frills and sweetheart necklines. Her off-duty look can be described as stylish office chic, and it’s why she’s made the list. In 2014’s Captain America sequel, Romanoff opts for a sleek leather blazer to run her off-duty errands. Paired with black pants and knee-high boots she still brings a powerful demeanor even without carrying out any of her complex maneuvers.
She’s no stranger to the more feminine side of fashion either. In other scenes she’s been spotted in pencil skirts, tall stiletto pumps and buttoned blouses, all of which are well-fitted and match her style. She knows how to color co-ordinate too. Take her meeting with Captain American and Pepper Potts in Monaco in Iron Man 2. Romanoff shows up wearing a fitted red dress and red lips — both of which complement her glossy red hair.
2. Iron Man
With expensive three-piece suits and a wide collection of expensive clothing, Tony Stark is definitely a well-dressed superhero. Similar to Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark likes to wear the color of his costume — red. He’s been spotted creating a bold contrast with dark suit jackets and red dress shirt, showing that he’s confident in what he wears and conveying power with the bold tone.
He’s no stranger to accessorizing. From expensive watches and smart inventions to loud sunglasses he likes to spend his cash on items other than clothing. His sunglasses of choice seem to be low tinted aviators, and he’s been seen wearing red, brown, and violet colored lenses — not your traditional wayfarer styles!
Stark’s iconic and well-groomed beard and pinstriped suits make him look effortlessly slick. Take his grey pinstripe suit that he wears before a Senate hearing in Iron Man 2 for example. Of course, Stark pairs it with a chunky yellow tie — he’s not one to be plain! If he’s not rocking a suit though, he’s kicking back in a vintage tee — of course, he still looks the part!
1. Black Panther
T’Challa, the Black Panther, has such a beautiful blend of tradition and modern style that he has to take the top spot. All of the outfits were designed by Ruth E. Carter. She said that she based T’Challa’s look on 18th century designs, complete with embroidered panels which resemble a Nigerian style.
Throughout Black Panther, T’Challa wears a number of outfits fit for a king and a leader. Take the first time he is spotted on the throne for example, his black and grey embroidered jacket stands out from the rest of his look and sets the tone for his fashion sense throughout the rest of the film. In another scene, he wears a white embroidered tunic, crafted with patterns that represent cultures from around the world — something truly unique!
Not everyone shares his unique sense of style though. Even his sister Shuri mocks his sandals in the film, but in reality, they were modified Alexander McQueen shoes!
Later in the film, T’Challa wears a black-on-black fitted suit with a mesmerising silk scarf. Its printed design is a tribute to the beauty of black people. This scarf was designed by Wale Oyéjidé who named the piece ‘From Wakanda, With Love’.
It looks like our favorite superheroes are not only super powered, but super stylish!