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FASHION: Do “Star Wars” Cosplay Everyday: We Called It; Now You Can Wear It!

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Happy New Year… Phew.

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The #WritersBlockStruggleBus was real coming back from our 2016-2017 winter hiatus. More unfortunately, the world had just lost Carrie Fisher, geeks everywhere lost their first love in Princess Leia, and the Star Wars universe is now devoid of both Han Solo and General Leia Organa… all on the tail of a triumphant reception this Christmas season of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

This wintry whirlwind of all things related to the galaxy far, far away makes us harken back to a happier time–one year ago, in fact, when J.J. Abrams successfully rebooted the franchise to end all franchises and made Rey (…Skywalker?) a cultural icon for new generations to come.

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LIL GRIPES DASHThe minute we laid eyes on Rey’s Desert-Punk outfit, we predicted it would beget many sexy Ready-to-Wear imitations:

(REY-diantly Hot and Chic)

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Well, don’t call us clairvoyant, but… here we are:

(These products’ official detail descriptions sound eerily similar to what we wrote, just sayin’)

Her Universe Star Wars Rey Girls Flyaway Cardigan:

Hot Topic’s Her Universe line features this cardigan from its 2015 Fashion Show Audience Winner, Leetal Platt, who turned Rey’s scavenger gear into something wearable at school and work… as well as Comic-Con.

10531540_hi“Rey’s costume immediately called for drape and the sleeves made us want it to be a sweater. We thought if the fronts were long, they could be crossed and the front, paired with a belt, and also serve as cosplay, so, double duty!”

– Leetal Platt, designer

Plus Sizes also available. Both options currently on sale!

Star Wars Rey Draped Ladies’ Sweater:

mustardbrand also produced a sartorially elegant version of Rey’s robes. This rendition is much more subtle, unless one is searching for its connection to Star Wars. In that case, you can find a faint silicon Rebel Badge on the left upper arm sleeve:

We are happily blown away by the exquisite level of detail the design took in adapting Rey’s original outfit to 2017’s fashion sensibilities:

  • The cross-body styling on the sweater’s front is a modernization of Rey’s wrap top; it leads to an asymmetrical back hemline.
  • The subtle pintucking on the forearms mimics Rey’s arm wraps. No Jakku sand included.

“The subtle silicon Rebel logo on the upper arm lets you share your allegiance with those who get close enough – but it’s not evident if they’re not looking for it!”

And coming soon from Hot Topic Her Universe:

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Anddd Coming Soon in 2017 from LilGripes.Com:

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  • Hey, So-Called “Feminists”: Give Wonder Woman Her Ambassadorship Back!
  • DC v Marvel: Who Has Better Female Heroes and Villains?
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Put It Out of Its Misery

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12 Days of Christmas: ON THE 8th AND 7th DAYS: FOR THE GEEKY HOTTIE WITH A BODY

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Today’s Christmas gift idea is for both the discerning geek-centric gentleman and lady:

  • Fellas, if a woman in your life loves the genre of the superhero (or supernatural) but wants to show her enthusiasm with something a little less lace-and-leather (read: cosplay), lavish her with the following finely curated selections from our go-to Geekdom fashion retailer: Superhero Den (not sponsored!).
  • Or… if you are a man saddled with the responsibility of getting your woman pumped about all things fandom, these gifts are your holy gateway.
  • Ladies, pair these form-flattering, comic book/sci-fi-based threads with studded bangles, ring stacks and, of course, chokers.

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Our Favorite Suicide Squad Harley Quinn T-Shirts:

(L) Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Daddy’s Little Monster Women’s Sublimated Shirt; (R) Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Bright Pink T-Shirt

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Captain America Women’s Pink Underwear Set

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Batman Over The Knee High Women’s Costume Socks

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Big Bang Theory Bazinga Red Juniors Graphic T Shirt

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Wonder Woman Comic Chain Triangle Bikini

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(Editor’s Note: This one is our favorite. Wait, no, the Batman stockings are… wait, no, they all are.)

Wonder Woman Cite Chibi Pink Juniors Tank Top

Other Wonder Woman-themed tops we love:

(from top L to R to bottom) Wonder Woman Black Women’s Hooded Tank Top; DC Comics Wonder Woman Black Women’s #Lifts Racerback Tank Top; Wonder Women Comic Logo White Womens Tank Top; Women’s Wonder Woman Gold Rhinestones Logo T-Shirt

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If you are a man saddled with the responsibility of getting your woman pumped about all things fandom, these gifts are your holy gateway.

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Batman Face Comic Trifold Wallet

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Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Women’s Booty Shorts

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Wonder Woman Comic Leggings

Spider-Man Spider Gwen Shirts:

(L) Spider-Man Spider Gwen Juniors Pink Michael Co T-Shirt; (R) Spider Gwen Juniors Black Logo T-Shirt

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(Varsity is so in right now. This is our favorite. No, wait…)

Batman Juniors Black Varsity V-Neck T-Shirt

PANTIES PALOOZA:

(L) Batman Silver Women’s Repeat Logo Underwear; (R) Captain America Blue Women’s Repeat Logo Underwear

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Spider-Man Classic Logo Juniors T-Shirt – Red

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Mortal Kombat X Dragon Logo Black Juniors Tank Top

Our Favorite Batman Tank Tops:

(L) Batman Comic Purple Logo Women’s Tank; (R) Batman Women’s Hooded Tank Top

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Justice League Heroines We Got This Black Juniors Tank Top

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12 Days of Christmas: ON THE 11th DAY: GIVE HER A CHOKER

Originally, I wanted to title this piece, “Last Night, a Choker Saved My Life… or Maybe Just My Wallet.” Because, wait for it…

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A) The post-disco tour de force, Indeep, brought the “Sistahs Doing It For Themselves” moves with their classic, “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” in 1982

and B) I have saved an Oprah-like amount of money ever since The Choker returned to trendy fashion sensibilities. There is something about a piece of jewelry tightly wrapped around your neck that instantly transforms any given outfit more than any other accessory can.

I don’t need new blouses, blazers (OK, maybe some new palazzo pants), just a jewelry-tree full of chokers (trust me, it’s much more cost-effective than a shopping cart full of clothes) and each lends every ensemble a brand-new edge and brand-new personality.

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Here are excerpts from my Choker Chronicles. Watch my neck 😉 :

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Chokers go well with product placement.

 Taylor Swift, you’re not the only one who can rock a tassel choker (except hers cost $2,500):

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A jewelry-tree full of chokers is much more cost-effective than a shopping cart full of clothes and each choker lends every ensemble a brand-new personality.

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The bow-choker is clearly a favorite of mine. They even made the panties on my head look like an actual feminine headband.
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This tattoo choker is sooooo 90s I never thought I would be pairing it with a black blazer in 2016 going on ’17… but here we are. It’s such an easy way to un-square a squarish outfit.

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WHO WORE IT BEST? The 3 Best and Worst Movie/TV Superheroine Costumes

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1. Wonder Woman

BEST: GAL GADOT, Batman v Superman (2016), Wonder Woman (2017)

Even the sad skinny-shamers who feared Gal Gadot would not fulfill the buxom legacy of Lynda Carter given her lithe and lanky frame were blown away by her ferociously sensuous poses in her full WW armor. Diana/Wonder Woman’s specific brand of sexy is defined not by cup size, but by her statuesque frame (√) , angelic facial features befitting those of a princess (√), and jet-black mane of perfectly tussled loose curls (√). Oh, and her supernatural combat skills (√√√). The naysayers shut themselves up once they saw Gadot in action sequences like these:

WORST: ADRIANNE PALICKI, Wonder Woman (2011)

Thank ZEUS this unholy mix of latex and primary colors never made it past a pilot episode. True, it almost exactly resembles recent DC Comics’ artwork of Wonder Woman, but:

A) an armored breastplate and a sword/shield combo slung over WW’s shoulder is better-suited than cheap-looking rubber for a warrior princess (yes, Gadot’s WW costume looks very similar to that Xena’s. So what? They are both female warriors with stories tied deeply to ancient Greek mythology.)

and B) … does Superman run around in red underwear anymore? Answer: not since Dean Cain in 1993. Does Batman’s suit have nipples? Answer: Not since…let’s never bring it up again. How are we supposed to take Wonder Woman, one of the mightiest protagonists in the comics, seriously when her lasso looks like it’s made of tinsel and her corset seems to be a leftover top from someone’s “Slutty Nurse” Halloween costume? And, oh, her boots… They look like ones you would find at Payless upon which someone spray-painted a tarty layer of firetruck red.

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“Thank ZEUS this unholy mix of latex and primary colors never made it past a pilot episode.”

Shame on you, the fashion-school dropouts behind Adrianne Palicki’s costume… The character and the actress both deserved better.

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2. Catwoman

BEST: ANNE HATHAWAY, The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

By the final film of Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy, we as moviegoers have learned to trust his creative judgment when it came to the DC-verse. That trust was reinforced stronger than ever by Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman costume. Catwoman’s costume has always been inherently seductive, with the all-black palette and requisitely skintight silhouette. We have seen many iterations of this facet in the comics and on the big and small screens, but Hathaway’s was the first in live-action to not only be sexy but extremely utile.

Her cat ears? They’re actually CONVERTIBLE GOGGLES! Protective glasses for when she’s racing that SICK ride of hers, along with a sensibly windproof leather jumper, utility belt and moto boots:

The Next-Gen bike for Catwoman is also not a random accessory tossed in to accentuate how high this film’s budget sat ($230 million, to be exact). Her new thrill ride enabled Selina Kyle the added bonus of luxuriating in a feline-on-all-fours stance often and very prominently. Hathaway (and her stunt double)’s backside and long legs were thus filmed to subtly play upon the character’s innate catlike qualities… without her having to make hissing noises every five minutes:

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Honorable Mentions go to the 3 Catwomen of Batman, the 1960s Adam West small-screen vehicle:

For the time’s limitations, these three looks nailed the sex appeal of Catwoman without committing overkill:

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For my Cat-and-Dog ensemble costume this Halloween with my poodle, I was instantly inspired by Julie Newmar (far left). Her ears. Her jumpsuit’s cowl neck. All it took for me to feel like her Catwoman was a pair of black leggings, a sleek Max Azria turtleneck and a homemade cat-ear headband:

WORST: HALLE BERRY, Catwoman (2008)

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The photos speak for themselves. Halle Berry’s standalone venture displayed a complete lack of regard for its source material and a general lack of respect for direction as a motion picture. This main flaw was evident down to the catsuit. According to the film’s Oscar-winning costume designer, Catwoman’s wardrobe was intentionally cut down to dramatic shreds to juxtapose the protagonist’s “demure and repressed” past life with her sexually awakened “warrior goddess” existence after her supernatural encounter.

Okay… It doesn’t take a movie connoisseur to realize cinematic symbolism requires more than taking scissors to a character’s shirt and pants. Also, none of what Halle wears in “Catwoman mode” was even foreshadowed beforehand in the movie. Nor does any of it make sense. Sure, it kinda does if you suddenly had the urge to look like a human cat.

Why the shreds on her pants? Why open-toed heels? Why the weird X-belt contraption across her naked belly??? We appreciate artistic license and all, but a superhero’s costume is integral to the origin story and, therefore, must follow some set of logic.

Yes, she gets a random whip to accessorize.

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“We appreciate artistic license, but a superhero’s costume is integral to the origin story and, therefore, must follow some set of logic.”

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3. Storm

BEST: ALEXANDRA SHIPP, X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

It is too often the sad truth that we naturally do better on the second try. It is also a sad coincidence that we are bashing poor Halle Berry’s clothes for the second time in a row. Shipp’s Storm costume and hairdo simply embraced the fieriness and regality of the Ororo Munroe character much better than her predecessor’s did. tumblr_o46ro9fu5z1tt6s82o5_540.gif

The X-Men movies, including Apocalypse, never did the Storm character justice, but out of the two live-action adaptations, Shipp’s came closest. Lest we forget, Storm was the daughter of a Kenyan tribal princess. As a member of the X-Men, she was depicting wearing a tiara and a costume with a ruby and lightning bolt motif.

Shipp’s side-swept Mohawk mimics the tiara effect and the silver streaks down the front of her corset resemble lightning bolts. She also rocks the same gauntlets along her bare arms the way Storm did on comic book pages.

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WORST: HALLE BERRY, all the other X-Men movies (starting in 2000)

Was Halle Berry auditioning to be the fourth (fifth?) member of Destiny’s Child in these movies? (Remember, it was the early 00’s). With an orange spray-tan and an unflatteringly silvery-white wig with lowlights to (un)match throughout the movies, she seemed less dressed to imitate a potent, regal mutant and more to rejuvenate Berry’s appearance in front of the Britney-crazed teeny-bopper moviegoers running rampant at the time.

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Berry’s Storm look only began resembling hers in the comics in X-Men: Days of Future Past (far right)… a.k.a. spoiler… the one in which she dies.

Even compared to her fellow female X-Men in the casts, she always looked like the one pre-packaged most to look like a pop star rather than a superhero:dd5185ece2449e36e324cedea582e1cf.jpg

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FASHION: My Style is All Grown Up!

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MY LI’L STYLE HAS GROWN UP. It was a big day for me when I donned the above-“2010s Annie Hall” outfit this week. It was not only one of the most fashion-forward looks into which I have ever slipped (I usually lean toward a more minimalist outlook on accessorizing and layering), but that was the definitive day on which I matured from a fashion-loving young-adult into a fashionable adult.

When I was just five years younger, single or not, I always utilized the clothes I wore to seek out attention from everyone, both men and women (of all sexual persuasions), but always with one eye firmly planted on their effect on heterosexual men.

THAT WAS THE DAY ON WHICH I MATURED FROM A FASHIONABLE YOUNG-ADULT INTO A FASHIONABLE ADULT.

I look back on that little girl, sitting pretty and dumb-but-so-focused in her early 20s, who dressed, consciously or not, primarily for men. I was afraid to not conspicuously show off at least one part of my body on a daily basis, whether this was achieved through baring skin or bearing skintight silhouettes.

WHAT WAS I THINKING? I WAS SO. TERRIFIED. OF NOT LOOKING “HOT ENOUGH” THAT I REFUSED TO WEAR SCARVES TO INSULATE MY COLLARBONE, EVEN IN SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES.   

Little by little since that age, I have gained more and more self-possession and learned “hot” really doesn’t have to entail running around in a miniskirt. There are many more subtler ways of simultaneously getting on “Best Dressed” lists and men’s dating radars. I would love to personally mentor any young Padawan who finds herself in a similar situation and guide her toward the light of her own adult, stylistic path.

You know where I am.

IN THIS POST:

vintage Panama hat // SHOP SIMILAR • Freedom by Topshop choker // SHOP SIMILAR or HERE • byCORPUS blazer // SHOP SIMILAR Naked Zebra embellished blouse // SHOP SIMILAR custom-made leatherette leggings // SHOP SIMILAR Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers // SHOP IT •

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FASHION: REY-diantly Hot and Chic

UPDATE: As of 01/02/2016, I have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens and it was amaaaaazing.

Read my live recap-rewatch of Attack of the Clones, too.

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It Girl of 2016 and so on… We are calling it, Daisy! 

STAR WARS has many legs to its commercial empire, but style is one of the more understated elements. Fashionably speaking, in retrospect, Princess (now General) Leia’s costumes in the original trilogy may have showcased her curves but were hardly news for the pages of Women’s Wear Daily. Aside from the repeatedly copied buns, Leia was more dressing for the men (especially pubescent boys) than the ladies.

Iconic and schoolgirlishly sexy but not style-statement-making:

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Rey, however, as played by English newcomer Daisy Ridley in the new movie, is already making fashion waves based on her signature outfit– a futuristic amalgamation of cropped harem pants, a bandaged top and a DVF-esque wrap, all cinched with an edgy leather utility belt. For more accessories, she rocks ankle-length boots and minimalist shoulder-baring sleeves accented by leather wristcuffs.

Even smeared with Jakku’s sand, Rey is dressed sharper than most women of Earth. Ever since I’ve laid eyes on the crisscross dimensions of Rey’s scavenging uniform, I’ve been hungering for a Ready-to-Wear (RTW) version of my own (i.e. NOT a costume, but an actual everyday outfit). Expect to see haute couture and RTW adaptations of it on the runways in Spring 2016:

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