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March 24, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Bam! Pow! Get superhero chic with fashions inspired by Emerald City Comicon


By Caitlin King / Special to Sunday Market

Sure, some of the most seriously devoted fans at next weekend’s Emerald City Comicon will be decked out in head-to-toe costumes. But the less bold can still stand out among the throngs of superheros, villains and their devotees.

To do so, take inspiration from some of the celebrity guests appearing at the 12th annual convention celebrating comics, video games and pop culture. The looks can all be worn away from Comicon, too, as the styles of a dystopian future (think technical gear, grays and blacks, leather and heavy boots) are perfect for Seattle.


Channel Eliza Dushku’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” character Faith with on-trend ’90s style. The good bad girl would have fought evil in a sexy leather top such as the ASTR Faux Leather Halter Crop Top ($52 at Nordstrom). Complete your slayer-worthy ensemble with the blood-red Vegan Leather Hooded Motorcycle Jacket ($168 at Free People).

Fans of ravishing redhead Karen Gillan from the BBC series “Doctor Who” can mimic Amy Pond’s iconic button-down flannel with the NSF Rhodes Shirt in Plaid ($218 at Madewell). Add a miniskirt and boots to reflect the time-traveling star’s quirky British style. Try the Secret Rebel Mini Skirt ($15 at Forever 21) and Frye’s Veronica Short Boots ($298 at Horseshoe Boutique, Ballard) to get the look.

Emily Kinney’s “The Walking Dead” character Beth Greene dresses for a world overrun with zombies, but you don’t need to live among the undead to rock her rugged style. Pair some distressed boyfriend jeans, such as Urban Renewal’s Super-Destroyed Levi’s Jeans ($89 at Urban Outfitters), with layered tank tops.

The farmer’s daughter also sports a pair of flower-embroidered cowboy boots similar to Ariat’s Arrosa Embroidered Cutout Western Pointed Toe Boot ($260 at Nordstrom). Great for eluding marauding hordes, they also make a killer accessory for spring’s folksy dresses.

Dress like Kelly Hu in the CW’s new post-apocalyptic show “The 100” with the adventure-ready cotton and linen Sidecar Biker Jacket ($138 at Madewell). Complete the look with the sporty Olive Military Ball Cap ($24 at Prism, Ballard). Keep survival supplies (i.e., your Comicon badge and autograph book) in the waxed cotton Archival Roll Top Backpack ($250 at The bag, made in Oregon, is as sturdy as it is chic, with a leather strap, bound edges and bar-tacked or riveted stress points.


The biggest celebrity draw may be Steven Amell, who plays Oliver Queen in “Arrow,” a CW show based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow. Skip the daytime billionaire-playboy suit, and take your fashion cues from the costumed crime-fighter who sports a green, hooded leather jacket.

You’ll be fit to fight the Northwest elements in AXS Folk Technology’s Wideneck Anorak in Olive ($275 at Glasswing Shop, Capitol Hill). If you already have a leather jacket, layer it over H&M’s Hooded Sweatshirt ($20) in dark green, and you’re on your way to superhero status.

Fans of flawed detective John Kennex, played by Karl Urban in Fox’s futuristic crime show “Almost Human,” can try on his dystopian-future style with Zara’s Faux Leather Jacket with Marl Hood ($139 at Zara, downtown). Pair it with J.Crew’s Sueded Fleece Sweatshirt ($69.50) for a combo worth fighting for.

For something a bit more dapper, channel Kris Holden-Ried’s “Lost Girl” character Dyson. The Syfy-series star would look at home in J.Crew’s Lightweight Chambray Shirt ($69.50) and a navy blazer, such as the Copenhagen Navy Plain ($349 at Suitsupply, downtown).

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