What happens when the clothes come off? That’s the question Top 10 Films asks as we check out superheroes out-of-costume to see just how stylish they can be when enjoying time-out in civilian society…
You can always recognise a superhero by their iconic ensemble. Usually made from body-hugging latex, bold colours and featuring their memorable icon, the costume of a superhero can be the making of them. But, when they’re not saving the world or fighting their archnemesis, who still has swagger? Read on for our rundown of the most stylish superheroes.
He’s not the sharpest of dressers, and can appear more rugged than other superheroes, but Daredevil (also known as Matthew Michael Murdock) deserves a place on the list. 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.
Daredevil is definitely more of a simple yet effective kind of guy. He likes to keep it subtle 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 knows how to switch it up when it comes to his men’s shirts 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 is known by many to be the richest man in Gotham, so it’s essential he knows how to dress! 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.
His rich playboy alter-ego shines through when he sports 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 favourite colour palette seems to be hues similar to his Batsuit, think charcoal greys and midnight blues. 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.
When Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow is not head-to-toe in low-cut latex, she’s channelling 1950s vibes with feminine frills and sweetheart necklines.
To summarise her look in two words, we’d say office chic. 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 demeanour even without carrying out any of her complex manoeuvres.
She’s also pulled off pencil skirts, tall stiletto pumps and buttoned blouses, all of which are well-fitted and match her style. She knows how to colour co-ordinate too. Take her meeting with Captain America 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.
Tony Stark is a big fan of a flashy expensive suit.
He also follows similar style tips to Bruce Wayne in that he likes to wear the colour 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.
Iron Man sure knows how to accessorise too. 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 coloured lenses — not your traditional wayfarer styles!
His trimmed beard and suave pinstripe suits keep him looking smart too. 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!
And, if he’s not dressed to the nines in a three-piece suit, he’s rocking a vintage tee – still looking stylish, of course!
There’s no denying that T’Challa’s look is different from the rest. Also known as Black Panther, all of his looks are based on tradition and it’s why he stands out from the rest.
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.
He switches his looks up through the film, but they’re all suitable for a military 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!
Of course, not even Black Panther’s style can please everyone. Even his sister Shuri mocks his sandals in the film, but in reality, they were modified Alexander McQueen shoes!
Towards the end of the film, he wears a fitted black-on-black suit and accessorises with a colourful print silk scarf – tribute to the beauty of black people. This scarf was designed by Wale Oyéjidé who named the piece “From Wakanda, With Love’.
From smart suits to funky scarves, superheroes still know how to be stylish when they’re not in costume.