New York Comic Con is a great experience, but it can be exhausting, too. The crowds, the lines, the early hours if you want to get into the premier panels. But there’s one group for whom getting out of the con sane and uninjured is an even taller order: Cosplayers who wear high heels. This is their tribute, NYCC 2015 style.

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For everyone who’s ever wanted to suit up in a fancy gown and/or battle armor, fantasy movies can be quite the sartorially aspirational experience. But sometimes… not so much. From peacock capes to Ye Olde Leather Sports bras to boob armor (oh, the boob armor!), fantasy fashion does occasionally like to walk on the weird side.

Please note that “weird” doesn’t necessarily imply either “good” or “bad,” though a lot of the latter is certainly represented on this list. Qualifying requires a certain je ne sais quoi, a little bit of “A kid’s movie is going to put a guy in pants so thin and tight that you can clearly see the outline of his junk?… Huh.” Speaking of:

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fairy tale fashions

I recently read Uprooted by Naomi Novik, which is a fantastic read for anyone that loves fairy tales. I also read Alice by Christina Henry which isn’t technically based on a fairy tale, but it will take adult Alice In Wonderland fans down a rabbit hole that is very deep and very, very dark.

At any rate, these books got me thinking about some of the amazing fairy tale and fantasy-inspired fashions we’ve featured over the years. Head after the break for a collection of some of the best examples.

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The #WEWANTWIDOW international cosplay flash mob was a huge success. Fans from 16 cities participated in the event, dressing in black and red while holding signs intended to promote the idea that Black Widow should have more exposure in movies and in merchandise. Participants started posting pictures online with the hash tag and social media users began to follow and share. At one point the hash tag was even trending:


The Black Widow cosplay event inspired others to join in too. Suddenly tons of cosplayers and fans got into Black Widow attire and starting posting their pictures to share and show support. And in Tennessee, where we didn’t have a scheduled flash mob, fans got so inspired that two mobs appeared at both Fanboy Con in Knoxville and Memphis Con!

Our main goal was to bring awareness to the fact that Black Widow, and female superheroines in general, should be more visible on screen and in stores. By promoting her image as loudly as we could with a multi-city flash mob event, I think we nailed it. I hope that this is the beginning of a more inclusive superhero universe for future movies and merchandise. I hope that the companies making awesome movies and fantastic toys and clothes realize that they can do even more because they have a bigger demographic than they originally thought.

Check out the photos of the amazing cosplayers, supporters, and artwork after the break.

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Star Wars Day is a very special day for me, because it involves Star Wars and bad puns, which are two of my favorite things in life. A third favorite thing: Awesome clothes. I’ve scoured the Internet, from Her Universe (who are running a Star Wars sale today) to itty bitty Etsy shops, to bring you some of the choiciest Star Wars wearables the Internet has to offer.

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Reliving the fashion disasters of Buffy the Vampire Slayer got me thinking about why in God’s name anyone would wear a mushroom shirt, sure (I’ve yet to figure that one out), but also about how fashion of our beloved geeky shows changes from season to season. To a large extent that change is a result of shifting trends in the real world, sure, but there’s also something to be said for character development and its impact on sartorial stylings.

For examples, look no further than…

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There was a lot right with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The array of complex characters, the banter, every single thing about Anya “Can I trade in the children for more cash?” Jenkins. But there’s a blight on the show’s otherwise sterling legacy, and it ain’t season seven. (Lies. It is, actually, season seven.)

I rewatched Buffy recently, and let me tell you, I had completely forgotten how eye-scorchingly atrocious the outfits are. Or maybe “blocked out for my own mental health” is the right way to put it. Damn the ’90s to the lowest corner of the Hellmouth. I mean, look at this stuff:

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The temperatures are dropping which means winter is on its way! As you’re preparing for cold winds and snow flurries, why not update your winter wardobe with some new geek fashions?

Whether its clothing or accessories, you can find gear for the chilly weather that’s inspired by basically every fandom. Find a variety of comfy, stylish winter options for both men and women after the break.

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As if we didn’t already love Marvel enough, all the recent cinematic universe news has Marvel front and center in our fashionably geek brains. We have a feeling many of you might also be looking for ways to display your excitement for Marvel in your style, so we assembled some everyday cosplay outfits that perfect for showing your love of their classic heroes and villains in just about any situation.

For each outfit we found dresses inspired by Marvel characters along with some heroic cosmetics and accessories to continue the theme and really capture the spirit and style of each character.

From Captain Marvel to Iron Man, after the break you can find seven Marvel-inspired everyday cosplay outfits that will make you the stylish hero (or villain) our universe needs!

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On Sunday the second annual Geekie Awards took place in Los Angeles, celebrating geek culture with 12 different categories. This year a new category was added that focused on the growing area of geek fashion. The Fashion and Armor category, presented by Vanichi Magazine, was added after awards creator and showrunner Kristen Nedopak saw the fashions people wore on the red carpet at last year’s event.

“As a female geek, I’ve never hidden the side of me that embraces being a woman, and that means dressing up or down when I please. ‘Geek Couture’ has grown tremendously in the last few years, and more women are realizing they can still be geeks and look beautiful too!” Nedopak told Fashionably Geek. “We’re seeing designers getting creative with the art of fashion in these genres, and we wanted to honor that in this year’s show.”

There were five nominees in the category specializing in armor, steampunk, corsetry, and more. The winner will receive a full feature fashion spread in an issue of Vanichi Magazine.

Find out who won and get a glimpse of all the nominees’ stylish, geeky products after the break!

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