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Surviving the Summer Break from Once Upon a Time: Cosplay on the Cheap!

It’s been four weeks since Once Upon a Time closed out season four and I’m still breathing. SOMEHOW. It’s probably because I have already watched seasons one, two, and three all the way through (and then some), twice. I’m on my second trip through season four as we speak. Don’t you dare tell me I don’t know how to live my life to its fullest!

I’ve been trying to keep busy, trying to keep my mind off the Sadness of Summer Break (which is my new band name, omg!). And I’ve put the fanfic down this last week to reconnect with another fandom passion: COSPLAY!!!!!!!

I don’t cosplay everything I love. I simply can’t. The amount of time, energy, and money that goes into researching, designing, procuring, buying, and assembling a costume can be absolutely draining. I used to average about six decent cosplays a year before I had a kid. Now I’m very happy if my homemade “Stark Industries” t-shirt doesn’t have mashed banana on it.

So any day that I make it out of my pyjamas, I try to casual cosplay a little bit. Sometimes it’s a Black Sabbath tee shirt and kale juice; some days it’s a Gryffindor scarf and hat. But it makes me feel better to have a little bit of my heroes with me when I venture out into the world. With my social anxiety and depression, any courage and strength they can lend me is much appreciated.

Most of us can’t go to work or school or out to get coffee in full regalia. It’s hard to convince your boss, or even your friends and family, that this is an acceptable look on Casual Friday. Sometimes not even a Tee Fury shirt is appropriate for where your day takes you.

So you’ve got to introduce the word “understated” into your cosplay vocabulary. Also “subtle,” “influenced,” and “inspired” are useful, too. When I do my twice-monthly treasure hunt at my favorite off-price department store or thrift shop, I go in with one question: “Who am I shopping for today?” That question has a hundred answers. Hermione? Which version, canon or fanfic? Rogue? ‘90s or more current? Kaylee? Cute and frilly, or greasy mechanic?

Lately, of course, I’ve been one-track-minded on Once Upon a Time. Does this sweater look like Mary Margaret would have it in her closet? Would August carry this bag? Do these shoes look like Mr. Gold would wear them? (Yes, I secretly-not-so-secretly cosplay my patient husband, too.) If it fits and it’s priced nicely, it’s coming home with me.

So in the spirit of my shopping adventures and my love of cosplaying, I’d like to share with you the method to my madness. When I want to wear something my favorite characters wear, I don’t always look for replicas. Cosplay on the cheap means saving on money and effort. A quick trip to one’s favorite discount shop can provide amazing results. Today we’re going to use Payless Shoe Source as an example of how to find “inspired” footwear for our Once Upon a Time casual cosplays.

Regina Mills
Mara Block Heel Tall Boot
$27 on clearance

Look at this thing. This is Regina Mills’ @$$ kicking boot! Sleek, sexy, and stylish, this boot would work with or without the leggings autumn in Maine demands. P.S.: they are perfect for kissing and groveling tears easily wipe clean.© 2014 Payless Shoesource Inc. All Rights reserved
The Evil Queen
Hype Platform Pump
$19 on clearance

Don’t let the simplicity of this pump fool you. This is a 5 1/2 inch platform for a royal foot. Its rich, velvety faux suede compliments both silks and furs. And the 2 1/2 inch toe box rise keeps all your hems out of the filthy peasant mud.

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Mary Margaret
Camila Bow Flat
$24.99 on sale

It’s just darling! Innocent and sweet, this flat with grosgrain bow accent will compliment any twin set, so long as the top button is fastened. This shoe is available up to size 13, which means you can look adorable no matter how much your feet swell during your mysterious pregnancy from that year you can’t remember.

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Snow White
Wenly Desert Wedge
$69.99 regular price

Fit for a princess who doesn’t mind hoofing it once in a while, this wedge boot, or w00t!, will compliment your royal travel leathers or your feather-trimmed maternity frock. They’re so versatile and comfortable that they’ll make you forget the woman wearing them once stepped on both a baby’s rattle and a mother’s hopes and dreams.
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Emma (the Bail Bondsperson)
Luxe Glitter Platform Pump
$39.99

Perfect for a night on the town, or just jazzing up your stakeout! These glittery pumps will dispel any lingering doubt in your mark’s date’s mind that you’re there for anything but a good time. Little does he know, the reinforced 5 1/2 inch wrapped heels will withstand a foot pursuit over multiple surfaces.
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Emma (the Savior)
Raven Tall Boot
$18.00 on clearance from $49.99

Compliments everything in your Storybrooke wardrobe from your rarely-used sheriff’s jacket to your gigantic sweater-beanie combo set. Cozy yet durable, these tall, slouchy boots keep you prepared for the inevitable field trip into the woods, but see you safely back to dinner with the family. The side zipper makes pulling these bad boys off at the end of a long day and crashing on the sofa a quick affair. These boots also travel well through portals, up beanstalks, and back in time.

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Mr. Gold
Gavin Dress Oxford
$34.99 on sale

Whether walking from property to property collecting rent, or just sitting in a bin at a TSA checkpoint, these dress oxfords are classically styled. The reinforced toe box is ideal for kicking scoundrels who hit on your amnesiac girlfriend both in the stomach and in the kidneys. The breathable man-made materials resist blood stains without pre-treatment. Customizable inserts are available to compensate for limp.

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Rumpelstiltskin (pre-Dark One)
Freebord Driver Slip-On
$29.99 on sale

These slip-ons feature authentic-looking leather-type materials and rustic hand stitching to let the soldiers know you are indeed the poorest of the poor. Insides are lined with the softest padding, making your abscondment into the night virtually silent. For maximum accuracy, purchase in two different sizes to accommodate swollen and broken lame foot.


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Marian
(Storybrooke)
Robyn Flat Slide – Camo
$19.99

Check out these sweet kinda-Birkenstocks! Not only are they ridiculously out of step with modern fashions, but they feature a forest motif that is reminiscent of Sherwood Forest. The inside has a pre-molded toe area that reduces the need to grip these shoes, which means you can walk from some unspecified point on the coast of Maine to New York without fatigue.

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Marian (Sherwood Forest)
Bryne Woven Lace Up
$25.00 on clearance from $69.00

Kick unwanted sexual advances to the curb with these rugged-yet-feminine woven lace ups. The fine artisan detailing adds a luxurious touch; your friends will never guess you can’t pay the taxes on your tavern!
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David Nolan

Durango II Fleece Hiker
$59.99

Don’t get caught running from an angry giant in anything less than this fleece-lined hiking boot. Good for working in the mines or playing deputy sheriff, this boot will see you though yet another unpredictable day. Thinsulate lining keeps feet warm in temperatures as low as -22ºF, ideal for Maine winters – or when pesky Snow Queens erect ice walls around the town borders.

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David (the Shepherd)
Snowboard Moc Slipper
$19.99 on sale

If your meager existence relies solely on your ability to eek out a living planting on your farm, shepherding in the meadow, and mucking out stalls, then you need a comfortable, reliable, versatile shoe that may or may not have belonged to your father before he left for town that one time. #awkward  Handmade by your mom, lined with the softest of your own flock’s wool, this slip-on comes in drab grey to reflect the hopelessness of your plight.

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Belle (French)
Kilty Penny Loafer Pump
$10.00 on clearance from $39.99

This new twist on the old penny loafer takes your “sexy Storybrooke librarian” cosplay to the next level! Its timeless style compliments even the most modern wardrobe. The thick 3 1/2 inch heel is sturdy and will hold strong whether you’re running from a filthy pirate hell-bend on revenge, or need a little extra boost as you reach for that forgotten tome on the highest shelf.

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Belle
(Maid)
Women’s Brown Paisley Gretchen Clog
$39.99

This is THE clog to get kidnapped in! Fashioned from the riding chaps scavenged off one of the many discarded corpses left lying around in the dungeon, these clogs are fancy enough to be worn inside your rich employer’s home as you avoid any kind of actual work, but comfortable enough to be worn into town to fetch hay, or out in the clearing as you take in the wash. They can withstand multiple scrubbings, but most importantly, their slip-resistant bottoms keep you steady and well out of the puddles of blood you have chance cause to wade through.

© 2014 Payless Shoesource Inc. All Rights reserved

Hopefully, you’ve been inspired to add a little cosplay into your own daily wardrobe. You don’t have to break the bank to sport the look of your favorite hero or villain!

We’d love for you to share some of your finds in the comments below.

What kind of casual cosplay do you sneak into your everyday look?

 

 

Payless Shoesource Inc. “Images, et all.” 2014. www.payless.com

Stuart Weitzman Women’s Hojas Evening Pump. Stuart Weitzman.
http://amzn.com/B004G91S2A. 2014.

Promotional image/logo for the ABC television series Once Upon a Time (TV series). ABC.
http://abc.go.com/shows. October 2, 2012.

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NerdyBound: Mad Men

…If you listen, he’ll tell you how he got there. How he forgot where he was going and that he woke up. If you listen, he’ll tell you about the time he thought he was an angel or dreamt of being perfect. And then he’ll smile with wisdom, content that he realized the world isn’t perfect. We’re flawed, because we want so much more. We’re ruined because we get these things and wish for what we had. – Don Draper

Mad Men is in its 7th and final season. The series finale is this Sunday night. The show has been called the best drama on television and I would have to agree. Mad Men is a period drama set in the early 1960’s, and is now ending in the 70’s. Even though I didn’t grow up during this era, Mad Men still has a way of making you feel nostalgic for a past you never experienced. The show doesn’t gloss over this time period, and isn’t afraid to explore the issues of sexism and racism that were so prevalent to that time; issues that are still relevant to this day. It avoids getting preachy by expressing these issues through the show’s characters and bringing it to a personal level we can all relate to. The characters on this show are all so beautifully flawed, and through their tragedies and happiness you end up learning more about yourself as you watch. There are so many instances where this show leaves you with such a profound sadness, but it’s a type of pensive sadness that makes you wonder about life, the human experience, and why we make the decisions that we do.

The show (created by the brilliant Matthew Weiner) as a whole, is beautiful in all its imperfection, just like its characters. The design and costume choices for this show are impeccable. Just from watching the opening title sequence, you get a sense of how stylish this show is. The opening title sequence is one of my favorites and I never get tired of watching it. It’s inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, and the falling man pays homage to the movie poster for Vertigo. Alfred Hitchcock’s influence is prevalent throughout the series ,and in a way fitting to the recurring theme that some of the horrors in life are the ones we create for ourselves. Not only does the design stay true to the time period, but everything is so fashionable you just want to step inside the set of an episode and live in it. Maybe you haven’t seen the show or you don’t care for it, but its style influence is everywhere. The year after the show premiered, all of the fashion runways were covered in designs influenced by the show. To this day, home decor is influenced by the show as well, everyone wants and needs to own a “Mad Men” bar cart for their living room. I dare you to watch this show, and not want to own every outfit featured. In honor of the series finale, and in celebration of such a stylish show, this week’s NerdyBound is all about Mad Men.

Don Draper

Don DraperShop the Look: ASOS Open Back White Shirt $57 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Blouse with Cold Shoulder $54, ASOS Ponte blazer with pocket $63 Plus Size Option: Junarose Blazer $91, ASOS Peg Pants With Pocket Detail $40 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Cigarette Trousers In Crepe $54, ASOS MILLIONAIRE Leather Brogues $63, River Island Color Block Metal Edge Large Clutch $45, ASOS Vintage Granddad Watch $36, Mad Men Pin Badge $9.72, ASOS 2 Pack Plate And Skinny Waist Belt $22

 

 

Joan Holloway

Joan HollowayShop the Look: Joanie Dress in Red $120, ModCloth Minimal Member of the Board Heel $40, Quilted Faux Leather Shoulder Bag $28, 1960s Vintage Inspired Gold-Tone Pen Necklace $20, Gold Flower Earrings Green Rhinestone Center $15, 1960’s Vintage gold tone and emerald green brooch $39

 

 

Peggy Olson

Peggy OlsonShop the Look: Coach Tour Dress in Teal Garden $55, Majestic Jersey Long Sleeve Scoop Neck T-Shirt $7, Menswear Inspired Flying First-Sass Heel $45, Structured Box Handheld Bag $73, Undisputed Class Watch in Rose Gold $120, Shooting Star Earrings in Ebony Black and Gold with Silver Etching $6.95, Vintage 1960s Tam Hat $65, Vintage Mad Men Era “Miss Go Getter” Business Woman Pin $20

 

 

Betty Draper

Betty DraperShop the Look: Ella Dress in Pink and Baton Rouge Rose Floral Print $124, Dranna Stud Earrings $14, White Two Strand Graduated Faux Pearl Necklace $45, Faux Pearl and Rhinestone Midi Ring Set $50, Fancy and You Know It Heel in Blush $129, Blush Box Clutch with Pearl Detail $29

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NerdyBound: Mothers in Nerd Culture

Happy Mother’s Day!!! In honor of Mother’s Day today, I’m dedicating this week’s NerdyBound to the amazing moms we’ve known and loved in nerd culture. In preparation for this NerdyBound I tried to find sites, blog posts, and basically anything having to do with awesome moms in nerd culture. I found a lot of sites/posts dedicated to actual real life nerdy mothers out there, and although they left me with several new DIY projects I want to try out, none of them really led me to what I was looking for. Needless to say mothers are extremely underrepresented in the nerd world, which is kind of crazy (prepare for a huge order of cheese coming your way) because moms truly are the real superheroes of this world, and they deserve to be portrayed as such. Luckily, I read way too much and watch more TV/movies than any person should, and I already had a running list of my favorite moms ever to be written into existence for our entertainment. It was hard condensing that list, and I hated leaving characters out, but for the sake of my sanity and this article becoming too abstract I had to. I hope you enjoy the mothers I chose, and let me know who your favorite mom in nerd culture is. Have fun this Mother’s Day weekend and if you’re lucky enough to have a mom to call, go call her. Don’t just text and tell her how much you love her. Call, and above all, appreciate her.

 

Morticia Addams She’s a style icon with relationship goals and relates to her kids on a murderous level. Morticia is the full package.

Morticia
Shop the Look: ASOS Double Strap Maxi Dress $45 Plus Size Option: Torrid Crepe Asymmetrical Dress $55, ModCloth Urban Gala Te Da Heel $70, Spiked Knuckle Duster Clutch Purse $20,  ASOS Rose Double Earrings $9.14, LOVEsick Black Gothic Statement Necklace $15, ASOS Gothic Stone & Rose Ring Pack $18, Antique Bronze Bat Headband $18

Malory Archer Who cares if she abandoned her son and sends him to his death in every episode? A mom that hooks you up with a spy gig and can drink with the best of them is a cool mom, right?

MaloryShop the Look: H&M Sleeveless dress $26 Plus Size Option: Women’s Bi-Stretch Twill Sheath Dress Merona $30, Banana Republic Womens Factory Seersucker Boyfriend Blazer $50 Plus Size Option: Stanzino Stanzino Women’s 3/4 Sleeve Plus Size Single Button $25, New Look Richard White Heeled Pumps $29, Pieces Nigili Pearl Bar Necklace $16, Designsix Pearl Open Cuff Bracelet $27, Gold Plated Sterling Silver Faux Pearl Ring $36, Faux Pearl Duo Studs $7.90, Custom Color Enamel Flower Brooch $4.50

Molly Weasley What can I say about Molly Weasley? She’s my fictional dream mother and went complete BAMF status on Bellatrix Lestrange. Who else can do that and live to tell the tale?!

MollyShop the Look: Bea & Dot Boho Mid-length Long Sleeve A-line Through the Bluebells Dress $80,  Chelsea Crew Menswear Inspired One Pep Ahead Heel $70, Sunset Colors Knit Infinity Scarf $49, Magic Wand Hair Stick $9, A Floating Locket Memory Locket Living Locket $7.99, Fred & George Weasley Holiday Sweaters $5, harry potter trio bracelet $8

Alana from Saga The best thing I can say and the best thing I can ever do for you is demand that you read Saga, like right now. Seriously. Go.

AlanaShop the Look: Nasty Gal Tiana Tank $32 Plus Size Option: Torrid Cutout Bodycon Tank Top $39, Nasty Gal English Nights Cape $54, H&M Wide skirt $38 Plus Size Option: New Look Inspire Maxi Skirt $32, Zipper Buckle Moto Booties $37, Green Dragonfly Wing Earrings $22, ModCloth Chevron the Right Path Belt $15

 

Mary Margaret/Snow I know there are several mothers on Once Upon a Time but if I did them all this would just turn into a OUaT NerdyBound. OUaT is one of the best shows out there that proudly portrays women with very powerful and complicated characteristics. They’re not afraid to show pregnant women as strong heroines and that speaks volumes. Also, you get to see all of your favorite fairy tales come to life. Who doesn’t want that in a show?

SnowShop the Look: Lemon Drop It Like It’s Hot Dress $140, ModCloth Darling Short Length Long Sleeve Bow My Way Cardigan $40, Cherry Jam Wedge $65, Lena Erziak Clear Lucite Adam Apple Bag $655 Budget Friendly Option: Snow White Apple Handbag, Vintage Inspired Bouquet Brilliance Earrings $18, Fairytale, Scholastic Opening Line Necklace $15, White Lace Peter Pan Collar $11

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NerdyBound: Game of Thrones

I don’t have to convince anyone that Game of Thrones is one of the best shows out there. This season started off slow for me, but I don’t mind that at all. There has been some important character development that I was excited to see. Also, for everyone who caught last week’s episode, how proud are you of our boy Jon Snow?! I can’t wait for tonight’s episode and I can’t wait to see the fashion that’s featured! Game of Thrones has the most beautiful costume designs and every time I watch the show I see such gorgeous clothing, each piece more intricate than the last. One of my missions in life is to commission every piece and dress every day like I’m about to sit on the Iron Throne. Until then, we have the brilliance that is everyday cosplay. This week, I’m featuring my favorite style influences from the show and I decided to do a special “Game of Thrones Fan” NerdyBound since there’s so many awesome retailers out there offering cute fashion themed around Game of Thrones. So, enjoy being a nerd, enjoy the show tonight and dress like the Khaleesi I know you are.

 

 

Khaleesi

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Shop the Look: ASOS Chain Necklace Maxi Plus Size Option: New Womens Spring Maxi DressNew Look Wide Fit Facet Gold Flat Sandals, Daenerys Qarth Belt, Khaleesi Mother of Dragons Symbol Ring, Daenerys Khaleesi Open NecklaceDRAGON EAR CUFF, ASOS Moon Star Swing Earrings, Regal Rose Moon Hunter Rose Quartz Silver Gemstone Circlet Crown, Regal Rose Grace Leaf Hairband, Dragon Bracelet Bangle

 

 

Jon Snow

GOT1Shop the Look: Boohoo Kate Faux Fur Collar Faux Leather Biker Jacket Plus Size Option: Hell Bunny Sarah Jane Coat, Black Ribbed Crop Cami Plus Size Option: Torrid Foxy Cami, River Island High Waist Suedette Legging Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Leather Look Legging, Office Cosy Lace Boot, Night’s Watch Leather Harness with Fur Collar, Stark Direwolf Oak Pendant, EXCLUSIVE!, Ghost Direwolf Stud Earrings, Ottoman Hands Statement Rough Ring, Handmade Heart Cameo Pendant NecklaceDire Wolf Game of Thrones Inspired Stark Wolf Ring, Game of Thrones “Winter Is Coming” House Stark of Westeros Bracelet, Hair Stick Fantasy Sword

 

 

Margaery Tyrell:

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Shop the Look: ModCloth Pastel Long Sleeveless Maxi Vision of Radiance Dress, Contessa Brocade Dress Plus Size Option: Lovedrobe Cage Back Maxi Dress With Embellished Bust, ASOS HAWK EYE Wedges, Paper Dolls Flower Wrap Around Ring, Game of Thrones Flower Ring, ASOS Etched Leaf Cuff Bracelet, Margaery Tyrell Aurora Borealis Sapphire Silver Necklace, Game of Thrones Margaery Tyrell Silver Rose Necklace, Atenia Metal Crown, Game of Thrones Margaery Tyrell Rose Belt

 

 

Game of Thrones (fan):

GOT2Shop the Look: Westeros Reversible Skater Dress, Thrones Reversible Skater Dress, Cat Shirt. Mother of Dragons Shirt, Women HipsterTee Shirt, Game of Thones Targaryen Varsity Hoodie, Skirt Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones Maps Scarf and Shawl, Medieval Crown Top Knot, Daenerys Targaryen illustrated portrait art brooch, Game Of Thrones Lannister Shield Pin, Heart Cameo Pendant Necklace, Westeros Map, Game of Thrones Necklace

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Interview: Ashley Eckstein, Voice of Ahsoka Tano and Founder of Her Universe – Part 2

Ashley Eckstein is a wonderfully talented actress and entrepreneur. Not only is she synonymous with being the voice of the popular Star Wars: The Clone Wars character Ahsoka Tano, she is also the founder of the groundbreaking geek fashion line Her Universe. GeekGirl World was thrilled to be invited to a round table interview with her during Star Wars Celebration. Here is part 2 of the interview where Ashley talks about the Her Universe brand, the new fashions debuting at Star Wars Celebration, and the future of geek themed clothing for women and young girls.

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NerdyBound: The Avengers

One of my favorite loves in life is anything and everything to do with Joss Whedon. So when I heard he was directing and writing The Avengers movie I had extremely high hopes and I was not disappointed. The Avengers would come to be my favorite movie of 2012 (along with everyone else that saw it, I’m sure). It was an unquenchable obsession with Loki/Tom Hiddleston that jump started my journey down that cyber rabbit hole known as Tumblr. I had always been a Marvel fan, but now I was in the Marvel fandom! I’ve made lifelong friends in this fandom and I basically got to go to my first San Diego Comic Con because of this fandom. I’m so happy that the Marvel Universe is a part of this superhero cinematic golden era we’re currently in because I get see my heroes come to life. We can criticize the mistakes movie adaptations make until we’re blue in the face, but you can’t deny the magic those movies bring to the fan experience. We get to cosplay outside of Cons, midnight screenings become instant fan meet-ups and, you know, if you’ve been to a good midnight screening, you know they’re kind of akin to a rock concert, the energy level is that amazing. Movies bring more fans, and with that comes more merchandise which equals more fan events. So, yes I’ll probably criticize with the best of them, but for now I’m just thanking the geek gods that Joss Whedon still manned the helm for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

I’m so excited for the premiere of Age of Ultron! I can’t wait to see their interpretations of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Although I wish Loki could be the villain in every Avengers movie, I have to admit those trailers featuring Ultron with James Spader’s sexy voice had me going. So in honor of the premiere next weekend, I’m dedicating this NerdyBound to The Avengers! I just want to give a quick shout out to Hot Topic who is currently killing it in the everyday cosplay game. I’m a huge fan of their Orphan Black line and they’ve recently announced their new Avengers line. All of the looks are retro inspired takes on The Avengers, they’re all available in plus sizes, and I need to own every piece. I’m honestly so impressed and I can’t wait to see what fandom they do next. I didn’t use every piece in their line, but I felt I should mention it since I’m doing looks for the Avengers and if it were me reading this, I’d want a link to the line ASAP. There are so many Avengers to choose from, but I decided to stay true to the movies and only feature the film’s core group, as this is in honor of the premiere of Age of Ultron. I also had to feature Loki of course, because I would never not feature him in anything having to do with The Avengers. I hope you’re inspired to try one of these looks for the premiere!

 

Iron Man/Tony Stark

Iron Man

Shop the look: The Avengers Black Sabbath Iron Man Tony Stark T-Shirt $31.28, Sweet Your Heart Bow-knot Pleated Skirt in Ruby $39 Plus Size Option: Musee Matisse Skirt in Crimson $34.99, Lipsy Everyday Fashion Cotton Leggings $12 Plus Size Option: Premium Leggings $22.50 As a plus sized girl, let me tell you, these are honestly the only pair of black leggings you’ll ever need again. I recommend investing in at least two pair and going a size down so that you get good tummy control. They’re so comfortable, I can wear them all day and they give amazing support. Bucco Grania Metal Plate Boot $20, Stark Industries Women’s Classic Carrier Purse Leather Handbag $27.99, Iron Man terrarium necklace! $28.04, Iron Man Bow $9, IRON MAN Helmet Ring $15, Iron Man Mark 42 Gloves $6

 

Captain America

Captain America

Shop the Look: Marvel by Her Universe Captain America Halter Dress $59.50, Captain America Logo Ladies’ Cardigan $39.99, Cherry Jam Wedge $64.99, Leg Avenue Women’s Cuban Foot Pantyhose $5.46 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Bow Back Seam Tights With Support $18, Marvel Captain America Shield Backpack $44.50, Steve Rogers Earrings $12, 50’s Rockabilly Avengers Headband $12.49, Hydra Pilot Wings Red Skull $12, Captain America and Bucky Barnes Inspired Friendship Necklace $15, I’m with you till the end of the line 8mm hand stamped Bracelet Cuff $18

 

The HULK

The Hulk

Shop the Look: Jukebox DJ Jumper $89.99, NE PEOPLE Roll Up 3/4 Sleeve Button Down Shirt with Stretch $16.99 Plus Size Option: LE3NO Women’s Plus Size Roll Up 3/4 Sleeve Button Down Shirt with Stretch $20, Periodic Table of Elements Messenger Bag $45, Pikolinos Women’s Niza Safari Pump $109 Budget Friendly Option: Gleeful Gait Heel $69.99, Hulk crystal beaded earrings $15, Marvel INCREDIBLE HULK Glass Pendant $9.02

 

THOR

Thor

Shop the Look: A.S Military Corset Stretchy Body Bustier $21.99 Plus Size Option: Tripp Sleeveless Military Jacket $78.50, Noisy May Skinny Denim Pants $61 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Ridley Super Soft Skinny Jean In Deep Indigo $54, Lapel Belt Overcoat $37 Plus Size Option: Hi/Low Fit and Flare Blazer $47.99, Stride to Be Boot in Black $13.99, Valkyrie Barrettes Hair Clips $12, ModCloth Minimal Too Electri-cool Earrings $13, Thor’s Hammer Necklace $7.77, Thor & Loki Collar Clips $4.02, Thor Nebula Scarf $52, Norse Viking Carving Leather Cuff $29.99

 

Black Widow

Black Widow

Shop the Look: Marvel By Her Universe Black Widow Girls Belted Jacket $64.50, ASOS Leggings in High Waist with Leather Look Panel Detail $45 Plus Size Option: Faux Leather Moto Leggings $42.50, Nature Breeze Richie Studded Strap Bootie $26.97, LOVEsick Rose Gun Earrings $6.50, Black Widow’s Arrow Necklace $13, Black Widow Bracelet $9, Metric Raven Bag $349 Budget Friendly Option: Revolution Canvas Holster Pack $79

 

Hawkeye

Hawkeye

Shop the Look: Love 21 Beaded Cutout Cami $24.80 Plus Size Option: Must-Have Scoop Tank $9.80, Warehouse Leather Shorts $118 Budget Friendly Option: Zip-Front Faux Leather Shorts $15.90 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Exclusive Shorts In Leather Look $54, Black Buckle Combat Boots $46.50, Hawkeye Bow $11, Hawkeye and Arrows Pendant $6.50, Hawkeye Bracelet $9, Punk Rocker Dancer Fingerless Zip Glove $29.99, Hip Pack Leather Utility Belt $76

 

Nick Fury

Nick Fury

Shop the Look: ASOS High Neck With Zip Through Top $45 Plus Size Option: Faux Leather Surplice Tank Top $38.50, H&M Imitation leather skirt $14.99 Plus Size Option: H&M+ Circular skirt $24.99, ASOS Biker Jacket with Waterfall Front and Zip Detail $99 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Waterfall Biker Jacket with Zip Detail $99, ModCloth Adventure Essentials Bootie $49, Grunge Gun Printed Tights $8.90, Lookin’ for Booty Eye Patch $9 I know we’re not going to be walking around wearing an eye patch unless medically necessary, but I would totally wear this as a headband in honor of Nick Fury’s eye patch. The Avengers Pendant $9.98, Marvel Agents of SHIELD Avengers Fully Adjustable Ring $6.23

 

Scarlet Witch

Scarlet Witch

Shop the Look: Forever 21 Cami Fit & Flare Dress $11.90 Plus Size Option: Stretch Knit Cami Dress $14.90, GUESS Ombre Faux-Leather Moto Jacket $66 You can try your luck getting this jacket on Ebay or you can get awesome Etsy seller “LeatherCollection90” to make a custom Scarlet Witch jacket in your size! Scarlet Witch Avengers 2 Age of Ultron costume replica leather jacket $159, Knee High Slashed Stockings $10, Marvel Comic Combat Boot $49.50, Filigree Lariat Necklace $4.90, Vintage Marvel ‘SCARLET WITCH’ Necklace $16, Studded Wet look Cuffs Arm warmers $13.40, Faux Stone Midi Ring Set $6.90

 

Quicksilver (Okay, I know this isn’t Quicksilver from The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I feel like the styling they chose for him really fell flat. I’m sorry, but I’m just not fond of it at all. Now Quicksilver from X-Men: Days of Future Past is amazing. I’m kind of obsessed with everything about him, and so I just had to base my NerdyBound Quicksilver on him.)

Quicksilver

Shop the Look: PINK FLOYD Dark Side Classic Slim Fit T-shirt $21.99, Brigitte Bardot Light jacket $112.50, River Island Denim Short in Washed Black $54 Plus Size Option: Torrid Skinny Short Shorts – Black Wash with Destruction $38.50, Divine Factory Laceup boots $22.55, ASOS Hamsa Chain Hair Crown $14.50, Silver Marine Vinyl Utility Belt custom size $64, Vans Belt silver $25, TMS WWII Raf Vintage Pilot Motorcycle Biker Cruiser Goggles $5.98

 

Loki

Loki

Shop the Look: Marvel By Her Universe Loki Halter Dress $59.50, Black Single Breasted Pockets Cape Coat $24.17 Plus Size Option: Anne Klein Women’s Plus-Size Cape $38.56, Black Wedges with Gold Spikes and Ankle Straps $88.99, Loki Horns Hair Bow $14, Medieval Crown Top Knot $25 I felt this was a fun and very appropriate hair accessory alternative for our throne-thirsty God of Mischief, Loki. Loki Dangle Earrings $14, Loki Hearts pendant necklace $32, ASOS Metal Waist Belt With Cut Work Detail $57, Angular Cutout Cuff $4.90, Forever 21 Caged Cutout Cuff $5.90, Loki Gold Helmet Ring $15.50

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NerdyBound: Orphan Black

In honor of Orphan Black returning tonight, this week’s NerdyBound is all about my favorite clones. If you’ve never seen Orphan Black I can say with full confidence that you’re depriving yourself of one of life’s better creations. The show, in a nutshell, is about a girl who finds out she’s one in a set of clones that a corporation created and has been tracking and attempting to control for experimental purposes. There are also people/organizations who know of the existence of the clones that are trying to kill/harm them. This show is so smart, funny, emotional and full of mystery and suspense. It’s basically everything you’re asking for in a series and it features a diverse set of female characters from every walk of life that are real; this series doesn’t shy away from their flaws. Yes, I hate stereotyping female characters, but I also love when they show female characters as these strong, beautiful, and intelligent super humans. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next.

I styled my looks around the Hot Topic Orphan Black Collection. I’m honestly so impressed by this collection. I’m so used to pop culture being sold to the public as photos on shirts and maybe a couple of themed accessories with more than just the name on it if you’re lucky. This collection not only recreated outfits from the show, but the designers added personal touches that portray each character’s personality. Sarah’s collection combines her outfit from episode one with established pieces that Sarah later wears regularly. Cosima’s collection is my favorite. They recreated her signature red dress, but added a DNA print which is just so perfect for our science loving clone, I love it. Her cardigan is a gorgeous ombre color that I would love on any piece of clothing, Orphan Black themed or not. I didn’t really use Alison’s collection here, only because I feel like the fans know Alison more for her iconic pink preppy looks. I get that Hot Topic was going for a housewife vibe and Alison totally goes Stepford all over the place, but I wanted to go for a more iconic “Alison” look. Helena’s collection is perfect and I want every single piece. They have the wedding dress, complete with Helena’s clone stick figure pattern. Also, both her jacket and top come with her angel wing scars printed on the back. Every item sold out during pre-sales and is almost selling out right now. The collection is also offered in exclusive plus size at Torrid.

Sarah Manning

Sarah

Shop the Look: Orphan Black Knit Sweater Girls Tank Top $34.50 sizes XS-4XL, Orphan Black Pleather Girls Moto Jacket $49.50 sizes XS-4XL, LOVEsick Black Back Skinny Strappy Sports Bra $16.50 sizes XS-XL For the plus size option I found an AMAZING Etsy shop called OrigamiCustoms they make custom caged bralette’s and harnesses in all sizes. $48.22, ASOS Leggings in High Waist with Leather Look Panel Detail $45 sizes 0-14 Plus size option: Orphan Black Sarah Moto Leggings $24.50, Black Buckle Combat Boots $46.50, Jac Vanek This Is The Bag Military Bag $60, Layered Charm Necklace $6.90, Triangle Ring Set $4.90, Cuffed Hand Chain $4.90, Chained Dual Stud Ear Jackets $3.90

 

Cosima Niehaus

Cosima

Shop the Look: Orphan Black Fit & Flare Dress $29.50 sizes XS-4XL, Orphan Black Lightweight Ombre Girls Open Cardigan $44.50 sizes XS_4XL, Striped Fishnet Tights $7.90 sizes S-L Plus size option: Black Lace Tights – Baroque Pattern $21.99, ModCloth Menswear Inspired Flying First-Sass Heel $44.99, Zara Multi Skull& Stud Scarf this is the scarf that Cosima actually wears in the series, it’s sold out all over the place, but if you must have it you can try your luck on Ebay. I’m kind of in love with the alternative I found: Mossimo Skull Plaid Scarf – Black/Red $10.48, Kooba Brown Distressed Leather Bag $166.69 Budget friendly option: Men’s Vintage Canvas Leather Satchel Military Messenger Bag $34.26, Soko Angle Choker $60, Monserat De Lucca Scholastic Cute and Astute Necklace $69.99, Orphan Black 324B21 Brass Hand Metal Stamped Vegan Friendly Bracelet $24.99 this awesome bracelet is metal stamped with Cosima’s serial number of “324B21”. Orphan Black Cosima’s DNA Laptop Bracelet $18.99, Dreamcatcher Hand Ring Bracelet $6.50, Geo Cutout Midi Ring Set $4.90

 

Alison Hendrix

Alison

Shop the Look: Long-sleeved Jersey Top $12.95 sizes XS-XL Plus size option: Women’s Mystique V-Neck Knit Shirt $26.65, Women’s Clip spot Favorite Shirt Merona $22.99, Pleated Stretch-Fit Trousers sizes S-L $19.90 Plus size option: All-Nighter Pant – Slim Boot Trouser $58.50, Personalized White Quilted Vest Preppy Monogram $42 sizes 2-12 I was so excited to find this Etsy listing they do custom monogramming in gold leaf which to me just screams Alison. High-Shine Paneled Flats $22.90, Orphan Black Alison Bow Headband $6.50 I couldn’t resist adding this headband to the look, we all know Alison is known for her headbands and this one is customized for her with a very appropriate and adorable gun print. Gold Filigree White Pearl Necklace, Gold Bead $80 Budget friendly option: Pearl Color Options Pearl Jewelry (as always Etsy to the rescue), Faux Pearl Duo Studs $7.90, Shashi Solitaire Ring $32, Man and Woman Sharing a Glass of Wine $20 I wanted to find the perfect accessory for Alison that represented her love of wine, this vintage pin came from the clone heavens above it states that it’s a woman and a man sharing a glass of wine, but this piece of jewelry could obviously foretell the future because it’s clearly two clones sharing a glass of wine.

 

Helena

Helena

Shop the Look: Orphan Black Wedding Dress $54.50 sizes XS-4XL, Orphan Black Mesh Long Sleeve Girls Top $29.50, Clean Wash Skinny Jeans $7.90 sizes 24-31 Plus size option: Skinny Jean – Black Rinse $58.50, Orphan Black Lightweight Girls Anorak Jacket $49.50 sizes XS-4XL, Every Bliss Way Boot $9.99, Rhinestone Ear Cuff Set $7.90, Metal Tusk Ring $4.90, Orphan Black Sestra Necklace $8.50

 

Felix Dawkins (Felix is one of my favorite characters; he brings so much life to the show so I had to make a NerdyBound of him.)

Felix

Shop the Look: Twisted Frida Kahlo Muscle Tee $13.80 sizes S – L Plus size option: Cream Double Vision Tank Top $20.50 which I would pair with Skeleton Peace Racerback Crop Cami $26.50, ASOS Pea Coat $61 sizes 0-14 Plus size option: Shawl Collar Coat $81.48, ASOS Leather Look Leggings $33 sizes 0-14 Plus size option: ASOS CURVE Leather Look Legging $33, Anglophile Style Scarf $24.99, Move with Moxie Bootie $45, Boho, Urban, Travel, Scholastic Benefit of the Route Bag $49.99, Faux Crystal Midi Ring Set $6.90, Minimal Too Electri-cool Earrings $12.99, Spin Me Right ‘Round Time Necklace $24.99, No Conquest Ring in Silver $12.99 because Felix is so often their knight in shining armor, Orphan Black Clone Club Cuff Bracelet $16, O O-Kay Vinyl Harness $49

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NerdyBound: Doctor Who Style

I’ve always been obsessed with fashion, but unfortunately growing up a nerd meant that those worlds never really collided. There has been a nerd movement though and the times they have changed. Girls are encouraged to let their geek flags fly high and with that comes a demand for our favorite nerdy obsessions to come tailor made for us. This has brought upon one of my favorite new trends, everyday cosplay. It’s like someone heard my cries that I want to play dress up every day of my life and hand delivered this lovely escape of the mundane even if just for a little while.

Throughout this series, I hope I can give you new ideas for your everyday cosplays, and if you’re new to this I hope to inspire you to try it out or to incorporate pieces into your personal style. There are so many designers and retailers out there that cater to our everyday cosplay side, and I know my friends and I get really excited when we find new nerdy fashion online, so I just want to showcase all of that in one place. One of my inspirations is my favorite everyday cosplay blog, DisneyBound. It makes me want to move states just to be closer to Disneyland so I can DisneyBound all the time. This blog definitely inspires my Disney style in a way that I can incorporate it into my day to day life and all I could think of is I need to make this exist for all of my fandoms. I want to make a blog that not only showcases nerdy fashion, but fashion that’s achievable to everyone. I need the pieces to be budget friendly and being a curvalicious girl, I need plus size options. So I came up with NerdyBound! I’m excited to interpret my favorite fandoms through fashion with you.

I want to begin with one of my all-time favorite shows and a force to be reckoned with in the everyday cosplay game, Doctor Who. There are so many options to choose from when it comes to Doctor Who and it’s a beautiful thing. I remember being in love with this show after I caught a marathon on the SyFy channel (back when it used to be SciFi) and feeling like the weird girl, because no one had heard of this show and when I tried to explain it to people they all just commenced to slowly back away from me. Now it’s everywhere and everyone understands how powerful and emotional and amazing this show is and it just makes me a happy girl. This set was styled around the Her Universe Doctor Who line. I’m obsessed with Her Universe! They offer the cutest nerdy fashion around, their styles are current with the new movies coming out, and my favorite, their sizes range from XS-4XL.

I have to start with the Tardis, without the Tardis this show wouldn’t even exist. I wanted to do a look that you could wear from a convention straight into a date or just to hang out with your friends. Something that says intergalactic casual, but chic.

 

Shop the Look: Tardis Dress $45, Stars Above Metallic Headband $25, to represent the Tardis flying through the stars, Double Ring Time Lord symbol in Gallifreyan $11.95 to represent the language of the Tardis, Vivienne Westwood GALAXY SLOUCHY PURSE $600, I know, I know, this bag is crazy expensive, but it’s also crazy awesome and worth it. I did find some budget friendly alternatives, thanks to Etsy. My favorite being these wristlets from Charming Prints Shop, they have beautiful galaxy prints that you can custom order onto purses or totes. $19, Converse All Star Red Glitter $26 (available at several retailers) in honor of my favorite time lord that stole her away.

Now for our favorite time lord: The Doctor.

Shop the Look: 9th Doctor Dress $40, Galaxy Turban Headband $8, FANTASTIC 9th Doctor – Handmade Plastic Brooch Pin $10, in case you haven’t noticed, I adore Etsy. It’s the perfect place to find one of a kind items, like this pin with 9’s favorite word FANTASTIC!, 9th Doctor Inspired Silver Charm and Crystal Bracelet $9.99 I love this charm bracelet, it reminds me of all of 9’s classic episodes, including my favorite The Empty Child: “Are You My Mummy?”, Small Lavender Purple Spike Ring $10, this Etsy shop makes such pretty and unique jewelry, I highly recommend looking at their other products. This ring has 9’s colors, it has a galaxy feel to it and the spike gives it that edge that reminds me a lot of when 9 is angry. Fitted Motorcycle Jacket $28 sizes S-XXL, the lapel on this jacket makes for a perfect modern version of 9’s jacket. Dune for the Day Wedge in Midnight Black $45

Shop the Look: 10th Doctor David Tennant Dress $35, ASOS Scallop Collar White Shirt $45 sizes 2-24, ASOS is another amazing retailer that offers their styles in plus sizes, their clothes are always ahead of the trends and stylish, Timey Wimey TARDIS Bow $10, this bow is my favorite, not only is it beautiful, but it lights up! It’s from Magical Ribbons all bows are handmade with the best quality materials. Magical Ribbons began on tumblr and they offer really pretty Disney inspired bows, Doctor Who 10th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver Necklace in UK Union Jack Gift Box $30, Vivienne Westwood GALAXY CHAIN PURSE $300, another version of the crazy expensive purse, but I just love this collection so much. Here’s the link to the budget friendly alternative from Charming Prints Shop, they have beautiful galaxy prints that you can custom order onto purses or totes. $19, Maxstar 777 Back Zipper TC Wedge Heel Shoes $44, Tennant changes his outfit and converse shoes throughout the series, the red converse are more iconic, but I wanted to stay true to the dress which features his brown pinstriped suit which he pairs with white converse.

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Shop the Look: Eleventh Doctor Dress $28, Fezstravanganza Mini Fez $20, Forever 21 Faux Crystal Midi Ring Set $6.90, Doctor Who “The Girl Who Waited” Bracelet $15, Forever 21 Cutout Geo Bangle Set $6.90, I really wanted to find a Doctor Who themed stackable bracelet set, but instead I found this beautiful mixed metal set that would go perfectly with “The Girl Who Waited” bracelet, Doctor Who Wristlet Pond Goodbye $25, Galaxy Digital Sublimation Print Anarchic Combat Boot $81

I did two looks for 11 mainly because I happened upon this awesome shirt:

Men’s Doctor Who Shirt Tie and Braces T-Shirt from BBC Worldwide $58 sizes S-XXL, it annoys me that the colors are wrong, but it has a pretty cool feature that reveals a two beating hearts image using a smart phone or tablet and that meant that I needed to own this, ASOS Shorts with Belted Waist Detail $36 sizes 1-14, Here’s the plus size option: Knotted Wait Shorts, Mock Suspender Tights $10.86 sizes Medium – XXXL, I’m in love with the faux garters trend in tights, they can make the most casual/lazy outfit instantly edgy and sexy, Van Gogh Inspired Elastic Headband $10, if you didn’t cry during the Van Gogh episode, you have no soul, Mod Cloth Boho Spaced Haute Ring $20, Mod Cloth Quirky, Scholastic Undeniable Star Quality Bracelet $20, I love you (Circular Gallifreyan) Doctor Who Adjustable Bracelet $15.95, Doctor Who Hello Sweetie- Purse Skirt for Thirty-One Skirt Purse $20, in honor of The Doctor’s wife River Song an adorable Hello Sweetie/Hello Kitty purse, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Doppler’ Water Resistant Rain Boot $84.95

Her Universe is amazing and offers villain cosplay as well. They offer this Dalek dress in other colors and in a bodycon style as well. I thought it’d be fun to style the Dalek cosplay as a special occasion high end look. I tried to find structured pieces with a lot of clean geometric lines, so the essence of a Dalek who’s all business and very serious would be conveyed.

 

Shop the Look: Red Dalek Aline Dress $45, Kitsch Chevron Bun Pin $24, Balmain Embellished Blazer $2,850 I had a vision in my mind of a perfectly tailored blazer with gold studded accents and I could not for the life of me find a budget friendly option. I think this look is easily achievable with a simple DIY project; I’m planning on buying a simple black blazer and adding my own stud detail to it. I’ll post photos on the blog of the outcome, Gold Dalek Brooch $24, Doctor Who Gallifrey Symbols Brass Cuff Bracelet $30, Black Gold Spike Flat Shoes $28

I think I might have to do a villains post, because there’s so many more Doctor who villains I’d like to do Nerdy Bound’s for. There are definitely many more options within the world of Doctor Who, like the companions and friends of the Doctor, but we’ll save those for later. Doctor Who even has an entire bath products line; you could nerdy bound your entire bathroom shower caddy and all. They even have pajamas so you’re set for every time of the day. The possibilities are endless. Feel free to send in requests for Nerdy Bounds. I hope you’re inspired to have fun with your style.

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Geek Couture Fashion Show and Design Competition

After the success of last year’s competition, Her Universe and Hot Topic are teaming up again at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego (San Diego Comic-Con) for their “Geek Couture” fashion show and design competition. The show will be held on July 9, 2015 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego.

“We’re thrilled to announce The Her Universe Fashion Show is coming back to San Diego Comic-Con 2015. I can’t wait to see the designs submitted this year. It’s going to be impossible to choose only 25 designers to compete in this year’s show. SDCC brings together a pool of incredible talent!”

– Ashley Eckstein, Founder of Her Universe

“The success of last year’s fashion show highlighted the unique opportunity to directly engage fans in what is clearly a labor of love. We are excited to welcome Ashley and The Her Universe Fashion Show back for what is sure to be another fun and exciting event.”

–  David Glanzer, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Comic-Con

Amy Beth Christenson Smith "Great Skirt Marty"
Original sketch that “Judges Winner,” Amy Beth Christenson, submitted last year during the open submission process for the 2014 Her Universe Fashion Show.
Andrew MacLaine "Regina's Curse"
Original sketch that “Audience Winner,” Andrew MacLaine, submitted last year during the open submission process for the 2014 Her Universe Fashion Show.

During the submission period (which opened on April 8, 2015), potential contestants over 18 years of age can submit their designs for consideration and entry into the fashion show. The deadline for submissions is April 22, 2015, and a field of 25 lucky contestants will be chosen and announced by April 28, 2015 to compete in the fashion show. Two top winners will be selected at the fashion show; one by the judges panel, the other by the audience. Last year’s winners, Amy Beth Christenson and Andrew MacLaine, will have their exclusive Marvel Avengers Collection hit Hot Topic stores and hottopic.com this May!

Loki Halter Dress from Hot Topic
Part of the Marvel by Her Universe collection designed by last year’s fashion show winner, Amy Beth Christenson, with Her Universe, is this Loki Halter Dress available next month at Hot Topic.
Black Widow Belted Jacket from Hot Topic
Part of the Marvel by Her Universe collection designed by last year’s fashion show winner, Andrew MacLaine, with Her Universe, is this Black Widow Belted Jacket available next month at Hot Topic.

“The Avengers fashion collection designed by the winners from last year’s fashion show is beyond amazing. We can’t wait to do it again this year!”

– Cindy Levitt, Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing at Hot Topic

The rules for the 2015 Her Universe Fashion Show are as follows:

  • Designs must be fashions, not costumes, and can be “geek couture” or ready-to-wear outfits. 25 designers will be chosen to participate in the show.
  • The chosen designers can wear their own fashions on stage or opt to use their own model for the runway.
  • There are no tickets for this event. Entry will be first come-first served and admission is free with a San Diego Comic-Con 2015 badge.

For more information about the rules, submission entries,  and the contest in general, visit http://www.heruniverse.com/fashionshowcontest.

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