Women are superheroes indeed. But sometimes it takes a costume to underline that. Maybe that’s why Halloween was invented: so that everyone can turn overnight into what (s) he really wants to become. This post is not a debate on who we are and who we might become, but a tutorial meant to relieve the pre-Halloween costume stress for women. We’re not being feminist here, we just want to inspire women to go out and join their kids and spouses on the big night. Here are 5 Superhero costumes for women + 5 incredible tips on how to make your own. All in all this post is all about 10 Useful Approaches for Superhero costumes for women. We’re talking about homemade stuff here that’s easy to make and highly effective.
The fact that superhero costumes are the easiest to make is a paradox, but we’ll just have to accept it and move on. You likely own almost all of the required items like leggings, long sleeved shirts, and gloves. You can make or cheaply buy the rest of the ensemble, and these costumes can be thrown together easily at the last minute.
5 Examples of Famous Superhero Women Costumes
1. WONDER WOMAN
Wonder Woman represents everything a superhero should be with her speed and super-strength. She also owns a large arsenal of weapons and useful items like the Lasso of Truth and the Invisible Plane. But don’t stress over that. Just carry a thin rope for your Lasso of Truth.
In order to create your own Wonder Woman costume, start with a Wonder Woman T-shirt. Pair it with blue shorts and you’ve got an instant Wonder Woman costume. Never mind the white stars, no one will notice they’re missing. To finish off the look, add a gold tiara, red boots and a large, golden cuff bracelet on each wrist. A good substitute for the red boots consists of some thicker red socks worn over some confortable shoes.
2. THE INVISIBLE WOMAN
A blue, full-length body suit would work best for her costume, but this item may be too hard or expensive to obtain. If you need an easier option, wear a tight, long-sleeve, blue shirt with tight blue pants or leggings/tights in a color as close to that of your shirt as possible. Cut out a circle of gray construction paper and glue it onto a piece of poster board or cardboard to strengthen it. Draw the number “4” with a black marker, and color the outside edge of the circle black. Tape or pin the number onto your shirt. Wear black leather gloves that stretch almost to your elbows, a pair of black boots and a black belt to finish off your costume.
Catwoman is a sneaky thief who wears all black and carries a whip. Seems easy so far. While she wears a leather bodysuit, any all-black outfit will work. Try a tight-fitting, long-sleeve shirt with black jeans or leather pants. Add a black belt, boots and gloves. Also carry a fake black whip, often available for purchase at Halloween shops and in the costume section of department stores. And don’t forget about the mask. A piece of sturdy card stock should help you do the trick.
4. AVENGER’S WASP
While there have been many renditions of Wasp from the Avengers, this version is from the “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” show. The following list appears to be long, but once you start following it, you’ll finish pretty easy. So you’ll need: cardboard, black strapless dress, black tights, boots, yellow fabric to add on the black dress, chop sticks, wrap around headphones, thick heavy gauge wire (home depot), reflective wrapping paper for the wings, long shoe lace, yellow gloves: optional (or you can make your own), fastners.
5. VIOLET from The Incredibles
This is also super easy to make. First of all you’ll need some red tights in case you don’t already have any, a red shirt with a pair of black boyshorts undies or some black shorts in case you want a little more coverage. Print out The Incredibles logo and tape it to your chest. Cut eyeholes out of a black elastic headband and throw on some black boots and gloves and you’re good to go.
TIPS & TRICKS
Regarding the basics on how to make your own improvised superhero costume.
1. Most well-known and original heroes’ costumes can be represented using only a few solid coloured elements. If you wear a matching colour shirt and pants/skirt, with a large logo in a contrasting colour on your chest you will look like a superhero. Spandex is not mandatory.
2. Start by finding a set of clothes to serve as base for your costume. Raid your closet or a thrift store for comfortable, colour-coordinated clothes. Go for solid, bright colours and clothes that fit tight to the body. Baggy clothes and any logos that can’t be covered up will ruin the illusion.
3. Buy some felt or fleece and fabric glue, or a needle and thread, to make boots, a logo, a cape, headband, mask and or belt. Keep a look out for colour-coordinated gloves.
4. How to make a papier mâché mask. This is incredibly cool, but yet not se easy to wear. It’s first impression that matters, so just go with the flow. Its effect is fantastic. Blow up a balloon to about the size of your head. Lay newspaper flat on a table or the floor to use as a working surface.
◦ Tear strips of newspaper or cut strips of thin cloth into long strips.
◦ Combine 2 cups flour and 1 cup water in a mixing bowl. You can use 2 cups of white glue in place of flour if you don’t have any flour handy.
◦ Dip the strips of paper or cloth into the mixture completely and begin to lay them on the balloon until the entire balloon is covered. Be sure to place the strips at random, intersecting angles.
◦ Allow it to dry completely and then take a needle and pop the balloon. Cut the globe in half using strong scissors starting at the base of the balloon where it was tied and cutting up over the peak of the globe.
Shape the mask to fit your face, cut out any openings for your eyes or mouth, and finally, decorate it with paint and any other decorations you choose!
5. And last but not least, let’s not forget the cape! An improvised superhero costume will probably need one. Make a cape from any rectangular piece of old fabric you have lying around, such as an old sheet that you can cut up. Felt also works well as cape material and is inexpensive at most arts and crafts stores.