Nerd Chic

What I’d Wear If I Were Iron Man

“I am Iron Man. The suit and I are one. To turn over the Iron Man suit would be to turn over myself, which is tantamount to indentured servitude or prostitution, depending on what state you’re in. You can’t have it.” – Tony Stark

Although there is no shortage of ladies who might like to see Iron Man undress, no fangirl could dream of asking him to turn over his suit.  Fortunately, with just a little creativity, and honestly, a very minimal flare for fashion, you can create your own Iron Man inspired wardrobe.  This is not about cosplay.  If it was, it would be a very different collection.  This is about channeling your inner Iron Man in a way that is fashionable and fun. For this particular Iron Man inspired outfit, we’re going to take a distinctively “roaring 20’s” route. So, let’s take it from the top.

In Lieu of Titanium Full Coverage Helmet
It doesn’t have a J.A.R.V.I.S., but it’s got SEQUINS!

Obviously, walking around in a full helmet isn’t a fashion forward option, but keeping with key colors of red and gold this headband “incorporates thousands beads and sequins in an ornate and stunning design.”  Etsy shop owner Bethany Lorelle states in the description that it “can be worn boho or traditional style,” but for this look, keeping it forward is reminiscent of feathered headbands and turban style head dresses that were all the rage in the “roaring 20’s”.

Art Deco Iron Man
Flapper inspired shiny suit — More SEQUINS!

This particular dress is a “1990s does 1930s Art Deco” flapper dress.  You can find it at aiseirigh. It’s this great little vintage clothing store on Etsy.  This dress is a “vintage piece” and you probably won’t find another exactly like it, so the important thing to notice here is the drop waist fit of the dress, along with its length. For an Iron Man inspired look, try to keep it shiny — think sequins, rhinestones, glitter, or metallic fabric.

Arc Reactor?
Art Deco Arc Reactor

If you’re aiming for a truly 20’s look for this Iron Man inspired outfit, you’ll need the right  Arc Reactor!  Big Art Deco medallions are a perfect fit for this combo.  You could go with a gaudy gold medallion, and it would suit this look just fine.  We found several on Etsy, but this “Blue, antique gold medallion necklace” from JennsHandmadeJewelry captured the idea of the glowing Arc Reactor perfectly!  If you can’t snag this exact piece, keep these tips in mind.  For a 20’s flare, longer is better.  Think of the flapper girls with pearls draped down to their navels!  Art Deco designs are not only a staple for the time period, but also produce a stylized version of Iron Man’s Arc Reactor.  A big round gold filigree would work perfectly.

Art Deco gold mesh purse.
Oooh, shiny!

The next step in putting together this vintage Iron Man inspired look is finding the right bag.  We love this Art Deco metallic mesh bag found at MidtownGeneralStore.  These bags were typical of the era, and keeping with the shiny, it pulls in perfectly for our “armor”.

leather strappy old hollywood flapper Art Deco
Warning: Not equipped with repulsor technology!

Next stop on your way to an Iron Man inspired outfit — the right shoes!  In keeping with the “flapper” look, find shoes with a curved French (also known as Louis) heel at a modest height. Something in a Mary Jane style, or T-strap is ideal.  We chose these vintage gold heels from melsvanity.  While these shiny metallic shoes don’t come with repulsor technology, they do work perfectly for our 1920’s Iron Man inspired look.

Flask Garter
Built in “re-hydration system”

To embody the true spirit of Iron Man, we can’t forget, as Tony Stark had emphatically stated, that he and the suit are one.  We must capture the spirit of Tony Stark, not just his suit of armor. So we found this red and gold flask garter from YouNiqueGarters!  Trust me, Tony would approve!

Of course, these aren’t your only options for a 1920’s inspired Iron Man look.  Check out some of our other favorites here.  It is also worth mentioning, that while we were searching for a very specific style for this outfit, we came across several items that were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  They didn’t quite match our search parameters, but we’d be remiss not to share some of them with you:

Amanda Lynn 
Silver Leaf Costumes
Corsair’s Boutique
LoriAnn Costume Designs
















About the author

Jessi Roman

Jessi is a full-time stay-at-home-mom, raising the next generation of nerds. She loves sci-fi, superheroes, and video games. She pulls from these passions to create her own line of geeky elegant jewelry at Anomaly Accessories.

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