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Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by The Amazing Spider-Man


Fashion inspired by the Amazing Spider-Man
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Luckily for those of us who love all things geeky, 2012 has been the summer of Marvel mania. First there was the smash hit The Avengers, and now The Amazing Spider-Man has hit the big screen. Directed by Marc Webb (whose last name wins an award for Best No Pun Intended) of 500 Days of Summer fame, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Rhys Ifans.

As a big fan of the Sam Raimi-directed films, I was curious to see how this reboot would compare. I wasn’t disappointed: it’s a funny, shiny, and all-around exciting – not to mention stylish – movie.

Check out previous articles to add some more Geek Chic to your week!  Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog-inspired fashion Star Wars Prequel-inspired fashionLost-inspired fashionThe Avengers-inspired fashion,Sailor Moon-inspired fashionDoctor Who inspired fashion (plus Part 2 and Part 3), Sherlock-inspired fashion,Star Wars Original Trilogy-inspired fashionThe Hunger Games-inspired fashionThe Big Bang Theory-inspired fashionthe Lord of the Rings-inspired fashion, and Star Trek-inspired fashion.

Know Your Geek: About Spider-Man

  • Spider-Man was created by Marvel Comics artists Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1963. (Spidey serves as Marvel Comics’ mascot!)  At the time, the character was considered unprecedented due to his young age and struggle with typical teen problems like low self-esteem and fear of rejection.
  • The original comics have spawned several spinoffs, including animated and live-action TV shows, newspaper comic strips, a Broadway musical, and of course, movies. The first three films, which starred Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, established Spider-Man as one of the most successful movie franchises ever. (And oh, that upside-down kiss launched a million fanboy/fangirl daydreams!)
  • Like Spider-Man (2002), The Amazing Spider-Man is an origin story. In the reboot, Peter Parker starts his journey towards superhero-dom as a high school student instead of as a photographer for the Daily Bugle. The film also focuses more on Peter’s deceased parents and the mystery surrounding their deaths. Otherwise, you’ll probably recognize most of the characters and settings.

Outfits Inspired by The Amazing Spider-Man

Ready to swing into action and spin a web of style? Try out these outfits inspired by your friendly neighborhood superhero/trendsetter!

Peter Parker

Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man
Photo credits: 1, 2, 3

Peter Parker, played by Andrew Garfield, is a good-natured teenage boy who was raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May after his parents were killed in a mysterious plane crash. His hobbies include skateboarding, science, and photography. Although he’s relatively introverted, Peter has a wry sense of humor and can be brashly sarcastic even when he’s about to get pummeled by Flash Thompson.

Of course, once he’s bitten by a radioactive, genetically manipulated spider, everything changes…

Fashion inspired by Peter Parker from The Amazing Spider-Man
Product Information: Jacket, Hoodie, Tee, Jeans, Sneakers, Loafers, Tote, Glasses

Peter wears the standard Hollywood geek uniform (see also: Leonard from The Big Bang Theory) of jeans, a graphic T, and a layered hoodie and cargo jacket. A cliche combination, perhaps, but it’s always cute and comfy. If it ain’t broke…

Snare Peter’s laid-back style with your own version of the “uniform” that lets you wear your favorite beat-up hoodie and grungy vintage T-shirt, while still looking put together. Add a quirky camera tote bag and black glasses that are similar to the ones that Peter wears. (Bonus reference: this particular Warby Parker eyeglass style is called “Webb.”) Last but not least: shoes! If skater sneaks aren’t up your alley, try out a glittery pair of loafers for a more feminine hit of sparkle.


Peter Parker as Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man
Photo credits: 1, 2, 3

A while back, my international roommate asked me why Spider-Man is such a beloved superhero in America. I’m pretty sure it’s for the same reasons that people tend to prefer Batman over Superman: Peter Parker is a flawed human being to whom we can all relate. He’s the eternal underdog trying to protect his city even though he’s villainized by the press. (Bruce Wayne at least has his fabulous fortune to back him up.) Peter exhibits poor judgment at times and doesn’t always have the right motivations. But at the end of the day, he always remembers that with great power comes great responsibility.

Plus, Spider-Man movies almost always include a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming when, in Spider-Man’s darkest hour, the people of New York put aside their differences and band together to support their friendly neighborhood superhero. I cry every time.

Fashion inspired by the Amazing Spider-Man
Product Information: Top, Jeans, Shoes, Earrings, Necklace, Nail Polish, Sunglasses

Spider-Man’s outfit is pretty iconic and doesn’t really need further description on my part. Good news: you can totally channel this arachnid hero without resorting to spandex!

Primary colors red and blue are always a knockout combination, so pair sleek scarlet jeans with a cutout cobalt top for an eye-catching look. Jet black accents like a spiky necklace and web-like wedges add visual interest without distracting from the bold color scheme. Add a subtle spider reference in the form of delicate stud earrings, then slip on some not-so-subtle cat-eye sunglasses that recall Spider-Man’s face mask. Go get ‘em, tiger! (Oops, wrong movie.)

Gwen Stacy

Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man
Photo credits: 1, 2, 3

Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone, is Peter’s classmate and love interest. Plus, she works at Oscorp as Dr. Conners’s assistant (how a 17-year-old managed to get hired as director of intern programs makes little sense to me, but hey, we’re talking fashion here and not plot points…) and provides Peter valuable information about Dr. Conners’s genetic experiments.

Even though her father is the chief of police and has declared Spider-Man public enemy number one, Gwen is supportive of Peter’s efforts to protect the city.

Fashion inspired by Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man
Product Information: Top, Cardigan, Skirt, Boots, Socks, Wedges, Satchel, Headband, Earrings

Gwen favors sweet and preppy outfits that feature cardigans and delicate prints. Though it shows way more leg than would ever be allowed in a real-life lab, her skirt-and-boot combination is seriously cute! Pair a polka dot blouse and scalloped cardigan with a dark wash denim skirt to tone down the girly top.

These tan boots are similar to the ones that Gwen wears in the movie, but if it’s still too hot to rock them, try out a pair of leg-elongating nude wedges. (Yep, putting Mary Jane shoes in a Gwen Stacy outfit is my idea of humor.) Stash your books in a classic leather satchel; finally, slip on a pretty headband for a perfectly polished hairstyle!

Dr. Curt Conners/The Lizard

Dr. Conners from The Amazing Spider-Man
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Dr. Curt Conners, played by Rhys Ifans, is an Oscorp scientist who dreams of harnessing cross-species genetics to cure mankind of all ills. He specializes in herpetology, the study of reptiles, and is particularly fascinated by lizards’ ability to regenerate limbs since he himself has lost an arm.

Although Conners has good intentions, he is pressured into testing out his experimental injection on himself.  The results, as you can guess, are rather disastrous.

Fashion inspired by Dr. Curt Conners from The Amazing Spider-Man
Product information: Blazer, Shirt, Shorts, Flats, Watch, Earrings, Nail Polish

This well-mannered scientist and his alter ego, the homicidal ten-foot-tall Lizard, seem worlds apart, but why not try reconciling the two in a stylish outfit? See, fashion brings us all together!

A gingham shirt and cuffed shorts form a classic summertime silhouette, especially when topped off with a white blazer. Spice up the look with subtle reptilian details like these baleful eye earrings and faux snakeskin flats. This iridescent nail polish from the OPI Spider-Man collection adds another rich accent. Finally, strap on a quirky glow-in-the-dark watch for those jaunts to the dark city sewers! (Or to the dimly lit city library. It’s up to you.)

What did you think?

Would you wear these outfits? Have you seen The Amazing Spider-Man? Are you a fan of the reboot or a staunch lover of Tobey and Co.? What other geeky inspirations would you like to see? (Next time, we will travel across the land, searching far and wide…) As always, let us know in the comments!

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46 Responses to “Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by The Amazing Spider-Man”

  1. 1
    July 13th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I loved Gwen’s style!!

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    July 13th, 2012 at 4:11 pm


  3. 3
    July 13th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    The outfits look nice, but not really my style. I still haven’t seen The Amazing spider-man but I’m looking forward to seeing it :)

  4. 4
    July 13th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    these are cool… i’d love to see Inuyasha or harry potter next <3

  5. 5
    July 13th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Spiderman guy is so hawt! love these looks! I really loved the outfits gwen wore in the movie!

  6. 6
    July 13th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I loveeee the first one! Loved it on PP and this! The translation of the lizard look is pretty spiff too. And love Gwen’s style!

  7. 7
    July 13th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I feel like there should have been more than one Gwenspired outfit. But besides that, all the outfits were très chic.

  8. 8
    July 13th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Ever since I saw the movie I have been waiting for this post to come out! and I LOVE all the outfits here, especially Gwen’s.

  9. 9
    July 13th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I love Gwen’s style also. It’s flirty schoolgirl and really cute. I like her character a lot more than Mary Jane

  10. 10
    July 13th, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I’m so glad you did a post on this movie! After watching it I secretly hoped you would! Will you do one for The Dark Knight Rises, too? Personally I’m a Batman girl but Spiderman comes in close second for me

  11. 11
    July 13th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I’d love a post on BBC’s Sherlock!

  12. 12
    July 13th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I haven’t seen the movie yet, but considering Andrew Garfield’s talents, I had little doubt he wouldn’t be “amazing”. Seeing this post though makes me pretty confident that the movie will be too!

  13. 13
    July 13th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Ok, not gonna lie, right after I finished the movie, I though, “I sure hope College Fashion does a post about this!” So glad you did!

  14. 14
    July 14th, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I was at Forever 21 this week right after seeing The Amazing Spiderman… guess which jacket I said reminded me of Peter Parker! Glad to know I wasn’t the only one. Love this post!

  15. 15
    July 14th, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Haha tell me why when I was watching this in the theaters I was obsessed with Gwen’s outfits! :) Thanks!

  16. 16
    July 14th, 2012 at 5:20 am

    “Yep, putting Mary Jane shoes in a Gwen Stacy outfit is my idea of humor.”
    I laughed for ten minutes straight.

  17. 17
    July 14th, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I love college fashion and really love amazing spiderman, I’m so glad you have fashion inspired on it :D

  18. 18
    July 14th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Can you please do how to train your dragon! :)

  19. 19
    July 14th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I adore this column and this installment did not disappoint! I especially love Gwen Stacy and wouldn’t mind a whole article devoted to her style. Her miniskirt/high sock combination was adorable.
    Looking forward to next week! I used to love that show!

  20. 20
    July 14th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I loved this. Especially the Peter Parker one!

  21. 21
    July 14th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Great article! Now you just need to do one based on Firefly!

  22. 22
    July 14th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    That you linked to TV Tropes makes my life.

  23. 23
    July 14th, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I really liked the new Spider Man movie. Emma and Andrew were perfect in it together! And I never really liked the original trilogy, so I’m glad they’ve revamped it. Nice outfit ideas!!

    I would love to see a Geek Chic inspiration from Sabrina the Teenage Witch! That used to be one of my favorite sitcoms and I still love it.

  24. 24
    July 15th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Loves this!

  25. 25
    July 16th, 2012 at 10:38 am

    @Supriya: Not going to lie, I kept giggling while putting the outfit together…glad to hear that I’m not the only one who thought it was funny ;)

  26. 26
    July 16th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    @Megan: Check out the Fashion Inspired by BBC’s Sherlock post from a few months ago here

  27. 27
    July 16th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Cute! Loved every idea.

  28. 28
    July 17th, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Great movie, Could you do an article with just Gwen Stacy inspired outfits? I love her style in the movie!!

  29. 29
    July 17th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Love this soooo much can you do a Legend of Korra look to please

  30. 30
    July 17th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Hi! I was wondering if you could maybe do a “Sweeney Todd” or “Chicago” inspiration post?
    Thanks for the great blog!

  31. 31
    July 18th, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    god I love this series :D Have you guys thought of doing one on Supernatural? Granted, Sam and Dean wear basically the same things all the time, but it could still be pretty cool

  32. 32
    July 19th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    THIS WAS AWESOME. Seriously wonderful job!
    Like, MUST do it.

  33. 33
    July 20th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Could you do a Scott Pilgrim one? I would DIE! <3

  34. 34
    July 21st, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Love the outfit for Gwen Stacy – and your observation how inaccurate it actually was!
    Could you do one for the Dark Knight Rises? I walked away absolutely LOVING everything Selina Kyle/aka “Catwoman” wore, she looked incredible!

  35. 35
    July 24th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    These are awesome, as always – and I so agree with Tigger; I’m dying to see how Selina Kyle’s outfits from The Dark Knight Rises could be interpreted!

  36. 36
    August 5th, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Can you do a geek chic post on criminal minds??

  37. 37
    August 18th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    can you plz plz plz do superman and batman???????? plz!!!!!

  38. 38
    September 30th, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I hink the outfits are all really nice and all of them look really comfy. My favorites were 1peter parker (looking at it makes me want to put it on it looks soo comfortable) 2gwen stacy (although it”s not close to my style it is adorable) 3spidey (I would have to make this one at home to find a way to make it fit. I’m tiny) 4 Dr. connors aka lizard (I like how it was put together to describe the character it was done well, but most people would not wear some of those things)

  39. 39
    August 25th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Amazing Spider-Man 2 Peter Parker Jacket its amazing weaing this jacket feel like spider man

  40. 40
    September 26th, 2013 at 1:17 am

    I am gona buy outfits like this,that’s all…………..

  41. 41
    July 2nd, 2014 at 6:20 am

    The outfits were nice.!!!!

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