Crushing on Betty Felon

Betty Felon is an outfit blogger of superheroine proportions. When not photographing her own outfits and costumes, she documents her favourite Fashion Tips from Comic Strips. Plus, one time she made this really wicked Pokemon dress, forever securing a place in my heart.

If you were a superhero, what would your costume look like?
First and foremost, a domino mask is mandatory, as are bow-shaped Batarangs, since I wear bows with almost every one of my outfits. The rest of my dream costume would include a long-sleeved leotard, matching tights, patent combat boots, a streamlined utility belt, and an optional cape that falls mid-thigh. As for the color palette, I think that I’d stick with a more retro colourway — light aqua body, cherry red cape and mask, and lemon yellow accents.

Do you think there is a difference between costume and fashion?
I think it really depends on the role that fashion plays in your life. In a general sense, there really is no essential difference between costume and fashion when you recognize both as a means of visual identity. While costumes often seem a bit audacious and inappropriate in normal settings, you really have to consider the significance of a costume to a superhero or supervillain, serving as an iconic identifier; even after years of redesigns, most characters can be identified simply by their synonymous symbol, theme, or style. Similarly, civilian characters also have a symbol in the form of a signature look, which allows us to identify Lois Lane by her impeccable sense of business-casual or Jim Gordon by his browline glasses within even the most intricately dense splash page. In relation to the fashion world, I think that virtually everyone has a signature style or item that they wear that personalizes their daily ensembles.

However, I think that the similarities between costume and fashion are actually more apparent when heroes and villains assume their civilian identities. As civilians, they wear “normal” inconspicuous outfits to blend in with their surroundings, not unlike how less-than-super individuals will abide by a dress code at work or this season’s popular-yet-overdone fashion trends on a daily basis, usually for the primary purpose of fitting in. Their civilian wear in turn serves as their Average Man and Normal Woman costumes, giving them the power to hide their actual powers and identities.

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Ave Wornette

I was born in Honolulu and spent most of my childhood in the desert of southern Arizona. I’ve lived all across Canada, eventually settling in my hometown of Ottawa. I’m studying geology at Guelph, but it was my interest in the world of fashion, art, and creativity that brought me to the big city, and to WORN. I love all sorts of fashion and culture, and my personal style is still evolving (kind of like a Pokemon). Movies and music are a big inspiration to me, and I love everything from the doe-eyed heroines of David Lynch to the bad girl attitudes of early 90s hip-hop video vixens. When I was a baby, my mom used to hang my dresses on the wall and let me pick which one I wanted to wear – I still love playing dress up while I choose outfits (oh, for a futuristic revolving closet like Cher’s from Clueless!). I’m so excited to be an intern here at WORN, this summer is going to be awesome!

Current Inspirations

The Considered Ensemble
Instead of street style photos, people describe their outfits and you just imagine them. I love it! Even though you don’t see the actual clothes, it feels a lot more personal.

“In Her Closet” at Modelinia
For those who have dreamed of closets stocked with glorious designer clothes, here’s a little sartorial inspiration – this video series peeks into the wardrobes of models.

What I Wore Today (Drawings)
A collection of daily outfit drawings instead of photos. The aspect of artistic style adds a whole new facet to the clothes, and the person – an outfit you might not look twice at in a picture can be a beautiful sketch or adorable cartoon.

Mr. Newton
I like the way this guy describes his life. Every day is impossibly glamourous and there is no attempt at modesty, it’s great. He has a very distinct voice, both in text and in his consistently gorgeous street style photos.

Selleck Waterfall Sandwich
Exactly what it sounds like. Eat your heart out, Hercule Poirot, there’s a new mustache in town. And it’s accompanied by a variety of sandwiches and water features.