Elhoffer Design, destination for all the great nerd-inspired and bounding wear, has two new cardigans we just have to tell you about.
The first is the Patriotic Cardigan, which is available for pre-order now.
As always, it is the attention to detail that makes Elhoffer Design pieces so great. The little star buttons are the cutest! This cardi can be worn with your Captain America, Wonder Woman or 4th of July wear. Get your own here.
The other new cardi that we love is the Serpent Slayer cardi, which reminds us of one of our favorite Gryffindors, Neville. The hood is detachable, which makes it super versatile.
I’ve seen this sweater in person, and let me tell you, it is SO SOFT! You can also always count on Elhoffer Design to bring you pieces that are size inclusive, truly plus size, and with lots of comfy stretch. Get yours here.
The kiddo and I had an opportunity to see “Wonder Woman” the other night and OMG, what a fantastic film and a major event in the lives of nerd women everywhere.
Here is the Wonder Woman I grew up with:
The Wonder Woman television show in the 70s was a major influence on me. She was strong and authoritative. Men listened to her! Wonder Woman and Princess Leia played a big role in making me the woman I am today. I know that the old show is a bit silly, but when I showed some episodes to my kiddo, her reaction was surprising. She reacted with, “Mommy, can we watch some more of these? She’s AWESOME!” I expected much giggling from the silliness of the effects and such, but the influence of a strong, capable and confident woman overrode the silliness.
Here is the Wonder Woman of today:
With some wardrobe upgrades to make her armor, well, more armor-like aside; she remains a great example of a strong, capable woman with confidence and passion for protecting those that cannot protect themselves.
She works with the men in the film pretty seamlessly. There was no, “But she’s a chick!” kind of ignorance from the team of fighters that go with her to The Front. Some might say that is not realistic, but I disagree. Steve recruits the team to go with the two of them, and they trust their friend. If he is bringing her, it is for a good reason. This is one of many things that make superhero films great. The men just fight along side the women. Everyone has their skill set or powers and what they bring to the table is not valued by their gender. From my experience with my friends, most men are like this. It is such a bummer that trolls have been making men look jerky and their masculinity so fragile that it is becoming surprising when men just respect and work with women and it is how it should be. No big deal.
Wonder Woman was the first woman super hero in the comic book world. Then she was the first big woman super hero in the television world. It only makes sense for her to have the first big super hero movie led by a woman.
I love that in the film, she’s a big deal, not because she is a woman, but because she is amazing! Steve and the rest of the team aren’t threatened by her. They don’t need to be. She does not make them any less manly or tough. She is part of a team. They get it all done together.
It is so great that she is a big deal because she is groundbreaking as a woman leading the first superhero woman movie, but within the movie, the fact she is a woman is not a big deal. As it should be. The kiddo will be writing her own piece on how Wonder Woman has influenced her soon, but she still has to finish up 5th grade first.
Now Mattel and Barbie have created dolls from the film so you can play Wonder Woman at home! The dolls look amazing!
If you follow the world of nerdy fashions, you saw/heard about the “controversy” about Hero Within’s Wonder Woman Denim Jacket. A little full-disclosure and background, I’m the Operations Manager for Hero Within. Hero Within is a nerdy menswear company, so when we released the Wonder Woman jacket, we had our amazing model, Louis, model it. Well, the internet had a collective cow. I guess they forgot that we are a menswear company, and men love Wonder Woman too.
Now, I have gotten a ton of questions and requests about how to style our menswear. So, I took some of our summer collection pieces and styled them all girly-like for you.
Owning a jean jacket is a good investment. It is a classic piece that never goes out of style. I paired the jacket with a simple pull over cotton dress and combat boots. The red combat boots are a very old purchase from Target, and even though they are starting to fall apart, I love them. The dress is also from Target.
When you are styling menswear, just remember to balance your pieces. Balance them the same as when you put together any other outfit. Volume on top, means fitted on the bottom, etc. Also balance the menswear piece with something more girly. I also added a yellow scarf to the mix for a pop of color and add a nice feminine touch. I am wearing a 2XL in the Wonder Woman jacket. The scarf is from a fabric store. I just bought a square of fabric in the color I desired.
Next up is one of our summer collection button down shirts. For this look, I went rockabilly with our Justice League shirt.
I tied the shirt at the waist and paired it with some jeans from Torrid and Chuck Taylors. I also added a scarf as well. I’m wearing a 3XL in the Justice League shirt.
Again, with balance, I paired a fitted pair of leggings with the boxy men’s blazer. Also, the leggings are a staple in every nerd girls’ wardrobe. The leggings are from Amazon. I’m wearing a 3XL in the blazer.
If you have some ideas about how you like to style these menswear pieces, or any other menswear pieces, please send us some pictures. We love hearing from you!