With the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars behind us and this year’s Barristers Benefit Ball on the fast-approaching horizon, Denver lawyers will have no choice but to contemplate what to wear to the most glittering superhero event of the year. Fortunately for Colorado legal professionals, quality journalism is still in vogue, and The Docket has provided this article to address your most pressing wardrobe conundrum. (You are, after all, VIPs in our book.)
When tailoring your outfit for any theme party, you have the same spectrum of options. You can (1) chicken out on the theme entirely, (2) go “all out” and commit to the theme with eye-opening gusto, or (3) try to sport a modest, even if unheroically indecisive, middle ground.
Start by identifying the historical or fictional superhero (or villain) that you identify with or are most drawn to. Ideas include Captain America, Superman, Robin Hood, Abraham Lincoln, Ross Poldark, Amelia Earhart, Rey from The Force Awakens, Wonder Woman, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Bennet and Poison Ivy. As you can gather, the list of possibilities could extend to infinity and beyond. Should you be experiencing an identity crisis of sorts, feel free to don attire that leaves your character up to the viewer’s imagination.
Disclaimer: If you already have your mind made up to wear that head-to-toe costume from last year’s Comicon, you do not need to read this article: You already have this thing figured out.
Warranty: You will not be the only person in costume. So, if you are on the fence about wearing your full-body Batman unitard and authentic replica body armor, go for it. You have nothing to lose, literally or figuratively. If you are one of those haute couture go-getters, we applaud you. The Wizard’s Chest, which recently reopened its doors at 451 Broadway in Denver, also stocks prêt-à-porter superhero and villain costumes that are in the $50 range. The adult sizes are hot items, so plan ahead. Achieve carpe diem by visiting wizardschest.com without delay.
Option 2: Play It Safe
Disclaimer: If the idea of appearing in costume in front of your colleagues makes your hands start to sweat and your heart race, second skin spandex may not be the right red-carpet choice for you. In that case, consider some of these “play-it-safe” options:
Wear a “normal” suit or dress, and tell people you are dressed as a superhero or villain’s alter ego, like Bruce Wayne (Batman), Clark Kent (Superman) or Diana Prince (Wonder Woman). Dress as a hero or villain who habitually appears in a suit. Think Professor X, James Bond, Hillary Clinton, Philip Lombard or Atticus Finch. Buy a superhero billfold (available at dynomighty.com for $26 and under), and show it to anyone who doubts your philanthropic potential.
Warranty: If you play it too safe, you will have to spend the entire night explaining your non-costume to majority-rule enthusiasts.
Disclaimer: The Barristers Benefit Ball is meant to be fun. With a dash of creativity and a pinch of willpower, your options are endless. Here are a few suggestions to get the gears in the right side of your brain turning:
Consider starting with something you would normally wear to a cocktail party. For men, try classy suits that lend themselves to extreme accents; for women, aim for bright solids that can showcase dramatic accessories. Ladies — if you want that Sonia Rykiel or Giambattista Valli look without the investment, check out Rent the Runway (renttherunway.com). Ladies AND Gentlemen — Try pairing superhero shirts (available for $30 and under at superherostuff.com) with your favorite business attire.
Then comes the fun part: Add elements synonymous with superpowers, like capes, masks and temporary tattoos, all of which are available at The Wizard’s Chest. If you are questing for the paragon of versatility, Amazon carries superhero capes for $15 and under.
Dramatic makeup also has transformative powers. Check out MAC Cosmetics and Sephora for glamorous shades of poison-ivy-like greens and good-as-it-get golds.
Warranty: There is a direct correlation between the creativity in your costume and the amount of fun you will have. Anyway, you’ll be in good company. If you’ve always wanted to dress up as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg or invent your own “super-villain” named “Doc Review” or “Ms. Trial,” this is your moment to flex your muscles.
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Regardless of what you choose to wear to the Barristers Benefit Ball on April 30, it’s going to be a fantastic event benefiting a “superheroic” cause, and you’re guaranteed to have a night to remember. D
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