Sex sells. Not a new mantra, but an effective one. Though comic books are branching out more than ever to diverse audiences, some of the female characters took a bit of time to catch up. As more superheroines are being given solo series and exciting adventures that don’t revolve around them being women, so too are their wardrobes being updated to accommodate this.
Practical does not necessarily mean fashionable, just as fully clothed does not automatically equate to better design. Most of these costumes aren’t perfect, but these characters have moved from fighting crime in lingerie to actual armor, while still retaining the elements of style that made them classic in the first place. The personality of the characters should dictate the type of costume they wear, not the horniness of the artist.
People don’t like change and one of the staples of comic books is the cliched superheroine with big breasts in a skimpy costume. The counter-argument that all men have chiseled jaws and giant muscles is flawed: could you imagine Batman fighting in Catwoman’s skin-tight leather catsuit, or Green Lantern flying around in Star Sapphire’s swiss cheese armor? The goal is to retain sex appeal without the women fighting crime in thongs.
You’re allowed to like the new look but also yearn for the old one. Not every costume change is easy to accept, especially when they’ve been wearing the same thing for years, but these are the 10 most effective, relatively current redesigns of superheroine costumes in modern comics.