Excitables: Bioworld x Rogue One Winter 2016 Collection

The wonderful thing about being a Star Wars fan is that the community is so vast that no matter where you land, you’re going to find someone doing something of interest to you. Whether it’s theorizing on Twitter, collecting Topps trading cards, or putting your pride-and-joy 3D printer to use for armor molds, the Star Wars community has a hobby or interest for anyone. One of my “Star Wars Hobbies” happens to be collecting awesome clothes and accessories associated with my favorite film franchise. Recently, I’ve been given the chance to expand upon this (and couple it with my love of costume construction) for the official Star Wars blog with a column that I like to call Force of Fashion. So naturally, when something new and wearable pops up on my radar, I’ve got to check it out.

Leading up to the release of Rogue One, Lucasfilm and Disney have announced an initial batch of major partnerships for the Rogue One marketing campaign. Small hints of what to expect come this Fall and Winter have begun to pop upon social media (hint: you’ll want to check on my column over the next few weeks), and one particular new batch of products — which will release in December — has me intrigued.

Over on The Wookiee Gunner, my pal Johnamarie Macias has a complete run-down of the upcoming Bioworld x Rogue One accessory line, and I can’t wait to see what it looks like. I recently fell head over heels for their Poe Dameron Dome Bag, which I STILL need in my life, very badly. The silhouette images of each product must be what has me so jazzed. I’m more than excited to see what kind of products they have in store for their line, including the Jyn-centric accessories. Here are a few that I can’t wait to see:

star-wars-rogue-one-death-star-crossbody-bagDeath Star Cross-Body Bag ($39.95)

Step aside, Ramona Flowers, there’s a new circular cross-body bag in town. The first intimidating Death Star will presumably grace the outside of this bag, making it easy to proclaim your loyalty to the Emperor and still keep all your things on you. The chain strap is a great touch, but unlike a few other Empire-style accessories that I own with chains, it also offers a comfortable shoulder strap on top. I’ve been wanting something like this for a while, so I can’t wait to see what it looks like!

Rebel Mini Backpack ($39.95)star-wars-rogue-one-mini-backpack

I don’t travel often, but when I do, it’s usually because I’m doing a bunch of trips at once. For this reason, I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect “everybag”. Something durable, small, but efficient enough to throw in a tablet or a small laptop if I have need for it during my day. I fell in love with Loungefly’s Rey Backpack ($60), but I might hang back and see what this one looks like before I make my decision.

star-wars-rogue-one-rebel-dome-satchelJyn Dome Satchel ($49.95)

Remember how I said I’m super-lusting after that Poe bag? Bioworld’s dome bags are cute and perfect for a day out that requires a little more space on the inside. I’m interested in seeing what design Jyn’s costume inspires, since she has no helmet or major outstanding logos/patterns on her outfit.

 

The whole line is set for release this December, and you can get the full details on pre-orders over on The Wookiee Gunner.

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Stormtrooper Dresses.

There’s never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan.

I’ve said this so much recently that it almost feels like a played-out mantra, but as with most things involving my ridiculous devotion to the saga, I’m too enamored to care. As Force Friday came and went, fans showed off the new additions to their collections — figurines, drones, that adorable Sphero BB8 — but something else happened that day, too.

Brands like HerUniverse, We Love Fine, and ThinkGeek revealed new clothing lines for men and women, but the stand-out piece to me was this single stormtrooper dress (which you can find at Kohl’s, the Disney Store, and other retailers) that was made for kids who love the white-armored soldiers of the Empire.

To describe how I felt, here’s a nod to Star Wars: Aftermath, Chuck Wendig’s excellent new novel that explores the state of the Galaxy after the fall of the Empire above Endor. Please excuse my totally-not-NYT-bestseller-worthy (!!!) interpretation:

Then: I learn how to sew at age 11, fed up with the poor choices in clothing and the weird, boxy way boys’ clothes fit on my rapidly changing, possibly freakish body. I learn how to take in shirts, fix sleeves, and properly cut for tank tops when no store will sell so much as a shirt with Princess Leia’s face on it for girls. I pick stormtrooper tees off of the shelf, and then I head home, setting up my sewing machine. It’s a learned skill, sure — but it’s frustrating. In a galaxy where the princess arguably saves the day more often than most of her comrades, I can’t even get a basic girls’ tee with Vader’s helmet on it. Girls don’t like Star Wars, my classmates tell me when I walk in the next morning with my shoddily tailored tees.

But.

Now: An adorable little girl attends her first day of school wearing Kohls’ latest additions to their Star Wars line — a stormtrooper-print skirt with white tulle, and a gorgeous, quilted, white “zip-up top” with Stormtroopers printed on the back panels, which she wears as a jacket ala Coco Chanel. I’ve been fawning over this dress for a little while, throwing in quips about how great it is, how happy I am that it exists, but I think it’s right then that it hits me: this is real, and the door is open.
 

It’s cute, it is incredibly stylish, but for the most part, there are four pieces in this new line specifically for little girls. Still, the very idea that something like this could exist would have blown my mind as a kid. The idea that people actively made Star Wars clothes with me in mind would have been exhilarating. It would have meant the world to me, and might have even edged me out of the library corner enough to peek over a copy of Han Solo at Star’s End and, perhaps, socialize with other kids who liked Star Wars. At the very least, those boys would be proven wrong.

What I’m trying to say is that this means a lot to me, and I hope that this isn’t the last we’ll see of Star Wars clothes with young girls in mind. I am thrilled beyond reason for the gorgeous designs that I get to pick as a woman, where choices have become historically wide thanks to independent creators and the brands I’ve already mentioned (though they’re still slowly growing in retail stores), but I hope that every little girl who loves Star Wars can soon find a shirt with their favorite character on it that fits, that’s made for them, and that tells them that they are just as welcome in this family as anyone else.

Keep up the good work, Lucasfilm. You’re doing a bang-up job of making me proud to be a fan.

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Review: Underoos are back, and better than ever!

It’s not exactly news that Underoos launched a line for adults over the past few years, but with new designs every season, their growing collection of throwback underwear sets are quickly becoming a staple of geek fashion. So, when they reached out to me for a review, I seriously could not say no. As a die-hard Star Wars fangirl, I’ve always loved Underoos’ creative and fun designs, even though I was born a little too late to experience the Underoos fad for kids when I was younger. But forget about that, because here I am, sitting in my R2-D2 Galaxy Set and loving it.

20150806_132039My set came in a Junior’s size large, and while it fits great, I do wish I’d asked for a size down (for reference, here’s the sizing chart, to help you make more conscious decisions than I did) — the underwear isn’t cut like a standard panty and is a little too big for me because I went with large. Still, it’s super comfy and snug, but not cut for sexiness, which is fine because I don’t think anyone buys Underoos for the purpose of seduction. I mean, I buy them for all the cartoon characters.

shot01I chose this set because I love the galaxy print, which ranges in different hues of blue. The print of Artoo is smooth, soft, and looks like it’s going to hold up for quite a few washes. But let’s be real: I love this set because R2-D2 is easily the most important character in the Star Wars universe, and probably the sole reason that the story has lasted this long anyway, making him one of the best characters in the franchise. Our favorite little droid’s name is printed on the underwear, just below the side of the hip.

Overall, I love this set. I’ve been sitting around and editing my podcast in it since I finished taking the 200 photos that didn’t make it into this blog post, and the fabric is so soft that I can’t help but take quick naps in between edits. Thanks a bunch to Underoos and Janet Cowan for this chance to review this cute little set! Now, if I might suggest a ladies’ Rebel Pilot set and the return of Hoth Leia, I think you all might have me sold for life. Heh heh heh! 

Do YOU want Underoos? Use this discount code to get $5 off of your order at checkout:

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This only lasts until August 31st, 2015, so make sure you grab it now, and give @underoosbrand a follow on twitter while you’re at it!

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