SUPERMAN UNDERWEAR COSTUME TUTORIAL

FEATURE VIDEO



I broke this tutorial down into a series of videos so you can get more information and details about how to put together your costume look. This costume draws inspiration from the Superman Returns version of the hero costume which is still one of my favorites (despite the movie being so polarizing for many fans). I haven't yet seen the latest movie with Henry Cavill in the Man Of Steel movie but I'm looking forward to it. I admit I'm still a strong proponent of the red briefs look which lends itself well to the underwear twist I always apply to my outfits.


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Superman Underwear Costume Image
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Superman is such an iconic character that it's very easy to replicate his costume with just a few key elements. I prefer to go for the more saturated and dark tones as used in the latest two movies over the bright, comic-inspired classic look.

COSTUME BUYING GUIDE

Superman Underwear Costume Breakdown
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Many of the elements for this outfit are derived from a single Rubie's costume based on the Superman Returns movie. Unfortunately, that costume has quickly become hard to find online for a reasonable price outside of eBay (which I've provided links to). I spent a lot of effort to track down suitable elements that replicate the featured look requiring you to buy the original costume itself. I'll be showing you some fabric painting techniques to get the textured effect on the spandex compression shirt using Tulip Fabric Paint and a Stencil. Not surprisingly, Gregg Homme is my go-to for underwear that matches the color I desired as well as the risque cut and the excellent texture.
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Nike Core Compression Long Sleeve Shirt
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Nike Core Compression Long Sleeve Shirt


Purchase this shirt at:
Nike.com for $32
DicksSportingGoods.com for $32

It's hard to beat spandex fabric shirts when assembling a superhero themed-costume. Luckily blue is an easy-to-find color and both Nike and Under Armour offer a long-sleeve shirt in the right color. It's up to you how much skin you want to show of course. I went for just a portion of the top and the full sleeves to create a more provocative look.

If you're looking for a fast and easy option Under Armour happens to offer an exclusive line of Superhero themed shirts with printed textures and logos.

Alternate Option

Under Armour Long Sleeve Shirt
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Purchase the Under Armour at:
Amazon.com for $35
DicksSportingGoods.com for $35
UnderArmour.com for $35

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Tulip Fabric Paint Metallic Azure Blue
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Tulip Blue Azure Metallic Fabric Paint


Purchase this paint at:
Amazon.com for $10
ILoveToCreate.com for $1.8

Whenever you paint fabric it is key that you use paints that are specially formulated for fabric. Regular paints will crack and not apply evenly to most fabrics while fabric paints will stretch along with the fabric and not peel off or crack. Tulip is one of the most common and effective lines of fabric paints and I've used their products for years. The wide range of colors is excellent and I found the Azure Blue Metallic color worked well as an options.

Fabric Painting Tutorial:


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Crafter's Workshop Snakeskin Stencil
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Crafter's Workshop Snakeskin Stencil


Purchase this item at:
Amazon.com
for $5
CreateForLess.com for $6
OverStock.com for $9
Scrapbook.com for $8

In order to apply a pattern or texture to fabric it's a lot easier to use a pre-made stencil like the ones featured here. Because I opted for the Gregg Homme snakeskin thong I decided to match that with the snakeskin template from Crafter's Workshop. There are many other stencil designs available including a nice diamond pattern called "Solace" as featured below. The stencils are high-quality and have very clean edges and are easy to clean as long as you use water-based paints.

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Crafter's Workshop Solace Stencil
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Purchase the Crafter's Workshop Solace Stencil at:
Amazon.com for $8
OfficeSuperSavers.com for $4
CreateForLess.com for $7

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Superman Cape
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Rubie's Costume Deluxe Superman Adult Cape


Purchase this accessory at:
Amazon.com
for $25
SpiritHalloween.com for $35

You can't have a Superman costume without the cape and luckily there are more than a couple options for you to purchase. If you get your hands on the original Rubie's Costume (see item 5 below) then you'll get a basic dark red cape. The only issue with that cape is that it's quite undersized which could work in your favor if you're trying to show off your underwear. Your alternatives include the official Rubie's Man Of Steel cape which is a much brighter red so there could be some challenges getting that to match up with the overall look, you'll probably have to opt for a brighter red underwear brief to match up correctly. If you are a little less picky any number of dark red Halloween capes will work as well. For a darker red color the Disguise red velvet cape is not as cartoonishly bright in hue.

Alternate Options

Disguise Burgandy Hooded Cape
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Purchase the Disguise Burgundy Hooded Cape at:
SpiritHalloween.com for $22

Superman Costume Cape Options:


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Rubie's Superman Returns Costume
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Rubie's Superman Returns Costume


Purchase this costume at:
eBay.com
for $30
eBay.com for $40

When I originally put together my costume look I used the chest emblem from the costume since it was dimensional and provided a more authentic look than a flat patch. The darker color also went well with the themes I wanted to reproduce. It's pretty hard to track down the Superman Returns version of the costume on traditional online retail sites but there are more than a couple eBay sellers who are still selling multiples of this package. You'll get a full jumpsuit, 3/4 cape and fabric boot toppers.

Alternate options of the emblem that weren't overly comical or undersized was not easy to find. I ended up resorting to eBay once again to find a seller in Singapore who is selling a version of the Man Of Steel costume shield. I have not ordered from any of these eBay sellers in the past and can't speak to their reputation so please make sure you do your homework before making any purchases.

Alternate Options

Superman Man Of Steel Urethane Chest
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Purchase the Superman Man Of Steel Urethane Chest Emblem at:
eBay.com for $30

Superman Costume "S" Shield Options:


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Rubie's Superman Returns Costume Belt
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Rubie's Superman Returns Deluxe Adult Costume Belt


Purchase this accessory at:
Amazon.com
for $12

I was a little suprised to discover there were not a lot of standalone Superman costume belts available. This is again from the Superman Returns line at Rubie's Costumes. It's a nicer version than what comes bundled with the ful costume with more details and a light-up option. If this isn't available for you it's pretty easy to combine a simple belt buckle and a yellow belt. There are many options but I did find a belt that was available on Amazon.com which has the option to swap out the buckle.

Alternate Options

Faux Leather Yellow Belt
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Purchase the faux leather belt at:
Amazon.com for $7

Superman Costume Belt Options:


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Gregg Homme Venom Thong
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Gregg Homme Venom Thong


Purchase this thong at:
GreggHomme.com
for $34
TopDrawers.com for $26
HisRoom.com for $24
Erogenos.com for $32
Amazon.com for $25
DeadGoodUndies.com for $40

I liked the texture of the snakeskin fabric in the Venom line from Gregg Homme which lent a greater sense of detail that I felt enhanced the overall look. I often use Gregg Homme underwear in my costumes since they typically do not use exposed waistbands or heavy branding and the colors and styles are frequently my favorites. The venom line's red color option matched up well with my desired palette.

There are quite a few red underwear options although I recommend a dark red color which is a little trickier to find. I like the Joe Snyder "Wine" color which matches well with the Superman Returns theme of more muted colors. The JMSkinz thong is offered in a rich dark red as well and the double-layer pouch is lifting as well as hides overly visible genital outlines. For something more adventurous you can try the BodyAware Sparkler Tanga which will certainly draw attention.

Alternate Options

Joe Snyder Cheek Boxer
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Purchase the Joe Snyder Cheek Brief at:
Erogenos.com for $28
Amazon.com for $26
PacificJock.com for $26
Runs True-To-Size
Cover Male Pouch Enhancing Cheeky Boxer
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Purchase the Cover Male Pouch Enhancing Cheeky Boxer at:
CoverMale.com for $22
FreshPair.com for $23
InternationalJock.com for $23
Runs True-To-Size
Gregg Homme Venom Boxerbrief
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Purchase the Gregg Homme Venom Boxer Brief at:
GreggHomme.com for $41
Wyzman.com for $42
PremiumUnderwearStore.com for $42
Erogenos.com for $42
Amazon.com for $22
TopDrawers.com for $32
Runs True-To-Size
JM Skinz Thong
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Purchase the JM Skinz Thong at:
JMShop.ca for $18
Amazon.com for $16
InternationalJock.com for $16
Wyzman.com for $18
BodyAware Mini Sparkler Tanga
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Purchase the BodyAware Mini Sparkler Tanga at:
BodyAware.com for $18

Superman Costume Underwear Options:


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