Is Zack Snyder Right About Grant Gustin?

Okay, I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that Grant Gustin, who plays Barry Allen/the Flash on the CW’s wildly popular show, The Flash, wasn’t allowed to play his character in the DC Cinematic Universe. While Grant has been characteristically classy about it, fans were certainly curious why Zack Snyder decided to start over from scratch with the Flash in the films.

I mean, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

Well, Snyder might disagree with how well the Flash is characterized on the CW show. Here’s what he told NY Daily News:

I just don’t think it was a good fit. I’m very strict with this universe and I just don’t see a version where…that (tone is) not our world.

Sure, I get it. The Flash is super lighthearted, and Barry himself is particularly bright and sunny. Just look at this happy smile:

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Understandably, Zack Snyder might not want such a sunny character ruining his dark and twisty vibes. And to top it all off, Snyder has even come out to say that Batman and Superman hail from an entirely different universe from The Flash and Arrow (which is evidenced by the Flash/Supergirl crossover ep).

But…

Snyder is still including the Flash in the Justice League movie, and Ezra Miller’s Flash will get his own movie. So clearly, there’s enough there to add him to the DC Cinematic Universe, right?

Side note: I should also point out that word on the street is that, should the Green Arrow find his way to the Justice League too (which he should since he’s a vital part of it), Stephen Amell will probably not be the movie Green Arrow. That brings up an entirely different argument of Zack Snyder inadvertently shooting DC Comics/DCTV in the foot by turning the CW’s Flash and Arrow into the “poor man’s Flash and Green Arrow”. While I could talk about that more, I want to go back to what he said about Grant Gustin and the tone of his Barry Allen.

There was a lot of success behind the Dark Knight trilogy and the dark and twisty-ness that came with it–despite the fact that Batman properties have been lighthearted in the past. Like this:

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Or even this:

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Of course the Dark Knight trilogy was based on the equally dark and twisty Dark Knight comic book series. Still, there have been plenty of times where Batman is depicted in more lighthearted stories both in movies, series, and comics. Superman, too.

So is Snyder and the DC Cinematic universe making a mistake planting their flag in the dark and twisty superhero camp? After all, Man of Steel didn’t exactly blow the doors off an box office records, and the fact that Brandon Routh has a solid place in the DC TV Universe as Ray Palmer/The Atom on Legends of Tomorrow means that most of us probably forgot that he had a run as Christopher Reeve’s doppelganger/the protector of truth, justice, and the American way in 2006’s Superman Returns.

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Meanwhile, the MCU is dominating ALL THE THINGS because they’ve allowed their superheros to be for kids and grown-ups alike. Sure, MCU heroes may have some rough stuff in their backstory, but their films are ultimately fun and uplifting to watch–and just about everyone takes the MCU seriously. Even if you’re over superhero movies and the MCU, there’s no denying that they’re doing something right.

But, Kendall, you say, what about Deadpool? He wasn’t necessarily uplifting and he definitely wasn’t for kids!

I’m so glad you brought Wade up! Let’s talk about Deadpool! Remember when we first met the mouthless, laser-eyed”Deadpool” in the Wolverine movie?

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Deadpool fans were pissed. Why? Because that was not our Deadpool. Hell, it wasn’t even Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool, and he played the abomination. The Deadpool we all know and love is foul-mouthed, he’s crass, and any story involving the Merc is hella gory. Deadpool’s origin story is also a heavy one, and unlike a lot of our favorite superheroes, his doesn’t have the happiest of endings. Wade will always be disfigured, and he’ll always be in some sort of pain, despite his healing factor. If anyone has a reason to be dark and twisty, my friends, it’s Wade Wilson.

But he isn’t. Like a lot of us, he masks his pain and anger in snark, silliness, and several asides. And unlike a lot of us, he also masks his anger in wielding weapons and killing bad guys. You know, whatever works for you, Wade.

So when Ryan Reynolds took over making an actual Deadpool movie, he focused on doing it right. As a fan of the Merc himself, he was obsessed with sticking true to the Wade we’ve all come to love, and worked for eleven years to make a Deadpool movie the right way. Which, as we all know now, he did. The movie has exploded at the box office, because it was true to the source material. Reynolds made sure of it. We got a good balance of the tough moments:

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and the silly:

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They made him feel familiar, right down to the illogical eyes on his costume that change shape depending on what expression Wade is making. By staying true to the source material, they made a solid story that not only brought in new fans to the series, but they also made sure not to alienate their core group of Deadpool fans.

So what does this have to do with Zack Snyder and Grant Gustin? It all comes down to the fans and the source material. Like it or not, Barry Allen isn’t a dark and twisty superhero. He’s just not. Yes, he’s got some demons and a tragic past, but he’s ultimately a pretty upbeat guy. I fear that by forcing DC into this dark, tormented hero box, they’re going to alienate their core fan base–which we saw in Man of Steel when they tried to make a stylistic, darker Superman movie. A superhero doesn’t have to be exclusively for kids, Deadpool proves that, and a dark superhero franchise can work as we saw with the Dark Knight trilogy. However, making a darker, R-rated superhero just to try to bring “legitimacy” to superhero films or make them feel more realistic while not necessarily sticking to the source material is usually where superhero movies tank.

Or not. I could be totally wrong. After all, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman looks crazy badass (and inspired by the New 52 Aquaman), and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman has got me ALL KINDS of excited for her debut in the DCCU. Still, I can’t help but think that Zack Snyder is making a mistake by making all of his DC movies have that darker, stylistic vibe, regardless of what we see in the comics. I hope I’m wrong, but if Deadpool is any indication, comic book movies do much better when they stay true to the source.

What do you think of Zack Snyder’s choice to cast a new actor to play Barry Allen? Do you like the darker vibe that the DC movies have, or do you think it’s too forced? Let me know what you think in the comments! 

5 Fandom Friday: My Top 5 OTPs

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I’m not a big shipper myself. Sure, I have fictional couples I like, but I’m not like the shippers I tend to see on the interwebz who are pining for non-canonical romances that will likely never be. I tend to be more of the variety of shipper that says, “If the show tells me to like them as a couple, I will”–which is why it utterly rocks my world when actors and writers come out YEARS after the movie/TV show is complete and speculates on how a couple that ended up happily ever would “probably be divorced” *shoots glare at Rupert Grint*.

So here are my top 5 OTPs. They aren’t earth-shattering, but they are the couples that I want to live happily ever after, together forever.

Jim and Pam, The Office

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These two are absolutely adorable, and I love them as a couple so much. They’re adorable together, and they’re the type of fictional couple that I would love to be friends with. I definitely panicked a bit in the last season when they made us believe that Pam and Jim were going to get divorced or that Pam was going to cheat on Jim with a camera guy, but I’m so glad they kept them together. Pam + Jim 5evaaaa.

Oliver and Felicity, Arrow

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I mean, obviously these two. I started shipping them before Olicity became canon, but I think there wasn’t a doubt in anyone’s mind that they’d end up getting together. I’m still a bit worried that the show is going to break them up, but for now I’m a happy Olicity shipper. They balance each other out so well, and they’re incredibly supportive of one another in anything they attempt, be it being a vigilante or being the CEO of a multi-million dollar corporation.

Hyde and Jackie, That 70’s Show

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Okay, these two aren’t canonical OTPs. For some reason, the That 70s Show writers broke them up, had Hyde marry (and quickly divorce) a stripper and paired Jackie with Fez. I’m still grumpy about that. Hyde and Jackie were so great for one another. Hyde challenged Jackie to think for herself and look beyond appearance and material things, and Jackie challenged Hyde to be softer and dream beyond winding up in jail at 21.  They were adorable together.

Zoe and Wash, Firefly and Serenity

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Oh, these two. I love them so very much. Zoe is one of my favorite characters on Firefly, and I just love her sweet relationship with her husband, Wash. They’re adorably in love, but they are also incredibly sarcastic with one another which is one of my favorite things ever. Of course, there’s that whole “I’m a leaf on the wind thing” that ruined LITERALLY EVERYTHING and the tragic 5 second animation that came out last year to rip our hearts out afresh…but let’s not think about that right now.

Hermoine and Ron, Harry Potter Series

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Ron and Hermoine ended up together with a lovely family and lived happily ever after. As they say, all was well. It’s canon, so that’s that. Leave it be, thankyouverymuch. Now, Rupert Grint and JK Rowling, I love you both, but I beg of you:

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Who are your top OTPs? Do you tend to ship more non-canonical couples, or stick with canon? Let me know in the comments and, as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today! Be sure to follow me on Twitter to follow the hashtag–the hashtag and series, of course, are courtesy of the awesome Kristen and Megan). 

Everyday Cosplay: Arsenal

I mentioned in my Fandom 5 post from last week how I’d love to dress as Arsenal from Arrow this Halloween, so I thought I’d help that become a reality by creating an everyday cosplay look inspired by the Red Arrow himself (or herself, depending on where you are in Arrow), Arsenal.

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Though Oliver’s vigilante style is awesome, there is just something about Roy’s suit that has always appealed to me. I had to create a look inspired by this awesome super-suit. Take a look:

Everyday Arsenal

Who has your favorite style from the Arrow/Flash/Legends of Tomorrow ‘verse? Are you planning on dressing as any of them for Halloween? Let me know in the comments!

5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Fandom Phrases

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One of my favorite parts of fandom is the way it can completely take over your entire life. Okay, maybe that’s more of a good and bad thing, but I love how a good fandom can change your vocabulary and make you look at everyday things a bit differently. This week’s fandom 5 is dedicated to just that–my five favorite phrases to come out of fandom and bleed into my everyday vocabulary. While I’ve got quite a few, I was able–after much work–to narrow it down to my 5 top fandom-isms.

Don’t blink. (Doctor Who)

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While the actual quote is much longer, “don’t blink” has become such an iconic phrase in the Whovian fandom thanks to the amazing episode, “Blink” that first gave Whovians an irrational fear of blinking. I don’t know why this is one of my favorite Whovian phrases. Maybe it’s because “Blink” is one of my favorite episodes, maybe it’s because Weeping Angels are some of my favorite Whovian monsters, or maybe its because it’s fun to repeat when you’re talking about your pet moving quickly to snag some food off your plate. Either way, I love it.

Have you tried turning it off and back on again? (The IT Crowd)

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This one isn’t just an iconic line from one of my favorite television shows, it’s also solid tech support advice. Whenever I have a colleague approach me with a tech issue, this is always my first suggestion for them. I don’t recommend totally channeling Roy into your workday, but making “turning it off and back on again” my first step in tech troubleshooting made me the go-to gal for computer problems in my department. Nobody tell them I got my mad computer-fixing skillz from a British comedy, okay?

I’m the one who gripped you tight and raised you from perdition. (Supernatural)

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Out of all of the stuff I could have pulled from Supernatural, why the heck did I pull this one? I know. It’s a long line, and it doesn’t roll off the tongue easily. However, I just love this line, and I use whenever I can, whether I’m actually talking about Dean and Castiel or if I’m just talking to my dog about rescuing him from the pound. It’s delightfully weird, yet quite weighty–like most of the things Castiel says. Plus, it’s also great to use as an awkward, weird innuendo. *creepy wink*

You have failed this city. (Arrow)

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There is no better way to describe your complete, utter disappointment with something or someone than telling them they have failed this city. I love this line so much, and I use it whenever I can. Last year when Netflix delayed the release of Arrow season 2? Netflix had failed this fandom. If someone decides to take up two parking spots in a busy parking lot? They have failed this parking lot. Though it doesn’t have any tech support know-how in it like the IT Crowd quote, this one is super useful because it helps you articulate utter rage and frustration in a manner other than weaving a tapestry of obscenities. Everybody needs a SFW phrase to spit out when you’re ready to rage-quit your workday, amirite?

The truth is out there. (X Files)

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The X-Files is such a recognizable show, and this is one of the most recognizable phrases from it. Since I’ve gotten into the show only recently, I love being able to say “the truth is out there” or even “I want to believe”, and actually “get it”. Since the show is so old, using it in your normal vocabulary can help you find fellow fans in the wild. It’s what’s amazing about fandom, being able to connect with complete strangers over TV, games, movies, or books, and being able to use phrases like this as a sort of nerdy code to see if they like the same things you do. Plus, “the truth is out there” is just a great phrase to use when you’re at the end of your rope, frustrated trying to figure out the answer to a stupid problem. Channeling my inner Mulder makes dealing with trite daily work issues a lot more enjoyable.

What are your favorite phrases and quotes from your favorite fandoms? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today!

News Break: Matt Ryan will play John Constantine on Arrow

We were ALL sad to say goodbye to the NBC show Constantine. While it doesn’t look like the series is being nabbed up by any network (yet, anyway), we can expect to see Matt Ryan reprise his role as John Constantine on Arrow this season. Here’s the official word from The CW:

As announced at TCA this afternoon, we have cast Matt Ryan as John Constantine in episode 405 of “Arrow,” entitled “Haunted.”

John Constantine is a weather worn exorcist and expert on the supernatural and the occult.  He is a detective, magician, and a hunter of demons, and will provide critical support to Oliver (Stephen Amell) when arrows aren’t enough.

EP Marc Guggenheim says: “We are thrilled to have Matt Ryan reprise the role of John Constantine on an upcoming episode of Arrow. Matt is an incredibly talented actor and his portrayal of this beloved character was always something we admired. The introduction of magic and mysticism on the show this season has provided a truly organic opportunity for us to bring John Constantine to Arrow and the CW’s DC universe. It will be a well-deserved tip of the hat to all the Constantine fans who were so incredibly supportive of that series.”

And here’s the man himself letting us know to expect him in Star City:

Are you excited to see Constantine on Arrow? What do you think of the Constantine universe colliding with the Arrow-verse? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

The Coolest (but sadly, fictional) Jobs from TV and Movies

Movies and television often give us unrealistic expectations. Whether its about life, love, or what kind of apartment we can afford (seriously how the hell did the Friends gang afford such a kickin’ place in NYC?!?), we’re forever confused about what is actually attainable vs. what seems to be attainable because of movies. I’ll be honest, one of the areas I am most guilty of allowing movies to skew my perception of reality is my career. So even though I know these jobs are utterly fictitious–and are probably LOADS more challenging than I’d like to admit–there are a few jobs that always give me a twinge of regret when I remember they are merely fictional gigs.

Hunter 

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I am well aware of the fact that hunting is a crazy dangerous job, but I can’t help but think it would be one of the coolest careers around. Sure, you don’t make a ton of money–or, like, any at all–but getting to travel all over the country (and the world, if you aren’t afraid of flying like Dean) to save people and hunt monsters sounds like a blast. Plus, I’m dorky enough like Sam that I would totally love digging into the lore as I researched for a case.

SHIELD Agent

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Okay, so maybe SHIELD isn’t the greatest place to work, especially after the whole Hydra thing, but BEFORE things got messy, I would have loved to have been a part of SHIELD. Protecting the earth and working with the likes of Thor and Black Widow? Oh please, oh please tell me, where do I sign?!

FBI Special Agent, the X-Files

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For all I know, the X-Files are a real thing. After all, THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE. But really, I would love to work in the X-Files division of the FBI. You can call me Spooky Kendall all you want. If my 9-5 consisted of chasing down aliens and other supernatural phenomena, I’d take the stupid nicknames. This one would also include a more steady paycheck than hunting. So win-win.

Vigilante

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I really hate it when I hear about horrible things happening all over the world and feeling largely powerless to stop it. I think becoming a masked vigilante, trolling the streets for evil-doers and other mischief-makers to keep my city safe for everyone would be kind of rad. Plus, I’d be really excited about getting some sick fighting moves, a snazzy vigilante outfit, and a cool vigilante/superhero name. Though I’d probably just let the papers name me. If I tried to name myself I’d probably pick something stupid and grammar-related like The Dangling Participle or something equally ridiculous.

…though that does have a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

Mother of Dragons

They say motherhood is the most important job, and I think that most definitely includes being the mother of dragons as well. While I could go without jumping into a fire with my three dragon eggs and then having to come out stark naked in front of a giant group of Dothraki just to add “the unburnt” to my name, I’m totally down for adding this to the “special skills” portion of my resume:

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What are some fictional jobs from movies and television that you wish were real? What would your dream, fictional job be? What fictional job would you absolutely HATE? Let me know in the comments!

Denver Comic Con Prep: The Outfits

I’ve made it no secret that I suck at cosplay. So unlike last year’s Denver Comic Con, I’ve decided to stick more to my game plan for last year‘s GeekGirlCon, and attend the con in everyday cosplay. Much like GGC, I’m going to the con with a press badge (woo-HOO!), so I don’t really want to be running about the con, trying to get my Lois Lane on in some uncomfy, bulky, hot cosplay.

So everyday cosplay it is! I’ve been thinking of the different outfits I’d like to try over the three days at the con, and I’ve been able to narrow them down to a few finalists. Take a peek:

Black Widow

Everyday Black Widow Cosplay

I love Black Widow so much, and I’ve wanted to wear a Black Widow-inspired outfit for quite a while now. Also, I finally plopped down the money and bought the Her Universe Black Widow jacket from ThinkGeek (Her Universe was sold out in my size). So I feel like this one is almost meant to be. My only concern is that it might get a little toasty at the con in the jacket.

Walter White/Heisenberg

Everyday Heisenberg Cosplay

I’ve mentioned that I was watching Breaking Bad for the first time over the Walking Dead hiatus. And if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I managed to zip through that entire show in a little over a month. So while I’m super sad that I’ve managed to already finish what was arguably one of the best shows on television EVER, the show also really inspired me to create a Heisenberg everyday cosplay look. The only problem is, with the exception of the boots, tights, and the specs, I don’t own anything remotely Water White/Heisenberg-ish.

Scarlet Witch

Everyday Scarlet Witch

I love Wanda/Scarlet Witch’s look from Age of Ultron. This outfit wouldn’t be too hot to wear in a crowded convention center, and it would be super comfy to move around in. I also own most of the pieces for this look. Now if I could only get that mind control stuff down, I’d be set…

Hawkeye

Everyday Hawkeye

This is another look that I just love, and one that would be cool enough for the con. Sadly, I don’t own that awesome tank, and it’s sold out from the store. I could make the outfit work without that tank, but I just love that thing. Regardless, this one is another easy look, and I just love Hawkeye–movie and comics version.

Darth Vader

Everyday Darth Vader

There’s been a lot of Marvel love in this post, but this Vader look is one of my favorite everyday cosplay looks I’ve pulled together. This one would be incredibly easy, but also incredibly cute. I’ve been wanting to make this outfit work since I first pulled it together–I just need the ring and the hoodie.

Arrow

Everyday Arrow

Whether you call him the Hood, Green Arrow, the Vigilante, or Oliver Queen, you have to admit that he’s got a pretty sweet, superhero style. Though I love Ollie’s vigilante look, this is another look that I’d have to basically build from scratch. However, it’s also one I’d probably wear a lot if I do it well, so it’s a toss-up.

What are your favorites? Should I try an outfit that I didn’t mention? What are some of your favorite everyday cosplay looks? Let me know in the comments! Also, if you’re planning on going to Denver Comic Con, let me know! I’d love to say hey! If you haven’t bought your ticket to the con yet, you should definitely buy your tickets now–they’re going fast! 

Arrow: Clips and a BTS Featurette from Tonight’s Episode, “Canaries”

Guess who’s back tonight?



That’s right, the original Canary from CW’s Arrow, Caity Lotz!

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I am so stoked, you guys. Though I’m fairly certain she isn’t actually back–especially since Laurel has been taking up the role of the Canary–it will be great to have Caity Lotz back on Arrow. I’m willing to bet her appearance is a product of Vertigo, but still, I’m excited!

Check out this behind-the-scenes featurette from the episode:

I think we’re getting closer and closer to the day that Quentin Lance learns that Sara is actually dead. Sin noticed in last week’s episode that Sara was not the person fighting as the Canary. Laurel has gone through a bunch of trouble trying to convince her father that she’s still alive, so it is going to be a huge blow and a pretty sizable betrayal when he learns that Sara is dead, she’s been dead for a while, Laurel has been lying to him (and pretending to be Sara in some cases), and that even his ex-wife knew.

Though, I mean, Quentin’s ex is River freaking Song. Of course she knew the truth about Sara’s fate and didn’t tell Quentin. She’s very careful about that sort of thing.

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We will have to see what happens this week with this strange–but still awesome–return of Sara Lance. And, of course, there are also the added troubles of Malcom Merlyn, Thea, Felicity and Ray, and–of course–Ollie’s return to Team Arrow. Things are going to get pretty crazy this week!

Here’s a quick clip from tonight’s episode, “The Canaries”.

Will you be watching tonight? Are you excited to see Sara back in the fold? What have you thought of Laurel’s development into the Canary this season? Let me know in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: Black Canary

I have been wanting to bring a bit more fandom into my everyday life. I’ve started doing this by adding fandom-inspired nails to my life, but I thought I’d also start trying my hand at everyday cosplay.

I work in an office, and while it’s pretty casual, it’s still my job, so I’ve gotta keep my outfits a bit more professional. Since I spend most of my time at the office, I thought I’d try my hand at an office-appropriate everyday cosplay look. As I’m sure you’ve notice by now, my first attempt at everyday cosplay for the office is inspired by Arrow’s Black Canary.

This particular look was pretty easy to assemble. Black is often my go-to color when it comes to office wear, and I thought my dark-rimmed glasses could be a more normal better look for the office rather than an actual mask. Take a look at the collection I created on Polyvore:

Black Canary Every Day Cosplay
I’m wearing this outfit today, which happens to be a day where I am giving a presentation at work. Nothing to give you that extra boost of confidence like dressing in an outfit inspired by one of the world’s most ruthless assassins, amirite?
Have you tried everyday cosplay? Who are some of your favorite characters to dress like? Let me know in the comments!