Supervolcano Apocalypse Fashion

By Piper Bayard

As humans, we seem, by and large, to have this idea that when we arrived, the planet, itself, arrived. Each generation has the notion that we are the final destination of both creation and evolution that will, somehow, some way, survive any apocalyptic event. Even more, we will survive with sexy fashions.

Tina Turner in Beyond Thunderdome

Tina Turner in Beyond Thunderdome

Who wouldn’t want Tina Turner’s chainmail peek-a-boo or Mila Jovovich’s short shorts and garters in the middle of a scorching desert?

Mila Jovovich in Resident Evil: Extinction

Mila Jovovich in Resident Evil: Extinction


The fact is that, while there’s quite an entertainment industry built up around making us feel like we will be among the few special ones to survive an apocalypse, chances are we won’t be, and if we are, we won’t have much use for peek-a-boo garters. We’ll need every fashion advantage we can get.

In FIRELANDS, Archer is facing the North American aftermath of the explosion of the Supervolcano Taupo in New Zealand. (Sorry Kiwis. I couldn’t exactly make it Yellowstone and have anyone here survive for a story.) Ash blanketed the earth, and lowered the average temperature of North America by 20 degrees for seven years. Twenty-eight years later, other volcanoes, awakened by the rapid reversal of the magnetic poles, still spew their ash, and smoke still blankets the land.

So while Archer would prefer to dress like this . . .

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games

. . . she wears men’s pants and camouflage turtlenecks, grubby from days at a time spent hunting to feed her people. That’s because in a real apocalypse, we won’t have enough biore wipes or antibacterial hand wash to go around, and we’re going to have to dress a lot more like Mila Kunis in the Book of Eli if we expect to survive.

Mila Kunis in The Book of Eli

Mila Kunis in The Book of Eli

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So what do you think? Have you got the thighs to pull off the Tina Turner or Mila Jovovich look in the event of a Supervolcano explosion? Or are you more of an Archer? What would be your ideal post-apocalyptic outfit?



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19 comments on “Supervolcano Apocalypse Fashion

  1. Definitely the Tina Turner look for me, Piper. Although since we live only a couple hundred miles from Yellowstone, probably not going to have to worry about shaving my legs for the real apocalypse.

    • Piper Bayard says:

      I think that’s a win for you with the Tina Turner look, but you would definitely have to shave your legs to keep from being tortured by those chainmail hose. I thought about Yellowstone, but no one in North America would need to shave their legs after that one. 🙂

  2. Shea Ford says:

    Since I don’t go in much for high fashion, give me the camo. But get me out of Florida first. I can barely handle living here WITH air conditioning. Living here post-apocalypse would be cruel and unusual punishment.

  3. Do you ever look around and think about which people you know would be able to survive?
    (I’d head to cooler climate – maybe. The growing season and fishing potential are attractive, but the mosquitoes are more than annoying. Guess there would be less emphasis on neat and clean – that’s only in movies anyway? giggles)

  4. No one will ever use “haute couture” and my name in the same sentence, unless it’s to evoke hysterical laughter. I’d have to say whatever outfit has the toughest, most comfortable shoes, since I have the absolute wussiest feet on the planet. At least, whatever will be left of the planet, post-apocalypse….

  5. tomwisk says:

    A toss-up between Tina and Mila. Alpha females have an alluring appeal for me.

  6. JackieP says:

    What ever is the most comfortable and most protective. I live for comfort, but if it came down to it, I would grab whatever I could cover myself with. Running naked is not my thing. ha! 🙂

  7. Given where I live, an asbestos suit and breathing apparatus would be essential post-Taupo apocalypse blast wear. And a hard hat… Could have done with that breathing apparatus a couple of years back when Tongariro blew (next volcano south) and Wellington was soused in a cloud of hydrogen sulphide. Eww!

  8. I’ve always found the post-apocalyptic wardrobes very interesting. I think your girl has the right idea. 🙂

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