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In the beginning, Kara wore a blue frock:

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If it looked a bit like a high school cheerleader's outfit (back in the day when cheerleader outfits didn't show much skin and weren't all that tight fitting), that was probably intentional. And this suited her just fine all through high school and most of the way though college. And then, 12 years later, her editors belatedly realized the 60's had brought a sea change in fashion, and things started to get weird.

First, Kara went mod, in a costume that Diana Prince (then in a mod phase herself) was able to provide off-the-rack in her boutique, because of course Wonder Woman just happened to have an indestructible Supergirl costume hanging around in her boutique, doesn't everyone?

adventure 401-00

(That's not the first appearance of the costume, I'm trying to choose pictures that show the costumes off well, sometimes this is a challenge)

That look lasted all of 9 months. Then, a visit to the tailors in the bottle city of Kandor netted Kara a whole closet full of new costumes:

adventure comics 407-10

In the real world, all these costumes were designed by readers of Supergirl comics who sent their costume sketches in to DC. And so began an era when Supergirl had a new costume every couple of issues. First, a blue tunic with red leggings and red slippers, which lasted only 2 issues:

adventure 408-00

It had potential, but I can see why it didn't last long. Then, some kind of backless beachwear. Either Kandorian tailors have perfected a fabric that magnetically adheres to the wearer's skin, or Kara needed a lot of spirit glue to maintain her modesty in this:

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Some costumes got credits with their first appearance, others didn't (or I may have missed seeing some of the credits). The beachwear monstrosity is the fault of Margaret Berg:

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Considering the danger of wardrobe malfunctions in that thing, no wonder Kara wore it for only one issue. The following month, she had on a red choker, a v-neck top with poofy sleeves, red hot pants with decorations at the bottom edge that the artists were never able to draw properly, and (I think those are called) Grecian style sandals:

adventure 410-00fc

John Sposato designed the costume, which Kara eventually wore (with some minor modifications) for as almost as long as the cheerleader frock:

adventure 410-36

But two months later, the hot pants went back in the closet for the time being and she donned a full length bodysuit that covered as much skin as Superman's costume. Basically it was a superman costume without the red shorts, and with a giant S logo belt buckle in addition to the traditional S on the chest:

adventure comics 412-00

I'm all for giving heroines as much clothes as their male counterparts, and this actually works fairly well. Finding depictions of it that don't suck was a challenge though:

adventure 413-05

But Kara didn't like it very much, and ditched it after only two issues. After a brief return to the hotpants outfit, she tried out this monstrosity:

adventure 415-00

Here's the best image of what it actually looks like when the wearer is conscious:

adventure 415-06

What is this I don't even. It started life as a tennis outfit, I think? And then got attacked by someone who was obviously completely colour blind, who thought every. single. seam. needed to have its own accent? Anyway, despite lacking the sense to just leave it in the closet, Kara ditched it after just one issue, and went back to the hotpants ensemble.

With the hotpants, Kara traded in the laced sandals for pixie slippers after just one issue, but the rest of the costume remained unchanged for three whole years:

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And then, with her first appearance in Superman Family, she traded in the pixie shoes for her old super boots, and ditched the decorations (whatever they were supposed to be) at the bottom edge of the hot pants:

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And for better or worse, Kara stayed with that outfit for the next ten years, until, sadly, this happened:

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Adding a red sweatband a few issues later did not help matters.

And that is the long and sad story of Kara's closet of super outfits. Maybe someone sensible came along and rescued her from further sartorial shame by stealing all but the hotpants ensemble?

In some cases sadly, in other cases thankfully, we never got to see her wearing some of the other outfits in that closet, but evidence of their existence was preserved:

First, from Adventure Comics 398:

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adventure 398-23

Second, from Super DC Giant S-24:

super dc giant supergirl 53

super dc giant supergirl 54

super dc giant supergirl 55

And finally, from Superman Family 174:

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