How many of us wanted to be our favourite cartoon characters when we were kids? We definitely owned a big red bow at some point, in faithful imitation of the Powerpuff Girls’ spunky leader Blossom. Well, cartoon style doesn’t have to be reserved for childish dress-up or special conventions— in fact, our beloved cartoon characters rocked some of the fiercest fashion! Here, we’ve compiled some of our fave looks, and how to get them. Get ready for sugar, spice, and everything nice!
The epitome of girl power in a period of time when there was a noticeable lack of anime catered towards young girls, Sailor Moon is an undoubtedly iconic cartoon. With its sugar-sweet, colourful pastel graphics, it is a visual feast, and it is also one of the few cartoons where its characters have a couple different outfits. Style-wise, we love that Sailor Moon is unafraid to experiment with colour, with each outfit often featuring layered pieces in different hues, sometimes complementary, sometimes clashing. To imitate the preppy, cute style, we’ve picked out a few layering basics in pastel tones that make an adorable outfit together, but also work for all your mix-and-match needs.
In stark contrast to the bubbly girlishness of Sailor Moon, MTV’s Daria starred the eponymous Daria Morgendorffer, a world-weary highschooler of acerbic wit and dry humour. Daria and her best friend Jane Lane were perpetually combat boot-clad, and although the whole point of their moody get-up was to fly under the radar, we can’t help loving their grunge style.
What’s the sitch? Kim Possible was our favourite highschool cheerleader with a James Bond-esque side job cuffing villains. With lots of attitude and sass, Kim Possible was both a relatable personality and a strong role model for lots of us! Her iconic cropped turtleneck, cargo pants and quintessential combat boots aren’t hard to imitate, and it’s an effortlessly chic, cool look that will have you feeling badass.
Phineas and Ferb
Phineas and Ferb deserves a mention just for how good it is. Fun, creative and colourful, we absolutely love their imaginative world and believe it is an enjoyable cartoon regardless of age. Characters are often dressed simply, and the standouts for us are the colourblock outfits and simple patterns. We’ve put together some looks inspired by the show’s deuteragonists: Phineas’ trademark orange-and-white striped tee, the adorable Isabella’s pink pinafore and Baljeet’s practical overalls.
Bee and Puppycat
Bee and Puppycat, which follows the titular Bee and her anthropomorphic Puppycat, is another wonderfully whimsy cartoon with lovely visuals. The protagonist Bee is often clad in complementary pink and yellow, with kitschy accents. To get her honey-sweet style, here are some pieces we have curated.
Bright colours and fun prints— nothing is off-limits to the main characters of Totally Spies! Heavily inspired by Clueless and motivated by the lack of action TV shows for girls, the show, which follows three highschool girls and their secret spy alter-egos, premiered in 2001. Fashion played a huge part in the show, with the girls in new outfits every episode. We’ve curated some bold and graphic pieces for the adventurous to look so totally cute in.
Were any of these a throwback for you? At the end of the day, cartoons are all about expression, why not get daring with your style and try something new!
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