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Buffy the Fashion Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a show following a teenager chosen to kill vampires and her band of friends, displays peak 90s and early 2000s fashion. Vampires may suck but this fashion sure doesn't, let’s take a look at some outfits inspired by the main characters.


Details: hat, sweater, overalls, socks.

Willow is the most experimental with her dress throughout the series, exploring colour and pattern combinations along with her character developments. In season 2 and 3 especially, Willow is seen in a variety of bright colours, bucket hats and overalls, which is what makes this look distinctly her. For added effect add some rat earrings to represent her witch friend, Amy (who was turned into a rat in season 3)!


Details: top, skirt, shoes.

Buffy is a sucker for a camisole top (pun intended). Between leather pants and miniskirts comes this compromise of a floral midi skirt, bringing an extra layer of femininity to the look which is often prevalent in Buffy's wardrobe. Paired with a classic slip-on heel, this is the perfect impractical spring outfit to go slaying in.


Details: top, pants.

Xander, the token “fun” member of the group, has a wardrobe full of cheesy retro button-up shirts. For this reason, and the fact that if he could, he definitely would wear something with his face on it, I chose a classic Hawaiian shirt with a twist. Pair this with slacks and a classic white tee for the full Xander vibe.


Details: jacket, top, pants, shoes.

Next up comes the much-admired villain of the series. Wielding an infamous leather jacket and all black attire, all that’s missing is slicked back white hair, and of course, fangs. Paired with combat boots, this outfit was made for running away from the slayer.


Details: glasses, sweater, pants.

Giles, post working at the library, basically lives in waffle knit sweaters. Throughout the entire series, his wardrobe maintains a neutral colour palette, varying from suites to sweaters and jeans. But no matter what clothes he has on, Giles is always seen with his signature round glasses.

Final thoughts

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an iconic show with even more iconic fashion. Each character has a distinct style which maintains consistency throughout the entire series (aside from changes in accordance to their character arcs). If you’ve never seen the show, let this be your sign to start it. And if you have, maybe it’s time to take some serious fashion inspo from it, I know I have.


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