My love for Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as a character, is well-documented. Something that I’ve never mentioned, though, is my love for her delightfully awful style. A twitter friend, Robin (@caulkthewagon), wrote a great series of articles a few years ago titled Buffy Fashion Roulette. In these articles, readers picked random Buffy episodes and she would hilariously review characters’ outfits and stick a “Best Dressed”, “Worst Dressed” poll at the end. Willow was frequently named “Worst Dressed” (though not as often as Tara).
It’s awful, ladies and gents. But it’s great.
Consider exhibit A:
And the outfit that inspired my shopping, exhibit C:
One more time, from a different angle, because that shirt is BRILLIANT (!!!):
Willow is not afraid of her style. She didn’t shrink back on the fluff and colors when Cordelia characterized her look as the “softer side of Sears”. No; she added MORE. As her friendship with Buffy deepened, so did the extravagance of her wardrobe. Further, there’s always something playful yet librarian in her outfits; ample sweaters with tight skirts, ponchos with dress pants, furry hats with dress shirts. Her look matured as she aged, but I was inspired by her high school style, and wanted to make it work.
So Kellie and I headed to Value Village in Ottawa, and we set to work, collecting a bounty worthy of potential slayers:
So behold, scoobies, as I embody Willow Rosenberg while donning a purple, furry, turtlenecked, cut-off shirt, a tight skirt and a seriously 90s pair of boots.