The Emmy Award-winning Buffy the Vampire Slayer is truly a ’90s classic that’s inspired countless fans and artists with its clever storylines, quippy dialogue… and, of course, its fantastically iconic looks. From micro-mini skirts to leather dusters, the unique characters of the Buffyverse truly expressed themselves with their statement-making fashion choices.
There’s no doubt the Scooby Gang and countless Big Bad’s signature pieces certainly helped turn the show into a pop-culture staple when it comes to ’90s fashion. Of course, despite its nostalgic trends, not every look was a winner and some of the stylistic choices felt downright baffling and impractical for sunny California weather and graveyard patrols.
To be fair, how was Cordelia Chase supposed to know that her wish would transport her to an alternate Sunnydale world where wearing anything beyond drab clothing would make her considered a vampire treat? While Cordy was always known for being a designer-obsessed fashionista, in this particular instance, her eye for fashion hardly worked in her favor with this impractical outfit choice. Unfortunately, in the Wishverse it only ended up contributing to Cordy’s ultimate demise. Thankfully, reversing the wish resulted in bringing the fashionista back to continue her reign as Sunnydale High’s Queen C.
Buffy Summers’ white prom dress worn in “Prophecy Girl” (the season 1 finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is undoubtedly one of her most iconic and most cosplayed outfits. Though Buffy certainly knew how to slay in style, her high school self wasn’t always the most practical when it came to choosing her outfits for fighting the forces of darkness. While the foretold prophecy that she would die at the hands of the Master no doubt left Buffy shaken, perhaps she should have remembered that a flowing white dress wasn’t likely to retain its Clorox crisp look in the Master’s underground lair.
The ex-watcher took his new ownership of the Magic Box to the literal, yet enthusiastic extreme, when he dressed up in stereotypical wizard’s gear: a purple robe, and a pointed hat complete with silver stars.
As a talented researcher, Giles should have recalled that all the previous owners of the magic shop ended up coming to some gruesome ends. Advertising his ownership with an impractical costume hardly seemed like an advisable choice in Sunnydale. After all, this look was hardly suitable for fleeing in terror or outwitting Big Bads. Thankfully, the impractical look was gone almost as fast as it appeared, as he just wore it for the opening.