18 Fashion Lessons from 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

By Rebecca Pahle | TV | April 7, 2017 | Comments ()

By Rebecca Pahle | TV | April 7, 2017 |


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A smidge of self-promotion on this fine Friday afternoon: When I’m not writing about when this actor got hot or when this actor got real hot or whether this actor is still hot or the occasional thinky thing, I run a novelty Twitter account (shoot me in the face, it’s OK, I deserve it) called @BadBuffyOutfits. Put simply, it is a loving tribute to the fashion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which—and you may not have realized this if the last time you watched it was in 2004—was atrocious.

I’ve learned a lot about fashion from my still-ongoing quest to pore through all six (I said six) seasons of Buffy for every fuzzy sweater, every micro mini, every boxy leather jacket. And I am here today to share that knowledge with you.

1) Buttons are optional

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2) Wear pants that can double as a flotation device in the event of a water landing

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3) There’s no ill a good bucket hat can’t cure

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4) You’re never too young to dress like a PTA mom

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5) Everyone needs at least one mushroom shirt

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6) Own overalls in every color of the rainbow

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7) Every wardrobe is incomplete without a crocheted poncho

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8) Sateen pants: comfortable and flattering

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9) Turtleneck or choker: why choose?

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10) Killing and skinning Elmo is perfectly a valid fashion choice

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11) Pairing horizontal and vertical stripes never goes wrong

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12) It’s never the wrong decade to dress like a Go-go dancer

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13) Jazz up any mediocre outfit with a well-placed cowboy hat

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14) Velour: for more than just your grandmother’s curtains!

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15) If you’re a boring asshole, you should dress like one to avoid any misconceptions

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16) Crimped hair is — no, can’t do it. Can’t even pretend to say something positive about crimped hair.

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17) If your trench coat isn’t velvet, you’re wasting your goddamn time

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18) Butterfly hair clips are the height of sophistication

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