If you’re anything like me, you’re a complete weirdo and base your wardrobe off of people who don’t exist. In the past, I’ve looked to fictional characters like Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series and Angela Chase from My So-Called Life for wardrobe inspiration. I’ve always felt like we have some sort of connection to the fictional characters we cherish most. One way to emulate them is through our wardrobes, as though they’re a part of our everyday lives and inspiration. No matter what books you read, what television shows you watch, or movies you love — there’s always that one character who wows you with their style.
Now that I’m in university, I try not to dress like an eccentric witch with blonde, curly locks. However there’s no reason to take the fun out of a wardrobe just because you’re all grown up. Here are a few very lovely fictional characters who would be fantastic muses for your college wardrobe.
1. Denise Huxtable from The Cosby Show
There’s a whole part of society dedicated to Denise Huxtable appreciation. Though The Cosby Show was about a sweet and funny family, Denise’s wardrobe was always something to admire.
Why it would work for college: There’s a tiny part in all of us that secretly wishes to impress our friends with our wardrobes. I truly feel like Denise’s style would do that. Her style is casual while also making bold statements with reds and printed headbands.
2. Emily Fields from Pretty Little Liars
When they’re not trying to figure out who A is, the characters of Pretty Little Liars have always shown off their unique sense of style. Each character has their own fashion flare, but Emily in particular is bothsporty and edgy at the same time.
Why it would work for college: Emily is known for her athleticism, especially in swimming. While Aria might wear more cutting edge pieces, Emily’s wardrobe is perfect for varsity athletes constantly balancing their academic and athletic roles.
3. John Bender from The Breakfast Club
John Bender might not seem like boyfriend material, but he does have potential “boyfriend” style. It’s kind of hard not to feel like a rebel while wearing a worn-out denim jacket, and paired with the “I don’t care” attitude of this Brat Pack member, you’ll look like a walking teen icon from the 80s.
Why it would work for college: The over-sized jacket will keep you warm during those long commutes to school. It’s also suitable for weekend detentions (although I’ve never heard of that in college.) If that happens, then you’re a rebel for sure.
4. Cher Horowitz from Clueless
Once you admit to yourself that Clueless is like, the best movie/television show of all time, you’ll start to realize that the best part of it is the fashion. Literally every single character in the film, especially Dionne and Cher, has the grooviest style. Maybe I’m totally buggin’ to think that anyone else could pull of their preppy, plaid-filled wardrobe. As if!
Why it would work for college: Although Cher is in high school, her wardrobe was made for a college student. Cher somehow manages to look ready for a job interview (or in her case, a driving test) all the time, which is good for a college student embarking on pursuits in the real world.
5. Hilary Banks from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
If you’re super daring with prints, Hilary Banks should be your main inspiration. I can’t remember an episode of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air when Hilary didn’t look like a total babe in the weirdest outfits. Her style truly represents courage, which is something every wardrobe needs.
Why it would work for college: Every college student needs a good blazer, and Hilary’s wardrobe is full of them. Hilary’s style is also ideal for a splash of colour on those long, dreadful winter days when you’re stuck in a lecture.
6. Jess Day from New Girl
Sometimes referred to as “adorkable,” Jess Day from New Girl has me swooning with her nerdy simplicity. I feel like this kind of wardrobe would be very easy to maintain, with an overload of high-waisted dresses and lots of leggings. Lots. For me, this is one step closer to looking like Zooey Deschanel herself. (Or maybe I’m just delusional.)
Why it would work for college: Nerdy outfit + nerdy personality = straight A’s. This kind of wardrobe is also ideal for those who enjoy sleeping in because the amount of combinations in Jess’s style is endless. It would be really easy to come up with an outfit pretty much right before class. Jess sported her pajamas on the show a few times, so technically that could work too.
7. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
Katniss Everdeen is a beloved figure in District 12. During her Hunger Games experience, she received a major wardrobe upgrade from her wonderful stylist, Cinna. Her wardrobe was filled with greens and reds to match her fiery personality.
Why it would work for college: Trying to channel your inner Katniss Everdeen will give you the motivation and strength to do anything. Katniss will give any stressed out student the determination to conquer the world ahead of them. It’s also a nice excuse to yell “I am Katniss!” on campus.