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Ok I’m back.. again. And so, apparently, are Buffy/Angel’s leather jacket and silver cross. At once. Together. Leather & silver, kind of badass, but kind of notsomuch. Again, I simply don’t see the point in wearing an uptothere short, halter minidress if you’re going to cover it up with a downtothere, borderline frumpy leather jacket. And whose mother looks at these visual warning signs and still lets them head out to the Bronze to drink vaguely alcoholic-looking drinks and, uh, and a.. croissant? (Buff is giving that doughy delight a look that says she doesn’t really understand her choice, either). Joyce. Joyce is that kind of mother. She is also the kind of mother who goes on crappy dates and tells her daughter about them, leading Buffy to make the following comment about Angel’s courting style: “His idea of wooing doesn’t involve a Yanni CD & a bottle of Chianti”. Yikes. Also, I’m starting to think that whoever was in charge of SMG’s nails this season had one hell of a job.
Buffy’s next outfit makes me cringe. The hair and makeup is too old, too dark. The t-shirt is too tight and cheap looking and the pants are meh, shiny jeany things. Yes, this look just gives me the willies for some reason, but that could just be a result of the general feeling I get with this entire episode (Xander’s attempted rape? assault? is horrifying, I really think it’s one of the darkest moments of the show’s entire run). I do believe that pig is better styled. Unfortunately, little piggy’s well-dressed time in Sunnydale is drawing to a quick and gruesome end.
I much prefer this outfit once she adds the purple button down for hunting down the hyena pack. Holy jesus, the scene with the hyenas attacking the family in the car scares the junk out of me every time I see it, but then Buff jumps on top of the car and saves the day and it’s the best thing you’ve ever seen.
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Man am I a jerk.. totally spaced on Willow Wednesday. Sweet tulips, I think Willow is incredibly fetching, albeit pumpkin-y, in her orange sweater and green patterned skirt. The dark tights lend an appropriately fall feel to the look. Her accessories are light and youthful: cute earrings & a very handmade-looking beaded choker (Willow is the choker queen). What I actually can not get over is how beautiful she looks with her hair pulled back off her face. Willow! Hot damn! I think it’s just that she looks more like a teenager than a kid. Or something. I am in love with the change between smitten kitten Willow gazing adoringly at Xander & love bites (get it!?) Willow reacting to Xander’s cruel words. Is there any question that Alyson Hannigan has the most emotive face on TV? Also, once again I am remarking at the comparison between the Buffy Scoobies and the Scooby Doo movie. Willow’s sweater is a modern day Velma, no? And all that blue on Xander makes him look a little Fred-ish..
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Back from sunny
Sunnydale Santa Barbara in time to dig into a dark episode: ‘The Pack.’ Fashion-wise, this episode is leaner than most with way fewer costume changes, but it more than makes up for it with all kinds of sticky subject matter. Some spoilers: attempted rape, cannibalism. Yikes.
Perhaps it is the episode’s dark events that required the characters to make their first appearances in bright, cheery clothing all around. Willow & Xander are reminding us of their ongoing mutual love of the stripe. I like Xander’s sweater in a throwback sort of way, like, reminds me of reading the School Zone section of Seventeen Magazine and seeing the cool, older girl’s wearing their even cooler boyfriend’s sweaters. The sweaters always looked like this one. Willow looks like an Easter egg, which I suppose is well timed considering the season.
Buffy is wearing an orange, crushed velvet, belted trench that I honestly feel would be pretty fun to wear. We don’t really get to see what she’s wearing underneath since whatever it is is shorter than the coat.. classic Buffy, especially paired with knee high boots. Her shirt & shoulder bag appear to be from the same, or similar, material which is some sort of greenish camouflage/leopard blend? The scarf, also in a shade of putrid green, and a french twist give this outfit a tacky 70s stewardess look. Actually, I think they all end up looking a little cartoonish, which begs the comparison with their Scoobie predecessors. Buffy’s outfit is indesputably Daphne-inspired, but then was Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Daphne inspired by Buffy? Oooh the plot thickens!
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Now this is a Buffy outfit that is deserving of it’s very own post. Cropped, shiny blue, tie-dyed tank top. Word. High-rise dark pants with sailor style buttons (can you see them in these pictures?). Fabulous! Notice the teeniest sliver of skin between top & bottoms? Perfect. Now if only she would loosen up that hair.
The sequence of the above photos is just priceless. Complainy Buffy turns into Sadface Buffy turns into Happyface Buffy. Happyface Buffy is a result of, you guessed it, Owen. He asks her out and, inexplicably, gives her his father’s watch.. as you do with somebody you’ve never even gone on a date with.
In what may be my favourite purely comedic moment this episode, Dejectedface Xander compares his own watch:
Well, time’s up! I’ve got a much more accessible BIY coming up tomorrow so stay tuned..
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Willow Wednesday is my favourite day. Honestly, when I watch the show I am mehhhh about Willow, especially dark Willow, but when I look back and consider her clothes: I love her.
As to the first outfit, when I initially looked at it I thought what is this girl doing wearing white pants, but now I completely support. I don’t really enjoy any of the parts of this look on their own (psychadelic pink/red striped, untucked, button down and pink t-shirt with shiny writing), but together they. just. work.
I kind of can’t get over the idea of Willow helping Buffy choose an outfit for a hot date at the Bronze, but it’s lovely normal girly teenager-ish. (The more I think about it the more I think this episode is one of my top 5 for all of it’s lovable little moments). Sweet Jesus, I am thrilled they didn’t choose the dress shown here and, instead, went for the short & saucy gold number. Willow’s skirt is delightful shiny, floral, shortness (wantwant) and is perfectly paired with dark tights and an offbeat gradient striped sweater. I include a closer shot so you can check out her beads, braids (!!), and
beefy boytoy Xander and his necklace.
At the end of the episode Buffy is looking boring as all get out in a shapeless, burgundy(?), button down longer than whatever she’s got underneath, but Willow recycles the skirt she wore earlier (amazing!) and adds a green turtleneck, which is ugly, but fiiine, Willow, fine. Unfortunately she adds the awful red button down we’ve seen before and a scrunchie to match her turtleneck. Wait! the scrunchie is awesome, get over it.
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Behold! Xander, King of Rings! With a lady on each arm I guess we have to conclude that all that bling is working for him. Yikes. Seriously, do you see the size of that one on his pinky finger, of all fingers!? On a side note, Willow’s sweater is really cute.
Queen of Rings is most definitely Buffy. I count 1, 2, 3 big and bright globe rings with the yellow dress. And it looks like 2 more chunky plastic bobbles for the Bronze. I really love all these rings. I used to wear them and now I want to make them.
Buffy’s other accessory choices that are worth remarking on appear in her hair. I really like the leopard ponytail tie she wears out patrolling. I can’t say the same for the accordion hairband even though they were a staple of the 90s. Take some rayon floral pants, an accordion hairband, fluorescent bobble rings, White Out nailpolish, then add braces and out of control hair and you get an accurate representation of me in juniour high. Anyone else?
As usual, I’ll have a BIY for you tomorrow so don’t forget to check back. And get ready for next week.. the outfits are SPECTACULAR!
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Well looky looky who’s starting us off this week.. Xander. You have to love a little bit of awkward in a man, and combining that with some of the best lines from the show results in the Xand man. This is an important episode for him, as this is where we get the first of his notorious demon love interests (his soon to be fallback explanation for bad taste & relationship woes), Miss French.
As a sidenote, Miss French has great nails and is utterly creepy. She is the subject of my fave bit of dialogue from this episode: Buffy comments that “her fashion sense screams predator” and Willow quips that “it’s the shoulder pads.” And I die.
As soon as I put on “Teacher’s Pet” I knew I was in for a Xanderrific good time. The opening dream sequence is aweeeesome with Buffy, temporary damsel in distress, in a vampiric blood red satin top. Xander fills the role of her white, err, all dressed in black rock’n’roll knight. He stakes a vamp and then heads to the Bronze stage to sing and wail on his guitar. The ol’ stake & serenade trick, gets ‘em every time. Buffy approaches him on stage and tells him he’s drooling and I’m sure that before he wakes up he’s thinking “Girl, please! You’re drooling at me in my tight black pants and the only non-garish shirt I own.” I count my lucky stars they didn’t stick him in this other look featured on some random band member on the Bronze stage:
Although I’m sure Xander would be interested in purchasing that necklace and the shiny silver shirt isn’t much worse than the shiny velour one he wears to school:
So yes, PSYCH, it was all a dream. Xander wakes up in class, wipes away his real life drool, and we get a glimpse of the first of his many rings this episode. For real he gets blinged up like no other.
In an even harsher back-to-reality moment, Willow’s ketchup & mustard outfit combination screams out at us louder even than the look of disapproval on her face. She looks like a traffic cone on the highway to hell, which, perhaps, is totally necessary at the hellmouth.