Why Buffy Summers is a style icon

You’d have to be living under a rock not to know about the legendary show Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. It was an iconic show that started in the late 90s and ran until 2003. It follows a high school student named Buffy who finds out that she is the chosen one to slay monsters. Along with her friends, she must face her destiny whilst trying to live a normal life.

A huge responsibility for a young girl, but she did it in style. Aside from being witty, cool and a badass, she was a true fashion goddess. Here are five of her best looks from the show.


Throughout the course of the show, she rocked many of these jackets which she paired with an array of outfits. She often added her girly flair to it and paired it with an adorable top or a cute dress. A leather jacket is a must-have for slaying vampires (and romancing a few).


Let’s face it, Buffy was a true 90s icon, and her gorgeous spaghetti strap tops sealed her status. Many of her early outfits consisted of the mini-skirt and spaghetti strap tops during her high school days. I doubt kids are allowed to wear this now, but Buffy made her outfits fashionable and therefore it’s allowed.


Even when Buffy is being casual, she’s being stylish. Dungarees are commonplace in 2020, and she made certain they looked fabulous in the 1990s. Buffy wasn’t the only dungaree-wearing gal, as Willow often wore dungarees added with an adorable top. Both were style icons in their own right, but Buffy made the look both chic and adorable.


Hailed as one of the greatest episodes in the entire seven seasons, ‘Once More, With Feeling’ was a landmark. Buffy’s outfit perfectly matched her angsty feelings during the episode. The vibrant red top that had an open collar matched with a normal pair of jeans and a leather jacket made this look iconic. Her hair and makeup matched told us that Buffy was not the same girl she was before.


It’s a brave choice for anyone to wear red trousers – let alone red, leather trousers! Despite this, Buffy manages to pull off this look paired with a black top and boots. This look became synonymous with her character and is often the typical ‘Buffy-Halloween’ look. Sure, it’s a style that would’ve fit bad-girl Faith a lot more, but the hidden darkness and overall power of Buffy gives her the confidence to be bold in this fashion choice.

Words by Charlie Vogelsang

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