Not that I don’t have themed ModCloth wishlists based on a variety of characters. (I do. Shamelessly.)
10. Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
I know she isn’t a fashion plate. By any means. And I don’t know that I want to steal her wardrobe, necessarily, but I do… sort of really do it anyway. And I’m not talking like cool college Wiccan Willow. I do high school 90s Willow, really without even trying. Nothing like giant sweaters and wearing my sneakers with tights, right? I found a beaded choker I must have gotten out of a vending machine in one of my drawers and died of happiness, almost, it was the missing element for those days I just want to get all Willowy.
9. Winona Hawkins (Natalie Zea, Justified)
Woman is classy as can be, and she’s that kind of classy where you know it’s work-appropriate but it almost isn’t because it just looks so damn good on her, all form-fitting and with splashes of color sometimes. I don’t know I could personally pull off the look, but I’d steal it for my mother, certainly.
8. Adelle Dewitt (Olivia Williams, Dollhouse)
Much as I’d steal hers for my mom, which you all already know. There is just something so classy about pencil skirts with nice but not too nice of tops and — gah. Yes. So much good.
7. Bennett Halverson (Summer Glau, Dollhouse)
Normally I group my like canons, but because Adelle’s is stolen for my mom and Bennett’s stolen for myself, well. This is another one that I was kinda sorta doing anyway, unconsciously, prior to her appearance on the show, and one that I am even more shameless about doing now just because. (My glasses actually sort of work for it, so it makes me happy.) Sweaters? Specifically pretty cardigan sweaters? Plus… oh yeah, pencil skirts? I’m so there. It says “hi, world, I’m sort of cute, but I’m not thinking too hard about it right now, because oh yeah, I’m busy pwning you intellectually and stuff.” I dress like this for school a lot.
6, 5, 4. Inara Serra, Kaylee Frye, River Tam (Morena Baccarin, Jewel Staite, River Tam Firefly)
Inara’s more in the category of I gape and admire it, but probably couldn’t actually pull off any of it, ever. I’m not sure I’m suited to that kind of splendor, but hey. And I don’t actually wear pants like ever. But the last xyz amount of times I have worn pants out in public and not sweatpants to the gym, they have been my teddy bear Kaylee pants, so that’s got to count for something. And that one dress she wears in the flashback in “Out of Gas” and in “The Message” I’d totally steal easy. And I would wear her “Shindig” dress, no lie. Laugh at me all you want. But I would. As for River, well… I’ve also mentioned before how I really do have a proclivity for pairing my combat boots with flowery dresses and stuff. (Actually, lately, I’ve just been pairing my combat boots with everything.) Another one I don’t even need to try to do, because I’ve already got the dresses in my closet. Un/subconsciously, I might as well rock it.
3. Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz, Glee)
Another I’ve mentioned in passing. But especially this season when she’s gone more neo-Victorian!Gothic and a little less random stuff and stripes!Goth. I’d wear… pretty much everything she wears, ever. I think there were a pair of plaid pants once that I wouldn’t wear. (Part because just no, part because I don’t wear pants, remember?) But the rest of it? Oh, yeah. Even if all she’s doing is hanging out in the background saying like three words at a time, she’s still doing it while looking adorable, so.
2. Joanie Stubbs (Kim Dickens, Deadwood)
Most impractical choice ever, but still one I’ll attempt from time to time. (Again, thank you ModCloth.) I can’t do full Joanie just for going out on the town without funny looks (not that they’d faze me, but it’s also expensive) but dear God, do I wish I could. She is just beautiful. That blue dress from the first season, or the black one sort of like it, with the beads. Those velvet or silk waistcoats that just fit so pretty. I wish clothes were still that pretty, that people still took that much effort with what they wore. (And under the pretty dresses, more boots. Not quite combat boots, but they’ll do in a pinch.)
1. Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks, Mad Men)
Another pre-existing fact. Another excuse for me to go OH YEAH I AM IN LOVE WITH HER. But I attempt the Joan look whenever possible, regardless of situational appropriateness; the only things standing in my way of doing it all the time are time itself, the fact that such dresses are sort of expensive, and the fact that I’ve got so many other looks I love to rip off shamelessly. The magical thing about this is that finally, finally it’s a look I’ve got the curves to do properly. I’ve got the pen necklace. I’ve got the gold earrings. I’ve got the red lipstick. All I need is an accordion and I’m set.
–your fangirl heroine.