Dressed to Swashbuckle

A Wornette explains her favourite video game character outfits

As a gamer and self-proclaimed fashion-writer-person, I think it’s important, while gaming, to note not only a character’s skills or weapons, but also their aesthetic appearance. Every part of a video game character’s outfit has been carefully designed with fashion as well as function in mind. As much as I love a look that is comfortable to fight in, there’s nothing wrong with some extra flair. In video games, where changing clothes isn’t a possibility (with a few exceptions) the outfit that has been created for a character becomes a huge part of their identity. Let’s be real here: it just wouldn’t be Chun Li if we saw her dressed in anything but her classic dress.

Character: Chun Li
Game: Street Fighter 2

Chun Li is arguably one of the most well-known video game characters right now, and for good reason. She combines all the best things into one supreme outfit: sexiness (hello, legs!), modesty (puffed sleeves and hair tied back), and total don’t-care attitude. I think maybe that’s what makes this outfit so great: it can be a bit crazy, but she’s rocking it, so we’re down.
Attractiveness: 5/5
Effectiveness: 4/5
Badassery: 5/5

Character: Ezio Auditore da Firenze
Game: Assassin’s Creed II

Ezio is the original gangster. The first time I ever played Assassin’s Creed I totally failed at it, but it was awesome anyway because I got to see all the clothes and the world and explore and stuff. Anyway, Ezio’s outfit is probably one of the coolest I’ve ever seen. It’s not even the way it looks aesthetically, but all the secret weapons and compartments he has, like a Renaissance-era Inspector Gadget, but instead of being a detective, he’s an assassin. It’s so cool! Who else could wear a poet-sleeve shirt with an armour vest? Not to mention the four different knives he has stored in his gloves and spaulders. This is an outfit built not only for wooing the ladies, but for fighting and defending the honour of his family.
Attractiveness: 4/5
Effectiveness: 5/5
Badassery: 5/5

Character: Link
Game: Legend of Zelda

Despite his initial pixie-like appearance, Link’s outfit really packs quite a punch. If we care to take a closer look at his sartorial choice of white tights (fancy!), earth-green tunic (classy!), and matching green bandana (sassy!), we see a young man who is strong and brave, not to mention incredibly skilled at being stealthy and blending into his surroundings like the mysterious man that he is.
Attractiveness: 4/5
Effectiveness: 4/5
Badassery: 2/5

Character: Nathan Drake
Game: Uncharted

I might just be putting this in here because I have a video game crush on Nathan Drake. But here goes: Nathan’s ripped and stained white Henley shirt that’s semi-tucked into his dirty jeans, making his pirate-themed belt buckle visible, just looks so good. SO GOOD. He looks cool and casual, ready for some ass-kicking, but still semi-clean and civilized. Plus, that scarf! Awesome.
Attractiveness: 5/5
Effectiveness: 5/5
Badassery: 5/5

Character: Wario
Game: Lots of Mario games

Wario has two outfits, but one is cooler than the other. Forget about purple overalls Wario and start focusing on pink pants Wario, because that’s the only one that matters. Not only are pinks pants the coolest, but paired with the other pieces Wario sports the create the perfect blend of colour blocking and shade mixing. When have you ever seen someone wear pink pants, yellow biker gloves, purple Mafia boss shoes, and a frayed denim vest with such success? If you said anything other than “never,” you’re wrong.
Attractiveness: 3/5
Effectiveness: 3/4
Badassery: 5/5

Character: Balthier
Game: Final Fantasy XII

I don’t even know how to properly explain everything that Balthier is wearing, but the general consensus is that he’s a totally awesome dude. He’s got basically everything going right here, from the white half-turtleneck sweater (is that knit?! Ahhh!) to the belt with saddle pouches. I’ve saved the best for last, of course: the elaborately decorated vest definitely completes this outfit. I mean, individually, these pieces would be all “What is this?” but together, they create a seriously hardcore image of punk manliness.
Attractiveness: 4/5
Effectiveness: 4/5
Badassery: 6/5

illustrations // 
Chun Li and Link by Andrea Manica
Wario and Nathan Drake by Matthew Clement
Balthier and Ezio Auditore da Firenze by Jenn Woodall

One thought on “Dressed to Swashbuckle

  1. My initial reaction to this post was “it could have been so much more”… but maybe you didn’t want it to be? This was a fun article, and obviously I’m not expecting all the posts I read to be Hard Hitting Feminist Journalism! But I feel as though you could have at least touched on the subject of all of those scantily clad womenfolk in video games, dressed in trussed-up bathing suits with tiny waists and giant gazoombas, fighting alongside their male-counterparts who are dressed in full battle gear? Is this because most video games sell to a market of men who only care about women for their chest and nether regions? Ugh, sexism, ew.
    But anyways this was cool it’s cool that Worn features unexpected articles and draws inspiration from all sorts of places! Yay, you.

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