Cartoon Throwback: Fashion Edition
Do you miss the days of classic Saturday morning cartoons? Do you love reminiscing about those simple days of sitting on the couch in your pajamas, shoveling spoonfuls of sugary cereal into your mouth and enjoying the stories of your favorite animated characters? Though many adults still enjoy a good animated feature every now and then, others, may feel that cartoons are a thing of the past. This doesn’t have to be the case!
If you’d like to wear your nostalgia on your sleeve (literally) but are worried that a simple graphic t-shirt is a bit too childish, then we’ve got some great ideas for you.
We asked around our office for some of our colleagues’ favorite childhood animated series. Then we searched for the perfect accessories or outfits which subtly invoke some of the most beloved cartoon characters. Check out our mature yet fun fashion solutions for multiple ages and genders that will make your inner child beam.
Chip 'n Dale: Rescue RangersView Deal
Though Chip and Dale have been Disney favorites since 1943, they first got a stable footing in the cartoon scene with the hit animation series Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers. While Dale is the clown of the duo and sports a Hawaiian shirt, Chip is the fearless leader of the Rescue Rangers. Take a Chip's style and consider this faux leather bomber jacket and wool fedora to reference this adventurous childhood classic.
The SmurfsView Deal
Originally known as Les Schtroumpfs, The Smurfs was created in 1958 by Belgian artist Pierre Culliford. These happy, industrious blue folk have been international favorites ever since. Don’t overdo the blue: check out this denim shirtdress or denim shirt. This way you can tip your hat to the Smurfs without looking like one Another important detail is this white beanie from Neff, unless your favorite is Papa Smurf, then consider buying one in red.
Produced by Hanna-Barbera in 1969, Scooby-Doo has been one of the forerunners of cartoon entertainment for nearly half a century. Whether you’re a fan of the original animated series or one of its multiple remakes, this mystery-solving gang is sure to give you a dose of nostalgia. Although it is easy to find Velma and Daphne outfits, those are a little too on the nose. Give a shout-out to the cowardly Great Dane himself with this turquoise choker, reminiscent of his collar, and this simple light-brown pullover.
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesView Deal
Originally comic book characters from Mirage Studios, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been a symbol of justice, pizza and all things rad ever since the conception of their first animated TV series in 1987. There is a huge selection of TMNT clothing and merchandise to choose from that directly reference Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello or Raphael (yes, the four brothers are named after Italian renaissance artists). However, if you’d like something a bit more original, why not pay homage to their wise sensei, Master Splinter? This fitted peacoat is perfectly reminiscent of Master Splinter’s dark red robes.
Another Disney favorite, this animated series enjoyed popularity from 1991 to 1992. This action-packed superhero series tells the story of Darkwing Duck as he tries to balance his superhero duties, loyalty to his adoptive daughter Gosalyn and maintaining his alter-ego Drake Mallard. Personify Darkwing Duck with this purple shawl and stylish floppy fedora.
Created by animator and marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, Spongebob Squarepants has been a Nickelodeon mega-hit since its original launch in 1999. While this show has many lovable, goofy characters, Spongebob is always at the center of the adventures. Though he may often be described as annoying or downright stupid, he has an undeniably strong work ethic when flipping patties at the Krusty Krab. Release your inner Spongebob and be a go-getter at the workplace while sporting this classic red necktie.
Gotta catch ‘em all! That’s the slogan and spirit behind the internationally-beloved children’s television and game series, Pokémon. The cartoon was first aired in 1997 and has since then become a hobby or interest for millions of people across the world. The most iconic pokémon is certainly protagonist Ash’s loyal companion, Pikachu. Represent this electric type rodent pokémon while wearing this adorable yellow t-shirt dress and these simple red earrings.
From 1996 to 2004, Hey Arnold! entertained Nickelodeon viewers with its laid-back, relatable stories and unique urban vibe. The protagonist, Arnold, is a young boy who lives in a boarding house with his grandparents. The stories portrayed in Hey Arnold! offer an interesting perspective on the experiences of inner-city life and important lessons on growing up. If you’re not afraid of looking a bit like a hipster, try out Arnold’s favorite outfit: a long-sleeved plaid undershirt paired with a turquoise pullover.
Enjoying fame between 1997 and 2001, Recess is a big personal favorite amongst our work colleagues at comprigo. Although our team is quite international and multicultural, the stories of T.J., Vince, Spinelli, Mikey, and Gretchen (along with a bunch of other schoolyard characters) learning life lessons on the playground seem to resonate for everyone. Spinelli, the spunky tomboy of the group, is a great character that a lot of kids can look up to. Recreate her sassy look with this awesome (faux and animal-friendly!) leather jacket and cool combat boots.
Ed, Edd n’ EddyView Deal
A Cartoon Network sensation which ran for 10 years starting in 1999, Ed, Edd n’ Eddy is probably the goofiest cartoon we have on this list. Ed is the brawn, Edd (or “Double D”) is the brains, and smooth-talking Eddy is the leader of this rambunctious trio. Though Ed might be the simplest of the group, his fashion sense is surprisingly easy to recreate in with a modern look. Try out this long-sleeved striped shirt paired with this long hoodie jacket.