Hello! To be honest, I spent too long putting together the following grab bag of anime-character-inspired outfits perfect for wearing under a winter coat to want to write much for the intro. It was fun, though! You’ll like this even if you don’t give a crap about anime, promise—I chose these looks for their actual appeal and wearability.
Mina and Jiro from My Hero Academia, Makishima from Yowamushi Pedal, Kurapika from Hunter x Hunter and Fio from Porco Rosso all have fun, dramatic but comfy looks that are perfect base layers for your winter fits, making your ceremonial emergence from the coat cocoon at work or a party all the more delightful without sacrificing your sensory experience.
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Mina from My Hero Academia
This look started with me knowing C.C. Asensio’s tie-dyed catsuits would be the quintessential Mina base layer… if she were, uh, a real person. A shaggy, shrunken vest was a must, and I liked how the shearling complimented the fuzziness up top and muffled the neon tie-dye. I imagine this looking something like:
Kurapika from Hunter x Hunter
Ballet flat king! I liked the way the cerulean blue of the shoes and the pop of turquoise on the (chain, of course) earring played off the deeper blue of the vest (could also be a cape or sweatshirt), and I liked the deep, smooth cuffs on the shirt and pants. Imagine:
Makishima from Yowamushi Pedal
This look makes me go insane every time I watch the show, and it’s literally in one episode. The asymmetrical arms, the perverse stripes, the thick, short gold chain, the pants that I envision as lace-ups… I imagine this look with chunky, comfy off-white shoes. Best paired with long green hair with red highlights, but anything’ll do:
Jiro from My Hero Academia
Started with colorful headphones, duh, and instantly picked out Moon Boots as quintessentially Jiro. The base layer is shiny, ruched, leathery pants plus an oughts-esque dress-tunic thing, and accessories include hand warmers, a leather jacket, and a collar that looks like you could plug an amp into it:
Fio from Porco Rosso
I’m obsessed with this Marine Serre scarf covered in what look like navigator’s symbols (perfect for Fio), I think vintage, military surplus aviator accessories will be big in the near future, and the most practical pair of shoes possible is an absolute must:
Thanks! I’m gonna go drink a cheeky 7 PM coffee hahahaha. It is 90 degrees here now, but y’all stay warm out there! Humblebrag! Ok I’m going now.