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Fashion Inspiration: Nintendo Characters – Pt. 3


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If you’re an avid reader of CF, you know that we believe fashion inspiration goes beyond storefronts, magazines and runways. In the past we’ve found inspiration from Disney charactersbooksTV shows and even music. However, until now, we haven’t really covered one of the more recent forms of media entertainment, video games.

Whether you’ve played on an N64, a Gameboy Color or a Wii, you’re probably familiar with Nintendo’s series of Mario games, which has over 200 titles. Since I used to adore playing these games, (Heck, I still do!) I thought it would be fun to create some looks inspired by Mario and the gang. No worries though, these won’t be cosplay outfits, but instead totally wearable looks for every day.

This week, I created outfits inspired by Donkey Kong, Rosalina, Waluigi and Toadette. For more Nintendo-inspired posts, check out Part 1 (Mario, Yoshi, Peach & Bowser) and Part 2 (Luigi, Daisy, Toad & Wario).

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong

DK is a heroic ape who resides on Donkey Kong Island. He’s a carefree kind of guy who enjoys spending his day eating bananas. However, when trouble arises, he’s always the first one to jump into action, defeating enemies with his strength and penchant for hurling barrels. DK is friends with Mario and likes to attend his parties and participate in sports. He even stars in his own series of games — Donkey Kong Country.

Donkey Kong Inspired Outfit
Top, Trousers, Earrings, Ring, Flats

Even though DK is merely an ape in a necktie, I created a cute and casual outfit inspired by his environment and coloring. I paired a slouchy striped sweater with some chocolate brown trousers to create a comfy everyday look. These red flats are a similar color to DK’s tie, while the chandelier earrings remind me of the bananas he likes to eat. Finally, this ring symbolizes the jungle DK resides in as well as the barrels he throws.



Rosalina is a powerful character whose duty is to watch over the cosmos and star-like creatures called Lumas. She is one of the newer characters in the Mario series and made her first appearance in Super Mario Galaxy. During the game, she comes to Mario and Luigi’s aid during their adventures. Rosalina is able to float, and when in danger, can produce bubble-like force fields to protect herself and others.

Rosalina Inspired Outfit
Dress, Ring, Headband, Bracelet, Pumps

For this look, I wanted to create a gorgeous formal look inspired by Rosalina’s outfit. This pretty dress from ModCloth is a similar color to the gown Rosalina wears. I paired the dress with some glittery silver pumps and added a gold ring with a similar stone to the one in her crown. Since she looks after the Lumas, I chose to accessorize with a delicate star-shaped bangle and a braided headband to symbolize her crown.



This skeevy-looking guy is Wario’s partner in crime, Waluigi. The two of them are always bickering with each other, but when they get along, they’re a force to be reckoned with. Waluigi is also Luigi’s nemesis and enjoys taunting and playing tricks on our green-clad friend. Waluigi is a talented athlete, but is an extremely sore loser and is quick to lose his temper. He hasn’t starred in any of his own games yet and, like Daisy, only appears in the Mario Party and sports games.

Waluigi Inspired Outfit
Top, Jeans, Necklace, Beret, Flats

Channel your inner Waluigi by pairing some dark-wash jeans with a pretty purple off-the-shoulder top. This knitted beret represents his hat and the necklace has a similar shape and color to the buttons on Waluigi’s overalls. Complete this look with these adorable and causal flats, which look much more stylish and comfortable than Waluigi’s elf-like boots.



This little cutie is Toad’s pal, Toadette. Like her male counterpart, she has a childlike appearance and fun personality. But despite her bubbly persona, Toadette gets upset easily when wronged. She’s friends with Mario and the gang and is always open to helping them during their adventures.

Toadette Inspired Outfit
Dress, Coat, Ring, Booties, Tights

Toadette is ultra-girly, so I created a feminine look inspired by her character. I chose a pale pink polka-dotted sweater dress, which reminded me of her hair and cap. Next, mimic Toadette’s waistcoat by layering a dark pink coat over the dress. Add some gray tights for warmth and accessorize with these adorable heeled booties, which look similar to her boots. For the finishing touch, add a fun mushroom-shaped ring.

What do you think?

Which outfit is your favorite? Who is your favorite Nintendo character? Have you ever been inspired by video games? Be sure to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

Posted on on January 9, 2011 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , ,

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31 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: Nintendo Characters – Pt. 3”

  1. 1
    January 9th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I can see myself living in the Waluigi outfit! These are such great interpretations. I have been loving the Nintendo posts.
    My favorite character has always been Yoshi, but last year for halloween my boyfriend and I went as Mario and Peach.
    Keep up the good work!

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    January 9th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    i love them alll! especially toadette and rosalina(:

    good job!

  3. 3
    January 9th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    The Toadette look is waay too cute! I’m sad that the dress is no longer available though :(

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    January 9th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I love it, what fantastic ideas. I am particularly keen on the Waluigi outfit.

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    January 9th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I am absolutely excited that CF is doing video game inspiration because afterall us girls like videogames too! And I know I actually take fashion inspiration from some of the video games I play on my own just like these articles (i.e. not cosplay or t-shirt advertising style) so it’s cool to see this on a fashion blog!

    It would be really awesome to see a series on Final Fantasy because as anyone knows who plays it, there are multiple parts of that series that inspires people who play. Also another great one to see would be Sonic Characters as well as something such as Bayonetta. I would die to see some female takes / fashion inspiration from Assassin’s Creed series!!

  6. 6
    January 9th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I agree with Heather, it would be awesome to see some Final Fantasy fashion on here, the characters have fantastic outfits!!!

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    January 9th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Love these outfits, especially the toadette booties! I would really like to see some Zelda inspired fashion as well.

  8. 8
    January 9th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Some of the outfits are cute, but am I missing something here? Does anyone really want to dress like a cartoon character?

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    January 9th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Love it, especially Rosalina. Do you think you could try Kirby? I’d like to see what you come up with.

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    January 9th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    So cool…. I love taking inspiration from video games! This isn’t really video game related but I was thinking wouldn’t it be cool if someone on CF did a fashion inspiration post on the characters from the British tv show Skins? I find that I am so inspired by the show and it would be cool to learn how to dress like them, it should be with the original cast though! :)

  11. 11
    January 9th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Another great post! I love the Toadette and the Waluigi looks :)

  12. 12
    January 9th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I’m enjoying the interpretations so far! It’d be awesome to see some Legend of Zelda characters in the mix too.

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    January 9th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Waluigi is my favorite!

  14. 14
    January 9th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I really really love the Rosalina dress…. except I can’t get the link to work! Can someone tell me where the dress is from? Thanks!

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    January 9th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I absolutely love the outfit for Waluigi! Great post!

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    January 9th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Really though… has anyone ever looked at Donkey Kong and said, “What incredible fashion sense! I must look like this!”

    ? lol

  18. 18
    January 9th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Audrey – Weird that the link isn’t working – just tested it myself and it’s working fine on my end! Let me know if you keep having the problem; will try to get to the bottom of it!

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    January 9th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Beautiful. I wish you had added a tie to the Donkey Kong outfit, though. Girls look good in ties. ;)

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    January 9th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    AHHHHA YES i love these!

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    January 9th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Cute pumps and headband in the Rosalina look!

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    January 9th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks for the comments, guys! I love reading each and every one.

    Sarah– Haha, I agree– definitely didn’t think DK had any fashion sense! Someone requested a look based on him in the first post of this series and I decided to go for it :)

    Elle & Tamara- Keep an eye out for some Zelda-inspired fashion next week!

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    January 9th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Toadette’s and Rosalina’s outfits were amazing! :) Congrats!

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    January 10th, 2011 at 1:34 am

    i think waluigis is the cutest! will you be doing a look based on rapunzel?!! and her mom! :D

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    January 10th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I LOVE the Hot PiNK Toadette coat!!!! Absolutely adorable! I’ve never seen some of these characters before, so I’ve learned something new today :)

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    January 10th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    When I look at these characters I think ‘How can you possibly make this into fashion’, but it worked! All of the outfits are too cute!

  27. 27
    January 10th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Hahahahah such a nice post.. :) So creative and i can really see the characters in those outfits :)


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    January 12th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Love this series! I tried out Waluigi today- it was an easy outfit in a pinch this morning when I had no idea what to wear.

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    August 8th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I think you should do outfits inspired by superheroes: Batman, Robin, Spider-Man, etc. You would do an awesome job.

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    August 21st, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    awhh; the toadette inspired brown shoes are adorable! they probably arent in stock this late on in the year though… love them anywaaaaays:}

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