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Fashion Inspired by Famous Men: Mr. Rogers


Mr. Rogers of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

If there’s any one TV star I can recall brightening my childhood weekdays right up, it’s my main man Mr. Fred Rogers. From the adorable intro to his television show, to his everyday switcheroo from suit to cardigan, what’s not to love about this man? He loved to teach kids and we loved to learn from him- even when it came to style.

Mr. Rogers’ loungey prepster style is something I’ve always admired and coveted, so I think it’s time we pay homage to this stylish man in khaki. Interested? Read on, neighbors!

Mr. Rogers’ Wardrobe Essentials

1. Cardigans

Colorful cardigans

(Cardigans: Red, Purple, Blue, Yellow, Green, Orange)

Honestly, it would be impossible to write this post without featuring cardigans! If there was a Cardigan King, it would be our pal Fred here. I’m pretty sure he had a cardigan in every color of the rainbow in that closet of his. Whether it was button-up red, zip-up maroon, or hand-knitted taupe, Mister Rogers showed us how to rock this classy wardrobe staple- thrown over an oxford shirt and khakis for the ultimate in prepster loungewear.

2. Comfy Shoes

Comfortable shoes

(Shoes: White Oxfords, Loafers, Blue Keds, Striped Toms, Brown Oxfords, Espadrilles)

A close second to his love of cardigans is Mister Roger’s obsession with his adorable blue sneakers. In every episode, he would come into his house and change from his dress shoes to a pair of comfy blue kicks.

Fred’s constant commitment to comfort over style is something that I wanted to convey in my shoe choices, which is why I went in search for shoes that would be comfortable yet still cool. I love, love, love those green loafers, the red striped toms, and the blue espadrilles above. And to keep an old classic alive, I also scrounged up a pair of blue Keds; they’re perfectly classic, just like our favorite TV host.

3. Preppy Pants

Mr. Rogers style khaki pants

(Pants: Grey, Khaki, Black, Skinny)

When it comes to pants inspired by Mr. Rogers, be prepared for a breath of fresh air. No more of this of this blue jeans nonsense (although I managed to find one of a few photos in existence of Mr. R. wearing jeans on his show, above). Nope, instead we explore the wonders of pressed pants and cuffed khaki – Fred’s favorites.

I love jeans as much as the next girl, but sometimes it’s nice to wear something different, which is why I chose some fun pants in neutral colors like grey, beige, and black. I love how these look so much more relaxed than the usual denim uniform most of us wear- but also still manage to look put together and chic. Oh Mr. Rogers, what can’t you do?

Outfit Inspired by Mr. Rogers

Outfit Inspired by Mr. Rogers

(Clothes: Cardigan, Button Up, Watch, Headband, Flats, Pants)

For my outfit inspired by Mr. Rogers, I pulled out all the stops.

I started off with a white oxford button up, pairing it with some truly heaven-sent cropped pleated pants. For your feet, I chose the cutest little red flats you could ever imagine; and for the opposite end (your head), I pulled a cute checkered headband that can be worn either hippie headband style, or the traditional style (depending on your preference). For some color contrast, I picked out a lovely yellow cardigan, and last but definitely not least, to add some whimsy to the outfit, I found the cutest watch in the whole world, with our friend Mickey Mouse on it. Wear this outfit, and I guarantee you’ll be whistling Dixie- Mr. Rogers would be so proud.


At the end of the day, I have no problem admitting it: I truly love this man’s style. Mr. Rogers always managed to be effortlessly prepster chic while still putting comfort first- something everyone should keep in mind when getting dressed day to day.

Now I want to know what you think! Do you find Mr. Rogers’ style as inspiring as I do? Did you watch his show? Did you like my outfit breakdowns and inspired outfit? Whatever your thoughts, let me know in the comments!

Posted on on July 12, 2010 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , ,

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35 Responses to “Fashion Inspired by Famous Men: Mr. Rogers”

  1. 1
    July 12th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I love this article. Partly because my entire childhood was based around the comfort of his show, and partly because it made me realize that I dress in a female version of his clothes. And I love the outfit you put together-very wearable, and cute!

  2. 2
    July 12th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Hilarious! This could easily be a joke, but it’s truly inspired. I loved mr. rogers’ ritual cardigan and shoe change.

  3. 3
    July 12th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Love this post, haha! I used to be in awe of his colorful cardis as a kid.

  4. 4
    July 12th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    OOOOMMMMGGGGG my new fave article!!!

    LOVE Mister Rogers, FYI he owned 13 cardigans, all sewn by his mother (awww!) I learned that tidbit of info from Pop-Up Video on MuchMusic (lol).
    To this day, I love me a great cardigan, I own about a trillion of them, from beige to bright blue, long and cropped, double breasted, American Apparel to vintage.

    GREAT post, Kim!!!

  5. 5
    July 12th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    This will help me make my bland uniforms (because the school is being lenient) cute. Thanks!

  6. 6
    July 12th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    I loved this post. It brought me back to my childhood days.

  7. 7
    July 12th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Haha great post! You can see a lot of girls in London dressing like this already! Great tips!

  8. 8
    July 12th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Such a creative post! I love how College Fashion takes inspiration from male fashion icons as well as women, and from such unique sources! Mr. Rogers’ show was my favorite as a child, and I have to agree with you, he has great preppy style.

  9. 9
    July 12th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    of course!
    so this is why I love cardigans so much – all that subliminal messaging as a child.
    Thanks Mr. Rogers!

  10. 10
    July 12th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Very original source of inspiration… love it!

  11. 11
    July 12th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I love this!
    Everyone needs a cardigan and khaki pants, and who better to emulate than Mr. Rogers!

  12. 12
    July 12th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    so cute! thanks :)

  13. 13
    July 12th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I love this article. Not only is Mr. Rogers awesome (I went to see him at a play when I was really young) but the fashion actually works. Good job!

  14. 14
    July 12th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Great post! When I saw the title, I thought “really??” but it actually works! How clever :)

  15. 15
    July 12th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I LOVE this post!
    Mr. Rogers was one of my top 3 favourite shows as a kid.

  16. 16
    July 12th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    hahahaha i LOVE it!! Very creative!

  17. 17
    July 12th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I like the idea for the inspiration but I would have liked to see some outfits that weren’t interpreted so literally.

  18. 18
    July 12th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Hahahaha, this is too funny! I bought a shirt at H&M last year that made me feel like Mr. Rogers…but not in a good way :p

  19. 19
    July 12th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Pretty cool. This outfit kinda seems like a risk to me – not everyone can pull it off. However i love your outfits

  20. 20
    July 12th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I love the final outfit! It’s comfortable, yet looks very chic…If only we could wear layers in the sweltering heat of my country!

  21. 21
    July 12th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Wow–SOOO creative!!!! I love it.

  22. 22
    July 13th, 2010 at 2:09 am

    This post made my day. I’m super excited to rock a Mr. Rogers cardi when the temp drops and put it on with the show theme music in the back ground – my room mate will deal. haha

    Great job!!!!!!

    Can we see some inspiration with Dr. Huxtable (from the Cosby Show) sweaters when it gets closer to fall/winter? Aaaaand this one might be a stretch, but he’s one of my FAVORITE men ever…could you do Sherlock Holmes? Pleeeeeease. I would love to see your interpretation on “mystery chic” lol :)

  23. 23
    July 13th, 2010 at 8:03 am

    I love this post! Great job!

  24. 24
    July 13th, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    May we never say this blog isn’t original.

  25. 25
    July 13th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    i never watched this show so I dont know who Mr.Rogers is but those looks were super cute and fashionable. LOVE this post! :)

  26. 26
    July 13th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Mr. Rogers is one of my heroes. But I never realized until this post that I dress like him already!

  27. 27
    July 13th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I absolutely adore Mr. Rodgers! I remember waking up early just to watch his show every morning. And my favorite part was when he changed into his cardigan and cool shoes. Thank you so much for doing an article on my childhood hero!!!

  28. 28
    July 13th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    ain’t gonna lie, this is a pretty strange concept…

  29. 29
    July 13th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Mr. Rogers is still my favorite childhood TV show. He’s so real. Great post, staying true to him and fashion too.

  30. 30
    July 13th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I love Mr. Rogers! He had to be the sweetest man ever. However, I wouldn’t go all-out Mr. Rogers like the look here. It can get a little too grampa-ish! Rock a cardigan and comfy shoes but pair it with cute shorts and feminine accessories.

  31. 31
    August 11th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I am very happy to see your article. I found it in the
    August News of Family Communications, Inc. I
    am also happy to see all of the responces. Fred
    Rogers is a mentor of mine. I am a 56 year old
    dad. If one also chooses the attitude of being
    a humble, but intelligent, and special human
    being, on a special mission from God to be kind,
    then what could be a better way to go out into
    “your world” everyday, remembering Mr. Rogers.
    How about the women of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
    as being role models for one’s own thinking?

  32. 32
    September 12th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    I’m pretty sure Mr. Rogers is the reason I ever wore cardigans and preppy pants! XD This was great!

  33. 33
    December 24th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Where can I buy a Mr. Rogers’ sweater (for men)?
    You show pictures of it on this website. Other sites only show
    up-dated (ugh!) versions of it. I’ve checked several men’s stores
    and websites and can not find the REAL DEAL. Thank you.

  34. 34
    November 12th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I found this page when i searched “Mr. Rogers Style Icon”! Because that is what I always tell people when the topic of what I am wearing comes up. My standard outfit is cardigan, button-up or polo shirt, dress pants or cords and a casual sneaker. Kind of a male librarian look, but the sneaker doesn’t fit that description. Recently I realized my style is totally Mr. Rogers.Trust me, it’s not a masculine style the way I wear it, everything has a feminine cut and its a very flattering style that I find I am comfortable wearing. He was a big deal to me as a kid. I also have an obsession with dioramas and tilt shift photography, both interests stem from the footage of the model neighborhood at the beginning of his show. So nice to see other people celebrating Fred Rogers! Thank you for writing this!

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