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Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog


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I love all things geeky. I love musicals. So what a crazy random happenstance it is that this Geek Chic post is all about a beauteous blend of both!

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog, a three part web vlog, stars geek icons such as Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, and Simon Helberg; plus, it was written and directed by Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed’s wife.  If you’ve never watched the blog, it’s available for download on iTunes.

For more Geek Chic, check out previous articles on  Star Wars Prequel-inspired fashionLost-inspired fashionThe Avengers-inspired fashion,Sailor Moon-inspired fashionDoctor Who inspired fashion (plus Part 2 and Part 3), Sherlock-inspired fashion,Star Wars Original Trilogy-inspired fashionThe Hunger Games-inspired fashionThe Big Bang Theory-inspired fashionthe Lord of the Rings-inspired fashion, and Star Trek-inspired fashion.

Know Your Geek: About Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog

  • The Sing-Along Blog is a relatively small and low-budget production created during the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America Strike. It had an Internet-only release. Since Joss Whedon paid for the entire production out of pocket, the initial proceeds all went directly to reimbursing the cast and crew.
  • Dr. Horrible, alter ego Billy, is an idealistic wannabe supervillain. Although he’s queasy about committing acts of real violence, he’s convinced that he can change the world once he’s inducted into the Evil League of Evil.
  • To get inducted, he must prove his evilness to Bad Horse, leader of the League and the infamous Thoroughbred of Sin. However, his plans are always foiled by the pompous  and shallow superhero, Captain Hammer, whose favorite pastime is bullying Dr. Horrible.
  • Billy/Horrible is infatuated with Penny, an altruistic redhead whom he sees weekly at the laundromat. When Dr. Horrible learns that Captain Hammer has started dating Penny solely to mock him, he snaps and decides to commit an ultimate act of evil.
  • Oh, and along the way, there’s plenty of song and dance!

Outfits Inspired by the Blog

Even if you don’t have a freeze ray, you’ll stop the world in its tracks with these ensembles inspired by the dastardly Dr. Horrible and his nefarious blog.

On the Rise

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The hapless Dr. Horrible is determined to gain entry to the Evil League of Evil. He has somewhat jumbled ideas about anarchy and world domination; he’s convinced that the world is morally bankrupt and that he has the power to fix it…by ruling it. With the help of his henchman, Moist (who has the terrifying ability to make things damp), Dr. Horrible builds inventions such as a freeze ray that he hopes will help him commit dastardly deeds.

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Dr. Horrible wears a mad scientist-like getup consisting of a lab coat, rubber gloves, goggles, and white boots. Snag his style with a modern spin on his look. A red sleeveless blouse will pop against a white cardigan and crisp gray shorts, while patent oxfords will lend an edgy feel to the outfit. Pile on the extras, such as round sunglasses that allude to Dr. Horrible’s goggles, a skull-emblazoned wristlet (for a dash of evil), and a mustache ring that recalls one of Horrible’s dastardly disguises.

Laundry Day

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Penny is a girl whose dream is to help the helpless by converting a condemned city building into a homeless shelter. Although her kind nature and charitable desires technically go against all that Dr. Horrible should stand for, he develops a crush on her after seeing her every week at the laundromat. Although she is swept off her feet by Captain Hammer, Penny does have feelings for Billy, her laundry buddy.

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Penny has a casual and girly wardrobe and wears lots of floral prints. Channel her sweet style with a crocheted vest and full floral skirt. A pair of TOMS shoes would surely appeal to Penny’s altruism, while a cute charm necklace alludes to Penny’s love for fro-yo. A polished barrette will keep your hair out of your face, while a pretty printed laundry bag will make you stand out at the laundromat.

Everyone’s a Hero

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Captain Hammer, corporate tool, is a self-absorbed hero adored by the oblivious public despite his less-than-heroic personality. Hammer doesn’t really have a desire to champion good; he just likes all of the attention. Plus, with his super strength, it’s just so easy for him to beat up Dr. Horrible. When he discovers that Dr. Horrible has a crush on Penny, he starts dating her just to spite his nemesis.

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Although I wouldn’t recommend adopting Captain Hammer’s attitude full-time, there are certain times when it’s beneficial to take on his confident demeanor. Case in point: a night out on the town.

To get a night look inspired by the Captain, slip on a slouchy tank over a colorful bandeau. Gray skinny jeans feel more unexpected than blue or black but are just as cute. Add some bold accessories like sky-high platform boots, a leather cuff, and metallic belt. (I want to slip in a punny line here that involves the word “hammer” but I can’t think of anything appropriate. Take from that what you will.)

What did you think?

Have you seen Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog? (If you haven’t, you definitely should!) Would you wear these outfits? Are you excited about the rumors of a sequel? And what other geeky inspirations would you like to see covered? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on June 30, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , ,

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26 Responses to “Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog”

  1. 1
    June 30th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Oh my god I died when I saw this. I love Dr Horrible so much!!! I love the first outf;it as the labcoat inspired idea was great, but my favourite was the second outfit, so cute!

  2. 2
    June 30th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    You don’t even understand how much I LOVE Dr. Horrible. This was so great!

  3. 3
    June 30th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I made little shrieking noises of happiness when I saw this. YAY!

  4. 4
    June 30th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I’d love to see an A Very Potter Musical post

  5. 5
    June 30th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    You will not believe how ecstatic I was when I saw you guys doing Dr. Horrible! I *love* Geek Chic articles, and this is just the icing on the cake!

  6. 6
    June 30th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I haven’t seen Dr. Horrible but this post inspires me too! I think now I’m gonna give it a try :) I love those posts though, outfit inspired by a certain movie or tv show or animation, keep it up! :)

  7. 7
    July 1st, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog!!! The 2nd outfit is definitely my favorite. :)
    I agree with Kristen, PLEASE do a Very Potter Musical post. I’d love it even more than Dr. Horrible. :)

  8. 8
    July 1st, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Aaaaah, Dr. Horrible is amazing! <3 I love your outfit for Penny, you totally captured her.

  9. 9
    July 1st, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Yay! I adore Dr Horrible! Can’t say how excited I was to see this post! Good job!

  10. 10
    July 1st, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Joss Whedon inspired fashion. Got to love it. Awesome post and great outfit ideas.

  11. 11
    July 1st, 2012 at 8:25 am

    AWWWW you can’t even imagine how happy you’ve made me! I love Dr Horrible and all the outfits are amazing.

  12. 12
    July 1st, 2012 at 10:51 am

    ok that’s…seriously hilarious. Captain Hammer 4 Life

  13. 13
    July 1st, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I would love to see a post on Moonrise Kingdom (or any other WA film!)

  14. 14
    July 1st, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    This is awesome! For anyone wanting to watch it, it is also available on Netflix!

  15. 15
    July 1st, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Haha how funny, I love this!

  16. 16
    July 2nd, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I love Dr. Horrible! And I love that others know about it and love it too! Great post!

  17. 17
    July 2nd, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Fantastic outfits. It would be amazing to see a Firefly/Serenity post.

  18. 18
    July 3rd, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Ahhhhhh i never imagined Dr. Horrible’s would be on Fashion Inspired :D So Happy.

  19. 19
    July 3rd, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I’m so glad I’m not the first to suggest a Firefly/Serenity post. Please!! These are fantastic, and you’ve already covered most of my favorite shows.

  20. 20
    July 7th, 2012 at 2:05 am

    I’d be very happy to see a Game of Thrones post. The wardrobe on the show was just… beautiful.

    Also, for some animated fun, Adventure Time with Finn & Jake! It’s funny and filled with underlying themes. But most of all, much of the character owns more than one wardrobe, something you rarely see in cartoons ;)

  21. 21
    July 7th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Please do one on Firefly (and/or the movie sequel Serenity)!

  22. 22
    July 12th, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    1) Firefly/Serenity
    2) My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Fashion inspired by the Mane Six would be awesome.
    3) Harry Potter
    4) Justice League
    5) X-Men
    6) Pokemon
    7) Some sort of Gundam-themed fashion post would be pretty sweet, too.

  23. 23
    July 22nd, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Avpm post would be the bomb !this inspired me to watch this it’s so great!

  24. 24
    November 2nd, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Please, PLEASE do Firefly! I <love3 these posts, and us Whedonites need to express our gorram Browncoat-iness!!!

  25. 25
    January 30th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I am IN LOVE with Dr. Horrible. I always watch it. I am obsessed with . Like, ITS BAD> me adn my brother quote it like nothing else. Thank you fro this. This probably made my life<3

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