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Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by Pokémon

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If you grew up in the ’90s and still have a strong appreciation for all that is Geek Chic, chances are that you were a huge Pokémon nerd as a kid. (Admit it!) Between the anime show, the Nintendo games, and the ubiquitous trading cards, Pokémon definitely took the elementary and middle school set by storm.

It’s pretty clear that there were two kinds of Pokémon fans: the diehards who really did wanna be the very best and could list off any Pokémon’s stats and powers at the drop of the hat; and the casual fans who just watched the show and really only cared about the Pokémon that were “cute.” (I fell squarely in the second camp.) But no matter which category you’re in, we can agree on one thing: Pokémon. Was. Awesome.

For more Geek Chic, check out previous articles: The Amazing Spider-Man-inspired fashionDr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog-inspired fashion 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 Pokémon

  • The Nintendo-owned Pokémon franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1996. What started out as a Game Boy role-playing game developed into the second most successful video-game-based media franchise ever (second only to the Mario franchise). The name “Pokémon” is an abbreviation of “Poketto Monsuta,” Japanese for “Pocket Monsters.”
  • This post focuses on the original anime TV series, which premiered in 1997 and is still being produced today.
  • In the world of Pokémon, people known as Trainers attempt to first capture and then train wild Pokémon. The trainer then pits his or her team of Pokemon against other teams at competitions held in special arenas, which are called Gyms.
  • Although many species have since been added to the Pokédex, there were originally 150 Pokémon, which were categorized by element/type. Once a Pokémon reached a certain skill level, it could evolve to become a more powerful version of itself. (For example, Bulbasaur evolves to Ivysaur, then to Venusaur.)

Outfits Inspired by Pokémon

Who wouldn’t choose you in these outfits inspired by the world of Pokémon? Gotta wear ‘em all!

Ash Ketchum

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Ash Ketchum, known as Satoshi in the Japanese series, is a ten year old boy who dreams of becoming the greatest Pokémon Trainer in the world.  He gets off to an unconventional start: the day he is set to receive his first, or “starter,” Pokémon, he oversleeps. By the time he gets to his appointment, all of the typical starter Pokémon (Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle) have been taken. Ash subsequently chooses a Pikachu. Though the two get off to a rough start, they eventually become a powerful and inseparable duo.

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Product information: Jacket, Top, Jeans, Sneakers, Necklace, Hat, Socks, Bracelet

Ash is ready to spring to action in a sporty ensemble of jeans, sneakers, a hoodie, and a baseball cap. While you might never get to be BFF with a Pikachu, you can definitely snag Ash’s style with this laid-back look. A cobalt denim jacket is a fun update to his short-sleeved jacket, while a billowy blouse and skinny jeans are always a winning combination.

Add colorful accents in the form of a red slouchy beanie, classic Converse shoes, and a green wrap bracelet that references Ash’s gloves. Finally, pay tribute to everyone’s favorite electric mouse with a lightning bolt charm necklace and whimsical socks. (Hey, no one’s gonna see them!)

Misty

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Misty, known as Kasumi in the original Japanese version, is a flighty ten year old girl from Cerulean City who specializes in Water-type Pokémon. Although she initially joins Ash on his journey to harangue him for accidentally destroying her bike, they eventually become friends. Misty has always lived in the shadow of her three condescending sisters, who serve as the Gym Leaders of Cerulean City, but she’s determined to prove them wrong and become a great Water Pokémon master.

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Product Information: Top, Shorts, Shoes, Scarf, Necklace, Earrings

Misty’s signature look features a yellow crop top, bold red suspenders, and a fantastic orange side ponytail. Her breezy look is perfect for the blistering tail end of summer: stay cool in a sunny tie-waist top and teal high-waisted shorts. If you’re not feeling up to the sartorial challenge of suspenders, swap in a cute red scarf that will come in handy if you enter a building with over-enthusiastic AC.

Marine details like scarlet boat shoes reference Misty’s specialty in Water-type Pokémon, as do the jewelry picks: a starfish necklace resembles her Staryu, while these cute earrings look remarkably like Misty’s Goldeen.

Brock

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Brock, called Takeshi in the original Japanese, is the oldest of the three friends, at 17. He is the leader of the Pewter City Gym and specializes in Rock-type Pokemon.  As the oldest, he often serves as a father figure of sorts for his friends, as he is more mature and intelligent. However, Brock is still a teenager, and he totally loses it whenever he encounters pretty women, like Officer Jenny or Nurse Joy.

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Product Information: Tank, Vest, Skirt, Oxfords, Earrings, Ring, Bag

Brock is a fairly fashion-oblivious teenage boy — he definitely dresses for comfort, not for style — so I’ve taken some liberties with this Brock-inspired outfit. Keep the cargo vest for a super-popular-right-now military look, but make it more feminine by pairing it with a pretty pleated skirt.

A onyx stone ring references both Brock’s beloved Onix and his specialty in Rock-type Pokemon, while cute heart earrings represent his amorous side. Finish the look with menswear-inspired oxfords and a stylish but functional crossbody bag.

Team Rocket

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The villainous Team Rocket trio is comprised of Jessie, James, and Meowth. The hapless three have been assigned the task of capturing Ash’s Pikachu for their boss, Giovanni, who is the leader of the Team Rocket crime ring, which specializes in stealing Pokemon for profit. Though they sometimes do manage to get ahold of Pikachu, they are almost always foiled in their evil plots and sent, quite literally, “blasting off at the speed of light.”

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Product Information: Dress, Jacket, Boots, Stockings, Ring, Earrings, Hair Extension

While Team Rocket’s nefarious schemes need some work, they definitely have some wicked fashion sense! Mimic their sleek two-tone uniforms with a daring cutout dress and sheer jacket. Accessorize with tough pieces like lace-up combat boots and fluorescent skull earrings, then reference wisecracking sidekick Meowth with a fun cat ring.

If you’re feeling extra daring, slip on a pair of thigh-high stockings, or literally show off your rebellious streak with a clip-in magenta hair extension.

Officer Jenny

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There are many Officer Jennys: members of the Jenny family serve as the primary law enforcement in various towns and cities. They all look similar and wear the same uniform (the only difference in attire being the symbol on her hat, which corresponds to the town she works in). Many Officer Jennys work alongside a Growlithe in their fight against crime.

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Product Information: Jacket, Top, Skirt, Heels, Bag, Headband, Earrings

Officer Jenny has a seriously cute police uniform that incorporates one of 2012’s hottest trends: the peplum! Mix in another hot look — colorblocking — by pairing a teal peplum top with a cobalt pencil skirt . Top off the tailored ensemble with a sleek ivory blazer and elegant peep toe pumps. Next, accessorize with pretty star earrings reminiscent of the metal details on Jenny’s uniform and a spangled headband the same hue as her hair.

What did you think?

Would you wear these outfits? Were you a huge Pokémon fan? Did you have a favorite Pokémon? And what other geeky inspirations would you like to see? (Next time, we’ll be heeding the Bat-Signal and heading to Gotham City!) Let me know in the comments!

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50 Responses to “Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by Pokémon”

  1. 1
    August 8th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Of the bunch, I loved Misty’s the most. I also wish to have seen some pokemon-inspired outfits as well. To go along with the Geek Chic, could you guys consider doing Watchmen, V is for Vendetta, or the Justice League?

  2. 2
    August 8th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I loooove these looks!! Especially Misty!

  3. 3
    August 8th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I’ve been a fan of this site for a while and this is the greatest post I’ve seen so far! As someone who is still a huge fan of Pokemon and plays the games religiously, I have to say this post made my day =)

  4. 4
    August 8th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Ahhh, this is amazing!! I love all the geek chic fashions, but this one especially!

  5. 5
    August 8th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Oh my God, these are so cute!

  6. 6
    August 8th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Can you do a The Dark Knight Rises post?

  7. 7
    August 8th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Best. Post. Ever! Thank you so much for this! I love all of the outfits, especially Misty’s! And I still love Pokemon :)

  8. 8
    August 8th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    OMG, this is one of the best articles you ever wrote and I guess, also the very first post, were I love every single outfit. They just fit soooo perfectly to the characters they were inspired by. Also you can wear them, without outing yourself as a Pokemon fan, because you don’t really see they are inspired by it. But if you know it, they just represent the series perfectly :)

  9. 9
    August 8th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Oooh, yes, Batman next! Can’t wait to see it.

    About this post…wouldn’t Ash’s Japanese name be Satoshi, not Satomi? (yes I am a nerd)

  10. 10
    August 8th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    wow, this post brought back some memories. one of my earliest fangirl experiences was bonding with my now-best friend over a drawing she did of a pokemon character. i love the accessories in misty’s look! in fact, i think that your re-envisioning of misty’s outfit is my favorite.

    i can’t wait to see your take on the genius that is lindy hemming’s costumes! (that is, if we’re staying in nolanverse–i’m excited nonetheless)

  11. 11
    August 8th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    LMAO “Gotta wear it all!” Loved it!!!!

  12. 12
    August 8th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Okay yes yes this is perfect. PERFECT.

  13. 13
    August 8th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Ash’s name in Japanese is “Satoshi” haha. Satomi is a girl’s name :P

  14. 14
    August 8th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Just a correction: Misty is 12 and Brock is 15. Great post, though!

  15. 15
    August 8th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Nice. Speaking of the 90’s monsters, why no Digimon love? Hahaha. And for geek chic, you should really look into Firefly and Serenity! Best Sci-Fi movies in the world!

  16. 16
    August 8th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Yes yes yes yes yes!!!

  17. 17
    August 8th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    i LOVE this post- pokemon forever! please consider doing inuyasha in the future

  18. 18
    August 8th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    @Leira & Joycelyn: Thanks for pointing that out! It’s been fixed in the article.

    @Jacqueline: Even if that now-best-friend has no recollection of her Pokemon drawings, she’s very glad that she made them so best-friendship could happen :)

    @Elizabeth: I’m slowly but surely working my way through the Whedonverse: just finished watching Buffy, got one season of Angel to go. I’m about halfway through Firefly, so you can definitely expect a shiny post in the future!

  19. 19
    August 8th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Yes, I was hoping you would do a Pokemon themed geek chic one day! These are adorable. I especially love Team Rocket and Misty. You should’ve done one for Pikachu though, that would’ve been cute.

  20. 20
    August 8th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    ONE OF YOUR BEST BLOG POSTS!!!

  21. 21
    August 8th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    This is awesome and well timed, because my boyfriend and I just decided to be Ash and Misty for halloween this year. I might have to pick up those earrings for the occasion! Love them!

  22. 22
    August 8th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Fantastic post! I love how it was long enough to incorporate lots of great characters. I loved all the outfits except for the misty one, but that might be because I hate boat shoes. I’d probably do high-waisted denim shorts and a crop top for her, and try the suspenders for the heck of it. All the same, awesome post!
    If you’re doing Batman next, please please please please put in a Harley Quinn outfit! Harley is my favourite character and her fashion sense is awesome.
    Thanks for a great column. Keep up the great work!

  23. 23
    August 8th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    ah, memories :)
    i still watch pokemon sometimes, if i see it’s on

  24. 24
    August 9th, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Seriously loving the geek chic fashion inspirations right now! I was never a fan of Pokemon even as a kid but these outfits are fantastic!

  25. 25
    August 9th, 2012 at 12:14 am

    too cute!

  26. 26
    August 9th, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I LOVE Officer Jenny’s outfit inspiration! it was right on target!

  27. 27
    August 9th, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I love Pokemon with the passion of a thousand burning suns. My childhood! Great post and adorable clothes.

  28. 28
    August 9th, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Pokemon was and still is my favorite franchise. I am definitely a diehard Pokemon fan. Love this post. I especially love the Misty outfit ! It completely captures her.

  29. 29
    August 9th, 2012 at 2:05 am

    I love this sooo much! Brock’s outfit is great. & I can’t lie, I was always jealous of Misty’s hair as a kid. Also, there were 151 original Pokemon. Most people include mew.

  30. 30
    August 9th, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Haha am I the only one who never watched Pokemon or understood what it was about? The closest I was to Pokemon was my brother playing with the cards! Nevertheless, the outfits were cute!

  31. 31
    August 9th, 2012 at 2:09 am

    This post really made me smile! It’s really nice~ loving Misty’s outfit!

  32. 32
    August 9th, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Oh my gosh I love these posts – hilarious!

  33. 33
    August 9th, 2012 at 6:32 am

    I love the Misty look. It is so cool and hip. I could just war it.I still remember those days when I was also fascinated with those Pokemon characters!

  34. 34
    August 9th, 2012 at 10:43 am

    OMG AWESOMEST OF AWESOME POSTS EVER!!!!!! YAY POKÉMON!!!! These outfits are so cute too!!!!!!

  35. 35
    August 9th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    seriously the cutest post ever on collegefashion.net!

  36. 36
    August 9th, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Oh my god, my elementary years are rushing back to me. THIS POST IS ALL KINDS OF AWESOME!

  37. 37
    August 9th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Hahaha! I was a bit dubious at first, but I love these outfits! Especially the poké-socks!

  38. 38
    August 9th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    This made my day! Oh btw, there were actually 151 original pokemon…so nerdy…

  39. 39
    August 9th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for the post! Brings back so many memories, I played the games on my game boy colour of course! I also collected the cards and even watched the movies, reminds me how much of a nerd I was (and am :) Flareon rules! Can you do Pepper ann and Recess, my two favourite shows please?

  40. 40
    August 9th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    As a lifelong Pokemon fan, I really appreciate this post. Brock, however, does not have a concrete age. Different people will tell you different things.

  41. 41
    August 9th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Bloody brilliant! Got to catch ‘em all! ;)

  42. 42
    August 10th, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Nice! Amazing! But where’s nurse joy?

  43. 43
    August 10th, 2012 at 2:53 am

    I’m a pokemon fan even now at age 16… loving these outfits!!

  44. 44
    August 10th, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I would SO wear the Ash and Misty outfits!! They are so cute!! I still aam a huge Pokemon fan! The show was my childhood and Ash, Misty, Brock and I were tight! I’ll even admit- sometimes, when I’m having a bad day, I’ll go out and buy a pack of pokemon cards or watch one of the movies. Nothing like reliving your childhood to make you smile!!

    Plus, the new Batman inspiration?!?! OMG- I AM SO PUMPED!! Batman was one of my childhood heroes! (next to Ash and Spiderman!) Soo excited!! :D <3

  45. 45
    August 10th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Where is Nurse Joy?

  46. 46
    August 10th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I LOVE that you did Pokemon!!! It was my favorite all time show. I love Brock’s and Officer Jenny’s looks.

  47. 47
    August 15th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I’d really like to see a Digimon post! I love that show and it would be totally cool to see what outfits you guys can come up with.
    Pretty please?

  48. 48
    September 9th, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Very clever post–I like! :)

  49. 49
    January 20th, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Just saying, to add to Ash’s outfit, you could wear a black tank top or something under the white blouse ????

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