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Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by Supernatural

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Ever since the Geek Chic column began earlier this year, CF readers have been requesting a post on Supernatural. This posed a problem for me, though: Although I’d heard about the show and even attended its Comic-Con panel a couple years ago, I’d never actually watched an episode.

Fast forward a couple months and multiple Netflix marathons, and I can now use Dean’s catchphrase with conviction: Supernatural is awesome. It’s got a little bit of everything: spine-tingling horror, heroic sacrifices, adrenaline-pumping action, torrid romances, and lots of cheeky humor. Oh yeah, and a really, really ridiculously good-looking cast that frequently cries in a highly attractive manner.

Today, Geek Chic finally completes the SuperWhoLock trifecta! Read on to check it out.

In case you missed our past posts, check out: Bones-inspired fashionPrincess Bride-inspired fashionBuffy-inspired fashionThe Dark Knight trilogy-inspired fashionPokemon-inspired fashionThe 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 Supernatural

  • Supernatural is a TV show created by Eric Kripke, which premiered on the CW in 2005.  The show is currently in its 8th season.
  • Dean and Sam Winchester are brothers from Lawrence, Kansas, who have spent the majority of their lives on the road, hunting demons, ghosts, and other monsters.  After their mother’s death at the hands of a yellow-eyed demon, they were raised as hunters by their father, John.
  • The brothers are mentored by Bobby Singer, an older, more experienced hunter with a wealth of knowledge about demon lore.
  • Initially, the brothers just try to “gank” as many monsters as they can; however, they soon find that they may not be as in control of their own destinies as they thought. They have unwittingly become intertwined in an epic battle against forces trying to bring about the apocalypse. 
  • The introduction of biblical monsters and lore in Season 4 also introduced a new ally for the Winchesters: the angel Castiel.

Outfits Inspired by Supernatural

Well, if you can’t actually join Team Free Will, why not dress like the team members? Check out these six looks inspired by the humans, angels, demons, and vehicles of Supernatural! 

The Brothers Winchester

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Dean, played by Jensen Ackles, is four years older than Sam. He is the quintessential soldier, obeying his father’s orders even when the motives are questionable.  Dean has been instilled with a deep sense of responsibility for the well-being of everyone around him, especially Sam; this frequently leads to unwarranted guilt when he is unable to protect innocents and loved ones. Despite these traits, Dean also has a fun-loving, womanizing, pie-obsessed side.

On the other hand, Sam, played by Jared Padalecki, is the wayward son who rejects the hunting life and instead chooses to study law at Stanford University. Although he enjoys a brief period of relative normalcy during college, he learns there’s no rest for the weary Winchesters. Sam’s girlfriend, Jessica, is killed by the same demon that killed his mother. Subsequently, he rejoins Dean on the quest to protect humanity from evil and discovers that he possesses alarming psychic skills.

Despite their differences, Sam and Dean are extremely close. The Winchesters are a formidable team, but their greatest strength is also their greatest weakness: each other. Their foes are quick to exploit this brotherly devotion.Over the course of  the show, each brother has sacrificed himself for the other at least once.

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Product Information: Jacket, Chambray Shirt, Tiger Shirt, Jeans, Scarf, Ring, Boots, Lip Tint

A life on the road doesn’t lend itself to high fashion. (Though I should note that Dean has occasionally proven to be a bit of a clothes horse..not that he’d never admit it.) When they’re impersonating CIA/FBI/other special agents, the boys suit up (yes, please!) but the rest of the time, they dress down to remain ready for action. At the start of the show, Sam sported typical college-boy hoodies, but his style has since evolved to resemble his brother’s. The two tend to wear layered button downs with jeans, although Dean also has a sweet leather jacket.

Snag both brothers’ style with a comfortable but cute ensemble that merges elements inspired by each Winchester. Not only is mixed-material outerwear a hot trend this year, it also combines Sam’s cargo jackets with Dean’s leather one. A polka-dot chambray shirt is a great layering piece over a charcoal graphic tee that pays tribute to Dean’s brief but glorious lip-syncing career.

Slip into jeans and cool lace-up boots, then start accessorizing! This scarab ring resembles the amulet that Dean always wears, while a moose-print scarf alludes to the nickname Crowley bestows upon 6’4″ Sam. Go low-key with makeup: a swipe of blood red lip stain is all you need! Now get to hunting!

Heavenly Creatures

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In the Supernatural mythology, angels are a powerful species who, in the prolonged absence of their father, manage heaven. In their true form, angels burn out human eyes and their voices shatter glass. However, they can manifest in a more manageable form by taking on a human vessel. Some of the angels that the Winchesters meet include Castiel, Anna, and Balthazar.

Castiel, played by life-ruiner Misha Collins (see: GISHWHES), is an angel assigned to monitor the Winchesters who has taken on the vessel of human Jimmy Novak. He rescues Dean from Hell, and in the process, becomes deeply invested in the lives and wellbeing of the brothers. Anna, played by Julie McNiven, is a former angel who chose to rip out her grace and leave Heaven, becoming human in the process. Balthazar, played by Sebastian Roche, is a snide angel who is loyal to Castiel.

Since Castiel’s costume is probably the most well-known from Supernatural, I’ve put together two outfits, one casual, one a bit dressier, inspired by this rebellious angel. (We previously suggested his outfit as an easy Halloween costume!)

Look 1

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Product Information: Trench, Cardigan, Top, Cords, Shoes, Ring, Necklace, Scarf

This Castiel-inspired ensemble would be perfect for a weekend jaunt or stroll in a garden on an eternal Tuesday afternoon. A waterfall cardigan, sleeveless ivory blouse, and charcoal corduroys form a dressed-down, feminine take on Castiel’s “nerdy accountant” suit, while a pretty navy scarf replaces his tie.

Now it’s time for extras. Give a nod to angel wings with some feather-embellished flats, then bling up the look with jewelry. A gold ribcage ring refers to where Castiel carved angel-warding Enochian symbols in the Winchesters. A golden hamburger necklace references Jimmy/Castiel’s favorite food: he once ate over a hundred of them in one sitting!

Look 2

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Product Information: Coat, Top, Skirt, Shoes, Belt, Ring, Necklace, Tights 

If you’re dressing for a slightly fancier occasion (say, oh, world domination or something like that), try out this formal take on our favorite trench-wearing angel.  This time, go for a sophisticated trench cape that will look great over a silky blouse.

With statement-making shoes like these feather heels, it’s best to keep the rest of the look simple – a solid pleated skirt and sheer tights are perfect. Add some sparkle with a cerulean gem ring (just like the color of Misha’s dreamy eyes…sorry, where was I?) and a pizza charm necklace — because, as we all know, Castiel learns some pretty important life lessons from the pizza man!

Bad Girls Club

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During their cross-country adventures, the Winchesters encounter their fair share of femme fatales: some human, some not.

Ruby, played first by Katie Cassidy and later by Genevieve Cortese (Jared’s real-life wife), is a demon who claims to have switched sides and is now batting for the Winchesters in their fight against the demon Lilith. Much to Dean’s chagrin, she encourages Sam to develop his psychic powers.

Meg, played by Nicki Aycox and Rachel Miner, is one of the first major demon adversaries we see on the show. (To clarify the multiple actor situation: the demons possess humans and frequently jump to a new body as an escape mechanism when their host is injured or killed.)

Bela Talbot, played by Lauren Cohan, is the lone human of the bunch. She’s a con artist and thief who makes a living stealing and selling supernatural objects. Bela takes sides when convenient, and occasionally serves as an ally to the Winchesters. More often than not, though, she’s perfectly happy to double-cross them when it suits her.

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Product information: Jacket, Top, Jeans, Heeled Boots, Flat Boots, Earrings, Eyeliner

The standard Supernatural bad girl outfit seems to consist of a fitted leather jacket, a slinky top, and second-skin jeans. To channel your inner devil/talisman thief, pair a black silk tank with dark-wash jeans, then top things off with a sleek oxblood faux leather jacket. Depending on your heel preference, go with sky-high platform boots or flat over-the knee boots: either way, you’ll be sure to turn heads.

With a badass look like this, keep it simple and just add earrings: these onyx studs resemble the black eyes of the demon-possessed. Finish with smudgy liner and a smoldering gaze.

King of the Damned

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Crowley, played by Mark Sheppard, is a devious crossroads demon who has served as the main antagonist for several seasons of Supernatural. Although he often offers his support to the Winchesters, beware: this demon’s deals always come at a steep price. Crowley always keeps the big picture in mind when he agrees to become an ally, often managing to double-cross the other party while never really reneging on the deal.

Despite his sadistic tendencies and status as current reigning King of Hell, Crowley usually seems rather jovial and has a snarky sense of humor.

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Product Information: Coat, Jacket, Top, Trousers, Flats, Heels, Scarf, Necklace, Bracelet 

One of the few times we’ve seen Crowley get really flustered is when he’s ranting about how the Leviathans ate his tailor. Clearly, this demon takes his clothing very seriously! His wardrobe consists primarily of perfectly tailored, classic pieces all in black.

You can get the King of Hell’s sophisticated style without resorting to crossroads demon deals: just make sure that every piece you wear fits perfectly! For a tailored look, pair a gray blouse with crisp wool trousers and a sharp zippered jacket. Top it off with a smart black coat and classic burgundy scarf. For footwear, opt for either heels or polished loafers – your choice!

Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner

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Just as the TARDIS and U.S.S. Enterprise are essential to Doctor Who and Star Trek, the Impala from Supernatural definitely qualifies as a character in her own right.

The Impala originally belonged to John – upon his death, she was passed down to Dean. Luckily, Dean is a skilled mechanic who keeps the 1967 Chevy in pristine condition; he lovingly refers to her as “Baby.”  Despite all the battles she’s faced, the Impala is always ready take the road with pride.

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Product Information: Jacket, Dress, Boots, Ring, Earrings, Clutch, Black Nail Polish, Silver Polish

While a car isn’t exactly standard fashion fodder, it’s hard not to be inspired by Baby’s gleaming jet-black exterior and chrome detailing. (And besides, a Baby-inspired outfit would make Dean happy. I, for one, would certainly like to make him happy.)

Translate the elegant Impala into a sleek ensemble perfect for a fancy dinner or night out. A panelled black dress and a metallic peplum jacket are a chic combination, especially when paired with pointy-toed ankle boots. Crystal stud earrings evoke Baby’s headlights, while a gunmetal tire-tread ring adds a bit of fun to the dressy outfit. Finish off the look with a silver and black French manicure and a sky blue clutch that resembles the KAZ2Y5 license plate!

What did you think?

Do you watch Supernatural? Do you have a favorite brother? (Sorry Sammy, it’s Dean all the way for me!) What other geeky inspirations would you like to see? Next time, we’ll be going there and back again on an unexpected journey… As always, tell me your thoughts in the comments!

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47 Responses to “Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by Supernatural”

  1. 1
    November 30th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I’m not ashamed to admit that as soon as I saw this post, I screamed with joy.

  2. 2
    November 30th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    The heavenly creatures ensembles are adorable! <3

  3. 3
    November 30th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Although I’m not a big fan of the show, I’m loving all of these outfits– especially the heavenly creatures ones. :)
    Can not WAIT for Lord of the Rings// The Hobbit entry now. :)

  4. 4
    November 30th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    This is such a fun post! Seriously, the tiger shirt and the pizza necklace just SLAYED me. And including Baby = <3

    Can't wait to try for the Crowley look. That man knows how to dress.

  5. 5
    November 30th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    One of the best articles ever!LOVED it!

  6. 6
    November 30th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    AHH! <3 waited so long for this post. Loved all of it! #teamfreewill

  7. 7
    November 30th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I love the third outfit! Those shoes are insane.

  8. 8
    November 30th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    YES! EXACTLY WHAT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR! I <3 this!

  9. 9
    November 30th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Yay! I’ve been waiting for this. : )
    Great post. Thanks!

  10. 10
    November 30th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    i´m loving the top from the Bad girl outfit!

  11. 11
    November 30th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    i´m loving the top from the bad girls outfit!

  12. 12
    November 30th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    You can actually purchase the pendant that Dean wears. If you just google ‘supernatural store’, it’s under the jewelry category. I have one and I wear it anytime I feel like I need to be strong like a Winchester boy! Great post <3

  13. 13
    November 30th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Supernatural is the BEST tv show ever! I love all the the outfits, especially the Sam & Dean inspired one. This is just great!

  14. 14
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    As soon as I saw the pizza necklace I was like “YES THEY’RE REFERENCING THE PIZZA MAN”

    I’m totally into the Crowley and Baby outfits too

  15. 15
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Oh, forgot to add that you should’ve thrown a little Bobby in there! :D

  16. 16
    November 30th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    So let me get this straight. Crowley gets his own section, yet Sam and Dean are grouped together.
    Honey – I can’t emphasize this enough, Sam and Dean have different styles as do Meg, Meg 2.0, Ruby, Ruby 2.0, Bela, Anna, Cas, and Balthazar. I really am offended by this. I was so excited when I saw inspired by Supernatural, because to be honest, my everyday outfit is jeans, biker boots, a v-neck, brown leather jacket, Dean’s amulet, and maybe a flannel depending on the weather and that outfit I think is the epitome of Dean. Whereas Sam in the first few seasons had the typical college boy look and now is still very standard for what men wear. Balthazar is so rock and roll, yet he was lumped in with girly, girly versions of Cas outfits. Katie Cassidy’s Ruby was very badass female as is Rachel Miner’s Meg, as well as Nicki Aycox’s for that matter, but Bela was always, always, always polished and classy. Since we see Anna in a grand total of three outfits, four if you include the psych ward white, it really isn’t determinable, but distinctly different from Cas. Gen’s Ruby was always simple in jeans, boots and basic tops.
    As someone who fell in love with this show in September of 2005 and was 12 years old at the time and just beginning to shape my own personal style, this bothers me, to an insane degree.

  17. 17
    November 30th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I can’t agree more with the comment before mine (Claire’s comment). I’ve personally been embracing the “dean look” myself more recently in the past few years (even though I’ve been watching the show and have been a huge fan since the first day it aired). So naturally I was super excited when I saw this post because I was hoping to get some new ideas. And I will say that some of these outfits are ok, but they don’t really embrace or portray the individual styles of the characters (it’s not “supernatural” enough for me), so unfortunately I was very disappointed

  18. 18
    November 30th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Love this! Love the inspired by posts!

  19. 19
    November 30th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Oh my for the love of goodness finally!!!! This show was my first request once you started Geek Chic and I have been patiently waiting, and here it is! I love it, great post I think you nailed most of them and reminded me of characters from past seasons I almost forgot! I was actually just watching this today on my DVR because I missed Wednesdays episode. Great post!!!

  20. 20
    December 1st, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Yes. Just… yes. Thank you.
    My favorite look has got to be ‘casual Cas.” I just think it’s a perfect interpretation of his look.

  21. 21
    December 1st, 2012 at 1:19 am

    ADORE the Sam/Dean outfit!!!

    I love Supernatural! Dean all the way <3

  22. 22
    December 1st, 2012 at 2:07 am

    as someone who has thusfar resisted the siren call of the final piece of the superwholock trifecta, i really enjoyed this post. i think you did a nice job breaking down the looks and making the formulas wearable for a college girl’s wardrobe. i love the brothers’ outfit and crowley’s. great post!

    i am so excited for the hobbit post, you don’t even know. yay for returning to middle earth!

  23. 23
    December 1st, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    AHH I freaked out when I saw this! Love it, especially the casual Cas! The best part: It fits my work’s strict “uniform” guidelines. Definitely trying that out today. Thank you so much! <3

  24. 24
    December 1st, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Okay, I have no idea what this show even is, but the look inspired by Baby the Impala is awesome! Somebody should do a whole post of outfits based on iconic cars, from movies or tv shows or something. A super-glam vintage one for, like, a 20′s or 30′s car, a fifties one in pastels, a bad-A hotrod look – this could be a totally cool post (or series of them)! I can’t be the only closet car-addict reading around here…

  25. 25
    December 1st, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I’m glad you took a stab at the best show on earth! Good job!

    Here is another interpretation of some of the characters:
    http://www.polyvore.com/outfits_inspired_supernatural_characters/collection?id=2012465

  26. 26
    December 1st, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I’m pretty dissapointed to see slamming from some of the fans on this post. Guys, I am a gigantic fan of the show, just like a lot of you are, but don’t take this to heart. If you don’t like the outfits, get over it. It’s just a show, and this is just a fun website. No one should be insulted!

  27. 27
    December 1st, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I would have to agree with some people above me – Sam and Dean’s styles are different enough they probably should have each had their own. However, there are A LOT of outfits in this post, and there are A LOT of characters in this show. Geek Chic just tried their best to cover all the bases and satisfy as many people as possible – there’s just no way to include every character as described, so Geek Chic just tried to find the basic similarities between certain character groupings. :)

  28. 28
    December 1st, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I’m a huge fan of the show and love this post! I think you did a great job with all the outfits, you can tell you put time and effort into them and incorporating parts of the show (I especially like the tiger t-shirt and the pizza necklace for referencing episodes). I really like the Dean/Sam outfit, but I would have liked to have seen a separate outfit for each of them since they’re the main characters.

  29. 29
    December 1st, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    This has to be one of my favorite posts on this site! Thank you so much for doing it. :) I agree that Sam and Dean could have had their own categories, but I also think that it’s fine to put their fashion into one category. I can see inspiration from both of them in the outfit that was put together. Great post!: )

  30. 30
    December 2nd, 2012 at 4:39 am

    I have been in love with your posts since the first one! You are so so amazing and do such a great job of putting together outfits that represent not only each individual character, but the shows as a whole. I have not been an avid Supernatural watcher (yet!) but you did such a wonderful job of putting this together. With such a dynamic show, its really difficult to pin down ONE outfit that represents a character; however, I think you did great in trying to find outfits for a college girl that would scream “Supernatural” to the special, discerning eye.

    Wonderful job, and I look forward to our next journey with you to Middle Earth!

  31. 31
    December 2nd, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Yes! Finally!! Love all the outfits, especially the tiger shirt ;) Can’t wait to try the Crowley look. He always looks great.

  32. 32
    December 2nd, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Love the inspiration! Very creative ideas. Definitely gonna try the second outfit once.

    Could you do one on NCIS once? I’m sure there’ll be a lot of inspiration with Abby & Ziva but also with the guys… Would love to see it!

    Keep up the awesomeness!

  33. 33
    December 3rd, 2012 at 6:33 am

    I love this post! I enjoy rocking a Winchester-esque outfit every now and then, especially on Wednesdays.

    Might I put forth a suggestion for the next Geek Chic installment? BBC’s Merlin would make for some excellent outfit ideas.

  34. 34
    December 3rd, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I shrieked with joy when I saw this! And it’s perfect! :) I love all the outfits!

  35. 35
    December 3rd, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I am beyond stoked when I saw this post. I thought it was only me who demand this awesome series (as Dean so eloquently put it :P) anyway, love all the clothes, I think it’s the perfect inspiration for me to go out or simply hanging around with friends. Thanks a bunch, girls! :3

  36. 36
    December 3rd, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Amazing job! Loved this!

  37. 37
    December 5th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    WOW! My favorite post to date!! Thank you!!

  38. 38
    December 8th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Why does the Impala outfit look so futuristic? She is a classic and deserves recognition as such. And Sam and Dean, as the two main characters, an as characters with different styles, deserve their own posts. don’t you think?

  39. 39
    January 20th, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I AM SO EXCITED
    I WAS CLICKING THROUGH THIS BLOG AND LOVING IT AND THEN YOU GOT TO THIS AND I SAW DOCTOR WHO AND SHERLOCK AND I AM SO EXCITED OH MY GOD

  40. 40
    May 14th, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Oh my god, I would LOVE to see an Abaddon one I love her style!

  41. 41
    May 31st, 2013 at 3:21 am

    How did I not see this post until now?!! I check the website every day, and I’m a HUGE fan of SPN!! Love the outifts, I just gotta try out all of these!

  42. 42
    July 7th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Let me start of by saying I LOVE THIS!!!!! Next I am so happy you put the Impala in there I LOVE IT!!! YES!

  43. 43
    September 20th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Mine is castiel and dean I ship Charlie and castiel and I ship dean and castiel

  44. 44
    December 13th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    The Dean&Sam look AND the Impala look are the best ! <3

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