I think we’ve all had that moment every morning when we’re standing in our closet, an array of clothes in front of us, and yet not a damn thing to wear. Because I can’t wear plucky graphic tees everyday, I’ve recently started trying to bring my geek-ery into the office in more acceptable ways. All hail the glory of business casual.

Buffy the TPS Report Slayer

I think Buffy’s style and personality – she’ll kick your ass but let’s not forget she’s just a young girl who had to grow up way fast and way harsh – are pretty much summed up by her wardrobe in the season one finale, Prophecy Girl. That sweet prom dress under a leather jacket? Still super awesome 17-years later.

A lacey peplum and khaki pencil skirt create a flirty silhouette that flatters all shapes, and of course offers the perfect feminine back drop for some hardcore accessories. This outfit is nothing without a nice leather jacket and silver cross, they bring the badassery! Some Mary Jane-esque heels help channel that ’90s cool. A simple bag that doesn’t compete with the jacket1 to hold all of your stuff while you’re busy slaying vampires collating brings it all together.

River Song

River Song was a character blessed with a fabulous wardrobe on Doctor Who, but my favorite has always been her white-on-white uniform in the twelfth episode of the fifth series, The Pandorica Opens.

A nice thick belt cinches the waist and breaks up the blouse and blazer, and some structured boots channel River’s “I’m here to work and kick ass, and I’m all done with work” vibe. Throw in some great gunmetal accessories in lieu of an actual gun2 and of course River’s signature red lip – hey, we’re not running around under Stone Henge, might as well work it – and you’ve got an outfit worthy of River’s sass but still totes appropriate.


A vampire on the same list as a vampire slayer? That’s cray. But I love Marceline’s style. She’s effortlessly cool, in an actually effortless way. I love her dress from the Adventure Time episode Go With Me. Plus those boots are just too perfect.

A dark grey pencil dress with asymmetrical gathering is a lovely neutral backdrop for the bold colors Marceline sports, like some deep blue leggings and super-awesome-love-them-lots red boots. Going light on the makeup and accessories captures Marceline’s trendy apathy, but I couldn’t resist throwing in some round frame sunglasses that would make Simon proud. Also, if you haven’t tried Too Faced’s Better than False Lashes you need to get on it. I would never have believed how awesome it is if I hadn’t tried it myself, but as soon as I did I had to get the set. Speaking as someone who has always bemoaned my lack of lashes3, this set actually works to lengthen your lashes. Do it!

Marceline drawing by repdog because finding a decent picture of Marceline in this outfit is like impossible.

  1. Seriously, it makes the outfit, and I swear that has nothing to do with my undying love for Spike (okay maybe a little whatevs). 

  2. Maybe it’s just my office, but they tend to frown on firearms. Fascists. 

  3. My kids have longer lashes than me. Every single one of them lucked out and managed to score their father’s eyebrow-scraping eyelashes. Jerks. 

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  • Love the direction you took with this.. but that gigantic bag would distract me from the awesome jacket in the Buff example

    • I’m a little bit addicted to over sized totes, and I’m now realizing I used them in all three of these outfits. Good job, me! Haha, honestly any neutral bag would look great with that outfit. A wristlet would be very unobtrusive, but I don’t know anyone that can actually fit everything they carry into a wristlet so a hobo would probably be the best choice.