How to Wear Cartoons Without Looking Like a Kid
In light of our ’90s nostalgia, we've developed a fascination for all things cartoon, both on and off the runway. In the same vein, the Mulleavy sisters turned their childhood obsessions into works of art; their fall/winter 2014 Rodarte collection closed with a series of Star Wars-themed gowns printed with Death Star, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and C-3PO. And a week later, Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi of Preen also broadcasted their affinity for Star Wars with Darth Vadar–printed blouses in their fall/winter 2014 collection.
It's not just Star Wars. Hello Kitty has had her share of the spotlight with her 40th birthday celebration this year. A hefty coffee book dedicated to Sanrio's famous cat launched in April, along with a number of collaborations, including a three-piece capsule collection by Vans. Not to mention, the first-ever official Hello Kitty Convention is set to take place in Los Angeles in October.
And with the release of Disney movies like Maleficent, animation is on the forefront of everyone's minds, fashion-wise. Need proof? Actress Elle Fanning, who plays Aurora, paid homage to her character with a meta Sleeping Beauty dress.
Needless to say, cartoons are having a moment. But styling them takes some finesse. The key is to reach a level of sophistication with just a whisper of whimsy. In a stylish ode to your favorite childhood funnies, we pieced together five cartoon-integrated outfits that won't make you look like a kid.
- Now here's an excuse to break out your old school lunchbox! Treat it like purse and swap your sandwich for everyday essentials. But to avoid looking as long as you belong in the school cafeteria, pair it with this season's trendiest silhouettes: a crop top and wide crop trousers (aka culottes). May the force be with you! Shop the look below:
- Lunchbox: Vandor, $12; amazon.com
- Top: Mango, $35; mango.com
- Pants: Topshop, $80; topshop.com
- Heels: Cynthia Vincent, $275; piperlime.com
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- Hang out with Snoopy and the gang by way of a printed tee. Give it a next-level spin of sophistication with tailored summer whites (a waistcoat is the perfect blazer substitute during hot-weather months) and fierce accessories. Shop the look below:
- Tee: Uniqlo, $10; uniqlo.com
- Waistcoat: Zara, $60; zara.com
- Shorts: Zara, $36; zara.com
- Clutch: Lulu Guinness, $470; avenue32.com
- Heels: Schutz, $240; schutz.myshopify.com
- The Vans x Hello Kitty high-tops are the result of when girly meets sporty. Stick to the theme with a pretty blush pink shift and an athletic bomber. Shop the look below:
- Bomber: Cos, $175; cosstores.com
- Dress: Whistles, $196; whistles.com
- Bag: Lancaster Paris, $275; lancaster-paris.com
- Sneakers: Vans, $70; vans.com