We’ve all seen it, the crazy outfits and hair styles that secretly we all wish we could wear and look as good as the characters do instead of looking like a really bad attempt at cosplay. This will be the first in a series of articles looking at the sometimes insane world of video game fashion and if it translates into the real world or whether it should just be left as pixels and 3D rendering. This article will look at the character of Bayonetta and her outfits.
Bayonetta (by Sega) was released in 2010 in the UK and followed the story of a witch with amnesia who fights angels using her power to summon demons using her hair (concept sounds weird but it actually works really well). If this were a game review I’d go further into the story but all we’re interested in today is her clothes, which in a bit of a twist are made out of her hair.
This is the default outfit (there are many other choices as the player progresses, including Catwoman style boots, gloves and masks, a tutu and VERY small cheerleader outfits) and is made entirely of Bayonetta’s hair. Now unless one of the readers happens to be Lady Godiva (or Lady Gaga with a LOT of extensions) then I seriously doubt that anyone is going to have enough hair to make their outfit even if they want to walk around wearing no clothes. However the style of this outfit can be likened to either a onesie or a jumpsuit, of course if you’re planning on leaving the house in a style like this I’d recommend the jumpsuit; onesies should be left at home and don’t work well with heels.
To translate this look from the screen to the wardrobe (without looking like a comic convention reject) is quite simple and involves far fewer bullets than the leading lady would like. First of all we start with a simple black jumpsuit, such as this one that can be found at River Island for £25 (click the picture for the link). With this as a base we can add in colour with accessories, sticking with the Bayonetta theme the colour should be red and gold but of course it’s entirely up to you how you dress it up. You could go very over the top with bangles, necklaces, belts and very sparkly shoes or you can keep it simple and simply break up the plain nature of the jumpsuit.
The great thing about a jumpsuit like this is that it provides a base for you to get creative with your accessories and provides an outfit that can be adapted for many occasions. Such an outfit will allow for the Bayonetta fans out there to incorporate elements of this heroine into their wardrobe without attracting wide-eyed stares from the general public or, for those not really into this character, they have an item of clothing that allows for an incredible level of versatility.