Style Guide by Studio Ghibli Characters

Style Guide by Studio Ghibli Characters

Studio Ghibli is one of the most beloved studio animations of all time. From the stunning visuals to fascinating storytelling, all elements of their works have a lasting impression on the audience. Mostly, people love Ghibli particularly because they deliver a lively experience that goes beyond reality and sometimes even imagination.

Now, with millions of fans across the world, Studio Ghibli’s official merchandise game is going strong. From plushies to phone cases to mini figurines to skateboards, any kind of products you can find in their official store. 

However, this does not stop people to be creative and recreate Ghibli’s character look, known as the “Ghibli’s Lookbook” trend. It is a bit different from the traditional cosplay. Instead of recreating the exact outfit from top to bottom, people make use of everyday clothing that matches the character’s aesthetic.

In short, you can wear these outfits for everyday occasions without worry of appearing “nerdy” because all the looks are supposed to be lowkey!

Make the best out of what you have

First thing first, you want to exploit your wardrobe. Do not rush into buying new clothes just for trends! Trendy clothing usually doesn’t stay for long and only promotes overconsumption which is bad for the environment. 

Remember, our goal is to mimic, not copy and paste. Start by going through the clothes you already own one by one. After having your memories refreshed, now you can navigate better while putting the look together.

The next step is to (re)watch Studio Ghibli movies, yeay!

Pay close attention to the character whose outfits you want to recreate. In the meantime, you can observe other characters as well. Who knows, maybe you accidentally notice that you own similar clothing and want to steal the look next time.

Or, if you just cannot wait to have their looks on you, go to Pinterest to look for inspiration. There are plenty of people who have come up with their own lookbook. Your job is to select which one accommodates you the best!

Pay attention to colors!

Michiyo Yasuda, Lead Color Department of Studio Ghibli, once said:

“Color has a meaning, and it makes a film more easily understood.”

Without color, life is muted in grayscale. Like almost all things in life, a piece of clothing also finds its identity through colors. If fashion becomes monochromatic, it will ultimately lose its value to self-express.

So, the next time you find yourself bumped because none of your clothes aren’t in any use to recreate Ghibli look, resort to the next best thing; simply recreate the color palette!

Each Ghibli movie or scene has a color palette underneath. If you pay enough attention, you can pick apart which colors are those and how to work around them. Eventually, you can adopt the palette and recreate them with your wardrobe!

That’s all, now let your creativity run wild! Don’t give up when the first or second look doesn’t satisfy you! Anyhow, life is full of errors and that’s what makes all the journey challenging and meaningful!

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