As a 90s kid, I grew up obsessing over many classic anime shows that sculpted me into the weird and wonderful adult I am today. Sailor Moon was one of my all-time favorites, and a binge-worthy classic that I’ll never get tired of.
If it isn’t obvious, Sailor Moon (along with the late 80s classic Saint Seiya) was one of my first motivations for learning about planets and astrology. To celebrate the namesake heroine’s birthday on June 30th, I jumped at the chance to write about my favorite Sailor Moon characters and their impeccable outfits from this generation-defining classic.
Main girl Usagi, a.k.a. Sailor Moon, is a clumsy crybaby with a big heart. When she’s not saving the world, the heroine enjoys going on romantic dates with her bae Mamoru or trying out new cafes with her friends. Much like her personality, Usagi’s wardrobe is filled to the brim with girly pieces with childlike charm, ranging from a plethora of casual playsuits and flowy miniskirts to bunny motif sweaters.
It was a tough choice between Mamoru (Tuxedo Mask) and Seiya (Sailor Star Fighter) to represent Leo, so I decided, why not both? Both these characters exude incredible Leo charm and coincidently, both have romantic feelings for main girl Usagi (typical Cancerian drama).
When it comes to style, casual smart is definitely Mamoru’s go-to. He is almost always seen in his iconic forest green blazer, black turtleneck and impeccably ironed gray slacks. Every so often, he’ll mix in a pop of blush pink, ochre yellow or bright green for a change.
Aside from garish boy band suits, Seiya tends to rock youthful and boyish pieces like oversized baseball shirts, color-block tracksuits and, of course, must-have celebrity shades.
As the brains in Usagi’s squad, intelligent and shy Ami (Sailor Mercury) has a sophisticated, feminine and preppy wardrobe. Ami’s outfits are both gentle and sweet, often featuring her favorite color blue, which is also the color of her gorgeous pixie cut! One thing this reserved Sailor Senshi isn’t so shy about is accessorizing, as you’ll see her adding bejeweled brooches, patterned hairbands, hats and even choker necklaces to elevate her OOTDs!
The charming Minako (Sailor Venus) is a delight to have around at all times. With fun and eclectic outfits that are as dynamic as her personality, she’s never a bore. Like any Libran, Minako is a true romantic, and can be spotted in pretty summer dresses that give off ballerina-meets-Little-House-on-the-Prairie vibes. In the fall, she’s likely to appear in her staple ensemble of a classic autumnal jacket, scarf collar and A-line mini skirt.
Hotaru (Sailor Saturn) may not have as much screen time as the others, but when she does, her outfits are as enigmatic as her unfolding storyline. With a minimalist wardrobe in mainly black and gray, Hotaru almost only ever wears dresses and skirts that give off doll-like appeal. When she transforms into Mistress 9, an evil alter ego awakened by a villainous organization, her outfit is equally magnetic: an alluring sleeveless floor-length gown with a plunging V-neck, mermaid silhouette and decorative pearl harness.
Makoto (Sailor Jupiter) is one of the most wholesome personalities in the show. Aside from being the incredibly fierce and often misunderstood school delinquent, she’s a super sweet and loyal friend who is also perfect wifey material. As if highlighting the contrasting aspects of her personality, Makoto’s wardrobe fluctuates between tomboyish casual wear, such as hoodies and loose sweaters, and hyper-femme silhouettes expressed via colorful tight-fitting pencil skirts and pinafore dresses.
Giving off ultimate onee-sama appeal, Setsuna (Sailor Pluto) is one of the most mysterious Sailor Senshi. She’s serious, mature and incredibly competent, and her outfits say just that. She’s usually seen in her signature look: a matching lilac set consisting of a tailored cropped jacket and a form-fitting high-waist pencil skirt, complete with a white blouse emblazoned with a crimson bow. It gives off corporate attire vibes with a unique touch. Though it’s rare to see Setsuna in other articles of clothing, we catch a glimpse of her in a chic turtleneck knit dress and short trench ensemble in Sailor Moon S: The Movie, which reveals a little more of her casual-attire aesthetic.
Haruka (Sailor Uranus) is one of the coolest characters in the series, and her boldness and individuality is demonstrated through her androgynous style. She’s almost always seen wearing blazer jackets and slacks in a typical 90s relaxed fit, mainly in her favorite shades of deep blue and earth tones. As a star racer and accomplished runner, Haruka occasionally shows up in her racing uniform and sportswear throughout the series.
The elegant and seemingly delicate artist Michiru (Sailor Neptune) embodies all the recognizable qualities of a typical Piscean. Given all the extravagant balls and high-society events she attends, Michiru is never short on stunning eveningwear that evokes a fairytale-like impression. Her gracefulness is also translated into everyday attire in the form of midi skirts, silky tops, demure frocks and tailored trench dresses.
Hot-headed and strong-willed, Rei (Sailor Mars) is often trusted as the “adult” of the original Sailor Moon gang. Having to manage her multiple identities as a student, temple priestess and a Sailor Senshi, Rei exudes competence no matter what she wears – rocking anything from bubblegum pink dungarees and micro crop tops to bodycon dresses and oversized blazers.
As a mentor and older sister figure to the original squad, Luna is definitely a Taurean, as she is pragmatic, sensible and a hopeless romantic. Luna first appears in her human form in Sailor Moon S: The Movie to confess her love. In this scene, she puts on a daring, strappy yellow frock with a contrasting sheer under-layer, which is accented with a matching bow choker and two rosettes on the chest. While this may not be everyday-appropriate, individual aspects of Luna’s iconic outfit can be used to inspire dynamic yet wearable looks.
Although Chibiusa actually shares the same birthday as Usagi, her witty comebacks and upbeat personality seem to align more with the qualities of a Gemini. Sporting a quirky head of pink hair, Chibiusa easily rocks fruity and pastel hues when she’s out of her uniform. During the Black Moon Clan arc, the brainwashed Chibiusa transforms into her darker and older alter ego, donning a neo-gothic-inspired ensemble that features a low-cut, scalloped-hem strappy dress draped over a mesh long-sleeve top fitted with a crystal-embellished mock-neck and cuffs. To further exemplify the differences in personality, the floor-length burgundy dress boasts a risqué slit that goes all the way up the side of her leg, complete with dangly crystal earrings, pointy magenta stilettos and a matching shawl.
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