In fashion, anything goes, even wearing your favourite cartoon characters! We all have grown up watching Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon with our eyes glued to the television set, wishing we could be part of the show. However, not everyone grows out of this childhood fantasy! Many of us are still fans of the classic Mickey Mouse, Disney Princesses or even The Powerpuff Girls. Built from a common idea of mystery, nostalgia and escapism—fashion and fairy tales are synonymous. Lucky for us, brands have found a way to keep our favourite characters integrated into our adulthood through the form of fashion.
Don’t be mistaken that this trend is just for the younger generation, or will make you look like you are a 5-year old again… Big fashion houses have best-selling collections such as the Gucci x Mickey Mouse and Mui Mui in Wonderland. Moreover, our favourite B-town babes such as Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone have been seen looking chic as ever in these fun designs. Whether it is on t-shirts, hoodies, shoes, or even bags, designers have found a way to make illustrations look pristine. Additionally, high-street fashion brands such as H&M and Zara have released numerable collections for more affordable and wearable cartoon fashion. We couldn’t be more excited to channel our inner kid, and style these fashion pieces! If you are apprehensive on how to pull this off, we have picked the best examples to show you how to incorporate these fun garments in your everyday style.
Our Sesame Street’s favourite, Cookie Monster is one character we want on every merchandise possible! Santoshi Shetty’s charcoal grey tee with his face is a simple design which can be worn in infinite ways. However, we love how she has chosen to amp the look by layering a lighter grey blazer over it. This keeps the colours monochromatic, which is suitable for a toned-down look. Additionally, she has tucked the tee in high-waisted jeans which transforms her entire cartoon look to classy.
For those with a preference to keep the cartoon minimal, denim helps to balance it out. Riya Jain’s cute short denim dress does all the talking with the distressed effect and fringes at the bottom. Also, the two patches of Popeye and Olive are subtle and add the right amount of contrast to the indigo. The addition of black via a belt bag helps to accentuate her waist while the chunky trainers add an edge.
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If you are a serious fashionista and love your share of Disney, take a cue from Sadaf J. Khan on how to blend both. She manages to make a statement by pairing a simple, but vibrant Daisy Duck t-shirt with black tiered ruffle trousers and a sparkly Coach wristlet. The combination of bold with a simple element looks chic enough to wear on a fancy night out. You can also consider wearing some high-heels to elevate the look further. On the whole, she sure is making the cartoon trend work for her!
A matching set of blazer and shorts is a fashionable look, however, it can get a bit tricky to select the right top to wear along. Juhi Godambe is adding a casual touch to her matching blue set by pairing it with a graphic tee. Add on some sneakers and you are ready to go for a lunch date or even a brunch. Moreover, with the blazer off you got yourself a summer cartoon-cool look, adding the element of fun.
Bring out your inner girl by pulling off a Barbie pink look like Mehak Ghai. Suitable for the humidity and monsoon season, a skirt and t-shirt is usually the easiest pairing. To illustrate, Mehak has gone for a bold pink recurring print and chosen to match it with an equally bright mini-skirt. Moreover, to avoid going ultra-girly, she has gone for chunky kicks that help to neutralize the bright look and give a sporty vibe. A loud but fun look for those young at heart!
Luxury brands such as Coach, Kate Spade and Givenchy have indulged in the cartoon trend for some funky bag designs which make for great collectables. Alternatively, regular brands have some cute bags as well that can be used to add a cartoon element to your look. Debasree Banarjee’s attire of a skirt and top is casual-chic, with no loud prints and neutral colours. However, accessorizing with a cartoon backpack is the perfect touch that allows her to re-live her childhood while still looking cool and stylish.
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The grown-up way to show your love for Disney is by wearing it. Another subtle way to don your Disneyana is by going for a dress like Neha Desai’s from the Disney collection. This long t-shirt dress has additions of all our favourite characters in the right proportion, without being overwhelming. Throw on some kicks, and you got yourself a laid-back OOTD.
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