Let’s face it — literature’s villians are always better dressed

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This was the summer of villains – between Maleficent and the amorphous intentions of Elsa in Frozen, it seemed like everyone was focused on that gray area between good and bad. Here at BookTrib we’re no exception – just this week we had the pleasure of interviewing Gregory Maguire, author of books like Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister.

All this good and evil talk got us thinking about some of our favorite villains and how fabulous their outfits are. Why is it always the bad guys who get to dress the best? While we don’t condone going over to the dark side, there is certainly a lot of fashion inspiration to be found in those iconic evil ones. So here are five outfit ideas based on some of our all time favorite villains:

Ursula from The Little Mermaid

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Ursula

 

We predict that tulle skirts will be all the rage this winter, and what better way to honor the trend than to dress like Ariel’s greatest foe, Ursula. The black and purple go so well together, and a few sea-related accessories top the whole look off.

The Evil Queen in Snow White

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The Evil Queen

 

Lana Parrilla plays the Evil Queen so well as the modern Regina Mills on “Once Upon a Time,” but we’re looking at the old school Snow White version for some inspiration. Villains currently do love their black and purple, don’t they? We’ve updated the look with a sleek dress and draped-front blazer. And she wouldn’t be complete without a gold crown, of course.

Darth Vader from Star Wars

Darth Vader

 

Thought we were just sticking with old-school Disney? Not a chance! Here’s our version of Darth Vader, with lots of black, a leather jacket, a Death Star-like clutch, and heavy boots. Plus a Darth Vader cameo! A must-have for every villain lover.

The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz

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Wicked Witch

 

This witch certainly has a bad reputation, though Wicked has done a lot of good PR for her. Still, she needs to have a badass look – leather pants, sky-high heels, and that neon green she’s become famous for. A ruby ring (ala Dorothy) is the perfect final touch.

Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty

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Maleficent

 

Of course we couldn’t leave out the baddy from Sleeping Beauty, and the evil fairy that Angelina Jolie worked so hard to humanize this year. Here’s our modern take: a cut-out dress with purple and pink touches in the accessories. A talon-like bracelet just screams Maleficent, as does the lacy headband taking the place of her famous horned headgear.

Which villain would you dress like if you could? Let us know in the comments!

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

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