It’s not strange that Sailor Moon was my first anime. That could be said for many women who grew up with the original Toonami, or even earlier than that with early morning DIC dubbed broadcasts of Sailor Moon. What I do find strange is that it took until the 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon and the promotion of a new remake of Usagi’s story to finally see a surge in senshi style. Many of us wanted to become a pretty soldier and we all have our favorites, but beyond telling others of our favorite magical girl (fanart, fanfiction, cosplay, and more come to mind), there wasn’t much out there beyond a keychain or a patch that we could show the world how much we love and appreciate Sailor Moon. Until now.
I wear a lot of Hot Topic clothing and accessories in my posts. It’s of no surprise that Hot Topic (and their sister company, Torrid) seem to have a monopoly on the big business of geek fashion. The recent acquisition of Her Universe by Hot Topic for future releases also bodes well for the retail giant for the future of fandom style (though I’m eager to see what ThinkGeek has come up with their new Star Trek by Her Universe line, debuting Tuesday 11/15!). And while Hot Topic’s Studio Ghibli by Her Universe pieces offer fans something beyond a t-shirt and a hooded sweatshirt, I find that where Hot Topic suffers in geek fashion options lies with their anime offerings. We’ll get a skirt here, a dress there, but not much else. So when this Sailor Moon dress was released for both regular and plus sizes, I didn’t hesitate to add it to my closet!
For one, the fit of this is on par with Torrid’s numerical sizing, so ordering my usual size left me pleased with the bust and waist of this dress. The only aspect I’m not as pleased about are the overly large armholes, which is something to keep in mind regarding your lingerie options underneath. But the print is vivid, the dress is comfortable, and if you prefer your look with a touch of whimsy, the Peter Pan collar is a cute touch. I wanted to add a little bit of edge to my dress however, and motorcycle jackets, like this one from ELOQUII, is perfect for that.
I hope to see more anime-themed fashion from Hot Topic in the future, though. I’d be all over a One Piece dress, skirt, or jacket to rotate into my wardrobe. Gundam or Macross themed attire would also be incredible to see. With so many anime genres and styles, there’s a lot of material to work with.