Cowabunga dudes! Today I’m taking a bit of style inspiration from my favourite crime-fighting quartet: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. These four rad guys were dramatically different, from their personalities to their training styles. In spite of their differences, they also had a lot in common: they all adored pizza, they all liked hanging out with ladies in yellow jumpsuits and they all banded together as a family.
I was inspired to put together an outfit for each of the turtles, which all had common elements running through them. I tried hard to capture each turtles’ personality while still keeping a sense of continuity in this collection of outfits. Each outfit features the colour green, as well as a hidden turtle.
Leonardo is the leader, so I wanted an outfit that exuded power. I decided to look to the 80’s for ideas, as this was the era when the Turtles were created. The 80’s Power Dressing trend seemed the perfect way to capture Leo’s strength and poise. Deep shades of blue and classic accessories are accented with a crisp blazer and perfectly manicured fingernails. You’d certainly look like a leader in this ensemble.
Donatello’s outfit is pure geek chic. Futuristic fabrics hint at his love of science fiction, but are tempered with chunky knitwear and casual shoes. A big backpack is a must for lugging around all your nerdy gadgets. No nerd should be without a pair of funky glasses, and I think that Donatello would approve of this purple pair. Finish off the outfit with some knit socks and a cyber-style watch.
Rough and tough, Raphael’s outfit has a punky edge to it. The ripped tights, Dr Martens boots and bold tartan add a rebellious flavour to this ensemble. Accessorise with tough studs and knuckle rings for maximum impact. Don’t forget to add a slogan tee with a biting message: you may be cool, but you’re also rude.
Mikey’s laid-back attitude comes across in this outfit. From the flowy fabrics to the bohemian accessories, this ensemble has a super-chilled vibe to it. The surfer beannie and bright sunglasses are perfect for masking bed-hair and droopy eyes when you’ve had a big night out, while the sandals add a sprinkling of surfer-chic style.
Who is your favourite turtle? Which one of these outfits do you think suits your personality?