April 25, 2012 at 2:07 PM ET
Many of us like to dress for success, and look to those in the public spotlight for inspiration. But what if your favorite looks are worn by a video game character, like an intergalactic bounty hunter or anthropomorphic hedgehog?
One can at least capture their essence via clothing choices that are far more grounded in reality using the guide provided by Console to Closet.
The recently launched Tumblr, highlighted by Kotaku, features a variety of suggested ensembles, all designed to give the wearer the aura of a pixelated or polygonal superstar.
In the case of the aforementioned game icons, one doesn't need to be covered in blue fur or spikes to emulate the freewheeling and on-the-go spirit of Sonic the Hedgehog. Instead, you just need a blue shirt and red shoes that are reminiscent of what he wears, and some gold rings as accessories:
Console to Closet does an excellent job of covering game characters who are less than human as well, like GladOS from "Portal 2":
Or if you've always wanted to know how to dress up as Carmen San Diego, Console to Closet can help point the way. Each entry points to a Polyvore (mix-and-match your own outfits) Web page that helps the visitor purchase each item in the ensemble:
There are only a few suggestions for men. This one, inspired by "Assassin's Creed," is noteworthy for showing how one can exude the feel of Altaïr or Ezio without purchasing the comparatively goofy looking, licensed hoodies that Ubisoft peddles:
For the males out there who still feel left out, there's Mens Where? Aside from working in reverse, by offering fashion tips for video game characters, it's exclusively for users of "Second Life." Warning: Some of the clothing options are a bit steamy, so proceed with caution:
Matthew Hawkins is an NYC-based game journalist who has also written for EGM, GameSetWatch, Gamasutra, Giant Robot and numerous others. He also self-publishes his own game culture zine, is part of Attract Mode, and co-hosts The Fangamer Podcast. You can keep tabs on him via Twitter, or his personal home-base, FORT90.com.