Ashe has one of the better designs in Final Fantasy XII. She doesn’t look like a man-child with a tiny boy vest. Nor does she look like a rejected mutant from the X-Men. She has enough dignity not to look like a battle-ready Playboy bunny. And thank god she doesn’t look like a hobo rummaging through trash, looking for whatever scrap armor she can find. Yet, something’s still strange about her clothing.
It’s not the nearly transparent shirt sleeveless tank top. That might be the best part of the whole outfit. Maybe it’s the sleeves, which don’t connect to anything. Perhaps she needs those just to keep the armor from chaffing her skin?
It’s not the leg armor; everyone in Ivalice has that for some reason. Again, she has a dark pink stocking to presumably keep it from irritating her legs. Dark pink is a good choice in this case. But what’s off?
Ah yes. The hot pink and sky blue. That’s it. Colors as those could technically signify royalty. How many people would be rich enough to own such fancy colors? Well, most of Ivalice apparently. It seems everyone has a thing for the 80’s and fantasy worlds. For a rustic world, seemingly everyone has lavish colors on. But that hot pink and sky blue really clash with the more metallic colors. A sky blue belt on a hot pink skirt looks good on a teenager going to a mall. Ashe is a warrior princess trekking through the desert trying to reclaim her throne. If anything, this design screams “I’m a girl, tee-hee”, which doesn’t match her character at all.
But what’s perplexing is the rest of her design. Just above her shirt’s wonky coattails, we see a navy blue…mid-drift skirt? I don’t know either. But what was wrong with that color? She’s wearing two blues, and that one clearly is the winner. It’s dark enough to fit the metal and the rest of the world. The dark pink could have been a maroon color, maybe even brick red. This would have brought the tone back to a realistic consistency. Instead, everything just sorts of sticks out in the wrong way. The sky blue brings attention to the overlap of her boots and her belt. The hot pink does the same. Not the best for going incognito, for a warrior princess, or for any occasion.