The above is Serah from Final Fantasy XIII-2. Some say that Final Fantasy sequels are a mistake. Serah Farron’s clothing is a mistake. It’s the anomaly in the game. Of course, we know Final Fantasy characters don’t always have the best fashion sense. Serah doesn’t either, in any of the games. But what she’s wearing in the first game is much better than her fashion sense here. In the first game, Serah wore:
- a white sleeveless dress shirt
- red plaid-pleated skirt lined with black lace
- a semi-transparent pink sweeper vest
- black thigh-high stockings
- a scrunchie
- grayish-brown high tops
- black wrist band
Basically, she looks like what a Japanese man thinks of girly Japanese fashion taking inspiration from the 80s. But it works because she doesn’t look that bad here. In fact, she’s relatively normal. Maybe it’s because Japanese school girls wear this fashion when not in class.
The top design is a mismatch of ideas…from the 80s. That’s right, the theme is time travel. The clothes are complete retro. They’re what the 80’s thought we’d wear in the future. That is, everything was to be spandex. Why spandex? Because it was the future. Everything about Serah is the 80’s, from her side ponytail to her clothing.
Serah wakes up in Final Fantasy XIII-2 with these clothes. She knows that her clothes magically disappeared, but is surprisingly OK with what she’s wearing. Most people might be, only for being form-fitting. However, the fact that she didn’t throw up in her mouth is a miracle of Etro.
The white sleeveless tank top is the only thing normal about her dress. But it’s confusing how it interacts with the rest of the clothing. Does the skirt lift over the tank top? Are the straps sewn into the tank top? It’s hard to tell. Assuming that the elastic bands go around the tank top, what are the straps under her dress for? Are they for extra support? Where do they come from? Judging from the placement, the straps are near the crotch area. How would that help? Why is one of her straps a choker? What’s with the straps?
The gloves don’t go with anything else. Her fashion has an abundance of pinks, reds and white, but she’s wearing grey workman’s gloves. OK, it’s practical, but then why does she have gloves under the gloves? Look, pink gloves. Is she wearing two gloves on each hand? Why?
Why is she wearing cut off black tights, and cut off spandex with neon orange geometric patterns? With zippers on each side? Why? But the spandex are under the tights? Hot pink with gold embroidery? Velco slips on the shoes themselves. They look baggy, like garbage bags.
Somewhere down the line, Serah was to embody the 80’s. But at no time does it make sense, even for the freaking 80s.
The ultimate irony? Noel is from the future, and his weird tribal dress makes much more sense than Serah’s clothing.
The 80’s are dead, people.
Get with the times.