I am not what you'd call a fashionista. When it comes to how to dress well, I wouldn't be the kind of person you'd ask for advice. Let me give you an idea of what I mean: Right now, I'm wearing a raggedy pair of sweatpants, an undersized t-shirt, and socks with holes in them. I mostly work from home, after all, so I dress accordingly.
But when it comes to video games, even I can tell you when some outfits are great, and when some are just ridiculous. For the most part, most men of gaming do not stand out for their clothing—you've got your ninja gear here, your standard tunics and tights there, your bulky armor everywhere. It's usually unremarkable.
The women of games, on the other hand, are a much more colorful bunch. It's no secret at this point to say that gaming's ladies aren't always represented… realistically, in both their figures as well as their dress. That's a generally embarrassing fact, but one that has produced plenty of amusing outfits nonetheless. Some of those have been measured, practical, and stylish; others have been garish, indecent, and absurd. So with that in mind, let's take a look back at the coolest and the most unfortunately dressed women of gaming, hoping that we all don't lose our eyesight in the process.
Samus (Metroid series)
Metroid's Samus Aran may not have the most "feminine" of outfits—you had to beat the original Metroid to even know she was a woman, after all—but then again she was never really about gender in the first place. The orange armor plates, the glowing green visor, the giant shoulders, and the classic arm cannon make Samus a powerhouse in battle, and make her suit one of the most iconic in video game history. Plus, its Morph Ball form just about defies the laws physics, so bonus points are due there.
Zelda (Legend of Zelda series)
From one iconic Nintendo woman to another, Princess Zelda's look is one of pure elegance. If we're going to relegate women in games to princesses as often as we do, then at least they'd do well to observe the regality and classiness of Zelda's get-up. Her Sheik alter ego may be far more intriguing and mysterious, but on a purely stylish level, Zelda's purple and white, Triforce-adorned dress wins out.
Faith (Mirror's Edge)
Mirror's Edge's Faith is often regarded as one of the most respectful representations of women in gaming, and with good reason: she's strong, confident, and altogether not defined solely by her gender. Her simple black tanktop and white pants may not look all that great, but Faith's outfit deserves mentioning here just because of how practical it is. Her job consists of running and leaping across rooftops at breakneck speeds, so an outfit that emphasizes comfort above all else simply makes sense. It may not be pretty, but it gets the job done, and that's worth something.
Jade (Beyond Good and Evil)
As with Faith, Jade from Beyond Good and Evil is another lauded example of how to create a compelling, fairly realistic female protagonist. Unlike Faith, Jade has an outfit that manages to make her look good while still remaining practical for everyday use. The green motif running throughout the ensemble gives Jade a unique hook, the white tanktop shows enough midriff to make it sexy, and the whole thing looks comfy enough to allow baddie bashing with ease.