I Dressed in SQUID GAME-Inspired Outfits for An Entire Week
Like everyone else with a Netflix subscription, I recently got waaaaay into Squid Game, so much so that I considered ordering myself a tracksuit so I could be a Squid Game player for Halloween. But, because I boycott Amazon and couldn’t find a tracksuit from a non-sketchy online retailer, I decided against engaging in capitalism in order to revel in my fandom of the show. I did a week-long “outfit challenge”. In this challenge, each day I’d have to put together an outfit inspired by the show.
Squid Game, But Make It Fashion
One of the absolute greatest things about Squid Game is its high aesthetic value. Pastels. Neons. Primary colours. Shapes. Athleticwear. Retro 80s vibes. It’s a truly gorgeous show with some very unsettling sets and vivid imagery. Its soundtrack is also beautiful and haunting. There’s just so much to appreciate in this show, and I really wanted to just dive deep in all of these aesthetics by, in true RJH fashion, to make it fashion.
I really wanted to adopt the aesthetics of the show with my own personal style, so while nobody in the show actually wears a skirt, I definitely wear a lot of dresses and skirts. I also don’t really ever wear sweatpants in public (though I love the hell out of them at home), so none of my Squid Game outfits are going to be “true” to the show. Just inspired.
So without further ado, let the outfits begin!
MONDAY: The Player Outfit
My first mission was to dig out what items in my wardrobe had that signature green shade of the player tracksuits. I had some items that were close but not that perfect blend of green and teal. I did, however, have a pair of tights from my “early fashion days” that I don’t really wear so much anymore. Nevertheless, I dug them out and made a half-decent nod to both the player outfits AND the black and white tones of the player room.
I don’t have Vans but I have white Keds I never wear. The glasses have stars, which was a shape featured in the Dalgona challenge. The lock necklace symbolizes the prison scenario the players live in during the course of the game.
@rebeccajoneshowe SQUID GAME outfit challenge this week. Here's my first outfit inspired by the tracksuits. #squidgame #ootdfashion #tiktokfashion ♬ Trumpet Concerto – The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Commander-in-Chief Fleet
TUESDAY: The Guard Outfit
Unlike with the players, I surprisingly have enough magenta clothes to pick through for my rendition of the guard’s uniform, but there was no way in hell I wasn’t going to pick this thrifted magenta dress.
I worked on this particular day and actually started getting tired of receiving compliments on the dress. Like the colour is a LOT, folks. There’s a reason why picked it as the uniform colour for the show.
@rebeccajoneshowe My rendition of the guard outfit. #tiktokfashion #ootdfashion #squidgameoutifit ♬ Pink Soldiers – 23
WEDNESDAY: The Dalgona Challenge
This one proved a bit difficult because I had a root canal scheduled that day so I knew I’d have to dress down a bit. However, I really enjoyed the creepy factor of the Dalgona Challenge room. Those giant playground structures? The primary colours? Everything about that set was so absolutely unsettling that I knew I wanted to create a very schoolyard sort of outfit to go with it.
I ended up settling on this tencel pinafore dress, and paired it with a HBC Stripes cardigan that also had all the colours of the different shapes one could cut from the dalgona. It also conveniently rained that day, so I got to bring an umbrella to the dentist.
@rebeccajoneshowe Today's SQUID GAME outfit is inspired by the Dalgona game in Ep.3. It also rained so here's my umbrella. #squidgameoutifit #tiktokfashionstyle ♬ original sound – 온오빠 On Oppa
THURSDAY: The Staircase
This once proved tough, because while I really wanted to do a staircase-inspired outfit, I don’t actually have a lot of pastels in my wardrobe. What I ended up with was this outfit, which is probably the ensemble that is least like my normal style.
It was my day off this day, so the overalls worked, despite not being quite the teal shade featured on the staircase. As for the pinks and yellows, though? This sweater just worked. I did end up making a grocery story trip wearing this and felt ridiculous AF. But I had to, you know? For the challenge that nobody around me was aware of at all. It did, however, feel kind of nice to wear something different than my normal affair. I hate my short legs and I sometimes feel like these overalls really convey just how short they actually are, but they’re also cute, so they make me feel okay about my short legs?
The point I’m trying to make is that it’s sometimes invigorating to dress out of your comfort zone.
@rebeccajoneshowe Today's SQUID GAME Fashion Challenge outfit is inspired by the pastel staircase set. #squidgameoutifit #squidgame #ootdfashion #tiktokfashion ♬ Blue Danube Waltz – Great Waltz Orchestra
FRIDAY: The VIP Room
I had so many pieces in my wardrobe that featured the botanicals, the animal print, the deep shades of green from the VIP room featured in episode 7. It was really hard to settle on what pieces to use, but I HAD to use this leather skirt. Ended up pairing it with an Anthologogie dress that I recently thrifted, plus a shit-ton of ridiculous over-the-top gold jewellery. PLUS this vintage belt that I hoped would mirror the masks that the asshole rich guys wear at the game.
While I’d say that this outfit doesn’t quite look “Squid Game” entirely, I do feel that it’s got that 80s influence that the show does carry.
@rebeccajoneshowe Today's SQUID GAME outfit was inspired by the lush VIP room in episode 7. Gold, botanicals, 212 hair. #tiktokfashion #ootdfashion #squidgameoutifit ♬ An der schönen blauen Donau op.314 (waltz) – Johann Strauss Ensemble
SATURDAY: The “Red Light, Green Light” Doll
Of course, I had to do an outfit inspired by the doll from the first episode. Again, I don’t have a lot for pastels in my wardrobe, but what I did come up with was this orange/yellow ensemble that pulls from the colours from the doll’s pinafore dress and shirt combo.
This was admittedly my least-favourite outfit of the week, mainly because it feels so simple and it was also fall and this is quite clearly a summer ensemble. It was also a Saturday and the family had to make an impromptu trip to my husband’s hometown so we could assist in cleaning up my late father-in-law’s home, as he recently passed. Planning a better outfit was kind of low on the priority list, but this one at least proved comfortable for the drive and the day and everything.
@rebeccajoneshowe Of course I was gonna do an outfit inspired by the Red Light, Green Light doll. #squidgame #tiktokfashion ♬ original sound – Rich Girlish
SUNDAY: The Finalist Dinner
Does this one look too Gossip Girl? The headband was actually a Gossip Girl-inspired piece I bought from Etsy YEARS ago, but I put this outfit together to resemble the suits worn at the finalist dinner. I couldn’t NOT have a red bow to make a nod to the coffins featured in the game, so I wore it. The outfit felt wrong without it, but maybe might have ruined it all the same? I dunno.
If I’ve learned anything from this outfit, it’s that I need a good solid pair of black trousers in my wardrobe. It’s one of those things I decided I didn’t need back when I swore skirts were superior. I’m now on the lookout for a good pair of black trousers to invest in, and it’ll likely be these, but who knows?
@rebeccajoneshowe My final SQUID GAME outfit is from the finalist dinner. #tiktokfashion #squidgame ♬ An Der Schönen Blauen Donau Op. 134 – Battle Royale
One Week of SQUID GAME Outfits
Well, that’s my week of Squid Game-inspired outfits. How do you think I did? Which one is your favourite? This October proved to be a very frustrating and difficult month for me, pretty much in every retrospect in work, parenting, and with the death in the family. Not to mention Halloween, which I always spend so much of the year anticipating. I didn’t get to decorate quite the way I wanted to because of all the extra stuff. Then Squid Game came along, and while the show definitely is a heavy and difficult watch, it was also a great distraction for the emotions I was dealing with.
So yeah. This was fun, and I’ll probably do it again if I end up falling in love with another show with high aesthetic value. It helped me appreciate more of the pieces in my wardrobe, and I also had fun dissecting the show while putting my Tik Tok videos together, finding the music to score them, etc. It just went to prove that even in the most stressful of times that I could still somehow be creative and work my way through things.