If we used the term"spirit animals" in the 90s, I’m pretty sure I would have called dibs on either Angela from My So Called Life or Daria Morgendorffer. In retrospect (meaning I rewatched the entire series a year or two ago), as an adult I identify more with her best friend Jane Lane. However, I still do adore the sarcastic girl in glasses (well pre-Tom. I really could not get on board the Daria and Tom situation) and want better place to display that love than through fall casual cosplay.
Daria, was first introduced on MTV's Beavis and Butt-head, but was a successful spin-off in its own right from 1997-2002 (my impressionable teen years). Daria was intelligent, jaded, misanthropic, and sharp-tongued. If presented today, she would be a hispter, but back in the 90s she was an original. New York Times in 1999 described her as "smart, bitter and animated, a blend of Dorothy Parker, Fran Lebowitz and Janeane Garofalo, wearing Carrie Donovan's glasses." Under the snark though was a sensitive girl who valued her friendship with her artist pal Jane, crushed on Jane's brother Trent despite his poorly written music for his band Msytik Spiral (great parody of 90s alternative bands), listened to her parents ridiculous stories, cared about her sister even though they were polar opposites, and helped the popular kids when they needed it. Despite the offhand remarks, she always gains the respect of her peers and community in suburban Lawndale. She also read the best books, wrote great stories, supported B-movies and punk music, and not to mention being an avid fan of Sick Sad World, an offbeat news program. Like most people, she wore an thick outer skin to protect all her layers, making her a strong female character in a show that was meant to be an animated satire / parady of high school life.
My fall casual cosplay look is very similar to Daria, with a few exceptions. I mostly switched her military-esque jacket for a green cardigan. Plus, since all my black skirts are pencil and not flared, I just layered my long sleeve mustard tank and cardi over a plain black tank dress. A pair of stockings and black lace up boots complete the look. I'll try to stick with the deeper caring side today, but forgive me if any Daria-ism sneak out here and there, like: "I don't like to smile unless I have a reason." / "I believe in coffee. Coffee for everyone." / "And there is no aspect, no facet, no moment of life that can't be improved with pizza." / Should I file this under “self-indulgent posers” or “underrated geniuses", or how about "It takes more than just words to hurt me. Unless they happen to be particularly truthful words, strung together in exceptionally observant sentences."