This week marks a decade since we last saw Buffy, Willow, Xander, Angel (swoon), Spike (MEGA swoon), and the rest of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer gang battling blood suckers and their monster brethren in every single way imaginable. (The series ended its seven-year run on UPN in 2003. :-/)
Not only was Buffy a badass with a crossbow, she knew her way around a butterfly clip, too. Sure, Daenerys may win in the braid/twist department, but Buffy could work an updo, minidress, and choker while sitting in the local graveyard, waiting to stake newly sprung un-dead before heading right back to The Bronze. We watched as Buffy and Willow's late-'90s "big" hair got spiked and flat-ironed, their brown-pencil-lined lips giving way to lip gloss and frosted lids. It was an era before skinny jeans (we promise, such a time/place did exist) and ironic mustaches—the guys wore loose-fitting jeans, tight shirts, the occasional trenchcoat (sometimes in leather—hot), and gobs of gel (and lots of bleach, in Spike's case). We saw Willow blossom (ha, pun!) from a high-school geek wearing matronly jean skirts to a hot college co-ed sporting confidence, some magic skills, and a sassy 'do that left many a lady vying for her attention.
Side note: who didn’t (and doesn't) love Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze, Jr.? Way to win life, SMG.
This Memorial Day Weekend, consider taking some time to get (re)acquainted with Buffy The Vampire Slayer. All episodes are available to stream on Netflix, so you have no excuse. And in the meantime, check out the gang’s best looks.
P.S. If you get really obsessed (which we predict you will), try some Angel, the David-Boreanaz-fronted Buffy spinoff.