If you were to sit down and watch a show or movie with me, you’d quickly get annoyed.
No, I’m not one of those people who talks a lot. I’m not even someone who laughs obnoxiously loud; nor am I a Sherlock who feels the need to point out every single obvious thing that happens. I don’t like to poke holes in plot points, or even criticize a story’s lack of continuity — most of the time.
I do enjoy trying to recognize actors from other shows they’ve played on, and I pay close attention to the details. Just… not so much the details of the STORY.
A show will automatically get props from me if the sets and scenery are exceptional. But the truth is, what I seem to notice more than anything else… is the fashions.
In real life, I would never describe myself as a “fashionista”. I don’t follow trends, and I think that things either look nice, or they don’t. If they do, wear them as long as you want. If they don’t… well, then just don’t bother.
I’m exceptionally adept at spotting things like pretty jewellery. I’ll bet you didn’t realize that Rod Serling’s Night Gallery episodes are FULL of gorgeous, glittering costume jewellery — but they are!
And while watching “Bates Motel” a few years ago, I was frequently distracted by Vera Farmiga’s fabulous retro-inspired wardrobe.
This might seem harmless enough, but if we were watching a program together and you missed something in the scene? Don’t ask me expecting an answer to your question about what just happened. I don’t know why that guy just got shot or who shot him. But I DID see the terrific pair of ox-blood-coloured patent leather knee-high boots the girl walking by in the background was wearing!
Now that you understand this about me, it will come as no surprise that I grew up lusting after Daphne’s perfectly splendid winter wardrobe in Scooby Doo.
You didn’t know that Daphne had a winter wardrobe, you say? Ho, ho, are you in for a treat!
One of the things I love most about the Scooby gang is that they’re fairly predictable: Not just in regards to solving mysteries, but also in how they dress. Yes, the gang got a few makeovers throughout the past 51 years, but for the most part, Daphne’s purple dress, Velma’s orange turtleneck, and Freddy’s ascot remain intact.
The exception to the gang’s basic wardrobe rule is the wonderful winter episodes. You can’t have Scooby and the crew skiing across Antarctica in their ’70s day-clothes. At the end of the day, Mysteries Inc. are responsible teenagers, and they dress accordingly when sleuthing in the cold.
And Daphne knows that there’s absolutely no reason you can’t look super fine regardless of what you’re doing.
So I thought it would be fun (for me, anyway!) to take a look at the ever-fabulous Ms. Blake’s winter wardrobe over the years. We’ll see some of the variations the artists made to her cold weather fashions (they really weren’t too drastic), and we’ll judge them based on style, practicality, and of course the most important category of all: Would I wear them in the real world!
We first see Daphne dressed for cooler weather in the season 1 episode, “That’s Snow Ghost”, and her outfit has my #1 favourite winter accessory: Fur trim.
“That’s Snow Ghost”
Scooby Doo, Where Are You?
January 17, 1970
I really like this two-toned purple ensemble quite a lot. It’s very much just a winter version of Daphne’s regular outfit, with the light trim across the bottom of her coat mimicking the stripe on her usual dress. I also appreciate the practicality of her legging having a foot strap! You never know when you’re going to have to make a quick getaway from a Snow Ghost! This is going to be one common denominator for all of Daphne’s pants-and-shoes winter looks throughout the years.
And of course, the coat has a fur-trimmed collar, which is just….. *chef’s kiss* …for me when it comes to cold weather outfits. As you can see, the colourist messed up at one point and forgot to fill in the coat’s cuffs with purple. But personally, I think the mistake looks even better — in my “expert” opinion (I live in Canada where it’s winter for like 8 months of the year, I know what I’m talking about, thanks) if you’re going to have trim, it should match! And I do like the contrast of the white fur against the two-toned purple in the rest of her outfit.
So would I wear this? Heck, YES. But is it my perfect Daphne winter ensemble? Not quite.
The next time we see our second favourite red-headed sleuth dressed for the outdoors is in another series altogether…
“The Ghost of Bigfoot”
The New Scooby Doo Movies
November 11, 1972
The special celebrity guest stars in “The Ghost of Bigfoot” are Laurel and Hardy. The gang are dressed for skiing in Vermont, and Ms. Blake’s outfit does not disappoint.
As you can see, the style of this winter outfit is pretty much identical to the last one, right down to the ties at the top of the coat’s zipper. But the colour palette has been altered a bit. The coat and hat are still Daphne’s signature dark purple, but we’ve traded white/light purple trim for pink (LOVE that), and her leggings are now the same dark purple as her coat.
Criticisms and praises for this one: I miss the cuff trim being a contrasting colour. But I like that the hat pompom is now contrasted against the hat. I really appreciate the few frames when you can see Daph’s lime green scarf peeking out from under her coat — not only is a scarf necessary and practical, I like seeing a more complete colour palette for our girl that’s reminiscent of her typical wardrobe.
Moving on to Scooby Doo’s next series, here we have our first entirely repeated garb.
“Watt a Shocking Ghost”
The Scooby Doo Show
October 2, 1976
Four years have passed since the last time snow-bunny Daphne braved the cold weather, but clearly the artists weren’t feeling too adventurous. And honestly, I don’t entirely blame them! I like to update my wardrobe as much as the next gal, but sometimes if you find a beautiful and warm winter get-up, you just want to stick with it.
Just those darned purple cuffs are still bugging me. And one other personal complaint: Where are the BOOTS? Guys, my one winter weather staple is knee-high boots. Daph looks cute and all, and yes, a low heel or flat IS more practical for running in the snow when the 10,000 Volt Ghost is trying to zap you, but… can a girl please get a gorgeous pair of knee-highs??
“The Curse of Viking Lake”
The Scooby Doo Show
September 10, 1977
Annnnd I guess someone at Hanna-Barbera’s art department was a designer after my own heart, because in the very next season, look at what Daphne has upgraded to: A pair of knee-high boots. *angels sing*
While not a winter episode per se, the temperature is pretty chilly when the gang head up for some fishing at Viking Lake with Velma’s Uncle John.
It’s in this episode that Daphne experiences what all women know but refuse to admit: No matter how cute your winter wardrobe is, it’s probably not very warm. “I’ve already got six sweaters on and I’m freezing!” Same, Daph. Same.
Is this because for the first time our sultry sleuth is not wearing pants but rather just a pair of her usual pink tights? Maybe. But at least they lowered the hem on her coat slightly to make up for it. Plus, for the first time — she’s got mittens! And they’re colour coordinated with the trim on her coat, yes, yes, YES. And come on, she’s finally got the boots, so… gonna be hard to top this one.
“A Scary Night with a Snow Beast Fright”
The Scooby Doo Show
September 23, 1978
I said it would be hard to top the last look, but wow, look at all this extra fur!!
This right here is the best coat. We’ve got the two-toned purple, thick, plush fur trim at the collar, cuff and hem — AND her boots are also fur-trimmed! *exhales* Be still, my beating heart, I love this one so much. And there’s a good reason for all the extra fur here… the Scooby gang is at the North Pole! And Daphne was not going to be shown up by jolly old Santa Claus and all of his fur-trimmed accoutrements.
I really enjoy that we’ve finally got some prominent pops of green happening with Daphne’s accessories. Green hat, green gloves… love it. The ONLY way this outfit could be better is if the boots were taller. This is kind of a mid-calf boot, and we’ve already established how I feel about knee-highs.
Can we also just take a moment to appreciate that Daphne’s skis match her accessories!? I am soooo tempted to choose this ensemble as my favourite. I would absolutely strut into the grocery store wearing this one. With either a green or purple mask to match!
“Rocky Mountain Yiiiii!”
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo
December 15, 1979
We’re less than a month away from the year 1980 when “Rocky Mountain Yiiiii!” airs, and we’re once again backtracking a little bit with Daphne’s wardrobe.
The artists have decided to keep the updated green Arctic temperature accessories, but they’ve raided Daphne’s closet for her trusted old coat with the tassels. Now, however, they’ve finally realized that a contrasting cuff looks soooo much better, and they’ve also abandoned the pink fur trim for light purple. I prefer the pink myself, but that’s only if I were going to be wearing the coat. I think this is the ideal coat for Daphne herself. And in fact, paired with (thank you, Lord) the knee-high boots and pink tights, this outfit gets my vote for the #1 Best Look for Winter Fun Daphne Barbie!
However, it’s still not my personal favourite. ;)
With Daphne’s next look, we are officially done with her fabulous “vintage” fashions. It’s now 1984, and given the decade, this will probably come as no surprise to anyone that the fashionable Ms. Blake is, well, no longer quite as fashionable.
“South Pole Vault”
The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries
October 20, 1984
This is the first time we see Daphne looking, well, I’m just going to say it: Frumpy and less feminine. Her coat looks pretty warm, and at least it’s still two-toned purple, but it’s not a very flattering cut. Her pants are also on the bulky side, and Daph is, for the very first time, sporting a practical sporty toque instead of her normal high-top fashion cap.
This is probably my least favourite look for our usually fashionable sleuth, and I wonder if this particular style isn’t deliberately designed to make Daphne less of a bombshell and more of a boss lady. This look is from The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries where Daphne essentially plays the part of both clue-solver Velma and leader of the pack Freddy since these two characters are not series regulars. This incarnation of Daphne is definitely the one in charge, and I’m curious if this particular get-up was intended to make the audience view her in a different light.
But if there’s one thing that Daphne of all people can teach us, it’s that you don’t have to choose between practical and pretty — you can absolutely rock a cute wardrobe AND take care of business!
Thankfully the writers took hold of their senses and for this next delightful Christmas-themed episode, gave our sleuth her stylish winter wardrobe back!
“The Nutcracker Scoob”
The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries
December 1, 1984
So in “A Nutcracker Scoob”, when Daphne isn’t wearing her angel costume for the Children’s Home Christmas pageant, she’s picking up cookies from Mrs. Muffinstuffer wearing her classic purple-on-purple coat from “Rocky Mountain Yiiiii!” This also marks the return of her practical winter pants with the boot strap — it’s been 8 years since we’ve seen Daphne wear this particular look.
We’re also getting a small throwback to the very first time Daphne dressed for the cold weather: Her shoes are purple again, like they were in “That’s Snow Ghost” — only this time they’re light purple instead of dark purple. Classic and practical!
Even though we’re now moving ahead four years, for Daphne Blake, we’re turning back the clock.
“Snow Place Like Home”
A Pup Named Scooby Doo
October 29, 1988
If this pink and white delight of a frigid fashion didn’t exist just as it is, I wouldn’t have included a child version of Daphne in my list. But… I mean, this right here is MY jam.
Pink and white? Fur trim on EVERYTHING? A contrasting colour of pink for the details?? Guys, this right here might be my dream winter ensemble! As far as the colour palette goes? This here is the winner as far as MY perfect cold weather outfit. However, there is still one winter ensemble that tops my list for style.
“There’s No Creature Like Snow Creature”
What’s New Scooby Doo?
September 14, 2002
“A Scooby-Doo! Christmas”
What’s New Scooby Doo?
December 13, 2002
And these are not it, lol!
Both episodes 1 and 10 of the first new Scooby Doo series in 14 years feature Daphne in the exact SAME winter outfit. And yes, I already said that her frumpy, over-sized Snowsville garb in “South Pole Vault” was my least favourite, but this sporty modern gear is tied with it at the bottom.
I’m enjoying the colour palette, and the fur cuffs on the boots, but…. that’s it. So let’s just move on… and quickly!
“Uncle Scooby and Antarctica”
What’s New Scooby Doo?
March 25, 2004
What a change two years can make! We’re now into S2 of the modern What’s New Scooby Doo? series, and thank goodness, Daphne’s fashion sense has begun coming back to her. I really like this one.
While I do feel like that vintage, retro vibe is completely missing from this outfit, the style is still quite cute, and definitely something that I would wear. Love to see a proper scarf here, and you’ll always get points for me when you match your scarf to your gloves. Some nice fur trim here too… okay, we’re heading back in the right direction!
And wouldn’t you know it, in a turn of events that even I wasn’t expecting, our final featured winter wardrobe fashion turned out to be MY personal favourite!
“Diamonds Are a Ghoul’s Best Friend”
What’s New Scooby Doo?
March 5, 2005
Ohhhhhhhhh……. MY. YES.
This is it, guys. This is the closest that we’re going to get to my PERFECT winter outfit. The only thing stopping it from being “perfect” for me is the colour. Purple isn’t my colour, I much prefer pink. If we could turn all the purple into pink then THIS is my dream winter wardrobe!!
There’s fur — and specifically WHITE fur, which is so classic and elegant. There’s knee-high boots — TRUE knee-highs, AND they have a heel! A fitted coat, belted at the waist, and a very Russian-inspired kubanka hat. But don’t be so surprised that Daphne is sporting a very beautiful and fashionable Cossacks get-up in “Diamonds Are a Ghoul’s Best Friend” — because Scooby and the gang are IN Russia to watch a hockey tournament!
Despite being Canadian, I don’t care a Scooby Snack about hockey, but the fashion!!!
*exhales slowly* Someone please find me this outfit and put it in my closet immediately. This one is IT. ♥
I know what you’re thinking. Who on God’s earth ever needed (or wanted) a run-down of Daphne Blake’s winter wardrobe? Well, I’ll tell you — *I* did. Since I was a child, I have admired Daphne’s gorgeous style, and living in Winter World for the majority of the year, I feel like I’m perfectly justified in putting this much thought into my cold weather clothes.
If you saw my actual winter wardrobe, you would definitely notice something: It’s very much inspired by the various styles that Daphne wore throughout the years. I still haven’t found my perfect pieces yet, but I’m always on the hunt.
Man, what I wouldn’t give to be like Daphne — a character in a cartoon, where your only wardrobe limitations are what you can imagine and draw. Yeah, there’s the dream… to be able to draw whatever clothing I wanted…. and have it instantly appear in my closet…..
Yeah….. a girl can dream. ♥