Dystopian novels might take place in post-apocalyptic worlds, but the revolutionary heroines of these powerful novels are not living in a post-fashion era. A whole new world means new rules for politics, social classes, romance, and dystopian fashion too. You might be fighting the powers that be in a head-to-toe ball gown, or engaging in hand-to-hand combat in a sleek leather ensemble. If you’ve ever wondered who your dystopian post-apocalyptic fashion twin is, now’s the time to take this quiz and see which heroine’s clothing style you most closely resemble:
(a) A pin or brooch. Subtle yet classic and used to send a message.
(b) A bold tattoo. Both a conversation starter and a symbol of your strength.
(c) Gorgeous shoes. You need to send the right message from head to toe.
(a) Braids. You like it simple and functional so your hair doesn’t prevent you from defending yourself.
(b) Short. You love a haircut that flatters your face and is easy to style.
(c) Glamorous updos. Your hair is flawlessly matched to a wardrobe that shows there’s more than one way to fight a battle.
(a) Yes, and he was unexpectedly amazing. His show-stopping looks made you feel beautiful for the first time.
(b) No, you don’t have time or money for that. There are more important priorities, anyway.
(c) Yes, and they made you feel like royalty. Their style tips helped set you apart from the competition.
(a) You’ll wear them if you absolutely have to. You admit that sometimes appearance speaks louder than words.
(b) Not for you. How would you fight in a dress?
(c) You wear them often. Fashion can be a weapon when you use it to get what you want.
(a) You prefer longsleeves. It’s better to be covered up when you’re hanging out in forests, after all.
(b) You love sleeveless shirts. It’s easier to punch someone and point a gun. Plus, you have seriously awesome biceps to show off.
(c) You feel fabulous in sleeveless dresses. You love to stun your enemies into submission with a gorgeous profile.
Katniss, the heroine of the Hunger Games trilogy, has a sense of dystopian fashion that pairs stunning pieces with a fierce personality. Like Katniss, you are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect your loved ones, your home turf, and anyone who needs help from a vicious and oppressive government. Sometimes that means sporting a jumpsuit that allows you total range to draw your bow and arrow. And sometimes that means wearing a breathtaking dress on national television so people take you seriously even when you’re wearing lipstick. You also like to include tasteful jewelry to make a fashion statement, just like Katniss and her mockingjay pendant. For you, fashion is always strategic.
For you, dystopian fashion is strictly functional, although that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. When you’re staging a revolution like Tris from the Divergent series, you need to know how to defend, protect, and kill if necessary. That means a ton of training, and when you’re training you want to be able to punch and kick and swerve and throw knives at people without your clothing getting in the way. Since you have awesome muscle tone on your arms, you like to show it off in sleeveless shirts and, yes, dresses when you have to. You also like wearing statement jewelry or accessories, like a bold tattoo that gets a lot of questions, and offers opportunities to speak about your mission and philosophy. Like Tris, your fashion is functional and allows you to do what you do best: kick ass and take names.
Like America from the Selection series, you know how to use dystopian fashion to influence a crowd…and even a prince. You might never have cared about fashion for most of your life, but then you were inspired by a change of scenery or environment, or being around people who took clothes and appearance a lot more seriously, and you saw how fashion could help you. Now you understand how looking gorgeous can let you maneuver around tricky social situations like cliques and winning over the man of your dreams. Other heroines of dystopian sagas might have to brave physical confrontations to stage a revolution and bring down an oppressive government. You, however, fight with fashion all the way, winning battles in your ball gowns and saving lives behind your lipstick!