In this article:
- Sailor Mars is one of the Sailor Senshi introduced in the hit shoujo anime Sailor Moon which remains a source of fashion inspiration to its legions of female fans today.
- Rei Hino’s fiery personality and confidence show through in the way she dresses, setting her apart from the other Sailors even though they all wear ’90s trend-appropriate clothes.
- Rei/Sailor Mars mostly wears clothes in her signature shade of red, but there are tons of other options for fans who want to emulate her style even if red isn’t their color. Namely, those cute pink overalls that are in every woman’s fashion pinboard at this point.
When it comes to 90s anime and the shoujo genre, few shows are as influential and memorable as Sailor Moon. There’s a lot to say about the show, its themes, and its cultural impact, but let’s talk about one of the main reasons we ladies keep rewatching it: The fashion is on point.
If your favorite Sailor Senshi is Sailor Mars, good news: You’ve got fantastic taste. Jokes aside, here are the basics of her looks and how you can dress more like her because let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to be that cool?
Understanding the Sailor Mars Vibe
Fashion is a lot of things for different people. Maybe it’s just about wearing the latest trends for you or wearing “status symbol” pieces, but either way, a good part of a person’s fashion sense comes from how they see themselves and want to express themselves. It’s why you can tell a little bit about each Sailor Senshi’s personality in the photos where they’re dressed in civilian clothes together.
In Sailor Mars’ case, she’s cool, confident, and decisive. Her outfits strike a balance between feminine and androgynous, sweet and alluring, practical and stylish. There’s a certain elegance to her outfits too as they typically emphasize the length of her body, giving her the appearance of being taller than she really is.
Rei Hino’s outfits, especially the red ones, command attention. It’s not that the other Sailor Moon girls aren’t cute, it’s just that her confidence and how it reflects in her clothing make her look like she just stepped off the runway of an RTW collection.
Sailor Mars embodies fire and the sensuality of Mars, as a counterpart to Venus, which gives Rei Hino a fiery personality. Therefore, red is often found in her best outfits. Her confidence shows in relaxed yet oddly formal cuts that show off her shoulders or, in some cases, a tasteful amount of skin.
When it comes to casual looks, it’s either a mini-skirt or shorts with a fairly conservative top or a slightly daring crop top and white jeans for Rei.
Going back to the planetary inspirations for Sailor Moon‘s girls, you’ve likely noticed that Rei doesn’t wear a lot of accessories at the same time. She picks a classy accessory to make an otherwise plain outfit stand out more. If the look is more visually loud, she goes without the accessories. This is something we see in the pink overalls outfit that all the Pinterest gals love so much (it’s us, we’re Pinterest gals).
But what really matters is making an outfit very you. It’s obvious that Rei dresses in the same trends that were popular in her time, which is why there’s some overlap between the girls’ casual clothes, but she always puts a distinctly Rei twist that makes it more natural for her.
As Sailor Mars herself says, “Nothing good comes out of mimicking other people. What’s important is being yourself.”
Because we’re not all born with a keen fashion sense, here are a few pieces that you can get to help you get started on making your Sailor Mars’ themed looks.
Revive 90’s Fashion With These Sailor Mars Worthy Pieces
It’s red. It’s comfortable. It’s sexy but also classy. Sailor Mars is all about conveying cool confidence with a hint of femme fatale. These affordable pieces can help you get the Sailor Mars look
1. A Classy Red Blazer
Get Unique21’s Fitted Longline Blazer in Red.
One of Sailor Mars’ best looks is a gray turtle neck, red blazer, and black high waist trousers ensemble that’s giving yassified Akira (1988). If you’re looking to add a bit of Rei’s Aries energy to your wardrobe without having to replace a good chunk of it with red pieces, this Fitted Longline Blazer from ASOS.
You can copy Sailor Mars’ outfit with this one or pair it with a white dress to give it a softer, more feminine contrast.
2. The Iconic Pink Overalls
Get Stradivarius’ Cropped Wide Leg Denim Dungaree in Pink.
Sailor Moon’s pink overall, white t-shirt, and turquoise Converse outfit is probably in thousands of Pinterest fashion boards right now because why not? It’s cute, it’s comfy, and the color combination is bold enough to make it unique but not so bold that you end up looking like a Christmas tree. Yikes.
If you have a really cute pair of Converses, you could easily wear them with these overalls. White sneakers could also work depending on their design. If you want to dress it up a little, you might want to see if you have a pair of heels and gold-toned jewelry that can elevate these overalls.
3. A Very Feminine Red Number
Get Miss Selfridge’s Poplin Tiered Mini Dress in Red.
There’s an episode where Sailor Mars wears a red mini dress with short capped sleeves and a sweetheart neckline that honestly looks like it could be on a Shein product page today. It was sweet, feminine, and romantic. The perfect dress for an afternoon coffee date.
This dress is made of a linen fabric so it’s great for walks during the summer, especially since the orange-based red shade gives off a distinct summer vibe. It’s backless and ties in the middle with a ribbon.
4. A Little Black Dress
Get Topshop’s Diamonte Trim Sweetheart Bengaline Mini Dress.
Sailor Mars doesn’t always wear black or, at least, not in a way that’s particularly noticeable. But there is one outfit where she combines an LBD with a green blazer and a gold chain belt which looked amazing. It works as a work outfit, a date night outfit, or even a partying outfit depending on whether you choose to keep the blazer on or not.
If you don’t have an LBD yet, this dress is flattering to a lot of body types and will likely suit you. And even if you already have one, it never hurt a girl to have more LBDs, don’t you think?
5. A Cute Pair of Shorts
Get River Island’s Mid Rise Utility Shorts in Khaki.
Sailor Mars wears a lot of layers but when she’s not wearing her sweaters under overalls or jackets, she pairs them with a cute pair of shorts. These khaki shorts may not be an exact color match with hers, but they are the same cut as them and many shorts available in stores back in the ’90s. This would be cute with a tight-fitting sweater for a laid-back look.
There’s no denying that ’90s anime characters are super stylish, especially if we’re talking about shoujo characters of the time. Aside from Sailor Mars, Sailor Pluto and Sailor Uranus are two other style icons you might want to check out. Sailor Pluto brings a more mature and sophisticated look that just screams high society lady while Sailor Uranus is the epitome of androgynous chic.