Elena Gilbert’s life was unexpected and adventurous in The vampire diaries but every now and then she had some questionable styling options. Elena, her vampire counterparts, best friends and foes, all experienced some sort of run-in with the supernatural and didn’t always wear outfits that were beneficial to that lifestyle.
Closets full of black clothes, leather jackets, elegant dresses and heels seem like a good idea until someone has to fight against a pack of werewolves or an original family of vampires. Too many times The vampire diaries the characters run, reach, jump, climb unexpectedly and are covered in dirt or blood. It wouldn’t be the same if they didn’t look great while doing it, but their style choices aren’t always practical.
10 Stefan season 1 capes
Stefan isn’t one to get caught without layers, but he took the zip-up hoodie and flannel too far when he didn’t even button the sleeves. Stefan’s outfits typically emit the vampire style, but this was the exception. After all the years of capes, ties, and scarves, you’d think he knew better not to leave any buttons undone.
The carelessness you emitted when you let the button down could have led to getting caught in something or just a simple loss of aerodynamics. Stefan should stick to V-neck tees and crew paired with a light jacket.
9 Damon Leather Jackets
Damon Salvatore’s signature look is the leather jackets that he wears for practically all occasions. His style doesn’t change throughout the seasons, so this impractical outfit could last for any point in Damon’s eternal life. Audiences witness the various dangers the characters face, and somehow Damon never breaks a sleeve or breaks a zipper.
It maintains its style, but the practicality is still negligent. Leather jackets are known for their toughness, so viewers can see what an obvious outfit choice would look like, but the only thing they aren’t known for is range of motion. If there’s one thing vampires need, it’s the ability to move and move quickly.
8 Elena’s long sleeves at a car wash
In the fifth episode of the series, Elena wears a tight-fitting, long-sleeved burgundy T-shirt over a second, not-so-tight tank top and struggles to remove it after Carolina embarrasses her and Stefan for not showing enough skin. at the “Sexy Suds Car Wash”.
Elena’s style is consistently modest until later seasons, so it wasn’t a surprise that she wore something to cover herself up at the car wash, but she could have chosen a looser shirt or slip-off cardigan. But that wouldn’t be the comic teenage awkwardness they were looking for.
7 Rebekah’s 80’s Outfit
After a high school party that didn’t go as planned, Rebekah still tried her best and donned what she considered a pretty strapless’ 80s dress with leggings, beads, and a fedora. She even finished it off with chunky earrings and bracelets. An impractical choice mainly due to the hat obviously being dropped later in the evening.
Being an Original, Rebekah probably more than anyone knows how to avoid any mishap that may happen in the outfit. So the audience can attribute this to simple party basics where the characters just wait for the best possible scenario. The only thing leg warmers did was to hold that dagger, so at least it had a positive.
6 Bonnie’s green dress
Bonnie Bennett’s style varied more during the first few seasons, but it also developed like her. It started out practically mirroring Elena’s outfits in layers and jewels, but eventually evolved into an independent witch style that she claimed to be hers.
Most notably in her witch fashion phase, she wore this green dress to reunite with Elena in her dream phase in season 6. Her impracticality comes from knowing that she was only in a total fight at a wedding and still picks a fluid, Lace, loose-fitting dress in front for a semi-funeral where anything could happen. It was cute, but not the most ideal for a group of people who are always battling an unexpected visitor.
5 Rebekah’s White Suit
A nice summer outfit, no doubt, but if there’s one thing that doesn’t go well with vampirism, it’s the color white. A drop of blood from the feed and that flowing white dress would stand out in an instant. Rebekah’s style is typically any trend; After more than 1000 years of living through different clothing eras, it can fit relatively well.
This may not be the most impractical option in the series, but for someone who hasn’t quite adjusted to the unexpected life of fighting and feeding in Mystic Falls, Rebekah was brave with this one.
4 Matt’s denim on a cast
Matt Donovan always portrayed the desperate small-town romantic who viewers pitied, but also wanted to see him happy. She also fulfilled her role in the fashion department, always wearing athletic outfits like a letter jacket or a pretty plaid button with boot-cut jeans to show that she was popular yet adorable.
One fashion misstep she did was to keep wearing those buttons while wearing a cast wider than the sleeves. It wasn’t just that he did it once, but he wore that style of shirt multiple times while in the cast and somehow rolled up his sleeves.
3 Katherine’s Heel Collection
Katherine’s fashion sense was the exact opposite of Elena’s. It was black, skintight, and usually topped with heels. One of the gifts when Katherine first appeared in season 2 and impersonated Elena was not only the curly hair and darker wardrobe, but also the heels that Elena normally didn’t wear other than for special occasions.
The idea that he could get away with it without wearing a more “Elena” wardrobe was already unrealistic. But that continued when he met Damon, on a not-so-rugged stone sidewalk, a few episodes later and exemplified his inability to care about the events that might come his way in the event of running or protecting himself.
two Caroline Knit Scarf and Shrug
Caroline always gave off classy girl vibes, but she was still young in season one and was definitely not sure how to dress when covering vampire bites. Viewers could normally see Caroline in pastels and flowers to complement her fair skin and blonde hair, and the Founder’s Party was no different.
The shrug knitted together with the scarf to cover her multiple vampire bites was a decent idea, but not the most elegant and impractical considering Elena saw them without even trying. The scarf was not wide enough to cover the edges of Damon’s bites on Caroline’s neck and the fabric had holes wide enough that Elena knew how to look for more bites once she realized what was happening.
1 Elena’s denim dress
Elena’s style has grown with her throughout the seasons and as she has learned to work with her new vampire abilities, so has her style. So when audiences started seeing her in more heels and tank tops with fewer layers and zip-up hoodies, it wasn’t a surprise.
The most impractical outfit she wore was in season 6. She wore a bodycon-style buttoned denim dress with heeled boots to stalk her victims on the Mystic Falls border. She may have been better on her feet as a vampire, but that dress and those shoes weren’t made for the chase.
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