How would my life be different without the influence of the seminal long-simmering high-conflict gay-coded relationship between Buffy and Faith? Who’s to say. Maybe I wouldn’t still be a full grown adult woman who still finds smoking hot despite herself, and I would probably have made several major romantic decisions in a healthier and more clear-headed way. But we don’t live in that world; we instead live in a world where our worldview was impacted at a formative age by a lot of Joss Whedon banter and knife fights; a world where I’ve thought about where Buffy would wear these bananas Buffy outfits on dates with Faith. You’re welcome; I’m sorry.
1. Season 1 Finale Gown
Paradoxically, this outfit’s appearance on Buffy itself is what really made it as a look; thanks to Buffy wearing this look to briefly die while murdering a super old vampire in an underground cave in the Season 1 finale, the ground is broken for Buffy to wear it while Faith takes her to Denny’s for late night hash browns and eggs after prom (Faith did not go to prom, but stayed at home practicing cool knife tricks while waiting for Buffy to get done).
2. Renaissance Halloween Outfit
Are you really even gay if you’ve never gone with a crush to a Ren Faire? Probably, but why would you? Buffy and Faith, ever-embattled, deserve the simple joy of spending an afternoon overheating in a corset in August in central Pennsylvania, eating roasted turkey legs and having a tarot card reader who goes by Gwyneth lie to your face.
3. Homecoming dress
The 90s are back, but also for Buffy, who is frozen in time as well as the Hellmouth, the 90s never left. This was Buffy’s homecoming dress, but works just as well for a romantic dinner out at Sunnydale’s finest house of cuisine. Faith orders bread sticks and a grilled cheese, obviously.
4. Seafoam Trench
The businesswoman’s special! This carries unbearably strong Checking Into a Bed n’ Breakfast in Connecticut energy. What will they watch on pay-per-view in the maybe-haunted four-poster bed? Is the housemade granola any good? Whatever happens, this seafoam trench coat is ready.
5. White Cowl Neck Sweater
A somber look for a somber occasion: a processing date, the kind preceded by a text that’s like “can we talk? I’m just feeling in like, a weird headspace and like I need some clarity :/”. Is the processing date on a windswept, overcast beach? Perhaps; perhaps it’s a dimly lit coffeeshop with watercolors for sale on the walls and a steaming cup of chamomile tea between them. Regardless of exact location, at the end of the day this outfit says “we have a lot to circle around without clearly resolving and then sort of giving up on addressing because my parents come into town this weekend, but that I will bring up in six months when we fight again.”
6. That One Cheerleader Outfit
It’s a little on the nose but sometimes that’s fun! This outfit demands a level of commitment to the bit: a full-on Normal Rockwell malt shop date, two straws, once ice cream float, one varsity jacket. Does the varsity jacket end up draped around Buffy’s shoulders? Is this a roleplay setup? Does this fanfiction already exist? Probably; please link me.
This outfit is, frankly, baffling — it does, however, suggest an air of intrigue and mystery that could be fun. Fitting for a langurous drive along the California coastline with a scarf tied around their hair and some Thelma & Louise vibes, or checking out estate sales for antique weapons.
8. Leopard Print Skirt Situation
It’s important to demonstrate interest in your partner’s passions even if you don’t share them, and Buffy’s passion is for wearing knee-high boots with skirts. Where will Buffy wear this outfit with Faith? Let’s be honest with ourselves and each other, friends: to the Bronze. There is nowhere else this outfit makes sense but the Bronze. This outfit is part of the Bronze Cinematic Universe, along with the host of 16-year-olds ordering mocktails on weeknights and David Boreanaz hovering in the background, normally and not weirdly, as a fully 28-year-old man.
9. Wedding Dress
Is it a bit much? Sure. Is Buffy also a bit much? Yes! Let’s imagine the over-the-top frothiness of the skirt on this in counterpoint with a sleek, tasteful white pantsuit for Faith. It’s probably leather, unfortunately, but what can you do. Yes, this dress is based in Buffy’s dream sequence wedding to Angel; fortunately for us all, since that original airing same-sex marriage has been legalized on the national level, including Sunnydale, so Buffy is free to have her wedding date with Faith instead.
10. Leather Outfit from Graduation Day Pt 1
The best outfit Buffy has ever worn is perfect for her dream date with Faith and mine: a brutal no-holds-barred knife fight. Love wins!
A perfect ending to a perfect post. Knife fights for all!
I love this thank you
wow yes to all of this
thanks for this perfect post !
I am dead
This is ART
Faith at a ren faire in a tri-corner hat and a leather corset over a filmy white shirt and tight breeches…
how did you know this is exactly what my life was missing?
When I got home from work today, my wife said, “There is an article on Autostraddle that is relevant to your interests. You should read it.”
I am in awe
rachel how DARE you
Cats on a bike, Rachel. You are on fire.
one of my friends just started rewatching buffy and she’s sending me upgaytes. anyway the timing of this article is so deus ex machina that i’m wondering if joss whedon orchestrated it all
This article is five by five.
Love the article! Love the outfits! (Although I’m more of a Willow/Tara style dresser myself…)
Just wondering: am I alone in never having shipped Buffy and Faith?
I watched this show later, long after I came out, in college, so not the most formative period of my life maybe? It makes like zero sense to me. (And if it is your ship, please ship away! This is not a judgement!)
i also watched this show for the first time in college, and buffy/faith went right over my head. now that i know it’s a thing, i can totally see it. willow and tara, however, own a piece of my soul now
Hmm maybe I should watch it again.
Willow and Tara are the best thing ever, and despite knowing it was coming, Tara’s death hurt me like very few things have before and since.
PS: love the shades in your profile pic!
i can’t rewatch the series past episode 6×18 because if i don’t watch Seeing Red then Tara doesn’t die again :)))
and thanks lol i went to the dentist and they had these cool pink glasses so i asked them to take a picture of me
For me shipping Buffy and Faith is all about Faith being a goddess and Buffy being the best choice for her on the show, if only by exclusion.
Dawn is too young, Willow was too wrapped up in Tara and also doesn’t fit with Faith, and both Harmony and Cordelia only grew beyond being basic mean girls as characters on Angel, which I personally only watched 2 years ago and may not have been watched by queer female audiences, because of it being very male-centric.
That only leaves Buffy, who I personally don’t quite like as a character, but is still a decent choice for Faith.
But this is the only choice for Faith, no?
Jebus, HOT AS HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
O there be nothing like the decolletage on display at a Ren Faire, bosoms bound down making that cleavage look big and round.
I guess the 90’s really ruined me for fashion, because I’d be totally into it if I went out with someone today dressed in any of those outfits. Just looking for someone in a seafoam trench, accessorized with a crossbow.
I somehow missed this article but found it while looking for fashion advice, and I’m so happy it exists!
What a gift!
Don’t forget the homecoming dress was already supposed to be worn to a date with Faith, Buffy’s homecoming date.