10 Classic Video Game Fashions

Playing video games is usually a solitary pursuit. You wear what you like as long as you’re comfortable. A t-shirt and pajama pants will do nicely, and you can find those printed with your favorite video game characters and icons at most clothing stores. For conventions and cosplay events you will want a full costume, which you can find online with no problem. Then there are those times you go out in public and would like to broadcast your interests, subtly or not-so-subtly, to break the ice with potential kindred spirits. These are the fashions for such an occasion: some are available to buy, while others are one-of-a-kind creations that might inspire you to make your own!

1. 1-up Mushroom Scarf

Etsy seller UrbanPrincess will make this Super Mario-inspired 1-up mushroom scarf for you in whatever color(s) you like! Her other scarves feature Princess Peach and Mario knitted right in.

2. Super Mario Warp Zone Socks

Will warp zone socks make you run faster? No, but they might make you feel like you’re throwing fireballs!

3. Super Mario Sweater Vest

The Happy Seamstress calls this “The Nerdiest Sweater Vest in the World.” She converted pixels into knitting stitches to recreate a scene from the world of Super Mario which continues around the back of the vest, complete with the level and time!

4. Super Mario Gloves

These fingerless gloves have the pattern of a fire flower from Super Mario Brothers. Craftster leahseraph made them for her brother so he can continue playing when the temperature drops. And then there are video game fashions other than Super Mario…

5. Video Game Sweaters

The reason these sweaters feature old-school video games is that they were custom-knitted in the mid 80s! Yet the classics are still favorites for many. In addition to Q-bert and Donkey Kong, Flickr user Scurra_2002 has sweaters that depict Pac-Man and Space invaders. There are more video game characters knitted into the ends of the sleeves.

6. Tetris Tube Top

Available from Etsy seller ZidishaLuxe, this tube top comes in stretchy black fabric with 54 cubes in the shapes of Tetris blocks falling.

7. Missile Command Skirt

Lenore at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories made a Missile Command Skirt by adorning a simple black skirt with appliques and ribbons detailing the destruction. You’ll find illustrated instructions in case you want to make your own!

8. Tetris Dress

Erin wished she had some Tetris printed fabric to make a dress, and since she made this wish online, a friend contacted a fabric printer to make the perfect print. The resulting Tetris dress was a hit, and now you can order the fabric to make yours.

9. Handheld Game Unit Dress

Etsy seller SewOeno isn’t calling this dress by the brand you recognize, but you do recognize this classic Handheld Game Unit dress, don’t you?

10. Nintendo Controller Dress

Artist Liz Tan made this awesome Nintendo controller dress for Halloween. Sadly, hers is a one-of-a-kind project, but you can get a strapless knit version from ZidishaLuxe.

If you are too shy to wear such clothing and want to get your message across more subtly, you might want to go with video game jewelry. But that’s an entirely different list, coming soon!

See also: 10 Ways to Game Up Your Home and 8 Awesome Video Game Quilts.

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An Eco-Friendly Startup Is Converting Banana Peels Into Fabric for Clothes
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A new startup has found a unique way to tackle pollution while simultaneously supporting sustainable fashion. Circular Systems, a “clean-tech new materials company,” is transforming banana byproducts, pineapple leaves, sugarcane bark, and flax and hemp stalk into natural fabrics, according to Fast Company.

These five crops alone meet more than twice the global demand for fibers, and the conversion process provides farmers with an additional revenue stream, according to the company’s website. Fashion brands like H&M and Levi’s are already in talks with Circular Systems to incorporate some of these sustainable fibers into their clothes.

Additionally, Circular Systems recycles used clothing to make new fibers, and another technology called Orbital spins those textile scraps and crop byproducts together to create a durable type of yarn.

People eat about 100 billion bananas per year globally, resulting in 270 million tons of discarded peels. (Americans alone consume 3.2 billion pounds of bananas annually.) Although peels are biodegradable, they emit methane—a greenhouse gas—during decomposition. Crop burning, on the other hand, is even worse because it causes significant air pollution.

As Fast Company points out, using leaves and bark to create clothing may seem pretty groundbreaking, but 97 percent of the fibers used in clothes in 1960 were natural. Today, that figure is only 35 percent.

However, Circular Systems has joined a growing number of fashion brands and textile companies that are seeking out sustainable alternatives. Gucci has started incorporating a biodegradable material into some of its sunglasses, Bolt Threads invented a material made from mushroom filaments, and pineapple “leather” has been around for a couple of years now.

[h/t Fast Company]

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David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as His Movies
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David Lynch, the celebrated director behind baffling-but-brilliant films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, is now selling his equally surreal T-shirts on Amazon.

As IndieWire reports, each shirt bears an image of one of Lynch’s paintings or photographs with an accompanying title. Some of his designs are more straightforward (the shirts labeled “House” and “Whale” feature, respectively, drawings of a house and a whale), while others are obscure (the shirt called “Chicken Head Tears” features a disturbing sculpture of a semi-human face).

This isn’t the first time Lynch has ventured into pursuits outside of filmmaking. Previously, he has sold coffee, designed furniture, produced music, hosted daily weather reports, and published a book about his experience with transcendental meditation. Art, in fact, falls a little closer to Lynch’s roots; the filmmaker trained for years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before making his mark in Hollywood.

Lynch’s Amazon store currently sells 57 T-shirts, ranging in size from small to triple XL, all for $26 each. As for our own feelings on the collection, we think they’re best reflected by this T-shirt named “Honestly, I’m Sort of Confused.”

Check out some of our favorites below:

T-shirt that says "Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"
"Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a sleeping bird on it
"Sleeping Bird"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt that says Peace on Earth over and over again. The caption is pretty on the nose.
"Peace on Earth"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a screaming face made out of turkey with ants in its mouth
"Turkey Cheese Head"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an odd sculpted clay face asking if you know who it is. You get the idea.
"I Was Wondering If You Know Who I Am?"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a sculpted head that is not a chicken. It is blue, though.
"Chicken Head Blue"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a lobster on it. Below the drawing, the lobster is labeled with the word lobster. Shocking, I know.
"Lobster"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy
"Cowboy"

Buy it on Amazon

[h/t IndieWire]

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