How To Steal The '60s Style Of Daphne & Velma

As a child, Scooby-Doo was one of my favorite cartoons; I loved the retro illustrations and colors, the elaborate plans hatched to catch the bad guys and, of course, the outfits. Did you ever dream of wearing Scooby-Doo inspired clothes? Me too! The guys and girls of Mystery Inc. were incredibly stylish and had super '60s and '70s vibes. The girls rocked the 1960s daringly cut mini skirts and the guys flaunted 1970s flared trousers — they were a team made in fashion heaven.

I have seen people dress up as members of this wacky gang for Halloween or create elaborate cosplay costumes for events. However, I wanted to show you how to get the look of the Scooby-Doo girls and wear it IRL. Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley both have very different styles yet both have iconic looks. Daphne is the sugary sweet, flirty girl-next-door whereas kooky Velma is the definition of geek chic.

For the purpose of this article, I am going to look at outfits that these crime fighting femmes wore during the original cartoon series, as there have been many modern series plus live action Scooby-Doo movie adaptations. I wanted to get back to the roots of these teen detectives to truly get their '60s style, though. Plus, I reckon many hardcore fans (including my aunt and uncle) would have my head on a metaphorical platter if I were to choose otherwise. Zoinks! Let's get going, gang!

Daphne Blake

Daphne was a feisty firecracker, a savvy dresser, and my favorite Scooby-Doo character. Unfortunately, she was always getting captured by ghouls and ghosts but thankfully as the franchise progressed, she became less of a damsel in distress and more of a heroine. Daphne was able to use her quick thinking, intuition, and feminine guile to solve mysteries and squirm out of even the most hair-raising situations. Portrayed as the love interest (and sometimes the girlfriend) of heart throb and fellow Mystery Inc. member, Fred Jones, it was easy to see why young girls (including me) idolized her.

Pictured here in the first ever episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (the original 1969 cartoon) humorously named "What a Night for a Knight," Daphne is dressed in her most well-know attire. Daphne's go-to outfit consists of: a purple mini dress, pink tights, a green scarf, purple shoes, and a headband that matches the trim of her dress. She's arguably the best dressed cartoon character in existence.

Andi Rose Women's Casual Mini Dress, $9, Amazon

This thigh-skimming mini dress screams Daphne. With its white trim detailing and peek-a-boo, see-through insert, this is Ms. Blake all over.

Sheer Luxe Pantyhose, $20, American Apparel

A classy lady, Daphne wouldn't be caught dead without some tights to add an elegant edge to her mini dress. This bubblegum pink shade looks delicious and would match Daphne's hosiery perfectly.

Purple Suede Court Shoe, by Mandarina Shoes, $266, Not on the High Street

Of course a teenage detective must match her shoes to her dress! How could she concentrate on foiling the bad guys' plans if she wasn't color coordinated?

Lavender Headband, $5, Etsy

Add the cherry on the cake to your outfit with a lavender headband. Daphne shows that a girl must be fully accessorized from head to toe because you never know when your going to get snapped by the local press!

TopTie Chiffon Neckerchief, $3, Amazon

Add a little sass to your outfit with this lime green neckerchief. Fighting crime has never looked so stylish!

Velma Dinkley

Velma is the brains of the Mystery Inc. gang. She is highly intelligent and can easily get inside the minds of notorious criminals. However, sometimes her stylish glasses are more of a hindrance than a help — as they are constantly falling off — leaving her in vulnerable positions crying, "My glasses! I can't see without my glasses!" Velma is not only the smartest member of the group but she also has great friendships with her fellow mystery-solvers. With Scooby and Shaggy often paired up together and Fred and Daphne an item (of sorts), Velma is left as the only member of the group who appears to float between all of the members, getting along with everyone.

Pictured here with all of the gang except Scooby, Velma is seen in her most iconic look. Dressed in her oversized sweater and pleated mini skirt, she cleverly fuses sensible and stylish pieces to become one nifty-looking nerd.

New Look Crew Neck Sweater, $36, ASOS

This mustard yellow sweater is the perfect 1960s shade to suit Velma and protect her from the cold lair of the Ice Man.

Tennis Skirt, $54, American Apparel

This super cute tennis skirt is very Velma. In an oxblood shade aptly named "True Blood," Velma could wear this skirt to vanquish vampires and other villains.

Vintage 1960's Mod Patent Red Mary Jane Shoes, $70, Etsy

These patent Mary Jane shoes are the perfect pair for Velma; they are a sassy, scarlet color to add a feminine edge to her outfit yet they have a very prim and proper heel height.

O-Basics Socks In "Gold", approx. $7, Sock Dreams

Like Daphne, Velma also believes in color coordinating and these socks complement the above sweater shade down to a T.

3.1 Phillip Lim, $297, Linda Farrow

The pièce de résistance of Ms. Dinkley's outfit, these sunglasses totally finish off a Velma inspired outfit. Just don't go dropping these designer shades!

Let the world know that you're not just some meddling kid — whichever Scooby-Doo gal you choose to channel, be sure to finish off your outfit with a sprinkling of sass like these two plucky detectives. Don't forget to pack your supply of Scooby Snacks!

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