Lately, I have been really smitten with Kimi ni Todoke, so much so that I easily caught up to the second season from mid-first season in just one huge sitting. The anime’s slow pace and clumsy romance make me smile and warm my heart, even in this unbearably cold weather. Likewise, the characters in Kimi ni Todoke are ready for their own winter with some gorgeous outfits.
With the winter theme in mind, let us start with my favorite outfits. Here, Sawako wears a lovely cape sweater. I really like how that one item can propel the entire look from drab to chic. The cape adds a beautiful youthful contrast to the serious elegance provided by the long coat underneath. The knitted texture gives it a very home-made motherly feel that warms her and everyone around her from within the heart. She just looks so adorable in these clothes, kind of like a little girl straight from a fairytale.
Sawako continues to look great indoors. I like that cute soft blouse with that long skirt.  For a girl who is supposed to be extremely socially inept, Sawako sure knows how to shop and look good.
Sawako’s friends dress pretty well also, especially Yano. I have always loved scarves! They can add a lot of color and complexity. Further, I love winter fashion, perhaps because I rarely have a chance to wear these styles – I have never lived anywhere that snows or even falls below 40°F. Rock those scarves and coats, girls!
Fur was totally in last year and continues to be hot this year.  Yano’s winter fur coat not only looks incredibly comfortable and warm, but also very trendy. It is a perfect fit for Yano. On the other hand, Kazehaya’s fur hoodie makes Kazehaya look raw. He desperately needs this little bit of fierceness to help complement his bland boring personality.
Of course, I cannot do a Kimi ni Todoke post without mentioning Kurumi.  While she is often shown in the plainest outfit, the gym uniform, she still looks better than anyone else! It is a shame we rarely get to see her outside of school clothing.
She looks even more gorgeous in a school uniform. She can make even the most boring clothes brilliant. The drastic contrast between what we see her in and how stunning she actually is just makes her stand out that much more as the idol-esque girl in Kimi ni Todoke.
And I love love love her full flowing hair! Kurumi is absolutely perfect.
While I do enjoy outlandish and fetishist costumes, to see characters dress realistically and nicely is always refreshing. Kimi ni Todoke may not have the best or the most consistent animation, but it certainly is delightful to watch because of its stylish fashion sense. The fashion might even give that extra detail to clearly define personalities and shape our perception of the characters.  Although this is nothing new for anime that rely heavily on cosplay-ish attires for character designs, it is fascinating to see the same effect fashion has in anime that have authentic styles.
- Long skirts are sorely underrepresented in anime.
- Faux fur to be exact, since animal rights have really caught on this year.
- I love Kurumi. This post almost turned into a fangasm for her… Actually, it kind of did. I just think she is so lovely and so adorable.
- In addition to the characters mentioned in the post (Yano, Kazehaya, Kurumi), there are many other examples of how fashion can help shape character personalities in Kimi ni Todoke. Ryu and Chizuru come easily to mind with their athletic and casual attires respectively.