8 Fashion Tips To Transform Into A Horror Game Protagonist

This summer, we’re dressing like horror video game protagonists, like this TikTok with over 100 thousand views recently declared. But not in the sour browns or bloated hoodies you see men wearing in games like Alan Wake or Silent Hill—we need to start dressing like the girls.

The girls, people are noticing, have a definitive style. The most recognizable female horror protagonists—Ashley from Resident Evil 4, Maria from Silent Hill 2, the cast of the Fatal Frame series—were all created at a high point of both Japan and the U.S.’ fascination with horror, in the sunrise hours of the 2000s. As necessitated by this global appreciation for all things morose, whether it be in films like The Grudge (2002), R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books, or the dead fish sighing of post-punk revivalists like Interpol, female horror game protagonists dress like they wanted to be haunted.

They wear spring-tone mini skirts with knee-high boots, as in the case of both Silent Hill 3’s Heather and RE4’s Ashley, so that they can splash in mud while maintaining the intrigue that an exposed thigh affords. They wear milkmaid blouses with sleeves puffed like bluebell flowers on top of pastel skirts, looking sunbleached from sitting too long inside a china cabinet. Lace softens all of their edges, so that if the monster does come to rip their tongue out, dust can collect on their corpse elegantly, like powdered sugar on a strawberry shortcake.

While I disagree with the popular equivalency of womanhood to pain, and the entire concept of a tormented, female horror protagonist inherently makes that comparison, I also think horror protagonist fashion marks resilience.

I like imagining that these women, despite players deliberately putting them in harm’s way, keep their dignity by dressing

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Jennifer Lopez Says Ben Affleck Gives Her Fashion Advice

Ben Affleck, king of award show memes and number one Dunkin’ Donuts fan, has secretly played a role in styling some of our favorite red-carpet fashion moments. Speaking with Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos during her May 5 appearance on “Live With Kelly and Mark,” Jennifer Lopez revealed that Affleck has been moonlighting as her personal stylist behind the scenes.

“He’ll joke with me sometimes, though, and he’ll say things like, ‘Where’s the rest of the shirt?'”

“Yes, he absolutely does,” Lopez confirmed, laughing, when Consuelos asked if Affleck gives her fashion advice. In the same way that Affleck is brutally honest about his past roommates, he doesn’t hold back when it comes to critiquing Lopez’s style.

“He doesn’t come to the fittings or anything like that, but I feel like if I’m getting dressed and we’re going to a red carpet or some big event — like he had his [“Air”] premiere — I’m like, ‘Do you like this one or this one?’ And he’s like, ‘I like that,’ or ‘Oh! That’s so much better on you than the other one.’ Sometimes it’s not what I think, too, which is funny.” For the record, Lopez looked incredible at the “Air” premiere in a neon green Antonio Grimaldi dress covered in crystal beading.

When Ripa asked if Affleck has any specific judging criteria — namely, whether he prefers sexier outfits — Lopez clarified that her husband lives in the moment when it comes to fashion. “I don’t think he prefers either or,” Lopez said. “It’s just whatever looks the nicest or what he thinks looks the nicest in that moment. He’ll joke with me sometimes, though, and he’ll say things like, ‘Where’s the rest of the shirt?’ or things like that. And I’m like, ‘This one doesn‘t

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Paradiso on paper, Skingredients and fashion advice

Chef and founder of acclaimed Cork restaurant Paradiso, Denis Cotter was ahead of his time when he launched his vegetarian restaurant back in 1993. His beautiful new cookbook Paradiso: Recipes & Reflections celebrates 30 years in business and is a snapshot of where Paradiso is at now as an essential part of Cork’s dining culture. 

Add a touch of Paradiso to your culinary repertoire with recipes for standalone dishes and those that can be incorporated into a series of courses — think pan-roasted artichokes, smoky za’atar roast squash or strawberry and elderflower pavlova.

  • With a foreword by Cork actor and Paradiso fan, Cillian Murphy, it is available from May 4 at Paradiso, €39, and to pre-order now at ninebeanrowsbooks.com
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The bundle includes the Skin Protein Anti-Ageing Retinoid Serum, the Skin Shield Moisturising and Priming SPF50 PA+++ and the multi-use Cleanse Off Mitt for product-free cleansing. Red Alert Bundle. €100.73 (including a saving of 15%).

Aoife Dunican, aka The Stylebob
Aoife Dunican, aka The Stylebob

Foolproof fashion fixes from The Stylebob

Want to get your fashion mojo back? Feel you’ve lost your sense of style? Want to update your wardrobe to look more current? Internationally accredited stylist Aoife Dunican is the founder of The Stylebob (also her moniker on social media) — a styling consultancy which helps people ‘amplify their image for confidence, presence and impact’. 

Aoife offers personal styling sessions, wardrobe edits and colour consultancy services — both in-person and virtually. Aoife also

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