What Our Favorite Kids TV Show Characters Taught Us About Fashion

Mister Rogers was so influential to many of us in childhood that we weren’t the least bit shocked when we discovered that one of Fred Rogers’ signature cardigans is now included in the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection. But an interesting post on the Smithsonian’s website about what Mister Rogers taught us about fashion made us think about how our favorite childhood TV characters influenced our sartorial outlook. After the jump, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite stars from our youth to take a look at the way their style lessons live on today.    

Mister Rogers, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

As the Smithsonian article discusses, Mister Rogers’ daily ritual of switching up his shoes and donning a knit cardigan was perhaps meant to teach us that a wardrobe change can stir up our creativity, helping us shed our stresses. But before we go all philosophical on the transformational power of clothes, more than anything we think Rogers taught us that it’s okay to look like you put some effort into getting dressed in the morning. The long knit cardigan, button-down shirt, and spiffed-up oxfords are the epitome of polished geek-chic.