So far, I’ve shared outfits inspired by Slytherin, Gryffindor, and Ravenclaw. We are now at our final House, Hufflepuff. Fun fact: I was actually sorted into Hufflepuff on Pottermore once, and I remained in Hufflepuff until I deleted my account so I could start fresh and get re-sorted (this time, I got sorted into Ravenclaw). But, for a good year, I was a proud Hufflepuff. I think I do identify a good bit with Hufflepuff (valuing hard work, fairness, and equality), and I love how Hufflepuff doesn’t care about whether students are pureblood, or more intelligent than average, or willing to fight–whatever the student’s aptitude and interests, they’ll be welcomed and taught all the same.
Hufflepuff Inspired Look
I actually think Hufflepuff and Slytherin have more in common than people think (and I may be alone in this, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that JKR introduced those two Houses first, in HP1). Both Hufflepuffs and Slytherins value loyalty, and their members share a familial bond. Both Houses are often misinterpreted and misunderstood. Slytherin is often mistaken as “the evil house” while Hufflepuff is often mistaken as “the useless house.” Both Houses get a lot of negative attention when in reality, the traits that characterize both those Houses are incredibly important, valued traits to have. Loyalty, dedication, hard work, justice–those are important and require their own kind of courage, intelligence, and ambition. And both Houses represent different versions of the other three Houses. I like to think of Hufflepuff as a more selfless version of the other three Houses. Hufflepuffs can be brave, but their bravery is for the good of others, rather than for the glory or the thrill. Hufflepuffs are willing to put themselves in danger and fight for what is right, simply because it is what’s right. Hufflepuffs value knowledge, but not simply for the sake of knowledge but rather for the sake of helping others. Hufflepuffs are ambitious not for the sake of power or selfishness, but rather because their ambition is toward a selfless cause for the greater good.
Because of Hufflepuff’s subtle similarities to Slytherin, the outfits inspired by Hufflepuff do look a bit similar to the Slytherin outfits, but with their own unique, Hufflepuff-y twist. I didn’t want to create looks that were stereotypically girly or hippie-like or earthy. I wanted to stay away from those kinds of Hufflepuff stereotypes, and rather create looks that still felt like Hufflepuff but also captured their vastly underrated fierceness.
For this first look, I wanted to have a similar aesthetic to Slytherin, but with a cozier and more laid-back feel. Since the House colors are black and yellow, I wanted to do a black skinny jean, but instead of a clean, simple jean like the Slytherin look, I did a destructed jean with cool knee rips. Instead of pairing the jeans with a slim, clean-cut sweater, I chose a chunkier, more relaxed knit sweater, loosely tucked in at the front, and I pulled this all together with a statement Gucci belt. And, to add a subtle nod to Hufflepuff’s badassery, I added some Valentino rockstud booties.
Hufflepuff Inspired Casual Look
For the casual look, I wanted to do a look that was more athleisure. Functional, but still cool. I think of this look as a sportier version of the Slytherin casual look. It has a lot of the same elements–a skinny jean, a sneaker–but the pieces have a different feel. Cooler, sportier Adidas sneakers, ripped skinny jeans, a cropped hoodie, a backpack instead of a handbag, and teardrop/hoop style earrings. The look is sporty, easy, effortless–but with a glam touch. It captures Hufflepuff so well–Hufflepuffs aren’t “what you see is what you get.” They’re multifaceted, often underestimated–but beneath the surface, they are brave, fierce, and powerful in their own way.
Hufflepuff Inspired Dressy Look
For the dressy look, I wanted it to capture Hufflepuff’s more formidable side (I mean, there are so many badass characters that were Hufflepuffs–like Tonks, Cedric, and Newt Scamander). I chose to use black as the dominant color, and add gold accents. I love the simplicity of this LBD–it’s not overtly sexy, but it is body hugging and the arm cutouts add interest while baring a little bit of skin in a different way. Plus, the simplicity of this dress works so well with a statement shoe, like this amazing sandal from Giuseppe Zanotti. Instead of traditional earrings, I went with a simple gold earcuff, as well as a gold two-finger ring from Kendra Scott. And finally, to complete the look, a black clutch with subtle gold-stud details.
So there it is–fashion inspired by all four Hogwarts Houses! Which House-inspired look was your favorite?