Apocalypse Chic: How Kick-Ass Gals Should Dress for a Zombie Attack

How do I dress for a zombie apocalypse?

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My idol, Alice (Milla Jovovich), in Resident Evil where she gives off some great Balmain military vibes and is ready to kick some zombie ass.

If there is one thing that I am prepared for it is the zombie apocalypse--live life on the edge battling rabid human-monsters and wearing leather pants all the time. Easy.

But I have a bone to pick (or an arm to chew off) with zombie movies: the clothes. I'm sorry, but why are you running around with no protection like one of those characters in a horror movie who tries to run away in her skivvies but ends up dead. You might as well let a frothing-at-the-mouth rabid zombie bite you now.

And because I'm an expert at zombies, I've compiled the ultimate apocalypse fashion guide. So when the world ends and you no longer have to wait for a dressing room on a Saturday at Saks or you find the Net-a-Porter warehouse sans GPS, you can navigate flesh-eating hell, in style and protected.

P.S. These are also perfect warm-weather transitional outfits for brunch, too.

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The Tomboy

Lucky for you, you're day-to-day get up doesn't really have to change up your post-apocalypse life. You enjoy looking like a roughed-up female version of Darryl Dixon whether you are at work sitting in a cubicle or bashing in a zombie head with your steel toe boots. What are your wardrobe staples? Army-inspired jackets and bracelets that mirror Iron Man armor. And, The Row's leather stretch pants are hella easy to run in (plus breathable!).

Credits: 1. Current/Elliot Commander Jacket, $328; farfetch.com (opens in new tab). 2. Helmut Lang Printed Jersey T, $125; net-a-porter.com. (opens in new tab) 3. The Row Moto-Stretch Leather Skinny Pants, $1,950; net-a-porter.com (opens in new tab). 4. Kelly Wearstler Quatrain Cuff Bracelet, $895; editorialist.com (opens in new tab). 5. Alexander Wang Prisma Skeletal Backpack, $1095; barneys.com (opens in new tab). 6. Valentino Rockstud Camo Sneakers, $695; bergdorfgoodman.com (opens in new tab).

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The Badass

You are the coolest. You are an aspiration. You are Mila Jovovich on fashion steroids – you are the type of person that makes doomsday prepping look easy and not some weird "let's stock up on canned corn for the end of days." Your signature looks? Lots of spikes, metal, leather, and everything that would make someone look like you use the world as their runway, because since the world has ended, it now is.

Credits: 1. KTZ Leather Hat Mask, $415; luisaviaroma.com (opens in new tab). 2. Alexander McQueen Skull Print T-Shirt, $279; farfetch.com (opens in new tab). 3. Pierre Balmain Ribbed Skinny Jeans, $524, farfetch.com (opens in new tab). 4. Burberry Brit Studded Jacket, $1,205; stylebop.com (opens in new tab). 5. KTZ Chain Necklace, $428; luisaviaroma.com (opens in new tab). 6. Ann Demeulemeester Silver Chain Ring, $799; luisaviaroma.com (opens in new tab). 7. Pierre Hardy Motorcycle Boots, $1,295; barneys.com (opens in new tab). 8. B Brian Atwood Leather Backpack, $350; neimanmarcus.com (opens in new tab).

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The Lazy Girl

Slip on, slip out. You can't be bothered with putting things on in real life nor in apocalyptic life. You are also the type of person that covers themselves in zombie blood to master some survival trickery instead of using an actual weapon. God bless, girl, and rock that jumpsuit.

Credits: 1. Elizabeth and James Sling Backpack, $545; net-a-porter.com (opens in new tab). 2. Each X Other Jumpsuit, $1,920; net-a-porter.com (opens in new tab). 3. Faith Connexion Jacket, $617; stylebop.com (opens in new tab). 4. Pamela Love Pentagram Cuff, $280; pamelalovenyc.com (opens in new tab). 5. Adidas Stan Smith Shoes, $75; adidas.com (opens in new tab).

The Lazy Girl

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The Prepster

Unfortunately you're going to have to ditch the shift dresses and flowy tank tops because you WILL die. But you can still accessorize! Try a bold cuff. They always say, zombie teeth can't cut through DANNIJO jewelry.

Credits: 1. Vince Wool Jacket, $511; stylebop.com (opens in new tab). 2. A.P.C. Striped Shirt, $130; avenue32.com (opens in new tab). 3. Paige Edgemont Skinny Jeans, $260; net-a-porter.com (opens in new tab). 4. DANNIJO Emmy Cuff, $447; lyst.com (opens in new tab). 5. Cotu Classic, $65; superga.com (opens in new tab). 6. Herschel Settlement Backpack, $54.99; herschel.com (opens in new tab).

Editor

Hallie has worked in beauty editorial for ten years and has been editorial director at Byrdie since 2021. Previously, she was a senior editor at Byrdie since 2016. During her time at Byrdie, she's written hundreds of high-performing stories on skincare, wellness (including fitness, diet, mental health, body image, et al) makeup, and hair. She's a regular on set, helping to source inspiration for makeup and hair looks, as well as interviewing celebrities, models, and other notable women and men in the beauty space.

Before that, Hallie ran Marie Claire's social media and wrote beauty and culture stories for the site, and helped launch Time Inc.'s digital-only beauty brand, MIMI. After college, she contributed to Time Out New York’s Shopping & Style section before landing her first beauty editor gig at Hearst's Real Beauty. Hallie's writing has also appeared in ELLE, Cosmopolitan, and InStyle. Hallie graduated with a BA in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.