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How, and Why, to Dress Like the Powerpuff Girls

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The Powerpuff Girls make their triumphant return to Cartoon Network tonight, Monday, April 4th, after over a decade off the air. Blossom (the pink one), Bubbles (blue, with Baby Spice vibes), and Buttercup (green, gets the brunt as the "mean" one; the Miranda, if you will) made their series debut in November 1998, airing through March 2005.

The superhero trio was originally developed by Craig McCracken in 1992 as a short called "Whoopass Stew!" (Fun fact: 1992 is also the year Selena Gomez, Cara Delevigne, Miley Cyrus, Kate Upton, Demi Lovato, and Nick Jonas were born. Meditate on that for a moment.)

As little girls consistently bailing out their dopey mayor in The City of Townsville, the PPG were badass icons for those of us coursing elementary school in the late '90s. Their ascent was in concert with the height of the Spice Girls, creating a tornado of "girl power" messaging in pop culture. It's not terribly dissimilar to the moment of high-profile feminism we're in now, making the show perfectly ripe for a comeback.

If you should want to embody your PPG fandom, both Moschino and Hot Topic (what a spectrum!) have designed Powerpuff Girls collections. You can shop logo sweater dresses and iPhone cases from the high-end Italian fashion brand now, but the alt mall store won't have their ode to the cartoon in stores 'til May. For something more subtle, see our gallery above to mimic the girls' uniforms.