I redesigned Ruby’s outfit from RWBY to look less like a generic gothic lolita dress and more like an outfit that is actually interesting.
There are a lot of things to consider while designing a character, but I think one of the most important things is to consider the character’s personality and how to convey through their clothes. I don’t claim to be a RWBY expert (I don’t want to be anyway cause I don’t care enough) but I do know that Ruby 1.) designed a very technically advanced scythe weapon that I am too lazy to draw, 2.) is a self-proclaimed weapon nut, and 3.) is dorky and childish. Those 3 observations lead to this design! It may not be the best design, but designs are meant to be revisioned over and over again anyway. Also I don’t care. I was also going to give her a new color palette to match her rather cheery personality but, again, I don’t care enough to do that.
It looks more steampunk than lolita (steampunk fits Ruby better imo) but this outfit can be tinkered around with to look more lolita. Just add more frills and poofiness or something.
EDIT: Some people wanna cosplay this!!! Wow!!! So I added some more references for the little details on the redesign. Overall the outfit is pretty simple