It all started with Carrie Bradshaw.
Not long after Sex and The City debuted on HBO, we start seeing female characters more than just a “character” in the show, we start noticing what they are wearing and we in turn want to look like them and dress like them.
Patricia Fields, costume designer for Sex and The City, made the job harder for other costume designers that came after, since it was no longer enough just to create a costume for the characters – the costumes themselves have to be the character.
We the viewers start to identify ourselves and our style with the characters, and before we even realize it ourselves, we hit the streets wearing the clothes, shoes, bags, or accessories that our favorite characters wear.
This year, it’s no longer Carrie Bradshaw that we emulate our style from. There are so many fabulous ladies on television with such distinct style that can work with our personality and our own style.
Here are my pick for 5 TV characters whose style I adore, as well as a guide to their style:
1/ Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl.
Blair Waldorf is the Queen Bee of The Upper East Side social scene, and her style definitely reflects it. From her trademark headband to her tendency to effortlessly mix colors and patterns, from her trademark falke stockings (that led Chuck to travel to Germany just to bequeath her a few pairs) to her ability to dress sexy and classy at the same time, Blair Waldorf is slowly becoming the new Carrie Bradshaw with an edgier and bitchier one-liner. She may not chronicle her life and the lives of her friends, but she has successfully influenced fashion, so much so that I strongly suspect Marc Jacobs new fall/winter collection is heavily inspired by her.
How to dress like Blair Waldorf: well, first you need the trademark headband, then, let Marc Jacobs show you how.
2/ Joan Holloway, Mad Men.
Joan Holloway is Blair Waldorf in a 60s advertising agency. She’s tough, strong and bitchy, but she’s got a good heart and aside from her tendency to fall for male chauvinists, a good head on her shoulders. Joan Holloway also loves to flaunt her curvaceous body (which makes me love her even more) and one of her most iconic looks is the body-hugging red dress that sets off her red hair nicely. Every man in Sterling/Cooper can’t help but stare at her with their mouths hanging open as she strutted down the office with an air that says, “I know you’re all staring at my butt, boys, and I love it.”
How to dress like Joan Holloway: first, get your hands on a little red dress, put your hair up in a tight little bun, and light a cigarette in the most seductive way.
3/ Liz Lemon, 30 Rock.
Sure, Liz Lemon may not be famous for her style. In fact, she is the kind of character that other characters make fun of. But you have to admit, this is the age of freaks and geeks, and in the age where freaks and geeks rule the world, Liz Lemon comes out on top. She gives us glasses-wearing, stress-eating, Star Wars-loving, so-called imperfect women hope that we too can show up to work with food-stained clothes and still bag Jon Hamm for at least 3 episodes.
How to dress like Liz Lemon: Make sure you don’t forget the three important ingredients: geeky glasses, Chuck Taylors and jeans. And the best part is, you can buy everything in H&M or Target.
4/ Sookie Stackhouse, True Blood.
Sookie Stackhouse may just be a waitress from a tiny Louisiana town, but she is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Not only is she a telepath, she’s also the object of not one, but two vampires’ affections. And even though TV viewers are divided between Team Bill and Team Eric (I’m Team Alex, uhm, Eric, myself), I think everyone can pretty much agree that Sookie Stackhouse is cute as a button and when she’s not wearing her slightly slutty waitress uniform, she looks downright adorable in her pretty little sundresses.
How to dress like Sookie Stackhouse: get a cute little sundress from Target, and rock that adorable blonde hair and Southern accent in a vampire bar near you.
5/ Parker, Leverage.
Parker is not your average one-name woman character. She can leap off tall buildings and pull off a difficult heist in record time. She can also kick butt and stab a Serbian arms dealer with a fork. She may not be into fashion, and gets confused about women’s obsession with shoes, but as the best thief in the business, she definitely know how to dress to impress. Not to mention, she has a soft spot for diamonds, which makes her even cooler in my book.
How to dress like Parker: Make sure your outfit is comfortable enough to scale walls and crawl through air-ducts in. Oh and, get matching harness too.
Which TV character can you relate to the most? Whose style do you prefer?