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From '90s fashion to glamorous teenagers, fashion has become a character in television. The following shows capture the essence of their characters with bold prints, classic attire, or over-the-top couture:
10. 2 Broke Girls
Between Caroline and Max, their styles could not be farther from the style spectrum. While both women love their form-fitting clothes, Caroline never left her pampered princess roots behind with her classic pearls and neutral colors, like taupe, beige, and cream. Max, on the other hand, balances professionalism and casualness, sometimes pairing a graphic shirt or a plaid shirt with dark trousers to match her sarcastic personality.
9. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Will Smith might have been the prince of streets, but the women of the Banks family each held their own with bold prints. Vivian infused the perfect amount of color in her glamorous blazers. Hilary topped off her dress suits with a matching wide brim hat. And Ashley went from private school uniformity to experimenting with Crayola colored crew neck sweaters and denim vests.
8. Sex and the City
An obvious one on the list, the HBO show featured whimsical Carrie, sexy Samantha, preppy Charlotte, and career-minded Miranda in lust-worthy designer clothes that sometimes bordered on over-the-top. Just like New York was a character on the show, the clothes also became a separate entity of their own.
7. Beverly Hills 90210
For a show that lasted a decade, no wonder there was so much fashion on one show, ranging from oversized blazers to high-waisted anything. And let’s not forget the off-the-shoulder impractical outfits!
The ABC show might be new to the list, but its Hamptons-centered attire feels like everyday is a Kentucky Derby outing. While Emily is the star of the show with her wide range of clothes to perfect her sleuthing needs, Ashley always pairs the right jewelry with her usually flared dress or skirt. Meanwhile, Victoria often wears classic silhouettes in silky form-fitting dresses. Even though most of the guys on the show always look dapper, it’s Nolan Ross who stands out in punchy collared shirts under his suit jackets.
5. Sister Sister
Sure, Mary-Kate and Ashley sucked us in with their twin outfits at a very young age, but it’s Tia and Tamera who embraced dressing alike on the show. While Tia was the brains and Tamera was the goofball, both never dressed to adhere to stereotypes. The girls were all about matching clothes but in stand-out colors.
4. Pretty Little Liars
Despite the show’s formula of having separate styles for each Liar to attract the every girl, the difference between this show and other shows around them is how accessible the clothes are because the girls are in high school. While not every one of Spencer’s blazers are at a Marshalls close by, the girls show us how to mix low-end pieces with high-end pieces to create that individual look.
3. Saved By the Bell
What made Saved By the Bell different from the other shows of its time? While Kelly wore her crop tops and the girls were big on scrunchies, A.C. Slater’s uniform consisted of muscle shirts, and Zack’s wardrobe consisted of geometric printed button downs. When the summer came along for the gang, the cast never shied away from highlighter colors on the beach.
2. I Love Lucy
Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz’s wardrobe essentials included gingham blouses, cropped trousers, and oversized collars. When Lucy and Ethel could afford accessories, they splurged on hats and fur. Lucy, in particular, loved her bows. She wore them on her hair and on her blouses.
1. Gossip Girl
The Upper East Side never looked so good with Serena and Blair leading their peers with colored tights, expensive hair bands, and designer bags. However, the girls didn’t have all the fun. Chuck Bass, the notorious playboy, spruced up his suits with velvet fabrics and fancy bow ties. The show might have lost its steam with its story lines, but the fashion was always on trend.
Which television shows do you identify with in terms of fashion? Which fashion statements made you cringe?
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