Best-Dressed Characters on TV Today
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Prime-Time Fashion1 of 11
By Sara Tan
We blame the stylish stars of the small screen not only for turning us into occasional couch potatoes, but also shopaholics. We tune in week after week to see what they'll wear—and who they'll seduce, outsmart or fall for—next. In anticipation of the new fall TV season, we've handpicked ten of our favorite trendsetting characters.
So Adorkable2 of 11
No one does quirky-vintage-cute quite like Zooey Deschanel's character Jess Day on New Girl. The former schoolteacher's look has struck a chord with stylish nerdy-girl devotees everywhere. With the latest season upon us, we're sensing an influx of polka-dot dresses, flouncy skirts and bow ballet flats in our closet's near future.
UPCOMING AIR DATE: Sept. 17
Killer Fashion3 of 11
If Emily Thorne's wardrobe on Revenge is any indication, sometimes dressing to kill is the best payback. Thorne's cunning character, played by Emily VanCamp, works preppy Hamptons style by day and old Hollywood glamour by night, making us want to take on a secret identity just so we can play dress-up.
UPCOMING AIR DATE: Sept. 29
Legal Ease4 of 11
Not since Ally MacBeal has being a "lawyer" looked so stylish. The Good Wife's Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Margulies, commands the courtroom in five-inch heels and Prada power suits. For more high-fashion inspiration, there are plenty of feminine, structured peplum skirts and impressive high-collared coats. We rest our case.
UPCOMING AIR DATE: Sept. 29
Posh Politico5 of 11
When you have a career dedicated to protecting the public image of the president of the United States, you better look good doing it. Scandal's leading lady, Olivia Pope, sets the bar high as the most stylish working woman in D.C. (Take note, FLOTUS!). With her impeccably tailored suits and belted wool coats—often in understated creams, whites and grays—no one suspects she's harboring some of the nation's darkest secrets.
UPCOMING AIR DATE: Oct. 10
Southern Charmer6 of 11
We've met a dozen TV doctors in our day, but none with a closet as covetable as Zoe Hart's. Hart of Dixie's resident M.D. rarely wears scrubs underneath that white coat, instead preferring printed button-downs, high-waisted shorts and pencil skirts that inject the South with a serious dose of style. It makes sense: Rachel Bilson often lends her own clothes to her on-screen counterpart.
UPCOMING AIR DATE: Oct. 7
Warrior Woman7 of 11
Game of Thrones takes place in a fictional world, but we can still appreciate Daenerys Targaryen’s style. The warrior queen, played by Emilia Clarke, alternates between tough-girl staples (rugged leather corsets, lace-up boots and breastplates) and elegant regalia (flowing gowns, gladiator sandals and opulent jewelry). Plus, we can't forget about her braids—fishtails have never looked so fierce.
Power Player8 of 11
When you're a boss as ruthless as Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright in House of Cards, you've got to look the part in slick tailoring and precise silhouettes. Frank Underwood may be the leading manipulator in this Netflix political thriller, but it's Claire who's holding all the style cards—and maybe a few others.
Haute Heiress9 of 11
While Downton Abbey is full of eye candy—from the lavish homes to the fashion—we're most in awe of Lady Mary Crawley's ethereal style and elegance. The way Michelle Dockery wears her character's empire-waist gowns, cloche hats and lacy tops makes us wish we lived in bygone times.
Brooklyn Boho10 of 11
In Girls, Jessa Johansson's eccentric gypset style is a sure thing, despite all the uncertainty in her life. The character, played by Jemima Kirke, strolls the streets of Williamsburg in floral kimonos, floaty dresses and wide-brim hats, exuding an effortless, free-spirited vibe. Her outfits are a far cry from Carrie Bradshaw's glamorous getups, but we haven't envied a New Yorker's panache this much since Sex and the City.
Mod Muse11 of 11
We'll admit it took us a while to warm up to Mad Men's Megan Draper, played by Jessica Paré. But when it came to her character's swinging '60s style, it was love at first sight. After all, who could resist those seductive minidresses, psychedelic-printed tunics and cute Capris? Not Don Draper, and certainly not us.