6 TV-Inspired Looks That Will Make You Feel Like the Main Character
Inspired by Rebecca from Ted Lasso? Want to look like a chic but collegiate English professor, à la The Chair? Here’s how to steal your favorite TV character’s style.
I don’t know about you, but I feel an almost first-day-of-school excitement when my favorite TV shows come back with a new season. It’s wild that we sometimes have to wait 6 months or even years (looking at you, Game of Thrones) for cliff-hangers to resolve themselves and long-awaited romances to finally bubble up into a first kiss. All the waiting is worth it, however, when those familiar opening credits begin and you settle into the couch with that “oh yeah, here are my Tuesday night plans for the next three months” feeling.
Another thing I look forward to when my favorite shows return is seeing what my favorite characters are wearing. For some characters—especially main female characters—their style becomes an essential part of their stories. Like Carrie in Sex and the City and Issa in Insecure, a main character’s growth (as well as her breakups) is often expressed by what she is wearing before we even know her arc. And can’t the same thing be said for us?
Below, we put together 6 outfits based on some of our favorite main characters right now.
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Rebecca Welton in Ted Lasso
There’s no denying it—Rebecca Welton is hot, and the hottest thing about her is that she knows it. She plays up her height, her hair, and her status as the owner of Ted Lasso’s AFC Richmond team with form-fitting dresses, classic heels, and a whole lot of confidence. Channel Rebecca by celebrating your assets in the figure-skimming, waist-defining Cynthia dress. Paired with the Ginger pumps and the Velma earrings, you’ll feel corner-office ready, even if you’re still in a cubicle.
Photo: Apple TV
Ji-Yoon Kim in The Chair
One of my favorite new shows, The Chair follows Ji-Yoon (played by Sandra Oh, a perfect human), as she navigates her new role as Chair of the English department at a fictional Ivy League university. As per every Sandra Oh character, Ji-Yoon has exceptional fashion—her sweaters and blazers are like an “Autumn in New England” Pinterest board come to life. Cop her signature style in a suit of unexpected colors by pairing the Yiyan blazer and Mejia pant in haze with the Carrie top in a pop of habanero. Add the Hugo necklace for a little pizazz and a classic pair of loafers as your finishing touch.
Alex Levy in The Morning Show
Like any woman at the top of her career, Alex Levy, played by the always chic Jennifer Aniston, is…complicated. That said, her signature style of turtlenecks, fitted pants and skirts, and beautiful statement pieces is simple, extremely elegant, and couldn’t be easier to pull off. Take a page from her book and tuck the silk jersey Elizabeth sweater into a pair of high-waisted Curie pants. The Lana boots lend the look some height, and the Williamina earrings were basically made for TV already.
Photo: Apple TV
Grace Hanson in Grace & Frankie
As different as Jane Fonda is from her character, Grace Hanson, it is still very hard for me to separate the two, and since Jane Fonda is the epitome of goals in my book, I have to love Grace Hanson, too. And what’s not to love? Sure, she’s not as easy-going as her best frenemy Frankie, but her style and chutzpah can’t be matched. I especially appreciate her casual looks (that woman can wear a sweater), because they’re just so polished and put-together. Be your own pot-smoking, sex-toy-hawking 80-something-year-old style icon by getting cozy in a Paige T-shirt and Snyder jacket, with a pair of skinny jeans underneath (yes, skinny jeans are ageless).
Kate Foster in Working Moms
Kate’s career journey hasn’t always been easy, but her style has been flawless throughout. She’s a businesswoman who knows how to dress the part—expertly tailored dresses, tops in various jewel tones, and Zoom-ready jewelry are some of her go-to’s. The Antoinette top in bright olympic blue would blend right into Kate’s wardrobe, as would an essential pair of Foster pants. The Rowan flats in snakeskin add a bit of intrigue, while the Vivara necklace makes an understated statement.
Lauren Turner in Billions
While Lauren Turner, played by the gorgeous Jade Eshete, isn’t the main character in Billions, her style is certainly scene-stealing. Always in bold prints or statement jewelry, there’s no missing her in a sea of gray suits. To make a similarly influential impact, you’ll want to put a colorful jacket, like the Lilia in red, over a wrinkle- and stress-resistant base, like the Tatum top and a pair of Milo jeans. The Koio sneakers are a must, because if your work is anything like Lauren’s, it definitely keeps you on your toes.