I’ve finished the entire series of Gossip Girl ages ago but I still find myself re-watching a few episodes every now and then because I genuinely enjoy looking and feasting my eyes on the clothes worn by the cast. Not to mention, I’ve also watched Sex and the City 1 and 2 (the movie) several times for the same reason as above even though the movies were so-so at best. So, because fashion is one of, if not the most important thing in life, I shall highlight a few TV shows that celebrated fashion and style in all their different but glorious ways!
1) Gossip Girl
Fashion is art and culture and history and everything I love combined. – Blair Waldorf
This is a no-brainer. From preppy high school uniforms, to college chic, to Blair’s baby blue wedding dress by Elie Saab, Gossip Girl is definitely one of the most fashionable TV series to me, hands down. I mean, you know I take it very seriously when I still get heart palpitations from looking at Blair’s wedding dress (when she married Chuck, not Louis ugh; the ‘ugh’ is for Louis, not Chuck, in case you’re wondering).
And I especially love the idea of how every character has their respective styles and preferences, and you can see it clearly in every episode. While Blair has a more classic, posh and formal-like taste, Serena’s closet is every Manhattan girl’s dream with her chic, girly and super-fashionable evening and party dresses.
Still not your type? Well, maybe you can find inspiration from Vanessa’s boho-vibe or Little J’s edgier look.
2) Pretty Little Liars
You could tell a lot about a person by their shoes. – Hanna Marin
The girls from PLL may be liars but at least they look good doing it. Although the show is not exactly fashion-centred, Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily certainly possess great style as they lie, twist and stumble upon every situation.
Granted, they are probably breaking the school’s dress code, but who cares, really, because first of all, it’s fictional, and secondly, you can find plenty of OOTD inspiration for college! For those who are still in school, sorry but you kinda have to stick to our country’s apron-like high school uniform and plain baju kurung first.
3) Sex and the City
I like my money right where I can see it . . . hanging in my closet. – Carrie Bradshaw
Apparently, this was an iconic fashion series back then, and although I have yet to watch it, it’s not hard to see why with just a few Google search results. Carrie Bradshaw and her friends may be fictional characters, but their styles are very much a real force and influence to be reckoned with. Their outfits are a blend of quirky, cute, fashionable, luxurious, unconventional and hip all rolled into one.
Some days, we can see labels like Prada, Chanel, Versace stamped on their outfits, while other days we witness glittery tutus, oversized fur coats, bright pops of colour, print on print, classic ball gowns, and many, many more. It doesn’t come off as a surprise that some people refer to Sex and the City as a fashion bible. I mean, I would, too.
4) The Carrie Diaries
Whoever we are here, we might be princesses somewhere else. Or writers. Or scientists. Or presidents. Or whatever the hell we want to be that everyone else says we can’t be. – Candace Bushnell
Being a prequel to Sex and the City, we see Carrie Bradshaw in her younger days when she first came to Manhattan as she struts the street in the 80s with colour, denim, bright heels and lots of midi skirts.
5) Game of Thrones
When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground. – Cersei Lannister
Okay, I know, weird. Why would a series that is all about killing people, pulling their insides out, mythical creatures and war be in a fashion list? Because there’s Daenerys Targaryen, people! Her gowns are incredibly swoon-worthy.
Other than Daenerys, characters like Sansa, Cersei and Margaery have gowns that we would kill to be able to wear in this century. I mean, it’s a free world and you can wear a gown from the Viking age out to a mall if you want, but don’t blame ROJAK if you get funny stares or if people start flocking to you for pictures.
P.S. Here’s a useful tip – charge those people if they want a picture with you. ;)
6) The Great Gatsby
Never miss a party… good for the nerves – like celery. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Yes, I’m well aware of the fact that this is not a TV series, but just thinking about how the movie portrayed all the parties and style of the 20s in its most victorious form is enough reason to make an exception for The Great Gatsby. Besides, I’m the one writing this article, after all, so I make the rules.
Daisy Buchanan and the women in Jay Gatsby’s parties donned lots of sparkles, fur, pearls, lace and feathers. It was glamorous, loud, pompous and beautiful. A fitting way to complement the Jazz Age, indeed.
7) The Devil Wears Prada
You sold your soul to the devil when you put on your first pair of Jimmy Choo’s. I saw it. – Emily Charlton
Lastly, how can I exclude editor of Runway magazine, Miranda Priestly, and her assistant, Andy? The book was decent, movie was great, and the fashion? Memorable. Andy may start off with frumpy and dull-coloured clothes that looked like they came from her grandmother’s great-grandmother’s closet, but she soon transformed into a fashionable and super stylish figure who only wears high-end notable labels because one does not dress like a 2000-year-old grandma when one is working for a prestigious fashion magazine.
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