Who didn’t want Kelly Kapowski’s boat necked Bayside sweatshirts? I’d be flat-out fibbing if I denied rocking a wig or two because Celia Hodes manged to so flawlessly on Weeds. And Ms. Suzanne Sugarbaker? You are not only the reason for the night the lights went out in Georgia, you are also the reason I own so many jackets and dresses with shoulder pads built in.
Female sitcom characters have always been my go-to for fashion inspiration, and while there are some greats who didn’t make it on my list (Diane Chambers of Cheers and her frilly yet consistently conservative blouses, My So-Called Life’s Rayanne Graff and her rotation of plaid tops and chunky boots, and Nelle Porter of Ally McBeal, who oozed sexuality even in a semi-business appropriate suit), the ones that I look to the most really stuck.
Clair Huxtable from The Cosby Show
With the exception of She-Ra, no one defined ’80s and ’90s power glam more than full-time lawyer and fuller-time mom, Clair Huxtable. The big earrings, the sequined dresses on nights out, the splashes of bold color in her day-to-day office wear. Clair Huxtable was the queen of cooking dinner in a chic power-suit. Her jacket would be abandoned in her bedroom closet, and an apron would be over the impeccably tailored matching skirt and playful blouse. Hell, Clair even looked good in her pajamas. Don’t we all want to be a Clair?
Darlene Connor from Roseanne
From my cynicism to my attraction to wimpy nerds, I am a Darlene, through and through. Where I find that we have the most in common, though, is in our day-to-day dress. Unflattering jeans, a crew neck sweatshirt or an ill-fitting sweater that looks like it originally belonged to a man? Yep. That’s me. Toss a denim jacket over it? Perfect. Hair in a ponytail’s totally cool, too, and if that doesn’t work, just chop it into a semi-manageable bob. And a plaid nightshirt worn during the day with a pair of jeans? Totally underrated. Whether Darlene cared to think about clothing or not, she always managed to put on something that was “totally Darlene”.
Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City
When I’m not rolling around in men’s clothing or putting together outfits for business meetings I’ll never have, I like to get weird. Bobby pin some flowers to my head? Why not? Wear a bra so bright you could see it through anything? Let’s do it! Carrie was the queen of trying out new things and owning it in a way that most people only wish they had the confidence to do. I can’t say for sure that I’d wear a bird on my head the day of my wedding, but I just might give it a shot.