In my excitement for a new Shonda Rhimes production coming next season featuring the ever-stylish Viola Davis (“How To Get Away With Murder”), I couldn’t help but look back at the fashionable TV characters that have graced the small screens from past to present. For these style-savvy women, clothes aren’t merely props. They’re a bold and vibrant expression of their character’s dynamic personality.
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From Claire Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” to Olivia Pope on “Scandal,” these women dress impeccably episode after episode, giving us fashion inspiration that lasts long after the show is over. Here are 15 such stylish TV characters that deserve recognition.
1. Claire Huxtable
No one embraced cinched dresses and sophisticated jumpsuits quite like the Huxtable family matriarch.
2. Olivia Pope
In her white coats and Prada tote bags, the star of "Scandal" ushered in a new era of power dressing with a feminine twist.
3. Lisa Turtle
The "Saved By The Bell" star made quirkiness cool with neon printed dresses and color blocked blazers that were unapologetically '90s.
4. Joan Clayton
From her signature afro to her fearless approach to dressing, what's not to love about the free-spirited style of Joan from "Girlfriends"?
5. Hilary Banks
"The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" actress was simultaneously posh and trendy in colorblock suits, pearl necklaces and wide-brimmed fedoras.
6. Mary Jane
Mary Jane moves seamlessly from professional power dressing to sexy cut-out numbers, showing the true versatility of a modern woman's style.
7. Denise Huxtable
Before Boho became a Coachella staple, Denise made it her own with vibrant headbands, floral blouses and a head full of beachy waves.
8. Wilhelmina Slater
Styled by the inimitable Patricia Fields, the boss on "Ugly Betty" perfected no-nonsense dressing with a trendy flair.
9. Sandra Clark
From her off-the-shoulder dresses to her diamonds and furs, the famous "227" star wore clothes just as sassy as her attitude.
10. Jessica Pearson
Powerful and in charge, the head partner on "Suits" manages to look conservative and feminine at the same time.
11. Whitley Gilbert
Always prissy and in pearls, Whitney Gilbert of "A Different World" was the picture of sophistication from head-to-toe.
12. Raquel Lancaster
Dressed by Anthony L. Williams, Raquel of "Single Ladies" donned flirty crop tops, body-cons and pencil skirts to compliment her bubby personality.
Who could make pig tails, newsboy caps and bell bottoms the look du jour if not the beloved "Good Times" character?
14. Keira Whitaker
Whether in a cut-out gown or a floral romper, the newest lady on "The Game" boldly embraces trends while always keeping her look youthful and fun.
A study in excess, Regine Hunter's style was delightfully over-the-top and luxurious from her printed suits to her glittering jewels.
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