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Some of the biggest style icons are not actual people, but rather fictional characters we've come to love and admire. From sitcoms to soap operas, dramas to 90s classics, television characters continue to be major style inspiration. Let's take a look at TV character with majorly enviable wardrobes.
Olivia Pope (Scandal)
Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is the definition of glamour and sophistication, wearing some of the greatest designer labels and fashions out there. With her penchant for trench coats and paired down palettes, neutrals shades and gorgeous Prada bags, Olivia and her style truly mean business. D.C.'s greatest fixer knows how to demand both attention and respect, and her understated elegance is truly perfection from head-to-toe.
Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City)
Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) is arguably one of the most trend-setting and fashion risk taking characters of all time. Who else could possibly rock a pink tutu and somehow make it look fierce? Over the course of Sex and the City Carrie rocked some seriously wild outfits, but managed to make them look fashionable and chic. Whether it's a uniquely patterned coat, crop tops, bold flowers or her trusty Manolo Blahniks, she knew just how to pair items and look darn good while doing it.
Rachel Green (Friends)
Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) was the ultimate It Girl of the '90s, and her ever-changing hairstyles and fashion was heavily idolized by many. The character had a mass appeal that is truly hard to match; all the guys wanted to date her and all the girls wanted to be her. Her style was often imitated, with fans attempting to copy the trends and outfits she wore on screen. Whether it's a plaid skirt and knee high socks, gingham dresses, crop tops or overalls, Rachel not only created an iconic haircut, but also a fabulous fashion trend.
Joan Holloway (Mad Men)
Mad Men's Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks) has an impressive vintage wardrobe that fans couldn't get enough of. Her sexy yet chic style is full of va-va-voom dresses that accentuate her gorgeous hour glass figure, and Joan definitely knew how to accessorize. Joan is the embodiment of femme fatale, and her bold and sensual style perfectly matches her sassy and confident attitude. Her fashion is the perfect balance of sexy and feminine, and Joan always looks put together and professional.
Jackie Burkhart (That 70's Show)
Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis) perfectly captured the essence of '70s fashion, and was never one to shy away from bell-bottoms, bold patterns and paisley shirts. Being that she is extremely vain and always wants attention, her style reflects her desire to be noticed. Jackie is the character on the show that rocks some of the greatest ensembles, with outfits that include berets, jumpsuits and bandannas. As the series progresses her outfits get more refined and chic, and she's truly the epitome of '70s style.
Fran Fine (The Nanny)
Fran Fine (Fran Drescher) is a unique and quirky character, and her fashion reflects that fact. Her style comes only second to her signature nasally voice, and she stood out both in personality and fashion. Fran donned many form-fitting outfits in a wide array of loud patterns and colors, and her attire demanded attention. She favored body-hugging dresses, designer skirt suits and matching two-piece sets, not only proving she was the most stylish nanny of all time, but also one of the most stylish characters.
Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood)
Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is the definition of a southern style and charm; with her impressive collection of bright sundresses she never fails to serve up major fashion looks. Her effortless style and beauty is a major focal point of the show. Sookie almost always has on a sweet and colorful sundress, in a wide array of patterns, styles and shades. When she's not wearing a dress, she's in a cute pair of denim shorts and flowy blouses. Sookie's fashion is definitely the epitome of a southern belle, down to her blonde hair, sun-kissed glow and lady-like manners.
Serena van der Woodson & Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl)
Your favorite frenemies Serena van der Woodson (Blake Lively) and Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) may not have always gotten along, but their fashion was certainly always on point. There is no doubt these two ladies were some of the best dressed Upper East Siders around. Blair always looked preppy and chic, with her ultra-girly signature headbands, statement-making patterns and prints, and her highly accessorized school girl uniform. Serena opted for a more free and relaxed style, with a wide range of outfits that were bohemian, edgy, sexy and eclectic. This New York duo certainly knew how to rock their looks.
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Wilhelmina Slater (Ugly Betty)
Ugly Betty's Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams) was truly the boss from hell, but she looked absolutely fabulous while being it. The former supermodel is a self-absorbed diva running a huge magazine so naturally she cares a great deal about her fashion choices. Her sophisticated wardrobe is full of colors like white, gold and silver, and she isn't one to shy away from embracing animal prints and fur. Wilhelmina always looked sophisticated and elegant both in the office and outside of it.
Alexis Colby (Dynasty)
Queen of drama and epic scheming, Alexis Colby (Joan Collins) became an instant fashion icon on the 1980s soap opera Dynasty. With her penchant for flair and over-the-top glamour, she became the quintessential character you love to hate. With such a big and in your face personality, Alexis's style reflected her diva-like attitude. With a multitude of one-shouldered frocks, fur ensembles and dazzling jewel accessories, the character is indeed one of the most glamorous to ever appear on television.
Kelly Taylor (Beverly Hills, 90210)
West Beverly Queen B Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth) was the ultimate cool girl high schooler of the 90s, making everyone enviable of her impressive wardrobe. Her laid back, California style included many denim shorts and jackets, floral blouses and dresses, colorful blazers and cute rompers. The character always looked so effortless and lovely, and her long blonde locks only further gave her that ultimate California girl vibe.
Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) is one-half of our favorite fast talking, coffee-loving mother/daughter duo. Her fashion is always sassy and playful, which compliments her outgoing and fun personality. Lorelai is famous for rocking a wide array of style choices, including tongue-in-cheek t-shirts, gorgeous coats, denim jackets, wrap dresses and leather boots. Her love of bright scarves and matching hats is always on full display, and she always finds just the right balance between quirky and cute ensembles.
Gabrielle Solis (Desperate Housewives)
Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria) is a former top-model turned trophy wife who deeply prides herself in her looks and style. She is definitely the resident diva of Wisteria Lane, and dresses with glamour and flair. Her outfits are always sexy and eye-catching, and she loves wearing bold colors and body-hugging ensembles. Gabrielle enjoys designer labels and is never without a name brand bag or fabulous pair of heels. Her style is the most exciting and daring on the show, making it extra fun for fans to watch and follow.
Blanche Devereaux (The Golden Girls)
The Golden Girls introduced the world to some of the greatest characters in television history, and everyone's favorite fashion-forward Southern belle is one of the most beloved. Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan) proves that age is just a number, and you're truly as young as you feel. With her flashy and sexy date-night looks, chic loungewear and impressive accessories, Blanche's style reflects her vivacious and infectious personality, proving that no matter your age, you can always be fabulous.
Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
When she was kicking major demon butt and saving the world, Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Geller) was serving up some serious fashion looks. She is never one to shy away from bold, attention-grabbing ensembles and is always down to take a fashion risk. Her style throughout the series is constantly evolving and changing, and our favorite slayer loves to play around and experiment. Whether she's going for soft and feminine floral dresses and blouses, edgy leather coats or sexy crop tops and mini skirts, Buffy became a fashion icon of the 90s and 2000s.
Hilary Banks (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
Though The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air introduced many well-dressed and trendy characters, few could match up to the fashion of Hilary Banks (Karyn Parsons). She is always having fun with her style, embracing bold and exciting patterns and colors that are the very definition of 90s fashion. Hilary can rock any blazer and mini skirt combination or sexy tight-fitted dress and loves a good blossom hat. She is never one to shy away from loud and unique accessories, and is indeed a fashionista in her own right.
Samantha Jones (Sex and the City)
Never one to be out-shined, Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) is a fashion diva in her own right. As a PR executive, her style has a business vibe but still remains both feminine and chic. She plays around with her ensembles, embracing fun and bold colors in an often simple silhouette. With her power suits, amazing accessories and designer bags, Samantha is always ready to take New York by storm. When she's not working, she rocks many sexy and slinky night-out looks that includes curve-hugging dresses and fabulous heels. Her confidence is deeply reflected in her fashion choices.
Phoebe Halliwell (Charmed)
Charmed's Phoebe Halliwell (Alyssa Milano) is not afraid to take chances when it comes to her wardrobe, and her wide variety of clothing style is proof of that. Whether she's going for sweet and sophisticated, breezy and bohemian or edgy and femme fatale, the character's fashion is chameleon-like. She loves a good midriff baring outfit, and she's never shy to show off her killer figure. Though some of her choices might have been a little questionable, Phoebe had fun with her fashion and embraced all different trends and styles. Her daring wardrobe matches her attitude perfectly.
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