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How to Dress Like TV’s Most Stylish Characters

Richard Wright

When we’re looking for outfit inspiration, we typically search online, in magazines and on the streets, but recently we’ve been copying looks from some of our favorite shows. Seriously, right now is a standout time for women’s wardrobes on television. Here, ten of our favorite small-screen style icons and how to copy their best looks.

 

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MINDY KALING AS MINDY LAHIRI IN “THE MINDY PROJECT”

 

Mindy (the real-life person and the character) clearly loves dressing, and it shows. Her style is loud and fun and totally her own. Clashing prints, the brightest hues and quirky details (like the saying on this Draper James sweater) are all trademarks of her in-your-face but completely endearing wardrobe.

 

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VIOLA DAVIS AS ANNALISE KEATING IN “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER”

Annalise Keating is a boss and her sartorial choices prove it. Structured sheath dresses look put together, powerful and expensive. She doesn’t skimp on accessories, either—Annalise tends to pair her power dresses with statement pieces like chunky bangles or long, beaded necklaces and ladylike bags. 

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KALEY CUOCO AS PENNY HOFSTADTER IN “THE BIG BANG THEORY”

And the award for most improved dresser goes to...Penny's newly grown-up style. Over the eight seasons so far, we've seen Penny go from being an aggressively colorful waitress in low-rise jeans and crop tops to a successful pharmaceutical sales rep with a mature wardrobe that's appropriate without being stuffy. She's still got the colorful printed blouses, just in a softer fit.

 

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JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS AS SELINA MEYER IN “VEEP”

She might not be the most competent commander in chief, but Selina Meyer sure looks the part in colorful sheath dresses and sky-high heels. To channel her look, think more Michelle Obama than Hillary Clinton, and consider fitted, calf-length dresses, simple pumps and understated jewelry.

 

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ROBIN WRIGHT AS CLAIRE UNDERWOOD IN “HOUSE OF CARDS”

Do you have a collarbone that doesn’t quit? If so, this look’s for you. Claire Underwood's icy persona is reflected in a wardrobe that screams "I mean business and there's nothing you can do to stop me." Basically, it's serious but also chic. In muted colors and figure-hugging silhouettes, this lady's not messing around. To channel her vibe, look for tailored classics that never go out of style.

 

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KERRY WASHINGTON AS OLIVIA POPE IN “SCANDAL”

Looking impossibly chic 24/7 while dealing with everyone's problems (and her own): It's handled. Olivia Pope, with all her luxurious pantsuits and pristine outerwear, is a style icon for the high-powered working lady. She never has a hair out of place, her bag collection is on point and despite all the red wine she drinks, she's brave enough to wear white, like, all the time.

 

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JANE KRAKOWSKI AS JACQUELINE VOORHEES IN “UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT”

Is she kind of a spoiled brat? Yes. Does she epitomize the ladies-who-lunch aesthetic and always look really damn good? Also yes. Jacqueline favors chic separates, standout heels and very expensive accessories (Birkins are a favorite). The resulting look is elegant, comfortable (well, minus the heels) and surprisingly accessible. 

 

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TARAJI P. HENSON AS COOKIE LYON IN “EMPIRE”

Sometimes subtlety is overrated. Cookie’s wardrobe is over the top, dramatic and unapologetically sexy. In other words, it’s amazing. Clad in furs, animal prints and statement jewelry, Cookie’s bold style is not easily forgotten.

 

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KIRSTEN DUNST AS PEGGY BLUMQUIST IN “FARGO”

That beret, though… As if Peggy’s signature headpiece weren’t chic enough, the outfits she pairs it with have us swooning big time. Think ’70s-inspired pussy bow blouses, wool trousers and luxe coats. (Those Minnesota winters are harsh, after all.)

 

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KERI RUSSELL AS ELIZABETH JENNINGS IN “THE AMERICANS”

 

While we?re not jumping to steal her job as a spy, we?re seriously lusting after Elizabeth?s killer (sorry) late ?70s and early ?80s wardrobe. With high-waisted trousers, suede skirts and all the knit turtlenecks you could ever want, her look exudes understated power and subtle sexiness.