THE TEN BEST TV STYLE ICONS
They’re the well-dressed stars of the small screen – the TV characters with the best personal style (or, at least, the best wardrobe stylists). Here are our favourites from down the years.
AUDREY HORNE IN TWIN PEAKS
Her chic take on American preppy classics made Audrey Horne, played by Sherilyn Fenn, into an early-1990s icon. Saddle shoes, plaid skirts and red lipstick gave her a mysterious, seductive edge in the crime mystery.
ANGELA CHASE IN MY SO-CALLED LIFE
The teen queen of 1990s fashion, Claire Danes as Angela Chase mixed layers and patterns, plaid and leggings to nail that troubled high schooler look. Since then, she has become an idol for disaffected youth everywhere.
The ladies of Charlie’s Angels did something revolutionary in their dress: they combined style, sophistication and street-savvy practicality. Fighting crime in flares, blazers and crop tops made the Angels into 1970s style stars as well as fierce private detectives.
SEBASTIAN FLYTE IN BRIDESHEAD REVISITED
The 1981 TV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited spurred a craze amongst well-dressed young men trying to emulate the enigmatic Sebastian Flyte, whose three-piece suits and effete linen shirts created a new kind of collegiate elegance.
She might not be the most obvious of icons, but in her strapless lime-green dress and ubiquitous red pearls, Marge Simpson cuts quite a stylish figure. Consider it uniform dressing. That’s not to mention her striking blue beehive, supposedly clocking in at three feet of bouffant hair.
JOAN HARRIS IN MAD MEN
Joan’s body-hugging 1950s looks not only showcased the role of good support garments in getting that sexy hourglass figure, but also demonstrates a real vivid sense of colour that today’s office wear sometimes lacks.
SONNY CROCKETT IN MIAMI VICE
Undercover cop Sonny fights Miami’s gangster cartels with impeccable style – his uniform of loose blazers, sunglasses and white loafers without socks mixed casual with luxury, inspiring men to dress well and roll up their blazer sleeves with nonchalance.
DENISE HUXTABLE IN THE COSBY SHOW
As Denise Huxtable, Lisa Bonet got to try out all the most typical 1980s trends, from shoulder pads to chunky knits, crazy makeup and oversized blazers. Her huge collection of hats and headgear made Denise the most stylish daughter on TV.
BLAIR WALDORF IN GOSSIP GIRL
Upper East Side queen bee Blair changed high school style forever in Gossip Girl’s right balance of twin sets, cocktail dresses and stilettoes to strike the perfect preppy and polished look. She also single-handedly started a craze for headbands at the end of 2000s.
PAMELA ANDERSON as CJ IN BAYWATCH
Pamela Anderson made the red swimsuit – and herself – into all-American icons in her role of CJ Parker in Baywatch. A high-cut scarlet one-piece and tousled, long blonde locks became essential for the 1990s beach babe look.