The Old and New Style Icons of TV

We’ve seen many stylish female characters grace our television screens over the years, some come and go, whereas others leave a mark. However, only a select few have been prominent enough to influence the fashions of the real world and have the capability to make people want to look like them. Some are old favourites, others are up-and-coming newbies that are starting to get noticed or have developed a style of their own.

Here is my list of the those I think should make the cut:

Serena Van Der Woodsen -played by Blake Lively (Gossip Girl 2007-2012)

When Gossip Girl first burst onto our screens, it was the next best thing. But after a few seasons of slightly complicated and unrealistic storylines, it became quite hard to follow. Viewers still tuned in, however, to get their weekly fix of Dan, Chuck and Nate as well as check out what elaborate high-end ensemble Upper East Side Queen Blair Waldorf would be sporting. Serena’s style was acknowledged, but nobody was as fixated on it as Blair’s. Her laid-back, ‘rich girl’-luxe look is a tone down from Blair’s extravagant style, but still on-trend and eye-catching.

Kelly Kapowski- played by Tiffani Thiessen (Saved By The Bell 1989-1993)

If you haven’t watched Saved By The Bell then to sum it up it was a hit show during the late-80’s to mid-90’s focused around the lives of six students at Bayside High School in California. A cult hit, it sustained a spin-off series and numerous follow-up films to see where the characters end up. Kelly Kapowski is the ‘most popular girl’ and love interest of Bayside’s resident casanova Zack Morris. Having been described as the ultimate ‘teen dream of the era’, Kelly embodied all of the true elements of late 80’s style: think big hair, shoulder pads, high waisted trousers and skirts and crop tops all in a variety of bright colours.


Jess Day- played by Zooey Deschanel (New Girl 2011-)

Quirky geek-chic springs to mind when seeing Zooey Deschanel, and her character on New Girl, Jessica Day, also seems to have adopted Zooey’s own preppy style. Jess’ vintage style is a modern twist in television-land, as rarely have we seen a female lead dress any other way than very dressed up. She is the Queen of playsuits, vintage dresses and skirt/top combinations, all paired with her tardemark blunt fringe and wavy brown locks. Zooey admits to having a close relationship with her stylist on the show and has a lot of say in what goes into Jess’ wardrobe.

Carrie Bradshaw- played by AnnaSophia Robb (The Carrie Diaries 2013-)

That’s not Carrie Bradshaw! I hear you say. No, it is not the original Carrie Bradshaw, but it’s the Carrie from the 80’s. The Carrie Diaries is a prequel series to the infamous Sex and the City franchise and has already hit the states- it will be making its UK debut later this year. Anyway, it follows a young Carrie Bradshaw (aged 16 to be precise) as a teen in the 80’s trying to make it big in New York whilst juggling boys, her friends and career (not much difference there then). Her outfits are very OUT THERE but worth watching the series for- this Carrie is definitely one to watch.

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Naomi Clark -played by AnnaLynne McCord (90210, 2008-2013)

For those of you who haven’t heard, I’m going to be the bearer of bad news to you: 90210 fans, after the upcoming series (already airing in the states), the CW have decided to cancel the show after poor ratings. No more tuning in to the Beverly Hills set every week and witnessing their incestuous group shenanigans with each other. The resident ‘It’ girl, Naomi Clark, will no longer be entertaining us with her bitchiness and rich-girl lifestyle. We can still look back and admire her outfits, though. Naomi’s style throughout the series has always been slightly more high-end than her friends, a kind of modern twist on 70’s fashion with her flowing dresses and flared trousers with big, flicky hair. In that suit, possibly the Bianca Jagger of Beverly Hills?


Effy Stonem- played by Kaya Scodelario (Skins 2007-2010)

Did you know that Effy was the longest-running character on Skins? She lasted for 4 whole series rather than the typical 2. Effy’s rebellious behaviour captivated audiences as did her daring wardrobe. Her grungy concoctions that look like they have just been ‘thrown together’ suited her mysterious personality that infatuated Cook and Freddie for all those years. I remember being at sixth form at the time of the Effy-era in Skins and girls attempting to mimic her look. This I don’t advise as a majority of Effy’s clothes leave very little to the imagination, however, she did make biker boots ‘cool’ at my school.

Rachel Green- played by Jennifer Aniston (Friends 1994-2004)

Perhaps one of the original style icons of television. Rachel Green was the ultimate rich-girl-next door in Friends; her haircut, known as ‘The Rachel’, dominanted the late 90’s. Everyone wanted to dress like her, be like her and even date Ross Geller (this part is all according to my older cousin by the way, I was only a tot in the 90’s and didn’t start watching Friends until the 2000’s). A character known worldwide, the Rachel Green legacy continues to live on.

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