Old Hollywood gets a lot of credit for its fashion. And rightfully so, but there are plenty of modern stars who are defining new sartorial standards for screens both big and small. Keep scrolling to see 10 of our favorite fictitious female fashion icons of the last 10 years, with pieces inspired by their camera-ready looks.
Television Style Icons
From primetime programming to streaming networks, some of the best fashion moments happen on the small screen, and these characters are among our favorites.
Serena van der Woodsen, "Gossip Girl"
Not-so-arguably the most fashionable person on TV in the early 2010s, Serena was constantly crossing town from the Upper East Side to Brooklyn, so it only makes sense that her wardrobe was as multifaceted as a Tiffany diamond. The series' costume designer, Eric Daman, was inspired by supermodel Kate Moss for the character's covetable fashion, from her flirtier looks to full-on designer glam.
Channel her style with: Boho dresses, tailored jackets, glitzy embellishments, designer handbags, high heels
Rainbow Johnson, "black-ish"
Aesthetic: Print master
Tracee Ellis Ross is one of the world's most fashionable women, and the character she plays on TV isn't far behind. We love anyone who isn't afraid to take on head-to-toe prints. It's a move that Bow makes often, flawlessly rocking modern motifs from some of our favorite designers, including Ulla Johnson and A.L.C. And she never forgets to finish her look with big earrings and a bold lip.
Channel her style with: Flowy maxis, jumpsuits, detailed necklines, statement earrings
Shoshanna Shapiro, "Girls"
This is where things get a little meta: Shoshanna always idolized the foursome from that other HBO hit, "Sex and the City". But over the course of six seasons, Shosh became an icon in her own right, dabbling in so many styles even she would probably get tongue-tied trying to list them all. But the unifying philosophy of this millennial's fashion evolution was being confident and unapologetic in her choices.
Channel her style with: Preppy basics, fit-and-flare dresses, kitschy accessories, or, if we're talking that season she lived in Japan, then straight-up Tokyo street style.
Molly Carter, "Insecure"
Aesthetic: Everyday runway
Molly is an overachiever in every sense, from her corporate law career to her endless rotation of designer ensembles. She transitions seamlessly from polished BOSS suits by day to adidas Originals tracksuits by night—and she never shies away from some seriously trend-forward pieces, whether that's a feather-trimmed tee or a floor-length peplum top.
Channel her style with: Modern suits, statement tops, straight-leg denim, heels
Villanelle, “Killing Eve”
Aesthetic: Fatally fashionable
From a purely sartorial standpoint, Villanelle’s life is downright enviable. Who wouldn’t want to stomp around Europe in some of the most memorable outfits ever seen on TV? Her looks are seriously fashionable but always with a sense of humor—you never know what to expect next, which is half the fun. Whether it’s a mountain of bubble-gum pink tulle or a perfectly polished jacquard suit, every look is to die for.
Channel her style with: Whimsical dresses, tailored suits and jackets, statement coats, combat boots
Movie Style Icons
We came for the intriguing plots and our favorite actresses but stayed for the amazing outfits—these are the women of the silver screen whose wardrobes we're aspiring to.
Mae Morton, "The Photograph"
Aesthetic: Contemporary urbanite
Mae's art background as a museum curator permeates all aspects of her life, from her sleek apartment to her sophisticated, on-trend looks. The film takes Mae from cool New York City to balmy New Orleans, and her wardrobe follows. In both settings, we love how artfully she balances high and low.
Re-enact her style with: Statement coats, cozy knits, minimalist slip dresses, designer handbags and shoes
Peik Lin, "Crazy Rich Asians"
Aesthetic: Maximalist fun
This movie is a fashion smorgasbord, but it's the outspoken Peik who steals our hearts with her fearless motifs and accessorizing. The designer devotee's style incorporates exuberance and high-impact in every scene, inspiring Halloween Instagrams for kids and Hollywood stars alike.
Re-enact her style with: Pajama-inspired sets, chunky platform heels, mixed prints, bold jewelry
Natalie, "Isn't It Romantic"
Aesthetic: Colorfully chic
A few of Natalie's outfits were lifted from the iconically stylish "Pretty Woman," but her true sartorial personality is as relatable as Rebel Wilson herself. The Australian architect confidently dressed for her curves in youthful ruffles and vibrant hues.
Re-enact her style with: Embellished tees, peplum dresses, wrap dresses, trumpet skirts, classic flats, statement hats
Sydney Prosser/Lady Edith Greensly, "American Hustle"
Aesthetic: Vintage glam
This conwoman personified dressing for the life you want. Amy Adams's transformation from Jersey girl Sydney Prosser to British society woman Lady Edith Greensly brought out the most alluring looks—plunging necklines, luxe furs, and Studio 54–inspired frocks. If you're yearning for a '70s redux in your wardrobe, rewatch this flick.
Re-enact her style with: Silky jumpsuits, metallic dresses, stiletto sandals, gold-tone sunglasses
Lorraine Broughton, “Atomic Blonde”
Aesthetic: Killer cool
It’s easy to forget that this movie takes place in the 1980s. Costume designer Cindy Evans combined some of the decade’s still-relevant designers (Max Mara, YSL, Burberry) into polished, high-contrast looks that pop against a neon-hued Berlin. Charlize Theron is flawless in a barrage of beautiful coats and statement sunglasses, the one-two punch for any well-dressed secret agent.
Re-enact her style with: Black-and-white separates, thigh-high boots, tailored coats, oversized sunglasses