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TV Style Guide, Part 1

28.06.13 | Comment?

Every so often, a new TV show graces our screens and causes a fashion sensation. Shows such as Mad Men, Gossip Girl and Boardwalk Empire are unanimous with style, and are just as famous for their impeccable, swoon-worthy wardrobe departments as their storylines and characters.

This week, I thought we’d check out a range of fashionable TV shows, past and present (all available on DVD here at the library, naturally), and then knock off their style! Yussssssss!!

When I started this post, I got really enthusiastic and the post became REALLY long… so have had to divide it into two!! So please enjoy part one of our TV style guide:

1. New Girl

No show is causing quite as much of a fashion fuss as New Girl at the mo. Jess Day’s outfits are consistently just SO SWEET – her style is characterised by cute prints, A-line dresses, sweet flats and gorgeously old-school accessories – all finished with a girlish, feminine touch (a LOT of bows feature on this show – swoon). She also rocks a lot of colours, collars and thick-frame glasses – my kinda gal!! There are screeds of websites dedicated to helping you achieve Jess’s look – there is even a website entirely dedicated to What Would Zooey Deschanel Wear (I kid you not). If you go to the New Girl part of the site, you’ll find a complete guide to achieving her look. I found a couple of other good guides too – I recommend you check out this one and this one.

New girl. The complete first season [videorecording] / [created by Elizabeth Meriwether].
A charming, offbeat comedy about friends, flings and modern relationships. After a bad breakup, free-spirited optimist Jess moves in with three bachelors who have plenty of issues of their own. Winston is a former athlete, Nick is a law school dropout, and Schmidt is a wannabe womanizer in love with himself. Together with her super-hot BFF Cece , this New girl discovers that hanging out with the guys can be a challenging, and hilarious, adventure!

2. Mad Men

I LOVE the Mad Men wardrobe department. I also love the return of the “womanly” figure – yay, Christina Hendricks!! Set in the 60s, the show is oozing with hot costumes – hello, wiggle dress!! You can see guides for nailing the look here and here, and I also recommend these books from our collection:

Syndetics book cover60s fashion : vintage fashion and beauty ads / ed., Jim Heimann ; introduction by Laura Schooling.
“This compendium of clothing advertisements brings back the most prevalent looks from the Swinging Sixties. The ubiquitous miniskirt is here in all its glory, along with mod fashions, Gidget/Beach Boys surfer looks, Correges space age clothing and such iconic items as the Rudi Gernreich topless bathing suit and Yves Saint-Laurent’s Mondrian dress.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEveryday fashions of the Sixties : as pictured in Sears catalogs / edited and with an introduction by JoAnne Olian.
“This compilation from a style-conscious decade features scores of illustrations with their original captions specifying colors, sizes, prices. Items include apparel for men, women, and children — from lingerie and playclothes to bridal ensembles, Madras jackets, and vinyl slicker coats. Introduction. Over 300 black-and-white illustrations.” (Syndetics summary)

Mad men. Season five [videorecording] / Lions Gate Television Inc. ; [created by Matthew Weiner].
Mad Men is back and plunges into the seductive and intriguing world of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Jon Hamm and the rest of the award-winning cast continue to mesmerize as they adapt to changing times, social revolution, and a radical world.

3. Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl caused a fashion sensation the second it aired, and not hard to see why!! Famously pairing two main characters with very different fashion styles, this show had something for everyone’s fashion tastes. This site breaks down the basics of Blair Waldorf’s girlish, preppy style, and this page will help you nail Serena Van Der Woodson’s edgier, more boho look. Enjoy!!

I know the final series has aired, but it doesn’t have to end just yet!! Did you know that Gossip Girl was based on a series of books?

 Syndetics book coverGossip girl : a novel / by Cecily von Ziegesar.
“At a New York City jet-set private school populated by hard-drinking, bulimic, love-starved poor little rich kids, a clique of horrible people behave badly to one another. An omniscient narrator sees inside the shallow hearts of popular Blair Waldorf, her stoned hottie of a boyfriend, Nate, and her former best friend Serena van der Woodsen, just expelled from boarding school and “gifted with the kind of coolness that you can’t acquire by buying the right handbag or the right pair of jeans. She was the girl every boy wants and every girl wants to be.” Ages 15-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverI will always love you : a Gossip Girl novel / created by Cecily von Ziegesar.
“In this special deluxe hardcover edition, the entire original cast–Blair, Serena, Nate, Dan, and Vanessa–returns. With everyone back in the city for the holidays, this break is guaranteed to be filled with makeups, breakups, and shakeups.” (Syndetics summary)


Gossip girl. The complete third season [videorecording] / developed by Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage.
Our beloved Upper East Siders, all grown up. Though high school may be behind most of them, you can be sure a future of love, scandal, and, of course, secrets awaits. Told through the eyes of an all-knowing blogger, Gossip Girl, who, via constant, avidly read text messages, is determined to uncover and fuel every scandal possible on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where gossip rules and affluent young people find themselves with the money, access, and appetite to explore.

Fyi, all DVDs are $4 for one week. So, peeps, I hope you’ve enjoyed the first edition of our TV style guide!! Tune in next week for part two!!

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