Shop The Look: TV Edition

Shop The Look: TV Edition

Take a cue from the small screen and click through the slideshow above to shop the looks of television's favorite leading ladies

Take a cue from the small screen and click through the slideshow above to shop the looks of television's favorite leading ladies

Text: JAMES DEFEBAUGH

Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson), Empire

Critics may not be loving Empire’s story-arcs this season as much as the last, but the same certainly cannot be said for the wardrobe of the show’s breakout star, a certain mean Mama Lyon. Flossing in a closet full of $10,000 jackets so funktastic that they are literally on loan from former Earth, Wind & Fire wife Janet Bailey, everyone’s favorite ex-con hip-hop matriarch’s style oozes bad-ass '70s glamour. You can too—with the right amount of furs, animal prints, matching hats, and other statement accessories. Though a lot of her clothes are vintage, she also is definitely not afraid of more modern designer pieces. Try statement pieces in leopard and fur from either Tom Ford or Valentino, paired with loud accessories by Fendi or Louboutin. Remember, with Cookie, more is more.

Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), House of Cards

Not only does Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood manage to significantly power up her political career despite some seriously hard knocks, she also manages to look damn good doing it. Looking to cause a Claire-sized coup? Elect neutral tones, fitted jackets, sheath dresses, strapless gowns, oversized bags, boatnecks, square necks, trumpet hems, belts, trenches, pumps and not a single piece of jewelry. The kind of structured neutral basics Claire favors can often be found at Calvin Klein, Prada, and Balenciaga to bring out a some old money elegance given this season's revelation of Ms. Underwood’s upbringing as a Texas debutante. But whatever you do, never underestimate the sheer power of the winning combination that is ruthless ambition and immaculate tailoring.

Jamie Vine (Juno Temple), Vinyl

If Cookie wasn’t enough, also here to remind you that the '70s are back is Vinyl’s Juno Temple with a veritable plethora of pen and ink floral and paisleys. Complement your favorite vintage finds with some of the "me-decade” suede that has been in full force the past few seasons. Double bonus points if you can manage to pull off rhinestones; triple if you can single-handedly bring back bellbottoms. Needless to say, pretty much anything from the 70s-inspired Gucci and Saint Laurent collections should steer you in the right direction here.

Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), Scandal

Scandal is five seasons deep, and white hat Olivia Pope is still the queen of the oversized jacket (not to mention the defacto first lady!) Whatever crises strike Olivia Pope and Associates each week, you can always be certain that Kerry Washington’s D.C. power fixer will continue to look stunning in the face of insurmountable disaster. How? In Oscar de la Renta floral blouses, Dorothy Gaspar gloves, fitted Balmain evening wear, and of course gigantic outer coats of all kinds by everyone from Prada to Max Mara to Ferragamo.

Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), The Americans

Now that we’ve covered some of our favorite ‘70s TV looks, let’s move onto the '80s, everyone’s favorite decade of unrepentant narcissism despite constant political and social unrest. At the forefront of said decade’s early international upheaval was of course the Cold War, which brings us to our favorite soviet super spy spouses. I mean, let’s be honest: with a never-ending wardrobe of fabulous disguises for every conceivable occasion and nobody the wiser to appreciate them, secret agents are the world’s true unsung heroes of fashion. Keri Russell as KGB sleeper agent Elizabeth Jennings has a particularly stunning espionage-ready '80s wardrobe, complete with vintage items like Susan Bennis Warren Edwards boots and pitch-perfect Lee mom jeans, as well as modern '80s era-appropriate pieces like turtlenecks from The Row and high-rise jeans by Stella McCartney—not to mention some truly amazing wigs. Scratch that: a ton of truly amazing wigs.

Balenciaga flared stretch-boucle mini dress, AVAILABLE FOR $1,195 ON Net-a-porter.com

CALVIN KLEIN CREPE LONG SLEEVE CREW NECK GOWN, AVAILABLE FOR $3,495 ON CALVINKLEIN.COM

Proenza Schouler embelished leather sandals, $775 at Net-a-porter.com

CLAIRE UNDERWOOD (ROBIN WRIGHT), HOUSE OF CARDS

SAINT LAURENT CLASSIC BABY SAC DE JOUR BAG IN DOVE WHITE, AVAILABLE FOR $2,650 AT YSL.COM

PRADA PUMP IN BLACK, AVAILABLE FOR $670 ON PRADA.COM

OLIVIA POPE (KERRY WASHINGTON), SCANDAL

Balmain ruched stretch jersey gown, available for $7,850 on Net-a-Porter.com

MAX MARA WOOL AND ANGORA COAT, AVAILABLE FOR $3,190 ON MAXMARA.COM

COOKIE LYON (TARAJI P. HENSON), EMPIRE

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN NEON PATENT LEATHER-TRIMMED RAFFIA SLINGBACK PUMPS, AVAILABLE FOR $795 ON NET-A-PORTER.COM

TOM FORD RABBIT FUR COAT, AVAILABLE FOR $5,394 ON MYTHERESA.COM

FENDI BUGGIES BAGUETTE MICRO, AVAILABLE FOR $1,550 ON BARNEYS.COM 

JAMIE VINE (JUNO TEMPLE), VINYL

GUCCI PAISLEY-PRINT PLISSE SILK-SATIN DRESS, AVAILABLE FOR $4,900 ON NET-A-PORTER.COM

SAINT LAURENT NEW WESTERN 80 FRINGED ANKLE BOOT, AVAILABLE FOR $1,195 ON YSL.COM

CHLO‰ Crpe De Chine & Eyelet Blouse, AVAILABLE FOR $1,750 ON BARNEYS.COM 

ELIZABETH JENNINGS (KERI RUSSELL), THE AMERICANS

THE ROW KEOLA TOP, AVAILABLE FOR $1,290 ON BARNEYS.COM

GUCCI SILK BUTTON-DOWN SHIRT, AVAILABLE FOR $1,300 ON GUCCI.COM

STELLA MCCARTNEY MID-RISE FLARED JEANS, AVAILABLE FOR $325 ON NET-A-PORTER.COM

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