Fall's Most Fashionable New TV Shows
Sure there’s Sex and the City, Gossip Girl and Mad Men—shows where fashion is just as integral to the success of the series as the plot. But, unfortunately, not every TV show prioritizes wardrobe. Call us style snobs, but very few programs live up to our expectations when it comes to clothing. In our attempt to point our fellow fashion fans to a few series that rise above, we’ve rounded up the fall season’s most sartorially-savvy new TV shows. Costume designers, take note.
Series Premiere: Tuesday, September 25 at 9:30 p.m. EST
What the show is about: Created and written by the undeniably funny Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project follows a woman who, despite a successful career as an OB/GYN, is seriously unlucky in love and desperately needs to get her personal life in order before her friends and colleagues are forced to stage an intervention.
Why it made our list: Mindy may live in baggy scrubs during work hours, but once the clock strikes five her dreary doc clothes are replaced with figure-flattering, colorful pieces that play up her bright personality. Adorkable, in a Zooey Deschanel on New Girl way, Mindy may not exactly be Carrie Bradshaw but what she lacks in runway edge, she makes up for in cute and accessible style choices.
Series Premiere: Sunday, September 30 at 10 p.m. EST
What the show is about: New York’s premiere apartment building, The Drake on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, seems too perfect to be true. And it is. There's something evil haunting the building and its sexy, well-coiffed residents.
Why it made our list: A ritzy address and luxurious lifestyle translates to an impeccably dressed (and gorgeous) cast, each with their own personal style, ranging from upscale professional to downtown cool.
Series Premiere: Sunday, September 30 at 8 p.m. EST
What the show is about: Based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, this historical drama tells the stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End in the 1950s through Jenny Lee, a young woman raised in the wealthy English countryside who gave it up to work as a midwife in the poorest area of London.
Why it made our list: We love a good period drama, especially when they fully indulge in the fashion of the time. With Peter Pan collars, trench coats and Penny loafers, Call the Midwife’s costumes will satifsy our jones for vintage fashion until Downton Abbey makes its long-awaited return in January.
Series Premiere: Wednesday, October 10 at 10 p.m. EST
What the show is about: Set in Music City, Rayna James (Connie Britton) is a country music legend, but her popularity is waning compared to the young and sexy future of country music Juliette Barnes (Hayden Paniterre).
Why it made our list: If you secretly, or not so secretly, love the look of cowboy boots and, well, anything, then you’ll love the country glam style on Nashville. With bedazzled everything, fashion below the Mason-Dixon line gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “over-the-top.”
Series Premiere: Monday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m. EST
What the show is about: A bromance is tested when best friends and business partners Joe and Louis try to incorporate Joe’s jewelry designer fiancé and Louis’s nurse boyfriend into their lives.
Why it made our list: Maybe it’s Sophia Bush’s own love of fashion, but the actress is always taking on chic roles—fashion designer Brooke Davis on One Tree Hill and now jewelry-designer Ali on Partners. With such a creative profession, we can expect equally envelope-pushing outfits from Bush’s character.
Series Premiere: Friday, September 28 at 9 p.m. EST
What the show is about: Janet Montgomery stars in this new drama as Martina Garretti, a street-wise lawyer from New Jersey who uses her blue-collar background to compete with her cut-throat colleagues at a prestigious New York law firm.
Why it made our list: She may not have been raised with weekly trips to Bergdorfs à la Serena Van Der Woodsen or Blair Waldorf, but there’s something so charming about Martina Garretti’s take on professional wear (and the fish-out-of-water storyline and unmistakable accent reminds us a bit of The Nanny's Fran Drescher, who, if you ask my editor, had the best TV clothes ever).
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