Winter is coming! Well, not really. What is coming is the return of HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones on April 24. While everyone raves about flying dragons, we can’t get enough of the amazing gowns and capes worn by the women of Westeros, which got us thinking… Which television show boasts the most style? From the nipped waist ‘50s dresses on I Love Lucy to the razor sharp suits on Scandal, we select the top 10 fashionable shows on the small screen!
1. Dynasty (1981)
Actress Joan Collins, Linda Evans, and Diahann Carroll amped the drama in embellished evening gowns by costume designer Nolan Miller, large costume jewelry, and severe ‘80s makeup.
COSTUME DESIGNER: NOLAN MILLER
[Dynasty: Image Source ABC]
2. Scandal (2012)
Actress Kerry Washington, as Olivia Pope, transforms into a “gladiator in suits” in sharply tailored trousers, classic gray suits, and killer trench coats in vibrant colors.
COSTUME DESIGNER: LYN PAOLO
[Scandal Image Source ABC]
3. I Love Lucy (1951)
Even in patterned shirtdresses and slenderizing ladylike 1950s suits, Lucille Ball always managed to glamorize her outfits with her Technicolor-tinted hair.
COSTUME DESIGNER: ELOIS JENSSEN
[I Love Lucy Image Source CBS]
4. The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (1972)
Cher’s variety show not only showcased her singing chops but her svelte figure in revealing, outrageous designs. The elaborate wigs added to the extravagance.
COSTUME DESIGNER: RET TURNER & BOB MACKIE
[Sonny & Cher Show Image Source CBS]
5. Mary Tyler Moore (1977)
Mary Tyler Moore introduced audiences to the stylish ‘70s career girl. Moore always swept into work wearing chic miniskirts, funky gogo boots, and colorful wool coats. Plus, everyone wanted to wear that beret.
COSTUME DESIGNER: LESLIE HALL
[Mary Tyler Moore Image Source CBS]
6. Gossip Girl (2007)
New York’s Upper East Side never looked so fabulous. Prep chic ensembles got a serious upgrade with boldly colored designer dresses punctuated by rich accessorizes like headbands.
COSTUME DESIGNER: ERIC DAMAN
[Gossip Girl Image Source CW]
7. Game of Thrones (2011)
Set in a fantasy world, the clothes are just as otherworldly with flowing gowns, heavy furs, and battle-ready armor. The complex braids worn by the ladies are copy-worthy.
COSTUME DESIGNER: MICHELE CLAPTON
[Game of Thrones Image Source HBO]
8. Empire (2015)
Cookie Lyon’s style, as played by actress Taraji P. Henson, is so brass and in your face. There are plenty of loud animal prints, sequin and furs to flaunt all of her fabulousness.
COSTUME DESIGNER: PAOLO NIEDDU
[Empire Image Source FOX]
9. Mad Men (2007)
Costume designer Janie Bryant covered the spectrum of 1950s to 1970s fashion. The Mad Men women asserted their personalities in ensembles that were at times ultra-feminine and, other times, daring.
COSTUME DESIGNER: JANIE BRYANT
[Mad Men Image Source AMC]
10. Sex and the City (1998)
Costume designer Patricia Field nailed the uptown/downtown vibe of single girls living in New York with Manolo Blahnik heels, tutus, and that signature nameplate necklace.
COSTUME DESIGNER: PATRICIA FIELD
[Sex and the City Image Source HBO]