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Style Icons: Top TV Characters Known For Their Style

Every time a celebrity snaps back at some troll on the internet. Iconic. Billi Elish kills it at the Red Carpet of Met Gala. Iconic. Harry Styles poses in a skirt. Iconic. What’s evident here is how the word ‘icon’ has become overused, oversaturated, and completely detached from what it originally meant., especially when it’s all about fashion or, in this case, style icons.

If you have been seeking this much-needed clarity on such a coveted title, then you should definitely keep reading as we embark on a journey to set this record straight.

So What Are Style Icons? Or What Are Fashion Icons, For That Matter?

Shakespeare has often made remarks about beauty in his work, and one of his most famous tragi-romantic heroes, Romeo, once said,

“a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet”

Although such a statement is a sign of love-blindness and might have acted as an obstacle to Romeo’s fashion eye, he does make a very good point.

Plus, we also happen to be complete suckers for romantic declarations. 

The thing is, terms like ‘fashion icon’ or ‘style icon’ is a lot less about this title and a lot more about this ingrained sartorial influence or approach that an iconic person usually has – Anna Wintour, for instance, is accepted as one of the leading faces in the world of fashion. But Anna Wintour is not one of the leading fashion icons in the world – she is an icon in her own light within the ‘bubble of fashion.’

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TV Style Icons Of All Time: Celebrity Fashion Icons Known For Their Style On TV

A style maverick is different from a stylish elite – and that’s the difference between being styling and becoming a style icon. Simply put, to become a style icon, you must either create a cultural conversation or build a trend-worthy appeal, both of which must outlive you. If you manage to snag both, then you will most definitely make it to Pinterest boards and retweets for years to come.

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There’s no guide to reaching this position but what does matter is consistency – the talent to look iconic in the blink of an eye. While one outfit can prove to be your stairway to style heaven, another could become your ‘walk of shame’ to some not-so-Haute hell. 

So we decided to round up our favorite tv style icons of all time – these celebrity style icons have managed to stay relevant for several years. Let’s check them out and find out how!

“I Don’t Pay For Suits. My Suits Are On The House Or The House Burns Down.” – Thomas Shelby

Thomas Shelby - Peaky Blinders

The Shelbys are perhaps one of the families I would never mess with, especially if I am not armed with a gun, a tux, and impeccable taste in fashion. The Shelbys are iconic for so many things, but what’s the first thing about Thoms Shelby which resonates with you? For me, it’s his understated sense of style blended so well with his confident approach to life.

So we decided to dress up like a British gangster from the 1930s, taking all our inspiration from the whole Tommy peaky blinders look!

Thomas Shelby

Every time I watch Peaky Blinders on Netflix, there’s a style-obsessed child wondering how sophisticated this gangster looks – something so 007 about it when you think about it. Played by Cillian Murphy (Instagram fan page – cillianmurphyofficiall), Thomas Shelby is featured as being iconic in so many ways, but today, I can’t help but feature him, keeping in mind his understated but impeccable sense of style.

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“Lipstick Lasts Longer, But Gloss Is More Fun.” – Serena Van Der Woodsen

Serena Van Der Woodsen - Gossip Girl

Attention, Upper East Siders. I have the best news today. Last time we gave you the tea on B (a.k.a Blair, Serena’s best friend on gossip girl), and today we are here to tell you about how S (a.ka. Serena) has been declared one of the leading fashion icons of all time – we simply can’t keep calm! Can you?

We could go on listing Serena’s iconic fashion moments on television, but we decided to go for a Serena-inspired look instead!

Serena Van Der Woodsen

Played by the even more iconic Blake Lively (Instagram handle – blakelively), check out the top Serena van der Woodsen outfits of all time mentioned below – after all, these outfits have made her the boho-chic style icon we can’t stop crushing over!

  • That one time when Serena ditched her Graduation cap and wore just the tassel tied to her hair.
  • That one time when she wore polka dots, accessorized with this skinny belt and added some gold to her look. 
  • That one time, she wore a glittery strapless gown and won all hearts.
  • That one time, she rocked patterned tights on Thanksgiving.

“Mr. Andrews! Nice Haircut. You’re Looking Extremely DILF-Y Today.” – Cheryl Blossom

Cheryl Blossom - Riverdale

A new crime was reported in the new town of Riverdale, and the grapevines have reported back to us how Cheryl Blossom has started a fashion movement in the Rose family mansion at Thornhill – Cheryl’s back and this time as one of the best tv style icons of all time.

The Cheryl Blossom Riverdale-inspired looks have always been a win-win for most of us. So why not try it out for real this time?

Cheryl Blossom

Played by Madelaine Petsch (Instagram handle – madelame), let’s check out how Cheryl made her mark on the world of style in a memorable way – was it her iconic red lipstick or her vintage-goth look?

  • Every time, Cheryl Blossom taught us how adding red to your look never goes out of style. 
  • Every time Cheryl dressed, depending on her mood – peaceful mood? White. In the mood to be a little dangerous? Lots of black and red.
  • Every time Cheryl lets the drama in her life influence her sense of fashion and what she wears.

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“Don’t mock the scarf, Nathaniel. It’s my signature.” – Chuck Bass

Chuck Bass - Gossip Girl

Spotted – another upper east sider ruling the style charts and becoming one of the most popular fashion icons on television. We have two words for Chuck Bass, dapper and polished, both of which have contributed to his status as one of the most popular TV style icons of all time. The best thing about Chuck is how he layers, and that too in an oh-so-amazing way!

Chuck Bass does 1970s fashion better than people from the 1970s! So we decided to do a Bass-inspired look for a change. 

Chuck Bass

Played by Ed Westwick (Instagram handle – edwestwick), Mr. Bass was famous, or rather infamous, for several things, but not for his fashion. Here are our top Chuck Bass style moments in the history of television. 

  • That one time, bad boy Bass decided to blend his flawless taste in fashion with fearless and wore a Paul Stewart pinstriped suit – don’t forget his pink boutonniere as well!
  • That one time when Chuck brought back the classic Hollywood glamor of the 7os and wore a tux which made him an icon in his own light. 
  • That one time when Mr. Bass was an Ivy League vision in his pant and jacket combo from Paul Stewart.
  • That one time when Chuck Bass sported a cream-colored Maison Margiela tux to the White Party.

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“When One Door Closes, A Shoebox Opens.” – Carrie Bradshaw

Carrie Bradshaw - Sex & The City

And just like that, Carrie Bradshaw made it to our list of famous TV style icons of all time. Vogue calls Carrie ‘an undisputed style icon’, and if you have seen Sex And The City, then you would know how much it would actually mean to this shoe-obsessed writer.

It’s hard to stay relevant in 2022 as one of the popular 90’s style icons, but Carrie has managed to do so! So we decided to step into Carrie’s shoes for once and look at work a little differently (albeit fashionably) for a change.

Carrie Bradshaw

Armed with a glass of Cosmopolitan and a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes, Sarah Jessica Parker (Twitter handle – Sarah Jessica Parker) proved how 90’s fashion can still stay relevant. Check out our favorite Carrie moments below!

  • The most iconic moment perhaps is the trailer of Sex And The City, where Carrie is seen walking the NYC streets in a white and pink tulle dress.
  • Every time when Carrie made crop tops, a total trend of the 90s with so many of her looks being based on the same. 
  • That one time, Carrie wore Mr.Big’s white shirt like a dress paired with a chic Hermès belt.
  • That one time, Carrie wore news printed dress by Dior, and we couldn’t keep calm.

“You Don’t Tell Me What To Do. I Tell You What To Do.” – Monica Geller

Monica Geller - Friends

Every time there’s a list of style icons featured on television, one starstruck writer will always write about Rachel Green, played by Jennifer Aniston but isn’t that the irony about loving six characters from the same show? I have suffered from the same syndrome for the longest time, but when I started working on this article, I had to cover Monica’s understated sense of style. It is played by Courteney Cox (Instagram handle – courteneycoxofficial).

We sure couldn’t nail down all the crazy Monica is so famous for, but what we could do was dress up like Monica for a night out with Chandler! 

Monica Geller

After all, the world is not made up of Carries, Serenas, and Rachels. The world is also made up of Monicas and Mirandas, with an understated sense of style – you know, the whole blue denim- white t-shirt look? Yes, that’s exactly what I am talking about. But the fun part is when the girl next door dresses up for an evening out!

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“What You Call Love Was Invented By Guys Like Me…To Sell Nylons” – Don Draper

Don Draper - Mad Men

Sometimes, you don’t need a well-developed taste in fashion to become one of the leading tv style icons of all time – sometimes, you just need the right suit sprinkled all over with confidence and the right attitude. Isn’t that how Don Draper made it to this list with his impeccable taste in formalwear and a love for life? It is played by Jon Hamm (Instagram fan account – jon_hamm).

Don’t forget to check out our version of the Don Draper mad men look!

Don Draper

Mad Men brought back the hedonistic advertising world of the 1960s, filled with cigars and grey suits, to life when the show started airing on television in 2007. It was a great show with an interesting plot line, witty dialogues, and strong character arcs. The character of Richard “Dick” Whitman (don draper’s real name) certainly wore a lot of formalwear, but check out our favorite ones.

  • Popularized by Brooks Brothers and Ralph Laurent, the classic American suit of the 1960s and 1950s.
  • Don’t miss out on those oh-so-sophisticated pocket squares.
  • Every time Draper owned a white dress shirt and killed it in the marketing world.
  • You can’t just dress formally if you miss out on key clothing elements like hats, outerwear, and even overcoats.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q1. Who Is The Most Famous Style Icon?

The most famous style icons of all time are as follows,
a. Princess Diana,
b. Rihana,
c. Audrey Hepburn,
d. Harry Styles, and
e. Zendaya.

Q2. Which Tv Show Has The Best Outfits?

The TV shows with the best outfits are as follows,
a. Bridgerton,
b. Friends,
c. Emily in Paris,
d. Gossip Girl, and
e. Sex And The City.

Q3. Who Is The Most Stylish Character?

The most stylish characters are as follows,
a. Rachel Green from Friends,
b. Holly Golightly from Breakfast At Tiffany’s,
c. Vivian Ward from Pretty Woman,
d. Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl, and
e. Cruella De Vil from Cruella.

And It’s A Wrap!

Popular culture has always played a big role in creating iconic looks that shall always stay relevant. From classic tv moments to iconic style statements, there’s so much to becoming an icon on television – and always remember becoming a style icon is different from just becoming fashionable. 

Meanwhile, tell us how our tv style icons DIY shoot turned out to be – share your thoughts in the comments below.

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