Ask: 4/18/2011

Who are the five television characters that pop into your mind as fashion inspiration?


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. 1.Fiona – Burn Notice (she is SO sexy it just isn’t fair)
    2. Carol Brady (not my style icon, but I bet she was at the peak of her show
    3. Charlotte (Sex in the City)
    4. Mary Tyler Moore
    5. Laura – Sea Change (Austrakian show)

  2. Sally Fields–Gidget
    Lucy -I Love Lucy
    Thelma–Good Times
    Emma Pillsbury–Glee
    Brenda Johnson–The Closer (the last few seasons have had great vintage outfits and of course her glasses)

  3. Joy from The Bugaloos
    Kelly Garrett -Charlie’s Angels
    Laverne DeFazio – Laverne & Shirley
    Julie Newmar’s Catwoman on Batman
    Rachel Green – Friends
    Megan Calvet – Madmen

  4. I forgot the most important one! Laura Petrie from The Dick Van Dyke Show! She knocks Catwoman right out of the top 5.

  5. Emma Peel – Avengers
    Marlo Thomas – That Girl
    Catwoman & Batgirl
    Lucille Ball

  6. 1. Claire Huxtable from The Cosby Show
    2. Emma Peele from the Avengers
    3. June Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver
    4. Nina from the Imagination Movers
    5. Ginger from Gilligan’s Island

  7. 1. Marlo Thomas – That Girl
    2. Mary Tyler Moore – The Mary Tyler Moore Show
    3. Carol Burnett – in her gowns designed by Bob Mackey
    4. Linda Evans – Dynasty – yes, all those silk blouses and matching slacks.

  8. Serena van der Woodsen-Gossip Girl
    Blair Waldorf-Gossip Girl (I could lie and say I watch it for the fashion, but I really don’t)
    Betty Draper-Mad Men (I’ve also got screen shots of many of the auxiliary characters’ dresses too. And I love Trudie Campbell’s clothes. And their apartment! Ooh, and Jane Siegel’s outfits. I guess I should have all five just say ‘Mad Men.’)
    Clarissa Darling-Clarissa Explains It All
    DJ Tanner-Full House (this one is almost hard to admit, but probably the most truthful)

  9. Ginger, Claire Huxtable, Emma Pillsbury, Charlotte York, Addison Montgomery.

  10. Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne in “Twin Peaks.”
    Ack! I need four more?!

  11. 1. Cybill Shepherd of Moonlighting (Both on and off the show and other shows she has been on.)
    2. Delta Burke of Designing Women (Both on and off of that show.)
    3. Phylicia Rashād of The Bill Cosby shows. ( I loved her clothes on that show.)
    4. Amber Tamblyn of House M.D. (She is very young but her clothes on the show are so cute, for a young person, and she is a bit hippy but she dresses to hide it a bit. I think for the younger set she would be good to get ideas from.)
    5a. Constance Marie of The George Lopez Show (A person would for sure have to have her great figure to wear what she did on that show.)
    5b. Suzanne Pleshette of The Bob Newhart show. (Awesome 70’s period clothes. Especially the Maxi skirts.)

  12. Oh Suzanne Pleshette! She was super cool to me also.

  13. I love K’s comment…I would say Cagney (or was it Lacey) and SJP in SATC for sure, never fails to inspire me.

  14. Lucy Ricardo – I Love Lucy
    Donna Martin – 90210
    Punky Brewster – Punky Brewster
    Summer Roberts – The OC
    Rachel Green – Friends

  15. Chuck, from Pushing Daisies. I just love her vintage styles!

  16. So many good ones, bringing up memories!
    – Chuck (Anna Friel) from Pushing Daisies
    – Farrah Fawcett in Charlie’s Angels
    – Rayanne Graff (A.J. Langer) from My So-Called Life – really captures that part of the 90s
    – Mary Tyler Moore in MTM Show
    – Marianne on Gilligan’s Island

  17. Sally – McMillan & Wife (teenage style idol)
    Laura – Dick Van Dyke Show
    Megan – Mad Men
    Melinda – The Ghost Whisperer (the first season for sure)
    Mary – Mary Tyler Moore Show

  18. Laura, She had the best clothes especially the Maxi look that she wore a lot.
    BTW I check out your site and I love the green floral dress. Beautiful. I would have commented there but I can only comment to blogger people when they have the choice name/url.

  19. My list before settling on Samantha Stephens was…
    Samantha Stephens
    Carrie Bradshaw

  20. Denise Huxtable-The Cosby Show
    Agent 99-Get Smart
    Carrie Bradshaw-Sex and the City
    Christina Hendricks-Mad Men
    Lucille Ball- I love Lucy

  21. Chuck – Pushing Daisies
    Blanche Devereaux – The Golden Girls
    Joan Holloway – Mad Men
    Angela Chase – My So-Called Life
    Gidget – Gidget

  22. 1.) Carrie- Sex & The City { with her amazing flair for fashion}
    2.) June Cleaver – Leave it To Beaver {the classic image of 50’s housewife, I want to recreate every dress and every apron she’s ever worn}
    3.)Rachel Green {always looked good and setting trends in her form fitting outfits} Phoebe{who made wacky look good and inspired the wearing of multiple accessories at once!}
    4.Lisa Turle {a fashion icon in her own right, although a little too into shoulder pads}
    5.) Blanche Devereaux – I hope I dress like that in my senior years!

  23. 1. Morticia Adams – The Adams Family
    2. Victoria Winters – Dark Shadows, 1991 version
    3. The Fonz – Happy Days
    4. Karen Valentine – Room #222 (short skirts + go-go boots – what’s not to love?!)
    5. Big Valley’s Barbara Stanwyck – smokin’ eye makeup & Victorian prairie style w/ a touch of class