All The Trends Spotted On TV Sitcoms That Are Making A Comeback This Season!by | November 03, 2019
Even today, most of us spend our holidays watching reruns of the famous sitcom, Friends. From quoting Joey to discussing Rachel’s chic outfits, the show still continues to provide fodder for meme generation and office conversations even after 15 years since it last aired.
So, when Ralph Lauren decided to launch a wear-to-work collection inspired by Rachel Green to mark the 25th anniversary of the Friends premiere, it didn’t come as a surprise. After all, the show has been a timeless presence in our pop-cultural periphery and fashion upbringing. From sharp suiting and turtlenecks to jackets and mini skirts, the collection captures Ralph Lauren’s timeless style and the spirit of Rachel Green as she made her mark as a fashionable RL executive. The collection also popped up temporarily at Rachel’s first fashion gig, Bloomingdale’s, as the ultimate tribute to the character.
But, looking back at our television viewing history, we were surprised to see how many sitcoms have influenced our dressing choices (as we moved from one era to the next) and how many of those trends are making a comeback. So, here’s a round-up of our favourite TV show characters and their key contribution to fashion trends that were popular then and are stirring up a storm even now.
Mom Jeans courtesy Monica Geller in 'Friends'
While there’s no denying that Rachel Green is the original fashion icon that emerged from the show, it’s unfair to not include her best friend and fellow perfectionist, Monica Geller’s (played by Courteney Cox) role in establishing ‘mom jeans’ as a fashionable item. The thick, high-waisted jeans paired with turtleneck sweaters, plain tees, and chunky loafers fit in perfectly with the ̓90s normcore vibe that Monica portrays. Also, take time to observe the barrette clip that was often spotted on Monica’s tomboyish crew cut that has now thunder-bolted on the accessory space.
Dior Saddle Bag courtesy Carrie Bradshaw in 'Sex And The City'
Given a choice, we would replace the ‘sex’ in the title of HBO’s iconic show, Sex And The City, with ‘style’. For generations now, fashion has been the biggest takeaway from the show about the dynamic foursome making their way through New York City while indulging in delicious brunches and men. Each character has their own unique sartorial sensibility, laden with brands and bring-back trends. However, Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) trumps it all with her love for designer bags, shoes, and vintage, thrift-store finds. In season 3, Carrie carries the Dior Saddle, a newly introduced it-bag by John Galliano, to her date with Aidan and uses it to stow her cigarette. The bag since then has been in the public eye, but it made its comeback last year with the relaunch. Spotted on every blogger, influencer, and fashion insider, the Dior Saddle firmly established cult status.
Bell Bottoms courtesy Jackie Burkhart in 'That ’70s Show'
Chunky clogs, sweater vests, pleated skirts, peasant tops, big gold hoops and so on. The list of ̓70s trends making a resurgence around us is a long one. However, the one style that’s made its impact felt is the bell-bottom jeans and trousers similar to the ones flaunted by Jackie Burkhart, portrayed by the young Mila Kunis, and her friends in That ̓70s Show. A tight fit flared silhouette with high heels (or even chunky sneakers) and you’re all set for the good ol’ era.
Windbreaker Suits courtesy Will Smith in 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'
Let your nostalgia take you back to the wealthy neighbourhood of Bel-Air as Will Smith launches a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air-themed clothing line. The ’90s sports athleisure gets a reboot in this new collection of sweatshirts, tracksuits, jerseys, and tees. Fall prey to the lure of windbreaker suits a.k.a lightweight jackets and pants sets that protect you from the rain, wind or chill in obscene colours and neon/cotton fabrics. This school of athleisure is taking over the airport wardrobes of celebrities with its comfortable yet chic styling.
Pleated Skirts courtesy Peggy Olson in 'Mad Men'
Plain ol’ Peggy Ols0n might get overshadowed in front of the stylish Betty Dapper and the sensual Joan Holloway in the world of Mad Men and advertising but her demure skirts are making a serious comeback. The fifties backdrop serves to create an interesting visual picture of prim dresses, pencil skirts, and tailored silhouettes, which makes Peggy’s scissor cut pleats an interesting choice. From prep-school pleated skirts to micro-pleated minis, 2019 is reigning high on the crimp and it’s time you folded yours.
Pantsuits courtesy Blanche Devereaux in 'The Golden Girls'
You know the girls from the popular ’80s sitcom, The Golden Girls haven’t aged a bit when you realise that the Halloween costumes mimicked after them at Target get sold out. Yes, the chain retailer tried its hand at recreating the fashionable ’80s look with pastel shades, floral prints, and perm hair wigs. If the show ran today, Southern belle, Blanche Devereaux would be a ‘granfluencer’ (a senior influencer on Instagram) who would break the internet with her ruffled blouses, silk night suits, athleisure separates, off-shoulder dresses, and pantsuits. Get your own version of Blanche’s iconic yellow pantsuit or perhaps add a miniature Blanche to your shelf courtesy NECA’s Golden Girls action figurines.
Gingham courtesy Miriam Maisel in 'The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel'
There was never a better time than the fifties to be a housewife, or so we believe after seeing Miriam Maisel’s cheerful wardrobe in the series, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel. Swing dresses, bright overcoats, pussy-bow tops, turtlenecks, tapered capri pants, and a host of matching accessories make up Mrs. Maisel’s aesthetic. As we shift from the fifties to the sixties, there’s a change in her dressing style and character as well. The show introduces print and pattern making a strong case for checks, especially gingham. Spotted at kids’ birthday parties, day outings, and Miriam’s second date with Dr. Benjamin, we love the floral applique version that makes it far chicer.
Hairbands courtesy Blair Waldorf in 'Gossip Girl'
With the news of a Gossip Girl reboot making the news, we can’t help but go back to the early 2000s to see Blair Waldorf and her clique sitting on the steps of The Met in prim silhouettes, a mix of prints and plaid and, of course, with designer bags in tow. The most defining feature of Blair being her obsession with headbands, a style that’s made an impactful comeback in 2019. From the red carpet to Instagram, they are literally everywhere and in various iterations—padded, studded, wrapped, and printed. The bouncy hair and the updated accessory style makes us want to join the Upper Eastside drama with our own gemstone-encrusted headband.
Bumbags courtesy Heather Holloway in 'Stranger Things'
It might seem strange that an American horror/science fiction offers fashion inspiration, but on closer inspection, you’ll see that Stranger Things is a subtle ode to eighties style. This Netflix thriller has reintroduced us to bright stripes, chunky sports shoes, bomber jackets, scrunchies, and retro graphic tees. Amongst the finds on the show is local lifeguard, Heather Holloway’s poolside look, a one-piece swimsuit, white Ray-Ban’s, and a bumbag that doubles up as a first-aid kit. Given the bumbag a.k.a fanny pack a.k.a belt bag’s stronghold over the market, it’s good to trace back its heritage to humbler days. Looking to recreate the look a la 2019, we suggest investing in this one right here.
Tie and Dye courtesy Lizzie McGuire in 'Lizzie McGuire'
Tie-and-dye died a sad death with the end of the nineties. The bohemian, psychedelic trend went from a wardrobe staple to only making an appearance in children’s crafting activities. But, in the good ol’ days, the chirpy, klutzy teen icon, Lizzie McGuire was a brand ambassador of sorts for the style throughout her show. From highlighter hues to darker versions, Lizzie’s love for tie-and-dye is seen on tees, ruffled tops, pants, and bandanas. It’s reflective of her mood and the current trend towards the dyeing technique. The tie-and-dye progeny of 2019 is, however, more chic, minimal, and subdued as it takes over tailored silhouettes and smart separates. You can satisfy your art fetish with this offering right here.
The Miniskirt Suit courtesy Ally McBeal in 'Ally McBeal'
The addictive TV drama about a Boston law firm and the work/love life of Ally McBeal (played by Calista Flockhart) left us wondering about the complexities of the adult world and relationships. The key player, Ally blew us away with her sleek micro mini suits and nipped in shirts. From corporate-approved hues to girly ones, her choice of smart yet sexy suits is what made her stand out, and rightly so, as the suits are now making a comeback. But, in 2019, we’re seeing them with higher hemlines, paired with fitted shirts, and in tweed. So get ready to suit up ladies.
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