I’m sure we would all love to be able to take our style inspiration straight from the runway. Unfortunately, my bank balance just doesn’t support that dream. Instead, our search for fashion inspiration must be directed towards more affordable and practical sources. Here are my top 5 TV looks you can channel this season on a budget.
1. Rachel Green
Every discussion about TV’s most fashionable characters should start with Friends’ Rachel Green, played by Jennifer Aniston. We’ve been copying Rachel’s style since the early 90’s, and while certain trends have come and gone, the high street still offers plenty options for those of us who wish to replicate her fabulous dress sense. Rachel’s iconic style was defined by mini skirts, a good use of denim and a fearless attitude to patterns. Make a statement with a tartan skirt this spring. With a basic t-shirt and a pair of Converse, this look is guaranteed to be “kick-you-in-the-crotch, spit-on-you-neck” fantastic! Monochrome vibes are always on trend. A checked dress would be the perfect modern take on a more chic Rachel outfit. Pair it with a long-sleeved white top and a pair of black boots for the ultimate, wearable Rachel-inspired look suitable for Ralph Laurent offices to the streets of St Andrews.
2. Veronica Lodge
One member of the stylish dream team which stars in Netflix’s massive hit teen drama Riverdale Veronica Lodge, played by Camila Mendes, offers inspiration for various styles. Her style involves plenty of skirts, so team a patterned skirt with a simple high-neck top to create a look Veronica would approve of. A pearl necklace and high heels bring most of Veronica’s looks together, and while that may seem too formal for casual wear, the duo would turn a comfortable day skirt look into one perfect for an evening event. For an effortless casual look, we must mention the River Vixens’ peppy baseball shirts and runner shorts. You can find baseball shirts in practically every shop on the high street now. Match it with shorts this summer or jeans while the weather is still cold. Veronica added a bold red lip which brought this look up another glam level.
3. Tahani Al-Jamil
Tahini Al-Jamil, from another Netflix hit The Good Place, is possibly my favourite character on the show. Played by Jameela Jamil, her flowery, elegant style can be easily incorporated into your spring wardrobe. With events like the St Andrews Charity Polo Tournament and May Ball quickly approaching, inspiration for the perfect gown is much needed. Tahini’s style provides lots of inspiration for spring-inspired, ball-worthy dress. After recently fading out of style, Tahini is also bringing the hat back, so match a big floppy hat with your floral dress to achieve the perfect spring style. Tahini vibes are right on trend this spring!
4. Love Island
There are so many dating reality shows on TV these days, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love them. Love Island was perhaps the most popular last summer, with it becoming basically all that anyone could talk about on social media. With the contestants spending the majority of airtime in swimwear, the style inspiration is hard to ignore. Popular media is massively influencing the swimwear market just now, with new styles emerging. After seeing the awesome swimsuits and bikinis which featured on Love Island, we’re all desperate for a chance to live out our own trendy beach fantasies. Every one of our favourite high street shops has a growing range of flattering swimwear at very affordable price points. One-piece swimsuits and high-waisted bikini bottoms are very “in”. No matter your body type, there are plenty of options for showing off that summer tan on the beach this summer.
5. Rachel Zane
Meghan Markle’s Suits’ character Rachel Zane is by far my favourite on this list. While the newly engaged actress is currently making headlines with Prince Harry, Meghan has been setting the tone for fashionable actresses, alongside Sarah Rafferty and Gina Torres, on Suits for years. Meghan’s background in chic office-wear is clearly influencing her royal style strategy so we should probably all take a leaf out of Rachel Zane’s gorgeous book. Her signature style is one of pencil skirts and tailored shirts which accentuate the figure of most body types. Pair a elegantly simply pencil skirt with a cardigan of any colour to create an effortlessly sophisticated look. Add a smart coat, to complete the look and you’ll feel worthy of a royal wedding too!