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2019's Best TV Fashion Moments

These characters are killing the small-screen sartorial scene

Amanda Bell
Best of TV Fashion
1 of 26 HBO/Hulu/CBS

2019's Best Fashion Icons

2019 has been a banner year on the TV style front, with character after character sporting some serious lewks that gave us closet envy. Here are some of our favorite designs of the year.

2 of 26 Parisa Taghizadeh/BBCAmerica

Villanelle (Jodie Comer) on Killing Eve

Villanelle (Jodie Comer) has always brought a particular sense of flair to Killing Eve. Her poofy pink dress from the BBC America show's first season might've even been to thank for the hue's domination at the 2019 Academy Awards. In Season 2, her oddball trendiness continued with a few major statement pieces, including some pop art pajamas that were the stuff of comic lovers' dreams, literally.

3 of 26 Michael Desmond/Hulu

Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) on Veronica Mars

Whether or not Hulu's fourth season-slash-revival of Veronica Mars was all fans hoped it would be -- RIP You-Know-Who -- it doesn't take a detective to see that the eponymous sleuth's jacket game was on fire. Anyone who doubted the private eye's toughness had to rethink things after seeing her in these jackets.

4 of 26 Pop TV

The Rose Family in Schitt's Creek

Every single member of the Rose family from Schitt's Creek has a personal aesthetic that they run away with. Johnny (Eugene Levy) has the most precise suit tailor on Planet Earth. Moira (Catherine O'Hara) is always in character with her wild wigs and flashy accessory game. Alexis (Annie Murphy) has never met a trend she didn't participate in. And David (Dan Levy) manages to blend his edgy emo side with high-fashion quality to create new looks in each and every episode.

5 of 26 Netflix

Prairie/OA/Nina (Brit Marling) in The OA

The second season of Netflix's daring sci-fi/fantasy series The OA was a wild and unpredictable adventure. Perhaps one of the most riveting moments came when Prairie/OA (Brit Marling) had to dress up as her other self from a second dimension, which meant the typically humble and sparely-dressed heroine came through in a va-va-voom red dress that let her Russian royalty side shine.

6 of 26 Colleen Hayes/NBC

Michael (Ted Danson) on The Good Place

Yes, Hot Chidi was the surprise stunner of The Good Place's penultimate season, but we have to give a shout out to Michael's (Ted Danson) consistent sharpness. The man just knows how to style to his age, and he may single-handedly save the bowtie from being overtaken by southern frat boys.

7 of 26 Amazon

Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

It's no secret that one of the most fun things about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the fashion show fans are treated to with each and every episode. The show has fully embraced itself as the heir to Mad Men's style innovation, and no one plays it up quite like Midge (Rachel Brosnahan). Her outfits are always clearly expensive and even a bit too twee at times, which makes it even more fun when she lets those dirty jokes rip, showing us who is she beneath the cute clothes.

8 of 26 Panagiotis Pantazidis/Freeform

The ladies of The Bold Type

Another show that consistently delivers on the fashion front is The Bold Type. The ladies behind Scarlet live for their magazine work and dress the part, to boot.

9 of 26 Sophie Mutevelian/Netflix

The royals on The Crown

The Crown has the unique challenge of re-creating the styles of the world's most famous royal family, whose lives have been very well documented, but the Netflix drama never fails to deliver new visions of even the most divine and memorable threads from Buckingham Palace.

10 of 26 Allyson Riggs/Hulu

Annie (Aidy Bryant) on Shrill

Hulu's newest leading lady, Annie (Aidy Bryant) from Shrill, did some delightful experimentation with her clothes, and she had a whole lot of fun with print dresses in the series' opening season. The one we can't stop thinking about, though, is her slanted rainbow stripe dress with sequins.

11 of 26 USA

The cast of Suits

Look, when you've got a show that's literally named for a clothing item, you'd better deliver on said clothing item. And throughout its run, Suits has done just that, with the final season being no exception. We're particularly fond of how crisp and classic the clothes always feel.

12 of 26 HBO

The ladies of Game of Thrones

Whatever criticisms about Game of Thrones' final season might've come along, nothing negative could be said of the costuming. In fact, several character arcs were improved by their wardrobe -- lookin' at you, Mad Queen.

13 of 26 JoJo Whilden/FX

The cast of Pose

Pose is one of the year's most important series when it comes to fashion because its characters and cast dare to explore their creative interests when it comes to what they wear. Billy Porter in particular has arrived as a case study in how to couple finery with flash.

14 of 26 HBO

Renata Klein (Laura Dern) in Big Little Lies

Each of the "Monterey Five" has her own distinct way of dressing up on Big Little Lies, but no one packs more power into her wardrobe choices than Renata Klein (Laura Dern). She had quite a few stand-out style moments in the show's second season, not the least of which is this metallic red wrap dress that showed just how much of a fancy boss she was.

15 of 26 Netflix

Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) in Russian Doll

There was something exquisite about the simple androgyny in most of what Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) wore on the first season of Russian Doll. Her brash demeanor was made even more bare by her clunky clothes, and we didn't mind seeing them on her again and again and again as she navigated her many lives and deaths.

16 of 26 Lisa Rose, Lisa Rose/The CW

Petra (Yael Grogblas) on Jane the Virgin

Petra (Yael Grobglas) finished out her time on Jane the Virgin just as she began it: with all the picture perfection of a cotillion queen.

17 of 26 Ali Goldstein/CBS

Simone (Lucy Liu) on Why Women Kill

There've been a lot of '80s-set shows that went bold with the bright colors and thick accessories, but perhaps Simone's (Lucy Liu) look in CBS All Access' Why Women Kill is the most complete. Every inch of her body is draped in some kind of statement piece, and we have to admire how well her attitude comes through with those clothes.

18 of 26 Robert Falconer/CBS

Jordan Peele on The Twilight Zone

Jordan Peele's The Twilight Zone reboot for CBS All Access became something of a showcase for his admiration of Rod Serling, right down to the way he channeled the late, great host of the original series' slick suit design. Of course, Peele wouldn't be Peele if he didn't give the look his own modern spin.

19 of 26 HBO

Jules (Hunter Schafer) on Euphoria

HBO's breakout teen drama was intense and often disorienting, but one constant that existed in Euphoria was how much Jules (Hunter Schafer) liked to speak through her clothes. As her priorities changed throughout the show's inaugural season, her clothes reflected her evolving interests very nicely, and what we were left with was a kaleidoscope of style.

20 of 26 Sophie Mutevelian/Amazon

The stars of Good Omens

Amazon's Good Omens had the impossible task of dressing two man-like creatures who were as old as time. By going with the clean-cut, classic styles we saw on Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and Crowley (David Tennant), the show's fashion was nothing short of divine, and it made a lot of sense for two otherworldly beings trying to blend in.

21 of 26 Amazon

Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) from Fleabag

The jumpsuit Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) wore in the Season 2 premiere of this Amazon dramedy series may very well be the costume of the year. Not only does it immediately beckon audiences to buy their own version, but the garb spoke volumes about the inner turmoil ahead as the character tried to subdue her sexuality -- just as she was starting to fancy a "hot priest."

22 of 26 Ali Goldstein/Netflix

Sandy Devereaux St. Clair (Geena Davis) from GLOW

Anyone who can appreciate the rhinestone-riddled wonders of Bob Mackie's designed collection is A-OK in our book. Such was the case with Sandy Devereaux St. Clair (Geena Davis) from GLOW's third season, who couldn't help but steal focus in every scene she was in. She radiated energy in her power suits, but she was never more of a showboat than when she proved the best contribution she could give to a charity function was her very own self, stepping into her bedazzled showgirl outfit for old time's sake.

23 of 26 Netflix

Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) from Stranger Things 3

Stranger Things' Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) isn't exactly an extra-terrestrial, but she might as well be for how little she knows about traditional life for a kid in Hawkins -- or anywhere else for that matter. In the series' third season, gal pal Max (Sadie Sink) hosted a makeover session for El, culminating in one of those notorious Glamour Shots sessions and ending with Eleven walking away with a patterned shirt that was too cool for school.

24 of 26 TNT

Densa (Niecy Nash) from Claws

There's almost no one who knows how to embrace her own silhouette quite like Desna (Niecy Nash) from Claws. The woman is fearless and unapologetic with her cleavage, curves, and curls, and we could all stand to channel a little of her energy.

25 of 26 Patrick Harbron/CBS

Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) on The Good Fight

No one does a power suit quite like Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) from The Good Fight. Whether it's a thick strand of pearls or a bossy broach, she also knows just how to style those sassy dress suits to reach maximum intimidation level.

26 of 26 Diyah Pera/Netflix

The Weird Sisters of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

There's something delightfully devilish about the demure way that the Weird Sisters dress themselves on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. On the one hand, their necklines look like they were borrowed from great-grandma's tea towel, and on the other, the sassy A-line dresses present a very vixen version of a traditional school girl look.