The 51 most stylish fictional characters of all time


The 51 most stylish fictional characters of all time

The TV and movie characters whose closets we want to raid

By ELLE team  August 14th, 2017

Television and movie characters have inspired our fashion choices since the early 90’s and still do so. Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) helped make androgynous fashion what it is today. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’s Poo was wearing neon animal print and head-to-toe colour long before Kenzo picked it up.

Here are 52 all-time stylish women whose wardrobes are worth stealing from. These women put on exotic leopard print coats to body fitted dresses giving us serious fashion wardrobe goals.

From Poo to Annie Hall, 51 most stylish characters:

ALEXIS COLBY, DYNASTY

Queen of drama, throwing shade, and over-the-top glamour, Alexis (played by Joan Collins) became an instant fashion icon on the 1980s soap opera. With her countless fur ensembles, one-shouldered frocks, and larger-than-life jewels, she's easily one of the most glamorous characters to ever appear on television.

Poo, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

Before every designer from Kenzo to Prada were copying her tone-on-tone ensembles, technicolour leopard print and slit pants, Poo was proving her fashion icon status in Karan Johar's iconic film. Say what you will about her resting bitch face, this character puts the legend in legendary. 

BLAIR WALDORF, GOSSIP GIRL

Blair Waldorf instantly emerged as the Upper East Side's most influential style star with her ultra-girly headbands, mix of patterns and prints, and highly-stylized school girl uniform. Wealthy New York teenager or not, her sense of style inspired all ages.

Bobby, Bobby

You could hold 16-year-old Bobby personally responsible for the sexual awakening of an entire generation of Indian women (and men). Those microscopic tie-up tops, that orange bikini... Twinkle Khanna perfectly captured the self-confidence of the '70s in 35 mm.      

ANDY SACHS, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

Post fashion-closet makeover, Andy transforms her style from drab to high-fashion with looks we all wanted to copy. "Are those...the Chanel boots? Yes, yes they are."

ANNIE HALL, ANNIE HALL

Helping to make androgynous fashion what it is today, Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) paved the way with her signature button-down and oversized tie paired with a vest and voluminous pants.

CHER HOROWITZ, CLUELESS

With her computerized closet of plaid suits, platform shoes, mini skirts, and Calvin Klein dresses, Cher Horowtiz was not only the best dressed in her school, but one of the best dressed of the '90s.

CLEOPATRA, CLEOPATRA

With every outfit change in this five-hour historical drama, Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor) reaches new heights of gilded glamour.

BONNIE PARKER, BONNIE & CLYDE

Making "outlaw style" a thing, Bonnie's on-the-run wardrobe of chic berets, bandanas, sweaters, and coats were a force to be reckoned with on their own.

CARRIE BRADSHAW, SEX AND THE CITY

One of the most iconic style stars in TV history, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) became every fashion girl's outfit inspo with her vast designer shoe collection, penchant for shopping, and playful pairing of pieces.

CATHERINE TRAMELL, BASIC INSTINCT

Sharon Stone's role as Catherine Tramell went down in movie history for a number of reasons, but not to be missed is her killer (no pun intended) fashion sense. Worn in the film's most memorable scene, Catherine's white robe coat and turtleneck dress are just as chic today as they were back then. Aside from that moment, there were plenty of other minimal-yet-elegant looks from Stone's character that still feel fresh today.

COOKIE LYON, EMPIRE

From an endless collection of colorful and animal-print furs to gold suits and more bling than you could dream of, Empire's Cookie Lyon is the baddest boss bitch on TV—and she's got the wardrobe to back it up.

DIANE LOCKHART, THE GOOD WIFE

Both in and out of the courtroom, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) carried out her sophisticated demeanor with a wardrobe that took 9-to-5-dressing to a new level. With brocade floral blazers, smart silhouettes, and modern-day power suits, Lockhart was elegant and fiery in every which way.

FRAN FINE, THE NANNY

With her designer skirt suits, body-hugging dresses, and matching two-piece sets, Fran Fine not only became the most stylish nanny of all-time, but one of the most stylish characters to ever grace our televisions.

ELVIRA HANCOCK, SCARFACE

Michelle Pfeiffer transformed into a 1970s fashion dream as Elvira Hancock. From perfect slip dresses to plunging necklines and that chic all-white suit, Hancock's wardrobe stole the show in Scarface—and continues to inspire to this day.

Sofia D'Souza, Guzaarish

When your entire wardrobe is dreamt up by Sabyasachi, what can go wrong, really? Aishwarya mesmerised in floor-grazing flamenco skirts, headscarfs and that riveting red rose that could have been a character all on its own. 

FRANCES STEVENTO CATCH A THIEF

Though many of Grace Kelly's roles exuded elegance, her role as Frances in To Catch a Thief included a lineup of looks ranging from retro beachside swim look to evening wear.

GINGER MCKENNA, CASINO

Taking glitz and glam showgirl fashion to new heights, Ginger (Sharon Stone) had an unforgettable wardrobe of sequins and gold in the 1995 drama.

ELLE WOODS, LEGALLY BLONDE

Adding an abundance of pink to the courtroom, Elle Woods proved there's no career path or industry too serious for playful, fun fashion.

HOLLY GOLIGHTLY, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S

From the opening scene's iconic black Givenchy gown and full-length gloves to that pink party dress and unintentionally stylish sleepwear, there's a reason Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) remains one of the most stylish characters in cinematic history.

JOANNA STAYTON, OVERBOARD

Before her amnesia and new life in Elk Cove, Oregon, the young heiress, played by Goldie Hawn, had the most glamorous yacht style—all stored in her famous cedar closet, of course.

KELLY GARRETT, CHARLIE'S ANGELS

Though all three of Charlie's Angels on the '70s sitcom were well-dressed, Kelly Garrett [Jaclyn Smith] had some truly next-level looks.

HILARY BANKS, THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR

Though the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air may have boasted several well-dressed characters, Hilary Banks had the most fun fashion on the series. In her rise to a prominent weather reporter, her wardrobe transformed into suit separates and blossom hats topped off with the best jewelry.

GLORIA WANDROUS, BUTTERFIELD 8

Though her costumes consisted only of slip dresses and fur coats, Elizabeth Taylor seamlessly merged glamour and sex appeal as Gloria Wandrous in the 1960 film Butterfield 8.

MARY ANN SUMMERS, GILLIGAN'S ISLAND

There will always be two sides to the age-old Ginger vs. Mary Ann debate, but when it comes to style, Mary Ann's sweet gingham and high-waisted bottoms were the quintessential retro swim look. Though she's unintentionally stylish (and okay, a pretty awful woman), Miss Hannigan's (Carol Burnett) wardrobe is one of the most underrated of all time. Feather robes, silk slips, and gaudy jewelry never looked so good. 

KELLY KAPOWSKI, SAVED BY THE BELL

'90s TV series were filled with plenty of style stars, but Saved By The Bell's Kelly Kapowski made high school dressing seem like an Olympic sport. Always in the coolest prints (and let's not forget the fanny packs and accessories), Kapowski became the ultimate cool fashion teen on television. But not one to be overshadowed by Carrie is Samantha Jones, a PR executive who redefined boss bitch style for New York women. With her power suits, trendy accessories, and slinky night-out looks, Samantha deserves just as much style props as Carrie. 

JENNY CAVILLERI, LOVE STORY

In this classic 1970 film, Ali MacGraw's role as Jenny redefined All-American fashion—and continues to serve as inspiration for the look each fall.

MARGOT TENENBAUM, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS

In Wes Anderson's classic film, Gwyneth Paltrow's portrayal of Margot Tenenbaum bred a new style icon (and Halloween costume inspiration). From her blunt bob and barrette to that mink coat and striped polo dresses, each piece combined for a thoroughly unique look.

MARYANN THORPE, CYBILL

Though Cybill isn't one of the most popular sitcoms of the '90s (perhaps you've never even heard of it), Christine Baranski's character, Maryann Thorpe, is a style star to look back on. Paving the way for Will & Grace's Karen and Arrested Development's Lucille Bluth, Maryann never repeats an outfit, refuses to wear flats, and always accessorizes with a martini. This series is worth discovering for her style alone.

MIA WALLACE, PULP FICTION

Though simple and classic, Mia Wallace's execution of a crisp white button-down, black pants, and blunt bob was impeccable—and remain recognizable to this day.

KELLY TAYLOR, 90210

Another cool '90s high schooler, Kelly Taylor brought a laid-back West Coast vibe to all her covetable looks.

MRS. ROBINSON, THE GRADUATE

She may be one of the most iconic seductresses in cinematic history, but Mrs. Robinson's wardrobe is just as legendary. With leopard coats, silky slips, and that sheer little black dress, Mrs. Robinson (played by Anne Bancroft), not only invented the term "cougar," but also wrote the style book for it.

OLIVIA POPE, SCANDAL

D.C.'s greatest fixer may wear the white hat, but she also dons the best white coats, neutral looks, and Prada bags that know how to get the job done.

PENELOPE, LA PISCINE

For those wanting to a very Parisian summer style, Jane Birkin's character in the 1969 French film had all the basics—white crochet cover-ups, simple bikinis, and gingham dresses—down pat.

MARY TYLER MOORE, THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW

The poster child for single, independent women everywhere, Mary Tyler Moore was a TV icon in more than one right. Aside from her groundbreaking feminist sitcom, Moore had a working woman's wardrobe that lit up the office.

ROMY AND MICHELE, ROMY AND MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION

Proving you don't have to fit in to dress well, Romy and Michele were—and still are—the fearless fashion risk-takers to look up to.

RACHEL GREEN, FRIENDS

It's no coincidence that the Friend who loved to shop the most was also the one with all the outfits you wanted to copy. She may be best known for "The Rachel" haircut, but Jennifer Aniston's character had a myriad of '90s outfits every woman wanted to wear.

MISS HANNIGAN, ANNIE

Though she's unintentionally stylish (and okay, a pretty awful woman), Miss Hannigan's (Carol Burnett) wardrobe is one of the most underrated of all time. Feather robes, silk slips, and gaudy jewelry never looked so good.

SABRINA, SABRINA

Returning from a trip to Paris, Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) shows off an elegant, '50s-approved makeover that we still envy to this day. With her skirt separates, ball gowns, and boating looks, Sabrina's outfits still feel fresh over 50 years later.

SERENA VAN DER WOODSEN, GOSSIP GIRL

And for those who didn't identify with Blair's ultra-preppy wardrobe, Gossip Girl birthed another style star with Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively). With a little more edge than Blair, Serena's closet was both sexy and eclectic.

MEGAN DRAPER, MAD MEN

Though Mad Men was filled with several stylish leading ladies (Betty, Joan, and Peggy included), Megan Draper brought the show into the second half of the '60s with her impeccable style, paisley prints and mini skirts included.

SAMANTHA JONES, SEX AND THE CITY

But not one to be overshadowed by Carrie is Samantha Jones, a PR executive who redefined boss bitch style for New York women. With her power suits, trendy accessories, and slinky night-out looks, Samantha deserves just as much style props as Carrie.

"THE GIRL," THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH

Though that infamous white halter dress may be Marilyn Monroe's most-known look from The Seven Year Itch, the rest of her costumes from the movie are not to be overlooked. Monroe's character has a collection of perfect white summer dresses (including a black-and-white polka-dot number that transcends its time) along with this chic fur stole and red fur slippers that surely paved the way for 2017's ubiquitous fur slides.

SYDNEY PROSSER, AMERICAN HUSTLE

Amy Adams's glamorous '70s wardrobe—plunging necklines, suede skirts, and wrap dresses—in American Hustle is enough to make any woman of the 2000s want to take their closet back a few decades.

TRACY CHAMBERS, MAHOGANY

In the 1975 film, Tracy Chambers (Diana Ross) goes from struggling fashion student to globe-trotting model in the most breathtaking couture. With show-stopping gowns and elegant hats, Ross's character had the dreamiest high-fashion wardrobe.

THE HEATHERS

The 1980s clique mashed all the power trends of the decade into one look—shoulder pads, oversized blazers, and big jewelry—to rule the school.

PENNY LANE, ALMOST FAMOUS

Paving the way for every groupie after her, Penny Lane's (Kate Hudson) concert style, including that unforgettable shag coat, brought the music and fashion worlds together seamlessly.

SCARLETT O'HARA, GONE WITH THE WIND

Epitomizing the ultimate Southern Belle, Scarlett O'Hara boasts a wardrobe full of oversized hats, romantic ruffles, and velvet Victorian dresses in the classic film.

VIVIAN WARD, PRETTY WOMAN

From that infamous cut-out dress and patent over-the-knee boots to her post-Rodeo Drive shopping spree looks (the polka dotted derby dress, red evening gown, etc), Vivian (Julia Roberts) was the fashion hero we never knew we needed.

Aisha, Aisha

It's a film where Sonam Kapoor got to play herself, wardrobe et al. And when you're dangling Diors from the crook of your arm, rocking fascinators and Cher Horowitz-esque tweed skirt suits, where else do you land but in the Hall Of Fame?   

From: ELLE UK