Before TikTok trends and fashion influencers filled our feeds, it was the small screen stars we looked to for all our outfit inspiration. Hello, who didn’t want to spend a day in Carrie Bradshaw’s shoes, literally!? From Fresh Prince’s Ashley Banks with her cool crop tops to Blair Waldorf’s iconic preppy wardrobe on Gossip Girl, here are the leading ladies who made us want to shop their closets.
Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl
No one does posh and preppy better than the Queen B of the Upper East Side: Blair Waldorf. Known for her signature headbands and glam designer ‘fits, Blair ruled the school (and our TV screens) with her perfectly-polished dresses, statement coats and bold tights. A true icon.
Ashley Banks, Fresh Prince
Her outfits just kept getting better and better as the show went on! While we loved Ashley’s crazy colorful looks from the first few seasons, it’s her effortlessly cool crop tops, boxy denim jackets, grungy plaids, combat boots and high-waisted jeans that elevate her to true 90s “It Girl” status.
Rachel Green, Freinds
You know you’ve made it when you have a whole hairstyle named after you. Aside from her iconic locks, Rachel always dressed to impress us in her on-point plaid minis, baby tees, chic slip dresses, cropped sweaters and perfect power suits. She’s definitely the friend whose 90s and Y2K wardrobe you’d want to borrow!
Emily Cooper, Emily In Paris
Aspirational, over the top and oh so bold. Emily Cooper’s on-screen ensembles may be controversial, but one thing’s for sure: the fashion influencer and marketing maven certainly steals the show in her eclectic, runway-ready looks that mix bright prints, bold patterns and colors.
Buffy, Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Vampires weren’t the only thing she was slaying. Whether she was decked out in an all-leather ensemble with knee-high boots, sporting a party-ready spaghetti strap top or donning head-to-toe pastels, Buffy’s killer sense of style was (and is!) early ‘00s fashion goals.
Lisa Turtle, Saved By The Bell
Bayside High’s most fashionable student! Lisa’s eclectic style was apparent throughout the show, as the trendsetter wasn’t afraid to rock everything from fun fringe jackets, to giant puff sleeve dresses, power suits (yep, to school!) and, of course, her signature oversized accessories.
Carrie Bradshaw, Sex And The City
Perhaps the most famous fictional style icon on our list, Carrie Bradshaw’s maximalist designer wardrobe was the envy of every girl who tuned in. She seamlessly mixed her fave vintage finds with luxury brands, made Manolo Blahniks a household name and showed us that you’re never too old to wear a tutu—or play dress up.
Summer Roberts, The OC
The girl never met a silky headscarf she didn’t like! The epitome of California cool, Summer wore our favorite Y2K trends—like velour tracksuits and fitted graphic tees, FTW—so well. The low-rise jeans though? Those can stay in the past.
Raven, That's So Raven
Fun fact: almost everything Raven rocked on the hit Disney show was either purchased and customized or a one-of-a-kind designed piece. Her bold style matched her big personality, and if there’s one thing she taught us it’s not to be afraid to take fashion risks. But also, how can we forget her iconic faux fur jackets, love of embellishments and denim-on-denim ensembles?
Fran Fine, The Nanny
Best dressed babysitter ever. Fran Fine’s fierce fashion sense was hard to miss, with her flashy outfits, signature skin-tight mini skirts and dresses, and love of all things animal print, sparkly and neon. She pushed the boundaries of fashion and wasn’t afraid to be her bold self, which resulted in some seriously iconic looks we still love today.
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