When looking for fashion inspiration, besides searching Instagram and Tumblr for menswear trendsetters, look at your favorite shows for live inspiration on what works and what doesn’t. To help you with your research, we share below our list of the best and worst dressed TV characters.
Best-Dressed TV Characters:
President Fitzgerald “Fitz” Grant (Tony Goldwyn), Scandal
Fitz’s look is very classic, but he can definitely make a suit and tie look fantastic. We can see why Olivia Pope is so infatuated with him. His suits are perfectly tailored and styled with elegant pieces. Old Hollywood black tuxedos with perfect bows are his specialty.
Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), Parks and Recreation
On the first episodes of Park and Rec, Tom’s style was pretty much what you would expect of a government worker, but over the course of the season (and the end of the show) his style when from bland to dapper. From his sartorial workwear to everyday preppy style, he was spotted wearing sequin blazers, tailored suits with shirt and ties combo, and dinner jackets with slippers. Tom took preppy style to new levels by mixing and matching patterns, textures, and fabrics while still looking stylish.
Danny Castellano (Chris Messina), The Mindy Project
Just like Tom from Parks and Rec, Danny’s style at the beginning of the show was pretty typical guy wear, but since he started dating Mindy, his fashion choices have gone up a notch. Same when they moved in together. Now, his workwear is dress shirts with perfectly tailored trousers. The key to his manly, but very well put together style is that he wears pieces that fit him well. For example, a brown leather jacket paired with a button-down shirt and tailored dark washed denim.
Worst-Dressed TV Characters:
Alan Harper (Jon Cryer), Two and a Half Men
Nerdy chiropractor Alan Jerome Harper dresses exactly how you would imagine a chiropractor dresses with boring tucked in dress or polo shirts in all kinds of either loud or super muted stripes with even more boring slacks and a belt. This was Alan’s style for the twelve years the show was on air. As you can imagine, no best-dressed awards were ever given to Alan.
Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), Breaking Bad
Saul was definitely incredibly funny on Breaking Bad and his new show “Better Call Saul” is pretty good, but I bet that everyone that knows this character remembers him more for his horrendous extremely loud color dress shirts than his crooked lawyer shenanigans. The shirts where puke green and vibrant yellow with ties that had patterns not even available at the cheapest of stores. Saul is perfect for getting you out of jail, but if you need style advice, you better not call Saul!
Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt), Parks and Recreation
Nobody can’t deny that Andy was a fan favorite at Parks and Rec with his childlike persona and contagious enthusiasm, he brought plenty of laughter to the show. Andy’s wardrobe is a whole different story. His workwear was a simple pale-yellow dress shirt with short sleeves and slacks usually styled with boring ties. For a guy with tons of personality, his style choices were the complete opposite.
Whether you like dressing in preppy style or business casual, now you know which TV characters to take style cues from and which ones to ignore completely.
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