17 Movie and TV Characters That Prove Style Gets Better With Age
TV and film are responsible for some of the bestfashion statements in history. While Cher Horowitz, Elle Woods, and Blair Waldorf's respective influence on present day style certainly can't be overstated, personal style isn't just a young woman's game. Here are 17 fictional characters who prove that fashion only gets better with age.
Mrs. Robinson from The Graduate: In the 1967 film, Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson is the epitome of the stylish older woman. She succeeds in seducing the much younger suitor of her daughter, played by a bushy-tailed Dustin Hoffman, and inspired the Simon & Garfunkel hit, "Mrs. Robinson." (Photo via Silver Screen Collection/Getty)
Wilhelmina Slater from Ugly Betty: While she may be the self-absorbed villain of Ugly Betty, you can't deny that Wilhemina Slater, played by Vanessa Williams, had style. After all, she WAS a former supermodel. (Photo via Andrew Eccles/ABC via Getty)
Selina Meyer from Veep: Portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Selina Meyer makes the White House look damn good. And if anyone knows how to nail power dressing with perfectly tailored suits and ballgowns for events with foreign dignitaries, it's the former president/vice president of the United States! (Photo via HBO)
Alexis Carrington Colby from Dynasty: The scheming ex-wife of an oil tycoon, Alexis Carrington Colby, née Morrell, was played to perfection by Joan Collins. In fact, Carrington Colby's fashion sense was inspired by the legendary actress, Joan Crawford. Co-creator of the show, Esther Shapiro revealed that Crawford "had a photo index of every outfit she owned. Everything was coordinated: Each dress had its own particular hat, purse, gloves, shoes, and it never varied. Joan Crawford didn't mix and match. We decided to take it one step further: Alexis would never wear the same thing twice." (Photo via ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty)
Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada: We couldn't possibly do a roundup of most fashionable fictional characters without including Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly. Priestly is the EIC of Runway Magazine, and is said to have been inspired by Anna Wintour IRL. (Photo via 20th Century Fox)
Blanche Devereaux from The Golden Girls: The immortal Blanche Devereaux, played by Rue McClanahan, was definitely the most sex positive and fashionable gal from The Golden Girls. Not only was Devereaux's glam always snatched, but her outfits usually consisted of something brightly colored, snazzy costume jewelry, and a hint of cleavage — but not too much, since she's a Southern debutante after all! (Photo via Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank)
Olivia Pope from Scandal: The DC fixer not only knew how to deal with political messiness; she also had one hell of a wardrobe. In fact, Kerry Washington revealed on Late Night With Seth Meyers that she may or may not be taking home her character's many Prada bags after the series finale. (Photo via Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty)
Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development: The batty, martini-guzzling matriarch of the Bluth family may never have aced the art of winking, but she certainly knew how to dress. Her expertly tailored blazers, patterned silk blouses, and statement-making brooches were class personified. (Photo via Netflix)
Cleopatra from Cleopatra: One of Elizabeth Taylor's most iconic roles, 1963's Cleopatra had a staggering costume budget of $194,800 (that's $1,615,053.79, if you adjust for inflation!). The Queen of the Nile had no less than 65 outfit changes. (Photo via Silver Screen Collection/Getty)
Patsy Stone from Absolutely Fabulous: Joanna Lumley brought the character of narcissistic yet deeply hilarious Patsy Stone to life in the hit British TV show Absolutely Fabulous, or Ab Fab for short. While her character was a plastic surgery-obsessed, middle-aged former It Girl, she certainly was glam. Stone was never seen without her blonde beehive piled high and an impeccable red lip. (Photo via BBC Films)
Fran Fine from The Nanny: With a closet stuffed with miniskirts, figure-hugging tops, big '90s hair, and va-va-voom glam, Fran Fine (played by Fran Drescher) cut an unconventional silhouette for a nanny of an Upper East Side fam. But what do you expect from a flashy girl from Flushing, the nanny named Fran? (Photo via CBS Photo Archive/Getty)
Cookie Lyon from Empire: Fierce and fearsome, Taraji P. Henson's Cookie Lyon is the queen bee of a music empire with a closet to match. The character was, fittingly, inspired by Joan Collins' Alexis Carrington, and has a closet to rival the Dynasty villainess. You're wont to see Lyon strutting around in big colorful furs, sequined gowns, and lots of bold animal prints. (Photo via FOX via Getty)
Samantha Jones from Sex and the City: While it's generally acknowledged that Carrie Bradshaw is one of the best-dressed characters of TV history, not enough credit is given to Kim Cattrall's Samantha Jones. The oldest of the four ladies who brunch (with cosmos), Jones isn't afraid of her sensuality and that confidence is reflected in her outfits too. The PR professional showed plenty of skin and dared to go there with her ensembles in ways that you know Charlotte and Miranda never would. (Photo via James Devaney/WireImage)
Elise Clifton-Ward from The Tourist: Angelina Jolie absolutely stunned as undercover Scotland Yard agent Elise Clifton-Ward, and for a member of the police force, she is impeccably dressed. Costume designer Colleen Atwood unleashed her creativity when developing a variety of ultra-chic '50s-era looks that Jolie was born to wear. (Photo via Gk Entertainment)
Charlotte Vale from Now, Voyager: Before Clueless writer Amy Heckerling was even born, one makeover movie made waves in Hollywood. Starring the legendary Bette Davis, Now, Voyager is about a dowdy Boston heiress who goes on a trip and comes back... well, Bette Davis. The 1942 film was full of incredible contemporary fashion, like intricately beaded capelets, shoulder-padded suits, and deep V-necked evening gowns. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty)
Melissa Gold from Entourage: Melissa Gold, the embattled wife of Hollywood hotshot agent Ari Gold, might have had to put up with her husband's many neuroses, but at least she looked good doing it. Played by Perrey Reeves, Mrs. Gold had an arsenal of well-fitted cocktail dresses and smoked up the television on occasion in skimpy lingerie. (Photo via HBO)
Dominique Devereaux from Dynasty:There's fashion and then there's FASHUN, and that is what iconic actress Diahann Carroll served up week after week as the savvy rival of Alexis Carrington. (Photo via ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty)
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Kimberly Wang writes about all things pop culture, tech, style, and beauty. She's a Bay Area transplant and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. On a sunny New York day, you can find her hanging out with her mini schnauzer Isabelle Jellybean on a blanket in Central Park.