‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘Scandal’ & More TV Shows for Fashion-Focused Viewers

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Who said that fashion had to be the main plot line of a TV show in order for it to stir up some wardrobe envy?

For some, the outfits worn by characters on-screen couldn’t matter less, while others agree that clothes can make or break a character—or even the show as a whole. You can tell a lot about a character by their style choices, which is why their outfits in each episode are picked by a professional wardrobe stylist on set who meticulously crafts an ensemble that will make sense for them.

If you’re a fashion fanatic, look no further. There are so many shows to stream at any time through which you can take some style notes while simply enjoying some good TV. No matter the type of style, you’re sure to find yourself wishing you could share a closet with your favorite on-screen fashionistas. 

Check out seven shows to stream to see some runway-worthy outfits, from Scandal to Gossip Girl, below.

Gossip Girl, Blair, Serena
The CW

Gossip Girl (The CW)

Naturally, our favorite Upper East Siders find ways to make even a high school uniform look stylish. Whether enjoying lunch on the Met steps, summering in the Hamptons, or even just lounging around the penthouse, these teens find a way to make every piece count. It would be wrong to not single out the daughter of designer Eleanor Waldorf (Margaret Colin), Blair (Leighton Meester), who sports some of the most iconic outfits throughout the series.

Available on Netflix

Taraji P. Henson as Cookie in Empire - 'Over Everything'
Fox/Chuck Hodes

Empire (Fox)

When your family owns a hip-hop music and entertainment company, you’ve got to be prepared with some red carpet looks, and trust us, the Lyon family always is. Flashy fur coats, animal print, little black dresses, or tuxedos, you are guaranteed to see it all. Watch as the Lyons keep up with the latest New York City celebrity trends and teach us all a lesson in what it’s like to look good for the camera.

Available on Hulu

The Crown - Olivia Colman
Netflix/Sophie Mutevelian

The Crown (Netflix)

This one may speak for itself, but talk about a royal wardrobe. If you’ve never wished you were part of the royal family, then you will be now, just so you could own a fraction of the clothing you see on-screen. It’s almost as if every day is a fancy ball; you’ll almost never see Queen Elizabeth (or anybody else for that matter) not dressed up in lavish gowns or suits. Oh, and we forgot to mention that she gets to wear a crown and sash.

Available on Netflix

Scream Queens, Fox

Scream Queens (Fox)

We admit, it may not be exactly what you would picture typical sorority girls to wear, but then again, these aren’t your average sorority girls. Despite the occasion, you will always find Chanel (Emma Roberts) suited up head to toe with an outfit that is over the top in the absolute best way. If you are a fan of pink, fur, and standout accessories, you will most definitely find that in the ladies of Kappa Kappa Tau.

Available on Hulu

Scandal, Kerry Washington
ABC/Richard Cartwright

Scandal (ABC)

Two words: power suits. It’s impossible to think of Scandal without picturing Olivia Pope’s (Kerry Washington) fierce professional wear. One day she’s rocking a trench coat, and the next, she’s strutting in a pencil skirt. No one ever knows exactly what to expect from this boss lady, but one thing is for sure: she will never disappoint.

Available on Hulu

Insecure - Yvonne Orji and Issa Rae
HBO/Merie W. Wallace

Insecure (HBO)

Insecure’s Issa (Issa Rae) may not be attending celebrity events every day like some others on this list, but that doesn’t mean she can’t rock the latest styles. This Los Angeles queen can wear a graphic tee like no other, and it’s hard not to envy her ability to make such a casual outfit look so fresh. Along with her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji), she struts the streets in bright colors, fun patterns, and a bright smile on her face to complete her look.

Available on HBO Max

Selling Sunset, Christine Quinn

Selling Sunset (Netflix)

While you can certainly find incredible fashion in dozens of reality shows, Selling Sunset has got to hold the most diverse range of clothing styles in modern reality TV. These Hollywood real estate agents come dressed for success. Whether you prefer a more dark and gothic look like Christine Quinn or a bright and airy look like Mary Fitzgerald, these powerful ladies may as well have their own clothing lines on the side of selling $40 million estates.

Available on Netflix