From “WAP” To Bridgerton: 2020 Was Full Of Stylish On-Screen Moments

Eliza Huber
·10 min read

Despite many film, TV, and music video sets being shut down this year due to the pandemic, there has been no shortage of content to watch, stream, and analyze in 2020. But this year’s productions didn’t just entertain us with dance-ready melodies, tear-jerking scripts, and stunning sets. They also featured fashion at its finest.

In the last two months alone, we were graced with Shonda Rhimes’ sizzling period drama Bridgerton, which features lavish empire dresses and corsets courtesy of Kim Kardashian’s go-to corset designer; Harry Styles’ music video for “Golden,” which was full of bucket hats, billowy shirts, and pearl necklaces; and (stylish) performances by Emma Corrin in The Crown and Taylour Paige in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Prior to that, the year held just as many greats. We love-hated Lily Collins’ style in Emily in Paris, were charmed by the wardrobe of Emma, and awed by the fashion in Black Is King, a visual film by Beyoncé. And let’s not forget about Tiger King, the Netflix series that launched a thousand Carole Baskin Halloween costumes. (That said, I think we can all agree that her looks should only be copied on October 31.) And those are only the highlights.

Ahead, discover all of fashion’s best TV, film, and music video moments of the year, from Normal People to Sylvie’s Love.

<em><h2>Emily In Paris</h2></em><br>Fashion is the highlight of<em> Emily In Paris</em>, even if it’s <em>ringarde</em> at times. Between Emily’s (Lily Collins) Dior newsboy cap, her Kermit green Chanel jacket, and one exquisite <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/12/10212204/lily-collins-mtv-movie-awards-2020-saint-laurent-dress" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Christian Siriano LBD" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Christian Siriano LBD</a>, the show is basically <em>Sex & The City, </em>but with French men and croissants. Though, with a <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/10/10063161/emily-in-paris-costumes-patricia-field-sex-and-the-city-inspiration" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:costume designer in Patricia Field" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">costume designer in Patricia Field</a> (of <em>The Devil Wears Prada</em> and <em>SATC</em>) and a creator in Darren Star (of <em>SATC</em> and <em>Younger</em>), there’s really no other way, is there?<br><br>According to fashion search engine <a href="https://www.lyst.com/year-in-fashion-2020/#moments-in-pop-culture" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lyst" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lyst</a>, following Season 1, there was a 342% increase in pageviews for Kangol bucket, as well as a 41% increase in search for berets (<a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/10/10096435/emily-in-paris-fashion-trends-bucket-hats-berets" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Emily’s signature headgear" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Emily’s signature headgear</a>). <span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Netflix.</span>

Emily In Paris


Fashion is the highlight of Emily In Paris, even if it’s ringarde at times. Between Emily’s (Lily Collins) Dior newsboy cap, her Kermit green Chanel jacket, and one exquisite Christian Siriano LBD, the show is basically Sex & The City, but with French men and croissants. Though, with a costume designer in Patricia Field (of The Devil Wears Prada and SATC) and a creator in Darren Star (of SATC and Younger), there’s really no other way, is there?

According to fashion search engine Lyst, following Season 1, there was a 342% increase in pageviews for Kangol bucket, as well as a 41% increase in search for berets (Emily’s signature headgear). Photo: Courtesy of Netflix.
<em><h2>Normal People</h2></em><br>Marianne Sheridan (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell Waldron (Paul Mescal) may not have dressed in designer labels like <em>Emily In Paris</em>’ protagonist, but that doesn’t mean the fashion in Hulu’s TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s sophomore novel <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/05/9792281/normal-people-fashion-costume-designer-interview" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Normal People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Normal People</em></a> was any less influential. <br><br>Interestingly enough, it was <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/05/9779238/mens-jewelry-trend-connells-chain-instagram-normal-people" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Connell’s thirst trap of a chain necklace" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Connell’s thirst trap of a chain necklace</a> that made the show a sartorial hit. The simple, silver necklace — which, soon after the show premiered, gained its own Instagram account titled <a href="https://www.instagram.com/connellschain/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:@connellschain" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">@connellschain</a> — led to a 43% increase in searches for men’s chain necklaces year-over-year according to <a href="https://www.lyst.com/year-in-fashion-2020/#moments-in-pop-culture" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lyst" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lyst</a>. <span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Hulu.</span>

Normal People


Marianne Sheridan (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell Waldron (Paul Mescal) may not have dressed in designer labels like Emily In Paris’ protagonist, but that doesn’t mean the fashion in Hulu’s TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s sophomore novel Normal People was any less influential.

Interestingly enough, it was Connell’s thirst trap of a chain necklace that made the show a sartorial hit. The simple, silver necklace — which, soon after the show premiered, gained its own Instagram account titled @connellschain — led to a 43% increase in searches for men’s chain necklaces year-over-year according to Lyst. Photo: Courtesy of Hulu.
<em><h2>Bridgerton</h2></em><br><em>Bridgerton</em> is more than just a TV show — it’s a visual experience. Produced by Shonda Rhimes and based on Julia Quinn’s romance novels of the same name, the series takes place in 1813 London and includes beaded dresses, lavish headdresses, and exquisite jewels, all of which combine to create a sartorial escape from the dreary world that is 2020. <span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Netflix.</span>

Bridgerton


Bridgerton is more than just a TV show — it’s a visual experience. Produced by Shonda Rhimes and based on Julia Quinn’s romance novels of the same name, the series takes place in 1813 London and includes beaded dresses, lavish headdresses, and exquisite jewels, all of which combine to create a sartorial escape from the dreary world that is 2020. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix.
<em><h2>I May Destroy You</h2></em><br>Patterned cardigans and baby pink hair collide on <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/i-may-destroy-you-michaela-coel-review" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:I May Destroy You" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>I May Destroy You</em></a>’s Michaela Coel, who plays Arabella on the hit drama series that she created. According to <a href="https://www.lyst.com/year-in-fashion-2020/#moments-in-pop-culture" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lyst" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lyst</a>, during the show’s airtime between June and September, Arabella’s ‘90s-inspired cardigans caused a 43% spike in search for the knitwear staple. Her feathered outerwear and Champion sweatsuits are worth pointing out as well, as is her memorable dark angel costume from the Halloween episode, which included <em>Maleficent</em>-inspired horns and a mini dress from ASOS.<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of HBO.</span>

I May Destroy You


Patterned cardigans and baby pink hair collide on I May Destroy You’s Michaela Coel, who plays Arabella on the hit drama series that she created. According to Lyst, during the show’s airtime between June and September, Arabella’s ‘90s-inspired cardigans caused a 43% spike in search for the knitwear staple. Her feathered outerwear and Champion sweatsuits are worth pointing out as well, as is her memorable dark angel costume from the Halloween episode, which included Maleficent-inspired horns and a mini dress from ASOS.Photo: Courtesy of HBO.
<em><h2>The Crown</h2></em><br>Netflix’s hit royal drama <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/11/10159147/princess-diana-fashion-crown-costumes-real-life-dresses" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Crown" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>The Crown</em></a> has always been a mecca for fashion. But, with the addition of Princess Diana (played by <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/11/10168655/the-crown-emma-corrin-princess-diana-style-outfits" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Emma Corrin" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Emma Corrin</a>) in the show’s recently released fourth season, things were taken up a notch in the costume department. Between the late princess’ <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/11/10170362/princess-diana-engagement-ring-now-the-crown" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sapphire engagement ring" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">sapphire engagement ring</a>, her <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/puff-sleeve-dress" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:puff-sleeve" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">puff-sleeve</a> wedding gown, and her many <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/11/10163882/the-crown-princess-diana-outfits-fashion-buy" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:‘80s-era outfits" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">‘80s-era outfits</a>, the latest addition to <em>The Crown</em> saga was perhaps its best — at least in terms of the fashion. <span class="copyright">Photo: Des Willie/Netflix.</span>

The Crown


Netflix’s hit royal drama The Crown has always been a mecca for fashion. But, with the addition of Princess Diana (played by Emma Corrin) in the show’s recently released fourth season, things were taken up a notch in the costume department. Between the late princess’ sapphire engagement ring, her puff-sleeve wedding gown, and her many ‘80s-era outfits, the latest addition to The Crown saga was perhaps its best — at least in terms of the fashion. Photo: Des Willie/Netflix.
<em><h2>High Fidelity</h2></em><br>The fact that Hulu’s TV adaptation of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel <em>High Fidelity</em>, starring Zoë Kravitz, didn’t get picked up for a second season was a shocking disappointment, not only because it was impeccable, but also because we’re in need of more vintage fashion inspiration from star Robyn “Rob” Brooks (Kravitz). If you ask us, her <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/leather-trench-coat" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:leather trench coat" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">leather trench coat</a> alone deserves a series of its own. Hell, throw in her <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/pleated-skirts" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:pleated mini skirts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">pleated mini skirts</a> and vintage 501s, and Hulu could make an entire fashion film.<span class="copyright">Photo: Phillip Caruso/Hulu.</span>

High Fidelity


The fact that Hulu’s TV adaptation of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel High Fidelity, starring Zoë Kravitz, didn’t get picked up for a second season was a shocking disappointment, not only because it was impeccable, but also because we’re in need of more vintage fashion inspiration from star Robyn “Rob” Brooks (Kravitz). If you ask us, her leather trench coat alone deserves a series of its own. Hell, throw in her pleated mini skirts and vintage 501s, and Hulu could make an entire fashion film.Photo: Phillip Caruso/Hulu.
<em><h2>Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens</h2></em><br>It’s hard to out-style Awkwafina, an actress who’s starred in some of this decade’s most fashionable films, from <em>Oceans 8</em> to <em>Crazy Rich Asians</em>. Even so, in the Comedy Central series <em>Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens</em>, it’s the lead’s grandma, played by Lori Tan Chinn, who stole the show fashion-wise. With leopard print, fruit jewelry charms, patterned cardigans, <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/baseball-caps-for-women" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:baseball caps" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">baseball caps</a>, and more, <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/12/10197753/chinese-grandma-fashion-icon-style" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Chinn is a 2020 style icon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Chinn is a 2020 style icon</a>. <span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Comedy Central.</span>

Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens


It’s hard to out-style Awkwafina, an actress who’s starred in some of this decade’s most fashionable films, from Oceans 8 to Crazy Rich Asians. Even so, in the Comedy Central series Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, it’s the lead’s grandma, played by Lori Tan Chinn, who stole the show fashion-wise. With leopard print, fruit jewelry charms, patterned cardigans, baseball caps, and more, Chinn is a 2020 style icon. Photo: Courtesy of Comedy Central.

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