I Watched a Lot of TV in 2020—Here Are the Year's Best On-Screen Fashion Moments

Yusra Siddiqui
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Since there was more time spent at home this year, many of our habits and activities changed. For me, it was the way I watch TV. I'm someone who dreads starting a new series and would much rather watch the same shows I've been watching for years (I'm talking about you, Gilmore Girls), simply because it gives me more comfort. But things change, and with more time on hand, 2020 was the year I actually ventured into watching new shows. To my surprise, I actually found myself adding new series' to my obsession list, from The Crownto Schitt's Creek.

As a fashion editor and avid lover of costume, I have a special love for shows that put effort into their characters' wardrobe. If you agree, then you've come to the right place. Whether it was the coats on The Undoing or the chain that Connel wore in Normal People, it's safe to say that costume designers put in their best work this year, if I do say so myself. Ahead, you'll find a roundup of not only shows that grabbed the attention of many with their plot but also with their collection of looks.

The Queen's Gambit

Who would've thought that a show about chess would become this popular, let alone inspire people's fashion taste? Anya Taylor Joy plays Beth, a chess prodigy who learns to express herself through the game and her clothing throughout the series. She perfects retro style, from Peter-Pan collars and shift dresses to looks inspired by the chessboard.

Theory Belted Wrap-Effect Checked Silk-Twill Midi Dress ($455)

Emily in Paris

When I think of French style, Camille's slew of cool-girl outfits come to mind. From her mini dresses to her oversize jackets, I wanted it all. She not only represented the ideal dream-girl in fashion, but her innate kindness also had me mark her as my favorite character of the show.

Mango Plumeti Sleeve Dress ($80)

While Emily's outfits may not have been my personal favorite, the girl knew how to bring out all the stops for her formal wear. This specific look gave me major Audrey Hepburn inspiration, and I'm 100% for it.

Alexis Amaryllis Dress ($935)

The Crown

If I could, I would add all of Princess Diana's looks because every single one was iconic. While royalty rules don't like their women to wear pants, the Princess of Wales clearly broke the rules. What I love most about her looks was the way she played around with the way she dressed, adding youthful and playful touches to anything she wore, which the show's costume designers exuded perfectly.

H&M Cable-Knit Sweater ($35)

Normal People

While I loved seeing Marianne's relaxed style outside of her school uniform, it was her style at Trinity College that really grabbed my attention. Her clothing truly marked pivotal moments in her life, and as she grew as a character she became more playful and assured with her dressing, wearing unique and expensive staples that captured her newfound confidence.

Express Satin Tie Neck Blouson Sleeve Top ($30)

I can't talk about Normal People without talking about Connel's chain, which became instantly viral and even got itself a growing Instagram account. And let's be real, if Connel didn't kickstart an obsession with Paul Mescal, did you really even watch the show?

Missoma Silver Box Link Chain Choker ($110)

High Fidelity

Although Hulu, unfortunately, canceled Zoe Kravit's High Fidelity after one season, Robyn Brooks’s impeccable style is one to remember. Rob often mixed highs and lows like Gucci loafers and Vans to vintage tees and Hawaiian tops, encouraging many to experiment more with their outfits. One episode in and you'll want to copy her '90s-inspired looks.

Mango Faux-Leather Trench ($150)

The Undoing

The Undoing had everyone I follow—including the Kardashian family—on their toes. But what else caught my eye? Grace Fraiser's coat collection. After all, her character is a New Yorker with a combination of bohemian and upper east side flair, so I'm not surprised.

Staud Frankie Coat ($595)


In HBO's Insecure, Issa has grown significantly and taken a leap forward with her personal style, which is evident in the fourth season of the show. Costume designer Shiona Turni also made it a point to dress the cast in powerful black designers like Pyer Moss and Telfar, plus trendy brands like Staud and Nanushka.

Blanknyc Suede Wrap Miniskirt ($98)

In the first few seasons, Molly, who's a lawyer on the show, very much stuck to the standard of corporate dressing. But in this season, she donned a lot of bold monochromatic colorways and luxury pieces that helped her stand out.

Racil Cambridge Double-Breasted Drill Blazer ($980)


Twenty-twenty was definitely the year of the mini series, and Hollywood was one of the many that did not disappoint. Created by Ryan Murphy, I was already expecting great costumes, and Camille Washington, played by Laura Harrier stole my heart many times in her eye-catching ensembles.

Black Halo 3/4 Sleeve Jackie O Dress ($375)

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