Werk! Shout Out To The Most Fashionable Black Women In Television History

May 7, 2013  |  
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Since the glamour of black and white TV, fashion on-screen has always been a major visual element for viewers, sometimes with audiences tuning in just to see the clothes. Whether you love the fashion, the characters, or both, you are not alone. Not wanting to spoil the entire list for anyone, here are a few of the most fashionable black women to ever grace the small screen — and a few non-brown honorable mentions.

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Wilhelmina Slater, “Ugly Betty”

Even though actress Vanessa Williams played a ice queen on the show modeled after Vogue’s Anna Wintour, you must admit, she was a flawless one. Her sophisticated wardrobe would make any woman green with envy. “Sex and the City” stylist Patricia Field is the woman behind these looks.

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Olivia Pope, “Scandal”

Ahhh Olivia Pope! She always has on a  immaculate suit, simple accessories and a coat you just want to snatch off her back through the TV! Olivia makes the most basic palette of white, gray and brown look amazing every Thursday night.

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Single Ladies

The fashion from the first season of “Single Ladies” had its moments when folks were less than impressed with what the ladies had on. But in season two, stylist  Anthony L. Williams (season 7  “Project Runway” contestant) stepped it all the way up. Almost every episode was literally a moving fashion show with stellar gowns, colorful blouses and hot skirts to match.

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Sex and the City

Sex and the City is the show that transcended all color lines with its fashion. Women all over tuned in to see what designers the ladies would wear next, and labels often highlighted on the show included Manolo Blahnik, Richard Tyler, Jimmy Choo and many more. The wardrobe from “Sex and the City 2” was reportedly worth $10 million.

Joan Clayton, “Girlfriends”

From “Sex and the City” to Joan Clayton from “Girlfriends,” this show had black women across America tuning in every week not just for the story line, but to see what Joan was going to wear. It also helps that in real life actress Tracee Ellis Ross is effortlessly fly.

Whitley Gilbert, “A Different World”

Known as the southern belle of the show, Whitley often wore tailored suits, couture gowns and the most expensive jewelry and designer bags her daddy’s money could buy– until he cut her off.

Dionne, “Clueless”

Short skirts, over-the-knee socks and blazers galore. “Clueless” had every teen girl in California ( and many other states too) in the mall trying to keep up with the valley girl trend.

Denise Huxtable, “The Cosby Show”

Many would say Denise’s style is representative of the ’80s, considering she often mixed and matched many of the popular trends of the decade– shoulder pads, over-sized clothes, parachute pants– Denise wore it all.

Lisa Turtle, “Saved by the Bell”

Last but not least, Lisa. She sure did love her colorful dresses paired with jean jackets or blazer. Her outfits were always bold and unique, remember on the show she wanted to a famous fashion designer.

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  • Diane carol? Clair Huxtable? Toni Childs?


    I like the idea of the list but…why are most of the “black women” on the list biracial?? That’s irritating…

  • Penny

    Thelma Evans and Willona Woods from Good Times should be number one on this list!

  • chanela

    um.. ya’ll do know that they get dressed by stylists right???

  • Shay n Scrappy 4 ever! Lmao

    Mercedes off Glee (before it got whack) has ALWAYS had the best wardrobe….

  • NJ2

    Joan Clayton in general, Tracee Ellis Ross specifically is just stylish and classic!

  • DivaRia01

    Brandy on “Moesha” is another good one that was missed.

  • I love all of these ladies! And yes Hiliary should’ve been on this list! In order for sex in the city to be on here you would have to change the title of this blog!

  • JMO

    I think I was more in love with the fashion from Single Ladies 1st season w/Stacey Dash….but yeah ummmmmmm why is Sex and the City cast on here. I dont understand, esp because it’s not as if they’ve never been recognized before.

  • HoneyDipp

    Sex and the City cast on a list for most fashionable BLACK women in television history…. Oh ok.

    • bb

      They have single ladies (and I’m not capitalizing it) and sex in the city but NO Clair Huxtable? Everything is wrong with this list.

  • Reese

    Why is Hillary from Fresh Prince of Bel Air not on this list?