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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.