From Emily in Paris to Normal People: 2020's Biggest TV Fashion Moments

If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say that many of us spent much more time in front of the television this year than we ever have before. In a year like no other, where restrictions were in place limiting interactions, work commutes became virtually obsolete and even leaving the house was largely discouraged, our living rooms became safe havens and our TVs filled the social calendar. 

Luckily, there was many an option when it came to quality TV and often a weeknight marathon would result in more than just entertainment. It would also leave us feeling sartorially inspired. From Zoë Kravtiz's incredibly cool character in High Fidelity to the glitz and glamour of the costumes on Netflix's Hollywood, these shows transported us to worlds in which the words "pandemic" and "unprecedented" were not a part of the everyday vernacular.

Between Connell's chain in Normal People and the quintessential red beret that made an appearance in Emily in Paris, there have been several looks this year that managed to capture the attention of the fashion industry (and the world). And while you could argue that we just had nothing better to gossip about, I'd contest that character costumes were just particularly good in 2020. To prove this exact point, I've put together a list of my favourite television fashion moments from this year. Keep scrolling to see the most noteworthy looks. 


I was a little late to the Hollywood hype, but the minute I started watching I was hooked on the glamour. The chic pencil skirts, over-the-top feathered-adorned dressing gowns and waist-cinching 1940s silhouettes represented the absolute opposite of the way I dressed this year, but I couldn't have loved it any more. 


(Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)


(Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)


(Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)

High Fidelity 

There are few celebs who are as enviably cool as Zoë Kravitz. And while her High Fidelity character, Robyn Brooks, didn't represent Zoë herself, her outfits were just as effortless. From the oversize Hawaiin shirts to the leather coats and chunky boots, Robyn's is a wardrobe I'd certainly like to raid. 


(Image credit: Courtesy of Hulu )


(Image credit: Courtesy of Hulu )

Normal People

Normal People gained so much attention, an Instagram page was created to chronicle one of the show's hero accessories. Yes, @connellschain now has over 170,000 followers, believe it or not. Aside from that iconic piece of jewellery, the fashion highlight of the show was undoubtedly Marianne's Italian holiday wardrobe. From the gingham minidress to the black midi worn while bike riding around the Italian countryside, these scenes were the most stylish moments in the show by far. 


(Image credit: Courtesy of BBC)


(Image credit: Courtesy of BBC)

Emily in Paris

Say all you want about Emily's cliché beret or very dated use of Instagram, but the girl knows how to wear colour. While not every single outfit choice in the show was well-received, there were a few moments I can truly vouch for—including Emily's vibrant pink coat, green Chanel jacket, and yellow Ganni dress. 




Lovecraft Country

Now I have to admit, I haven't actually seen Lovecraft Country, but I have seen Jurnee Smollett's costumes, and they're enough to make me want to start the show. Think 1950s silhouettes with a twist. As the show's costume designer, Dayna Pink, told Elle, "I wanted to ground it in the period, then add sass and my own little sauce to it.”


(Image credit: Courtesy of HBO)


(Image credit: Courtesy of HBO)


(Image credit: Courtesy of HBO)

The Queen's Gambit

Singlehandedly responsible for sparking a resurgence in the interest of chess, The Queen's Gambit also happened to spark my interest in 1960s fashion. Anya Taylor-Joy's Beth Harmon epitomises '60s style from shift dresses to retro prints. 


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(Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)


(Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)

The Crown

Of course, no 2020 TV roundup would be complete without a mention of The Crown. Emma Corrin's Princess Diana captured our hearts and also happened to reignite our interest in the royal's style. In fact, several of the trends Princess Diana was known for wearing spiked in searches last month when the show premiered. 


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(Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)


(Image credit: Courtesy of Netflix)

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