Why Don’t You… Shop Your Favorite TV Characters’ Wardrobes?

Why Don’t You’ is my weekly tribute to legendary editor Diana Vreeland who penned a column of the same name for Harper’s Bazaar for 26 years begging, “Don’t just be your ordinary dull self. Why don’t you be ingenious and make yourself into something else?”

Shopping Your Favorite Characters' Wardrobes

Let me tell you, I had a time, finding Michaela Pratt’s outfits on How to Get Away with Murder for her style post. But you all seemed to appreciate the tips and screen grabs (Aja did too!).

Your response showed me I’m not the only one who is curious about Aja Naomi King’s character’s style. In fact, some of my better performing posts revolve around our favorite characters and their wardrobes: Jessica Day, Mindy Kaling, Hannah Horvath and Blair Waldorf.

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5 Style Lessons Courtesy of How to Get Away with Murder’s Michaela Pratt

Here on The City, we are all about cultivating personal style, luckily, we can look to some of our favorite celebrities for a few style lessons.


I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with my life on Thursday nights for the next two months. I’d been in a committed relationship with Shonda Rhimes, her primetime shows, and a good pour of red in a mason jar.

And now, it’s gone.


Winter break or some mess.

In its absence, I’ve taken to scouring the Internet for outfit inspiration courtesy of How to Get Away with Murder’s Micheala (Makaylah? Mikalah? Buller?) Pratt. I hope this doesn’t come off the wrong way, but she is everything sartorially that I hoped Viola would be. Whip smart and stylish to boot. My kind of girl. Aside from that whole Aiden debacle because #GWORL.

In my research, I noticed a few patterns that I would like to apply to myself, and so, here where are, with five style lessons courtesy of Ms. Pratt.

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5 Style Lessons Courtesy of Mira Duma

Here on The City, we are all about cultivating personal style, luckily, we can look to some of our favorite celebrities for a few style lessons.


I’d seen Mira Duma all over the Internet before I knew who she was, or what she was famous for. I just knew that she was my height–or, so it appeared–with hair that was both chic and messy, and she always looked impeccable. A little research told me that she was Miroslava Duma, a former editor at Russian Harper’s Bazaar, who now runs Buro 24/7, the fashionable, Russian version of the Huffington Post. Duma is also the digital director of TSUM (a fancy Russian department store on the order of Bergdorf Goodman). And when she isn’t hard at work on her site, she’s more than likely posing for street style photographers or actual fashion campaigns for Oscar de la Renta’s collection for The Outnet, Roger Vivier or Ferragamo.

Though the-28-year-old stands a just a little over 5 feet, she reads taller than she actually is, giving me so many ideas for looks to try. I won’t even try to hide the fact that I’m obsessed with her (and she may or may not have taken over my Style-piration board on Pinterest). Let’s examine her style, shall we?

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5 Style Lessons Courtesy of Lupita Nyong’o

Here on The City, we are all about cultivating personal style, luckily, we can look to some of our favorite celebrities for a few style lessons.

Lupita Nyong'o style

I handed my July issue of Vogue magazine over to my mother with strict instructions. Please do not bend the spine. Lupita’s cover is a collector’s edition for me. I’m going to save it for my daughter, should I have one, so she knows that we too can command mainstream media’s attention.

What was it Jay Z rapped in “That’s My B*tch?”

“I mean Marilyn Monroe, she’s quite nice. But why all the pretty icons always all white?”

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5 Style Lessons Courtesy of Nicole Richie

Here on The City, we are all about cultivating personal style, luckily, we can look to some of our favorite celebrities for a few style lessons.

How to dress like Nicole Richie

The older I get, the more I am drawn to women who make their own rules. Whether it’s the way that they live their lives, how they climb the career ladder, or simply get dressed. I like a woman who isn’t afraid to be herself. And someone who can rock lavender–and now blue–hair is someone who clearly knows who she is and what she wants to say as a woman.

I can’t remember when I really started paying attention to Nicole Richie. I just remember her wedding dress and how she looked like an edgier, more rocker version of Grace Kelly.

When her father, Lionel Richie, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the BET Awards, I kept my eyes glued to the screen hoping for a glimpse of the mother-of-two. No dice. I just love any chance I get to see her style in action. Thankfully, her AOL web series turned television reality show, #Candidly Nicole, is premiering on VH1 tonight.

And I can’t wait. In honor of weekly doses of Mrs. Madden, I thought it would be the perfect time to explore her sartorial choices with 5 tips the we can apply to our sense style.


1. There Are No Rules

Nicole Richie's Hair

I mean, duh. This woman wears what she feels. I am really envious of the way that she switches her hair color. She wore silver hair to last year’s Met Gala, dyed her locks lavender and now, she’s sporting blue-hued follicles. Can I tell you a secret? I want to dye the tips of my hair cobalt blue. Or get a leopard streak in the back of my head. I think I could pull it off in my field, but I’m nervous. When I see Mrs. Madden though, it’s a reminder that they’re are no rules.

2. Layer Up

How to layer up courtesy of Nicole Richie

I went on this date once with the designer of a pretty big fashion label. This little French man who was twice my age (I didn’t know it at the time). He knew that I was a fashion writer, but thought for sure that I had some artistic side hustle, because I “dressed like an artist.” Nah, homie. I just get cold easily and like to layer up. I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to layer and Nicole nails it every time. Although, she said that she learned this from Harlow. “My daughter actually taught me this trick,” she told Elle magazine. “She is the girliest girl ever, so the only way I can get her dressed in the winter is to put turtlenecks under her dresses. And I think that’s so chic.” Agreed. Good eye, young Harlow.

3. She Wears the Pants

Nicole Richie wearing pants

I’m sort of like little Harlow in the sense that I don’t like to wear pants. True story, my Internet connection is titled #NoPantsAllowed. My neighbors are probably like, ‘There goes the neighborhood,’ huh? I just don’t feel ladylike in them. I will pick skirts or dresses, always. That is until I see a picture of Nicole in a pair of high-waisted pants that just skim the ground. And I’m like God, she’s so chic! Can I look like that? It also helps that she’s tiny and isn’t afraid of drowning in fabric.

4. Started from the Bottom

Nicole Richie Then and Now

Started! Everyone has a relative bottom when it comes to their style. Mine was high school and college. I was way too trendy. I wore whatever was hot at the time. So that means if I didn’t hide most of my Facebook pictures when my mom joined, you’d see tons of photos of me in Apple Bottoms, Rocawear and J.Lo jewelry. Not to mention I was so matchy matchy. It was just all around bad. But as I grow and figure out what works for me, my wardrobe has greatly improved. You remember Nicole on The Simple Life, right? See, she wasn’t afraid to scrap her style and start from scratch.

5. Put Your Thang Down, Flip It & Reserve It

Nicole Richie Fashion

So maybe I got a little excited with the Missy Elliot lyrics, but the same can be said of Nicole’s style. I really admire that every time she goes out, we know she’s going to show out (okay, really, I’m done speaking in lyrics) in completely different ways. Take the three looks above for instance, though she’s wearing similar pieces, the looks are completely different. The girl’s got versatility.

What do you think of Nicole Richie’s style? Will you watch her show #Candidly Nicole tonight at 10 p.m. on VH1? Who’s style can’t you get enough of?