A couple things I've read lately have me thinking about clothes on TV shows.
I've just learned that there is currently in production a live-action version of Jem, the '80s cartoon about an all-girl rock band. In general, I hate modern updates of things I loved as a child, and the description of it sounds completely awful. In one article, the producers described it with something like "be true to yourself in a multitasking, hyperlinked, social media world". Yuck. But one peek at the hair and makeup here, and I was kind of sucked in. I might have to check that out. You can see a slide show of the amazing costumes on the original show here, or just go binge-watch it on Netflix.
Speaking of binge-watching Netflix shows, my sisters have long been fans of Parks and Recreation, and I spent the last few weeks catching up with them. (Well, almost. I have to wait for season six to be released in a few months. Oh the torture!) An article that Jezebel did last fall took a look at the clothes worn by Parks & Recreation ladies. (Fair warning: don't open that link if your child can read and is looking over your shoulder; the headline is vulgar.) How is Ann Perkins able to afford a $395 shirt? And April for sure couldn't afford all those $400 dresses, plus, shopping at Barney's doesn't fit her personality. She's a thrifter, all the way.
I saw a clip once with Julie Bowen, who said that they dressed her Modern Family character in a lot of casual "Mom" clothes, nothing too glamorous, you know, Anthropologie and the like. That made me laugh, as I save my pennies to buy a couple items each year at their annual Black Friday clearance sale.
My So-Called Life is really my gold standard in terms of outfitting characters in a realistic way. They wear real things, and they wear them more than once. Unlike Rory Gilmore and her 75 amazing winter coats.