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here are many well-dressed characters on television – they’re not necessarily all depicted as rich and influential individuals but they do dress well; for example, ‘How I met your mother’ (the character Barney – his suits), or ‘The Good Wife’, (the lead character Alicia Florrick) or ‘Castle’, (the character Kate Becket), or ‘CSI New York’ (the character Detective Jo Danville) or ‘the Vampire Diaries’, (the lead character Elena Gilbert), or Arrow (the character Laurel or even Felicity), New Girl  (lead character- Jess Day),  Scandal (the lead character Olivia Pope), White Collar (lead character Neal Caffrey), Hart of Dixie (lead character Dr. Zoe Hart), Once Upon a Time (the character evil queen/Regina Mills or Snow White/Mary Margaret or Captain Hook in their period costumes) and many more that I have forgotten to enumerate here…


Then, there are some rich folks like the lead character of ‘Arrow’ – Oliver Queen and even the supporting characters Tommy Merlyn, Moira and Thea Queen, or Revenge’s character Charlotte Grayson, or Victoria Grayson and the lead character Amanda Clarke disguised as Emily Thorne. All these characters frequently top the best dressed TV Character lists compiled by various fashion police print magazines and websites…


Some shows might have ended but will be long-remembered for their clothes choices as well – Friends, Gossip Girl and Sex and the city for example…


I watch them all. However, I personally prefer the apparel choices of characters that wear smart casual/ comfortable clothes as their day/work wear uniform – three key pieces consisting of a shell top (a knit top), a classic trouser (preferably a dark jean) and a jacket, (a look first made popular by the show ‘Miami Vice’s’ character James ‘Sonny’ Crockett played by Don Johnson in the 80s) and various variations of the same basic theme (check out my post – my inspiration board). Most characters that dress like that are usually playing detective or a student on the television shows…


My personal favorites

  • Jo Danville from the show CSI New York (overall work ensemble including her accessories – love her necklaces!)
  • Jane Rizzoli from the show Rizzoli and Isles (her work uniform)
  • Audrey Parker from the show Haven (her work uniform)
  • Elena Gilbert from the show The Vampire Diaries (day wear, really like the lacy detail/trim on some of her shell knit tops, making what’s really a unisex uniform essentially feminine)
style muse 1

Once Upon a Time – Evil Queen, Snow White and Captain Hook, Revenge: Charlotte Grayson, Emily Thorne, Victoria Grayson












style muse 2

Arrow – list of characters: Laurel, Thea, Oliver, Felicity and Moira











style muse 3

Jo Danville from CSI NY, Jess Day from New Girl, Zoe Hart from Hart of Dixie, Neal Caffrey from White Collar, Olivia Pope from Scandal, Barney from How I met your mother, Kate Becket from Castle and Alicia Florrick from The Good Wife













style muse 4

Jo Danville from CSI NY, Elena Gilbert from The Vampire Diaries, Jane Rizzoli from Rizzoli and Isles and Audrey Parker from Haven – my top 4 style muse

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.


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