15 August 2013

Get the Look: Girls

Has anyone else been watching ‘Girls’? I love it.

For those who don’t know, ‘Girls’ is the hit US comedy with two series that have already been aired in the UK and the third currently in production. The show has four wonderfully diverse, yet fashionable in their own way, main characters – so I thought I’d do another ‘get the look’ post, this time focussing on ‘Girls’.

You’ve probably at least heard about ‘Girls’ from large amount of media attention that the show has received; it’s a quirky comedy-drama written and created by Lena Dunham, who plays main protagonist Hannah. The show focusses on four twenty-somethings living in New York City, therefore has naturally been compared to Sex and The City; however it differs from Sex and the City in the sense that it feels more true-to-life and relatable. For example, the first few episodes tell the story of how Hannah struggles to find a job and make ends meet after graduating university, having to initially work for free as an Intern to build up her experience. There are so many graduates in the current economic climate having the exact same problems. Also the characters aren’t wearing big designer labels, with a shoe cupboard full of Manolo Blahniks - like Carrie in Sex and the City - as this just isn’t feasible with their low disposable incomes. However, they still manage to look stylish on a budget.

Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham)

Hannah is admirable for fully embracing her size 16 figure when it comes to outfit and style choices. She tends to wear colourful, printed dresses – or a top and skirt – layered with a slouchy cardigan or jacket. Her style is laid-back and thrown-together, and extremely representative of what real twenty-somethings wear around the world today.

Marnie Michaels (Allison Williams)

Marnie is Hannah’s best friend, and roommate in the first series, who tends to epitomise New York City style through her outfits. She is sensible, prim and proper, always looks polished and tends to dress to the ‘smart casual’ mentality - choosing a structured dress or playsuit and heels over casual, comfortable alternatives.

Jessa Johansson (Jemima Kirke)

Jessa is British and feisty. She is one of Hannah and Marnie’s closest friends who has just come back from travelling the world, and her wardrobe reflects this. A lot of global cultural influences can be seen in her outfit choices, through floaty maxi dresses, kimono prints and tribal jewellery. Her style just screams bohemian chic.

Shoshanna Shapiro (Zosia Mamet)

Shoshanna is Jessa’s cousin and roommate in the first series. She is the youngest in the group and this initially comes across in her outfits; her style is very innocent, feminine and playful. She uses colour blocking and girly touches to add an element of fun to her outfits, through teaming a printed top with a lego coloured skirt, or vice versa, then accessorising with clashing belts and handbags.

‘Girls’ is definitely worth watching, for the individualistic fashion if nothing else! It’s interesting to see how each character expresses their personality and essence through their outfit choices. It’s charming, fascinating and – above all else – authentic! I can’t wait for the third series!

(Who's your favourite 'Girls' character in terms of style? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)


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