The Fox television show “Glee” is not just a hit with music fans who love all the fabulous musical numbers. It’s also caught the eye of fashionistas who love the clothes that the characters wear. One wouldn’t think that a show set in a Midwestern high school would boast such a stellar wardrobe, but the students and faculty at the fictitious McKinley High have become fashion icons for “gleeks” around the world. Thanks to our panel of fashion school experts, here’s a look at the show’s characters and their distinctive styles, and how you can get the “Glee” look.
Rachel Berry (played by Lea Michele). Although a Cheerio once remarked that Rachel dressed like she was home schooled, the lead singer of New Directions has a killer wardrobe to match her killer voice. With her neo prep school look, she’s made wearing plaid skirts and knee highs cool again, and it looks like she has an argyle sweater for every day of the week, or month. To don Rachel’s style, mix preppy patterns with bright solids, and finish it off with a pair of saddle shoes. We can’t guarantee it will make you sing any better, however.
Emma Pillsbury (played by Jayma Mays). McKinley’s guidance counselor may be a little crazy, but her clothes are pure perfection – probably because she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Part J. Crew preppy and part “Mad Men” secretary, Emma typically wears sweaters and pencil skirts, but she does so in such a fun, colorful way that one would think she’s a fashion school grad. To get Emma’s look, go monochromatic with sweater, blouse, skirt and shoes in various shades of the same color. And don’t forget the accessories: sweater clips, rosettes, vintage jewelry, and bows.
Kurt Hummel (played by Chris Colfer). Kurt has said, “Every moment of your life is an opportunity for fashion,” and he lives by his words. There is seldom a scene where he is not dressed to the nines. He knows fashion design, so his look is Alexander McQueen meets Burberry by way of Jean-Paul Gautier and Target. To sport Kurt’s fashion forward look, start with a designer basic like a Burberry trench coat. Then mix in bold colors and prints for shirt and pants, and don’t be afraid if they’re mismatched – plaids, stripes, florals, put them all together. Complete the look with a jaunty fedora or trilby hat, a cravat, a white belt, and a white shoulder bag.
Quinn Fabray (played by Dianna Agron). When not wearing her Cheerio uniform, Quinn is the picture of femininity. A daddy’s girl at heart, her look is youthful and sweet. She leaves the bold colors and patterns to Rachel, while she favors soft pastels and simple floral prints. To get Quinn’s look (minus the baby bump), try a floral sundress topped with a long cardigan. She’s all about the sundresses.
Finn Hudson (played by Cory Monteith). While Finn is not a fashion plate like Kurt, the “Glee” hunk still looks like he stepped out of a Gap or American Eagle ad. For all the guys out there looking to replicate Finn’s casual style, start with a white pocket T under a plaid button-down shirt, a pair of selvage jeans, and a faded denim jacket. Sling a vintage letterman’s jacket over your shoulder, and you’re set.
Sue Sylvester (played by Jane Lynch). True, Sue only wears tracksuits. But no one wears them better. In fact, if “Glee” ever spun off licensed merchandising, a line of Sue Sylvester tracksuits could be the hit of the fashion design world. Before that happens, you can get the Sue Sylvester look with a flirty velour tracksuit. And if it’s all red like Sue’s, so much the better.