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A look back on the TV show's best fashion moments
When HBO's series Girls started, I was a senior in high school ready to move to a big city and begin my college career. There was something fascinating about Hannah Horvath & Co. navigating the murky waters of early adulthood, and watching the main characters as they tried (and oftentimes fail) to find jobs, boyfriends, and themselves was comforting in a weird way. As a high schooler, I felt reassured that it was okay if I didn't have it all together by the time I was out of college, but of course, I would have it all together, or at least that's what I assumed.
These past few weeks I rewatched the series in preparation for its sixth and final season, and I find myself commiserating with the struggles of these four girls so much more now. I relate particularly to Shoshanna's challenges of being a bright student who is begrudgingly realizing that an honors degree from a good college doesn't automatically translate to a perfect job, but there are facets of all four characters—Hannah's troubles balancing creative work with making money, Jessa's closed-off attitude, and Marnie's feelings of inauthenticity—that I see in myself, and it's nice to have a television show that captures the weird in-between nature of being a semi-independent twentysomething (not a girl, not yet a woman, am I right?)
I know people have issues with Lena Dunham, and I do too, but I'm so thankful for this show and the ways that it has guided me through my own coming-of-age story.
With the final season beginning on Sunday, I thought it would be fun to look back on the style evolution of Hannah, Marnie, Jessa, and Shoshanna, because as with all good TV shows, their fashions change as their characters do, and it's a beautiful thing.
(there are some spoilers, so if you aren't caught up on Girls, binge-watch it now and then read this article!)
|Jessa just returned from Europe, and is thus the epitome of French cool girl chic, while Shoshanna is still rocking Juicy Couture tracksuits (hey, they're back in now!)|
|These outfits aren't particularly exciting, but I own the dress that Hannah's wearing! See!|
|Of course Jessa would wear an off-the-shoulder dress and what appears to be a fishnet as a veil to her surprise wedding|
|Hannah delves further into vintage dressing. Season 2 is definitely when she looks most cutesy, but that may be masking her internal issues|
|Season 2 is also when we get Shoshanna at the peak of her donut hair and wild braids. I've yet to meet anyone who could pull this off in real life|
|After Shoshanna's breakup with Ray, she really transforms and goes on a bit of a destructive streak, and her more mature style in Season 3 reflects the ways that she's grown up mentally (or at least she thinks she has)|
|This is one of my favorite Hannah outfits, and of course I love the ice cream cone as accessory 😀|
|My favorite thing about Jessa is that her clothes could come from a thrift store or they could be The Row, and she makes slip dresses and robes look so elegant|
|As Marnie embarks on her music career, her style becomes very boho, but in a calculated way. Of course she's going to wear clip-in feathers|
|Shoshanna has always let her hair do the talking, and when she starts interviewing for jobs, she starts wearing bold hair clips and a bob to exude professionalism|
|Jessa's ethereal style becomes more subdued as time goes on and she works at being a better person, but she's still going to rock cool sculptural jewelry and the perfect vampy red lip|
|Marnie's wedding is a perfect way to see how different each girl's style is. Even though they're wearing the same bridesmaid dress, each one wears it in a totally different way. And of course Marnie wears a flower crown to her Coachella-chic wedding|
|Shoshanna in Japan is the storyline I never knew I needed, and I think she really comes into her own abroad, where people are just as willing to experiment with style as she is|
I can't wait to see how the style of the girls will continue to evolve in the final season, and more importantly, where the characters all end up!