Abbi and Ilana’s Best Broad City Style Moments

25 Mar

The first season of Broad City comes to a close tomorrow (Wednesday 26) and it’s going to be a strong contender for best of 2014 (yes we’re only a quarter of the way through the year). We talk about TV in comparison terms all the time – the “it’s like x meets y” mantra – and thanks to the setting and gender of its stars Girls became the instant benchmark. Broad City is very much its own show with Abbi and Ilana paving the way for a brand new kind of voice; one that doesn’t feel trapped by general comedic conventions. It helps of course Broad City has been going since 2010 through their web series and this is an extension of those characters – I’m so happy to see the denim vest print t-shirt made the leap.  Even with this early start, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s show took time to go from what it was to what it is now and as it’s the season finale (it’s already been picked up for a second season) I want to celebrate this show by taking a look at all the incredible style moments.

Broad City 1.02 t-shirt denim vest printHere at TV Ate My Wardrobe costume and style is something that stands out when watching TV and the costume designer Staci Greenbaum has gone for isn’t all that different from the original web series. From all of the wish lists and posts on TV costuming there are many character closets I would like to pore over and share; quite often when I find out how much an item of clothing costs it’s clear that it is out of my budget. With Broad City it doesn’t feel this way and Greenbaum tells The Cut this is her aim “We try to keep it real-real not TV-real, you know what I mean?” The characters don’t have a crazy amount to spend on clothes so neither does Greenbaum.

Outfits are repeated and Abbi’s boots are on the more expensive end, but she wears them constantly. Same goes for her brown shoulder bag; shoes and bags tend to be where I spend more money on a single item as these are items you use daily. Ilana hasn’t met a pair of short shorts she doesn’t like and Abbi is all about the Lindsay Weir army style jackets. Both use layering to maximum effect and while casual attire accounts for about 75% of their wardrobe, they’re not timid when it comes to dressing for an occasion.

Here are some of my favorite looks from season 1:

Broad City 1.01 fursThey didn’t get paid for their humiliating cleaning experience in the pilot, so they paid themselves in furs, fancy looking booze and hats. I mean who wouldn’t?!

Broad City 1.01Also from the pilot and the many layers that are required for the sometimes cold New York City climate. Ilana’s brown leather jacket is one of her most worn items and it has plenty of space for any office equipment she wants to exchange – no liquid money, plenty of bartering power.

Broad City 1.03 judith lightA shirt the size of a napkin might not be considered as appropriate work attire, nor are the boy shorts or ripped jeans. Judith Light doesn’t seem to mind and neither do I.

Broad City 1.04This is their super casual look and the amazing Abbi boots. These outfits go through the ringer in this episode and this is part of the Broad City charm; there’s no vanity here.

Broad City 1.06 lost phoneAbbi is a girl after my own heart with how many stripped items she owns. I wish I could say the same for short shorts, but alas I lack the Ilana confidence (and legs). Maybe one day.

Broad City 1.08 wedding“Destination Wedding” delivers on the fancy frock attire; well for Abbi it does as Ilana thought they were wearing their old cater waiter uniforms. The backpack is what really makes this look.

Broad City 1.08Later Abbi ditches her fish drenched dress and changes into Lincoln’s tux; both are giving off cool as fuck vibes and a trip to a gentlemen’s club called Thrusts is the only course of action.

Broad City blue dressShopping for an exclusive rooftop party outfit is also covered and instead of a super long shopping montage Abbi is happy with the first dress she tries on and yes her ass does look amazing. Here’s Ilana’s cool girl look, complete with a super long fake ponytail – I love how many different looks Ilana can achieve just by altering her hair. Both women are exuding body confidence and it makes me SO HAPPY that this is a thing.

Broad City 1.08 drawstring hoodieSweaters with drawstring ties come in extra handy when your (still unseen) roommate’s boyfriend is going into extreme detail about his masturbation technique that you walked in on the previous day (also poor Julianna Margulies).

Broad City 1.08 Abbi and LincolnIt’s pretty cool before it’s over Abbi’s head as well. Ditto the red bag and Lincoln who I adore.

Broad City 1.06Ilana is not shy about her sexuality and while I’m a total Ilana and Lincoln shipper, I’m also glad we get to see a woman who is sexually liberated and whose bar pickup outfit is skinny jeans and a vest; there’s nothing too try about this look.

Broad City 1.03 mustard cardiganMore stripes and Abbi’s trusty brown shoulder bag, plus I haven’t met a mustard cardigan I don’t want. This is one of the many outfits that looks like someone on Abbi’s income would wear.

Broad City 1.09 balloonsIlana’s rage face while holding balloons is perfect (she is finding out if she could have herpes so the rage is understandable) and this is an extension of Ilana’s short shorts collection, this time with a pair of mini dungarees. This outfit is topped off with Ilana’s staple brown leather jacket and the repeat piece of clothing I love the most.

I will leave it to Abbi and Lincoln to show how happy this show and the costuming make me.




21 Responses to “Abbi and Ilana’s Best Broad City Style Moments”

  1. Cortnee March 27, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    I love this so much. I adore their style. Do you have any idea where I would be able to find that sweatshirt Abbi has that covered her whole head? Or what the style of that shirt is so I can try and find one? I have to have it!

    • Emma Fraser April 7, 2014 at 10:29 am #

      Currently coming up blank unfortunately, but if I do find out where it is from, I will definitely let you know.

  2. Emily April 7, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    Likewise, I’m dying to find out where Ilana got that cardigan/blazer thing with the black and white check shoulders and the black lapels/pockets. Also, the two tone shorts, sweater and purse combo she wears at Lincoln’s workplace is so me. If you knew where any of these things could be bought, I’d be hugely grateful. Though I imagine some of it is vintage! Bad times.

    • Emma Fraser April 7, 2014 at 10:32 am #

      I will see what I can find and get back to you, though like you I suspect some of it is vintage.

  3. agent_agnes April 17, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    No offense, but Abbi’s laceup boots are exceedingly basic. You can find them at Target, for god’s sake for no more than $25.

  4. Amanda May 24, 2014 at 1:48 am #

    I really need to know where Abbi’s drawstring hoodie is from I need it

  5. ashley April 22, 2015 at 12:57 am #

    I’ve been looking for a brown apothecary-esque shoulder bag like Abbi’s since I first saw it. Love that thing!

  6. Miranda July 18, 2015 at 12:22 am #

    omg i need to know where ilana’s leather jacket is from!! any ideas?

    • Shanu July 29, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

      Any idea where Abbi got her heels from in the last episode of first season – “The Last Supper”??

  7. jessinamercy April 19, 2016 at 6:05 am #

    What brand is Ilanas floral backpack? I want it!

  8. Jennifer Phillips August 14, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    Where can I find Liana’s backpack?

  9. Nancy Tosh August 16, 2016 at 8:32 am #

    Where on earth do I find Ilanas backpack from Destination:Wedding?


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