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Best of TV Costuming 2014: The Year of the Leather Jacket

22 Dec

Welcome to TV Ate My Wardrobe’s “Best of 2014″ costuming series and rather than doing a straightforward countdown we’re going to do a variety of posts that look at which costumes and shows have made a huge impact this year. From items that we want in our own wardrobe to pieces that got everyone talking, we want to look at this year’s TV through the prism of costume.

Clothing confession time – I have never owned a leather jacket; in fact I don’t think I have ever tried one on. Or anything made of leather aside from bags or shoes. It is one of those items (much like my fear of jumpsuits, which is a story for another day) that has always intimidated me because my style is more Sandy pre makeover than post (the leather jumpsuit in Grease is the perfect combination of my clothing fears). Leather jackets have been so ubiquitous on TV this year that Vulture compiled a slideshow of all the women who had worn them at the start of the fall season. We’re going back a little further and compiling a list of the Top 5 leather jacket wearers this year and maybe 2015 will be the year I try one on. I will probably settle for a leather pleated skirt.

In no particular order here are the women who make me want to wear leather and what is really great about this list is it covers sitcom, drama and genre shows. Leather is not bound by one type of storytelling.

The Good Wife 5.18 Kalinda and DianeKalinda Sharma wears several shades of leather on The Good Wife including this stunning collarless zipped peplum oxblood number (from episode 5.18 “All Tapped Out) and I’d say a good 93% of her wardrobe includes some form of leather. Even her dresses that aren’t all leather have leather accents.

Abbie leather jacketLeather jackets are to Abbie Mills’ attire as Ichabod’s trusty colonial coat (and his new replicas) is to his wardrobe on Sleepy Hollow. Abbie’s costuming is relatively fuss free; it is both practical and it is still classically stylish. There is also an air of authority when wearing this type of outerwear and gives the impression of someone who is not easily intimidated, which is why characters from law enforcement have a tendency to rock this look.

Diaz leather jacketSuch as Rosa Diaz from Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It is a trope of sorts to have a character like Diaz in this attire and it is also used to distinguish her look from Amy Santiago’s softer, tailored wardrobe but the show has fun with what could become a cliche.

Kitty leather jacketOn Elementary, Kitty is wearing the same All Saints biker jacket as Diaz’s one from the shot above and while her character isn’t strictly a police officer she does work in this arena. Kitty’s attire is nothing like Joan’s for a reason; she is not simply a Joan carbon copy Sherlock is trying to recreate. Instead her penchant for leather (including her Doc Marten boots) is a way to project an image of strength after everything she has been through.

The Americans 2.13 Elizabeth leather jacketElizabeth doesn’t look all that thrilled by her coat choice considering the way her hands are stuffed into the pockets and the snow on the ground behind her. From the season 2 finale of The Americans Elizabeth is dressed in the way I think she is most comfortable in (aside from the weather) as she appears as herself and not in her mom attire or work clothes. This is spy Elizabeth. And what do we have here, but a new shot from the season 3 promo shoot revealing that leather comes in both his and hers:

IMG_1156Any other favorite leather jacket wearers from 2014?

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14 Responses to “Best of TV Costuming 2014: The Year of the Leather Jacket”

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  1. Out of the Box: Look of the Week – Best of 2014 Part 1 | TV Ate My Wardrobe - December 26, 2014

    […] I wrote a whole thing the other day about how I had never worn leather aside from shoes and bags; while leather jackets are still super intimidating I’m pretty sure a pleated leather skirt would be in my wheelhouse. Aubrey Plaza does pattern and pleats well. […]

  2. Best of TV Costuming 2014: Best of the Rest – From Statement Necklaces to Wedding Gowns | TV Ate My Wardrobe - December 30, 2014

    […] shows such as The Americans, Hannibal and The Good Wife, along with certain trends such as leather jackets and now comes the quick-fire roundup of TV Ate My Wardrobe’s best of everything else such as […]

  3. Best of TV Costuming 2014: The Collection | TV Ate My Wardrobe - December 31, 2014

    […] The Year of the Leather Jacket […]

  4. Out of the Box: Look of the Week | TV Ate My Wardrobe - January 16, 2015

    […] Draper is a rarity here is a delightful shot of January Jones. She also happens to be adding to my current leather jacket obsession. Mad Men returns for the last time on April 5 with the appropriately titled “The End of an […]

  5. The Americans 3.03 “Open House” Review: Wants and Needs | TV Ate My Wardrobe - February 12, 2015

    […] both TV and my own leather jacket obsession and pairing it with jeans which are far, far way from […]

  6. Out of the Box: Look of the Week | TV Ate My Wardrobe - February 20, 2015

    […] Alison Wright from The Americans), however as I am so used to seeing Nicole Beharie in a range of leather jackets, jeans and boots on Sleepy Hollow this color/pattern Luis Antonio explosion at the Vanity […]

  7. The Americans 3.08 “Divestment” Review: “Is Any of This True?” | TV Ate My Wardrobe - March 19, 2015

    […] but sexy sweater and a high waisted skirt (with pockets!). Seeing as I’m currently in a leather jacket coveting phase the disguise outfit could also work for this category, ditto the hoodie and yet I […]

  8. The Wish List: Sarah’s Leather Jacket on Orphan Black | TV Ate My Wardrobe - April 21, 2015

    […] jackets are a big trend on television at the moment and Sarah Manning has been sporting one since we first met her back on […]

  9. Own a Piece of Hannibal and that Cancellation News | TV Ate My Wardrobe - June 23, 2015

    […] of many characters who work in law enforcement and I was remiss in not including Beverly Katz in my end of year round-up. But maybe it was due to feeling emotional as this is from the episode last season when Beverly […]

  10. NYFW Fantasy Costuming: Sweaters from Coach for Gina on Brooklyn Nine-Nine | TV Ate My Wardrobe - September 17, 2015

    […] garments of this kind. And the floral detail will definitely set her apart from Rosa as the other leather jacket wearer on this […]

  11. A Guide to Not Backing Down on The Good Wife | TV Ate My Wardrobe - November 2, 2015

    […] will always be synonymous with Kalinda, but that hasn’t stopped costume designer Daniel Lawson from using it this season with faux […]

  12. Best of TV Costuming 2015: Best of the Rest Part 1 | TV Ate My Wardrobe - December 22, 2015

    […] As with last year there have been a whole slew of leather jacket wearing stunners, but there is one lady who takes wearing this garment to every outfit level and that is Jessica Jones. Not pictured are the very 90s looking jeans that are also glued to her body pretty much all of the time and this signature look makes sense when the show takes a deep dive into her backstory. […]

  13. NYFW Fantasy Costuming: Kate Spade New York Fall 2016 RTW | TV Ate My Wardrobe - February 13, 2016

    […] is the TV Ate My Wardrobe sweater queen and stripes are staple sweater material. While Rosa has the leather jacket thing down on Brooklyn Nine-Nine this one is better suited for Gina thanks to the sheepskin […]

  14. Out of the Box: Look of the Week | TV Ate My Wardrobe - March 10, 2017

    […] as this is at the Louis Vuitton show at Paris Fashion Week, Huppert is wearing LV. Huppert is also reigniting my desire to own a leather jacket.Also at Louis Vuitton is Michelle Williams (as one of the faces of the […]

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