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By Sara Spruch-Feiner

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The premise of Why Women Kill may be slightly dark—three women living in different time periods must cope with infidelity and betrayal in their marriages—but the characters' wardrobes serve as constant inspiration for dressing with cheerful confidence. Which isn't surprising when you learn that the show's costume designer is Janie Bryant, whose work on Mad Men earned her four Emmy nominations and sparked a renewed infatuation with '60s style. Now Bryant is once again making fashion diehards' hearts race with the dynamic looks she creates on the series.

Janie Bryant in a wardrobe closet for a TV production

Janie Bryant poses for a portrait among fabulous fashions.

Photo Credit: Moses Berkson.

The first season's three leading ladies each reside in a different decade: Beth Ann (played by Ginnifer Goodwin) is living in 1963, Simone (played by Lucy Liu) is living in 1984, and Taylor (played by Kirby Howell-Baptiste) lives in the present day. Which means Bryant, who does extensive research for her characters' wardrobes and is known for her meticulous attention to era-appropriate details, relies on both retro and current pieces to shape their distinct styles. We asked her to share the essence of each character's fashion vibe, then we found the best items to help you channel some of their flair into your own timeless look.

‘60s SWEETHEART

Beth Ann Stanton (played by Ginnifer Goodwin)

Ginnifer Goodwin in a red floral dress

Ginnifer Goodwin as Beth Ann Stanton in Why Women Kill.

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"In the beginning of the series, Beth Ann's color palette was very beige, celery, and gray, which reflected how sad and dead inside she was at the time. But as her story evolved and Beth Ann discovered herself and started living again, now she's in bright colors and patterns. I also changed her silhouette by doubling and tripling the size of the petticoats under her outfits. So her skirts keep getting bigger and the flowers on her silk dresses keep getting bolder, which follow her character's growth into a more lively, engaging personality."

Knotty Crystal Statement Collar Necklace, $58. SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker fawn satin high-heel pumps in Candy, $350. Absolutely Audrey Scarlett shoe clips, $18 for set.

Photo Credit: Nordstrom, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, Absolutely Audrey.

Style inspirations: "'50s good girls like Doris Day, Donna Reed, and Debbie Reynolds."

You'll never see Beth Ann wearing … "Cigarette pants. She and [her husband] Rob have that early '60s husband-and-wife dynamic where he would probably scold her for wearing pants."

Bryant's drawing of Goodwin's finale dress. Lady Mayra Clothing red poppy dress, $50. Stephen Dweck iolite, garnet, and quartz ring, $895.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Janie Bryant, Lady Mayra Clothing, Neiman Marcus.

Her best look: "I love the beautiful red-and-white floral silk-print dress that she wears in the last scene of the Season 1 finale. I design a lot of Beth Ann's clothes, but this was actually a vintage gown. Red was the breakout element of Beth Ann's color story, and we added three petticoats under that skirt so her dress was extra full. Her shoes were these amazing red patent-leather pumps from the 1950s. I adore that entire costume, especially on Ginny."

’80s GLAMOUR SIREN

Simone Grove (played by Lucy Liu)

Lucy Liu in a gold off the shoulder dress

Lucy Liu as Simone Grove in Why Women Kill.

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"Simone's look mirrors the ostentatiousness of the '80s: It starts out elaborate and vivid, with strong statement jewelry, rings all the time, and big shoulder pads. Throughout the course of the show, her style transitions from over-the-top to more somber. She's still sophisticated, but as her character comes to realize that life is about love and companionship rather than material goods, her manner of dressing becomes more low-key."

A sketch by Bryant of Liu's gold gown. TRE by Natalie Ratabesi bow-embellished one-shoulder plissé-lamé gown, $2,610. Alexis Bittar Sputnik cocktail ring, $245.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Janie Bryant, Net-a-Porter, Neiman Marcus.

Style inspirations: "Joan Collins on Dynasty, Elizabeth Taylor, and Tina Chow."

You'll never see Simone wearing … "Polyester. It's just not chic enough for her."

Ejing Zhang Effie gold-plated and resin cuff, $225. Aquazzura Sundance 140 metallic vegan leather platform sandals, $895.

Photo Credit: Net-a-Porter.

Her best look: "I designed the gold-and-black gown that Simone wears when she does the tango dance in the third episode, which is such a fabulous episode. I love the gold fan on the shoulder and the high slit in the skirt, which I made in stretch rayon so that Lucy could really move during the dance scene. Gold is such an opulent color, but it's also sexy."

MODERN SOPHISTICATE

Taylor Harding (played by Kirby Howell-Baptiste)

Kirby Howell-Baptiste in a blue power suit

Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Taylor Harding in Why Women Kill.

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"Taylor has both masculine and feminine traits, so her wardrobe brings together those two worlds. I put her in a lot of leather and animal prints, and harder-edge jewelry mixed with softer pieces like silk blouses and skirts and beautiful stiletto heels. She has those two sides of her personality, so balancing elements of menswear and womenswear in her look is a very important through line of her story."

Christian Louboutin So Kate 120mm pumps, $725. Cynthia Rybakoff Emerald Agate Arrow Pendant, $84.

Photo Credit: Neiman Marcus, Cynthia Rybakoff.

Style inspirations: "The street style of today's high-powered professional women."

You'll never see Taylor wearing … "Ruffles. They're way too girly for her."

Fleur du Mal asymmetrical cowl top, $295. PrettyLittleThing blue fitted button-down crepe blazer, $38. Cynthia Rybakoff '80s bangle stack, $148.

Photo Credit: Fleur Du Mal, PrettyLittleThing, Cynthia Rybakoff.

Her best look: "The bright blue Tahari pantsuit that Taylor wears in Episode 1 makes such a strong statement. It's this very vivid Moroccan blue that's just gorgeous on her and represents her character perfectly, because the power-suit silhouette is masculine, but then the color is all woman."

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Photo Credit: Illustration by Hildie Plumpepper. Romper courtesy of Rotate Birger Christensen.

By Sasha Charnin Morrison

Style Crush

Isa Briones on the red carpet in a black and red gown

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If Star Trek: Picard's Isa Briones isn't yet on your fashion radar, she will be now. Her looks are fresh and stunning, and her signature style of floral prints is so endearing. The Filipina actress, shown here in Lela Rose, isn't afraid to switch things up with the occasional princess moment sparkling in gold. Never overdone, everything she wears is just right.

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To Dye For

Tie-dyed socks

Photo Credit: Courtesy of By My Grace.

I'm always mixing prints and patterns with my clothing basics, so I've fallen for By My Grace, a line of one-of-a-kind, hand-tie-dyed socks made in the U.S. by Ali Grace. They're perfect with sneakers and square-toe sandals. Each $25 pair is sold via direct message on her Instagram, @by.my.grace. I love scrolling through her feed to see how she styles her creations.

Mini Mania

When we shot Schitt's Creek's Annie Murphy for our Jan./Feb. 2020 issue, everyone went nuts for the above Rotate Birger Christensen brocade Kim mini. This velvet romper (pictured above) is another flirty must-have from the brand, by Danish influencers Thora Valdimars and Jeanette Friis Madsen in collaboration with Copenhagen-based store Birger Christensen.

Photo Credit: Christopher Ross.

SEE MORE: Schitt's Creek Star Annie Murphy Makes Funny Look Fabulous

Curves Ahead

Model in a floral short dress

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I adore retail site 11 Honoré for their luxe, friendly approach to size inclusion. The newest of their many high-end partnerships is with Carolina Herrera, whose iconic brand has a certain poshness. A few pieces from the spring/summer collection will be available on the site in sizes 12 to 2x.

Shock Jock

Photo Credit: Maison Margiela.

I have an eye for the ugly, and I can't wait for the Reebok x Maison Margiela collaboration to drop this fall, which features the athletic brand's Instapump Fury sneaker combined with Maison Margiela's split-toe Tabi kicks. The footwear comes in a heeled version and a flat high-top design, both available in six colors. They are the perfect amount of fugly to get me motoring.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, May-June 2020.

Photography by Cliff LIpson.


Watch has photographed the hottest TV stars in incredibly chic clothing over the years, including designer couture in bold and soft hues. To celebrate Independence Day, we salute some of our favorite fashion looks in red, white, and blue. Just add sparklers.

Check out NCIS: Los Angeles star Daniela Ruah stepping up in her stunning patriotic dress.

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Trés chic

Michael Weatherly looking chic in blue pants and white top

Photography by Keiron O'Connor.

Michael Weatherly rocks red, white, and blue style.

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Pop of color

A.J. Cook looking sophisticated in red gown

Photography by Christopher Ross.

A.J. Cook looks radiant in red.

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Suit up

LL Cool J handsome in all white

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

LL COOL J keeps it cool this summer in all white.

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Summer blues

Chris ODonnell in blue sweater overlooking the ocean

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Chris O'Donnell makes blue sweaters and ocean views a must-have.

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Stars in stripes

Vanessa Ray in bold red lip

Photography by Christopher Ross.

We're all about Vanessa Ray's bold lips and striped blue and white blouse.

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Patriotic patriarch

Tom Selleck in blue suit

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.

Red, white, and blue suits Blue Bloods star Tom Selleck.

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Power player

Patina Miller in dramatic red gown

Photography by Miller Mobley.

Patina Miller stuns in this monumental Washington D.C. shoot.

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Blue Bloods beauty

Bridget Moynahan on telephone wearing white gown

Photography by Keiron O'Connor.

Bridget Moynahan has the world at her fingertips.

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Royal treatment

Shemar Moore in blue velvet jacket

Photography by Kwaku Alston.

This sapphire blue velvet jacket is tailor-made for Shemar Moore.

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Smooth criminal

Adam Rodriguez wearing red sneakers against white brick wall

Photography by Michael Parmelee.

Adam Rodriguez is red, white, and blue goals.

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First class

Christine Baranski relaxing in airport lounge

Photography by Pavel Havlicek.

The Good Fight's radiant leading lady Christine Baranski is ready to take flight.

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Indigo girl

Sonequa Martin Green in sequined dress

Photography by Marie H. Rainville.

Sonequa Martin-Green simply sparkles.

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Bright light

Melody Thomas Scott in a white gown

Photography by Andrew Eccles.

We've got a theory: Melody Thomas Scott looks incredible in white.

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Sea change

Emily Wickersham dressed in blue over looking marina

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Emily Wickersham's blue dress blends beautifully with this seaside balcony view.

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Lights. Glamour. Action!

Cush Jumbo holding dramatic pose in red gown

Photography by Kristian Schuller.

Cush Jumbo from The Good Fight looks totally gorgeous in a red gown.

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Cobalt cool

Will Estes holding brown luggage tote

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Will Estes trades the police uniform for Italian street style.

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That blue hue is the bomb

Lucas Till in royal blue jacket

Photography by Kurt Iswarienko.

This sapphire blue bomber jacket brings out Lucas Till's blue eyes.

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All American

Ian Armitage in NASA space suit

Photography by Miller Mobley.

Iain Armitage is out of this world.

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Into the blue

Photography by F. Scott Schafer.

Peter Bergman is handsome in denim and ivory.

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Lili Reinhart slays the red carpet in a variety of stylish looks.

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Carolina Herrera

Lili Reinhart in a white tuxedo jacket dress.

Lili Reinhart attends the CFDA Fashion Awards on June 03, 2019 in New York City.

Photo Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images.

Maria Lucia Hohan

Lili Reinhart in a sheer flowy dress

Lili Reinhart arrives for the 2018 PaleyFest Los Angeles on March 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California.

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Bella Freud, Mother

Lili Reinhart at LAX airport.

Lili Reinhart at LAX airport on April 4, 2018.

Photo Credit: BG022/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images.

Brock Collection

Lili Reinhart in a silver dress

Lili Reinhart attends the premiere of Lionsgate's "Five Feet Apart" at Fox Bruin Theatre on March 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Photo Credit: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images.

Paolo Sebastian

Lili Reinhart in a white lace dress

Lili Reinhart attends The Art Of Elysium's 11th Annual Celebration with John Legend at Barker Hangar on January 6, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

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 Marc Jacobs

Lili Reinhart in a short floral print dress

Lili Reinhart attends the #IMDboat at San Diego Comic-Con 2019.

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H&M

Lili Reinhart in a short silver dress at the Met Gala

Lili Reinhart attends the Met Gala on May 7, 2018 in New York City.

Photo Credit: Taylor Hill/Getty Images.

Brock Collection

Lili Reinhart in a long floral dres

Lili Reinhart attends W Magazine Celebrates Its 'Best Performances' Portfolio and the Golden Globes with Audi and Giorgio Armani Beauty at Chateau Marmont on January 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Photo Credit: Donato Sardella/Getty Images.

Valentino

Lili Reinhart in a short pink mini dress

Lili Reinhart attends Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con Bash on July 20, 2019 in San Diego, California.

Photo Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images.

Ralph Lauren

Lili Reinhart in a long pink slip dress

Lili Reinhart attends Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con Bash on July 21, 2018 in San Diego, California.

Photo Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images.

Roland Mouret

Lili Reinhart in long red halter dress

Lili Reinhart pose at the Photo Call For STX Entertainment's "Hustlers" on August 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Photo Credit: Steve Granitz/Getty Images.

Yanina Couture

Lili Reinhart in a short green sequined mini dress.

Lili Reinhart attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photo Credit: Sam Wasson/Getty Images.

Mackage

Lili Reinhart in a pink coat and a black lace cropped top and skirt.

Lili Reinhart in Paris for River Con, March 30, 2018.

Photo Credit: Best Image/BACKGRID.

Markarian

Lili Reinhart in a long black slip dress.

Actress Lili Reinhart attends the 2018 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards: Women Rise on November 12, 2018 in New York City.

Photo Credit: ANGELA WEISS/Getty Images.

Lili Reinhart in a long red couture gown.

Lili Reinhart attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

Photo Credit: George Pimentel/Getty Images.

Lili Reinhart in a long pink sequined gown

Lili Reinhart attends FOX's Teen Choice Awards on August 12, 2018 in Inglewood, California.

Photo Credit: BG022/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images.

Lili Reinhart in a long red satin dress.

ili Reinhart attends The CW Network's 2018 Upfront party on May 17, 2018 in New York City.

Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images.

Lili Reinhart in a black two-piece with white buttons.

Actress Lili Reinhart attends the 2018 CW Network Upfront at The London Hotel on May 17, 2018 in New York City

Photo Credit: Jim Spellman/Getty Images.

Lili Reinhart in long black chiffon gown

Lili Reinhart attends The Art Of Elysium's 12th Annual Celebration, January 5, 2019.

Photo Credit: Jerritt Clark/Getty Images.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2019.

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