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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.

Photo Credit: Matthias Clamer/CBS.

"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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Ginnifer Goodwin slays the red carpet in a variety of stylish looks.


With a penchant for romantic silhouettes and Old Hollywood glamour, Why Women Kill star Ginnifer Goodwin is positively magnetic on the red carpet.

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Novis

Ginnifer Goodwin in a gray designer dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin attends Lifetime's Female Directors and Leading Actresses 2019 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour on February 10, 2019 in Pasadena, California

Photo Credit; Jesse Grant/Getty Images.

Brock Collection

Ginnifer Goodwin in a black lace gown.

Ginnifer Goodwin at the CBS All Access New Series "The Twilight Zone" Premiere at the Harmony Gold Preview House and Theater on March 26, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

Photo Credit: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images.

Zuhair Murad

Ginnifer Goodwin in a red pant jumpsuit.

Ginnifer Goodwin at The Paley Center For Media's 2019 PaleyFest LA events for Star Trek: Discovery and The Twilight Zone held at Dolby Theatre on March 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images.

Preen

Ginnifer Goodwin in a red summer dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin at the premiere of CBS All Access series Why Women Kill at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on August 07, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California

Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

Zuhair Murad

Ginnifer Goodwin in a red lace gown.

Ginnifer Goodwin attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

Photo Credit: JB Lacroix/Getty Images.

Rhea Costa

Ginnifer Goodwin in a sparkly gold dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin at the farewell reception and screening of Once Upon A Time at The London West Hollywood.

Photo Credit: Troy Harvey/Walt Disney Television/Getty Images.

Batsheva

Ginnifer Goodwin in a mustard yellow dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin at the Tamara Mellon Palisades Village Opening Party at Blue Ribbon Sushi on December 11, 2018 in Pacific Palisades, California.

Photo Credit: Donato Sardella/Getty Images.

Batsheva

Ginnifer Goodwin in a yellow and black plaid print dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations with Why Women Kill at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Photo Credit: Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images.

Ulla Johnson

Ginnifer Goodwin in a beige/nude leather dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin poses for a photo op for Hulu's Obey Giant at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on November 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Photo Credit: Barry King/Getty Images.

Self-Portrait

Ginnifer Goodwin in a flowy, leaf print dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin on The Late Late Show With James Corden, Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

Photo Credit: Terence Patrick/Getty Images.

Zimmermann

Ginnifer Goodwin in a floral print dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin at the Library Foundation of Los Angeles' Young Literati's 11th Annual Toast at City Market Social House on April 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Photo Credit: Paul Archuleta/Getty Images.

Vilshenko

Ginnifer Goodwin in a short print dress and pink boots.

Ginnifer Goodwin attends Entertainment Weekly and People New York Upfronts celebration at The Bowery Hotel on May 14, 2018 in New York City.

Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.

Suno

Ginnifer Goodwin in a short floral dress and pink heels.

Ginnifer Goodwin at the D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center, August 14, 2015.

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Tory Burch

Ginnifer Goodwin attends Glamour x Tory Burch Women To Watch Lunch at Tory Burch Rodeo on September 20, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Lela Rose

Ginnifer Goodwin in a strapless top and black pants.

Ginnifer Goodwin attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

Photo Credit: Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images.

Alice McCall

Ginnifer Goodwin in a floral print dress.

Ginnifer Goodwin at the NBC and Vanity Fair's celebration of the season at The Henry on November 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Photo Credit: Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images.

Markarian

Ginnifer Goodwin in a sparkly spaghetti strap dress

Ginnifer Goodwin at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con Bash held at FLOAT, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 21, 2018 in San Diego, California.

Photo Credit: Jerod Harris/Getty Images.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, March-April 2020.

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