Best Dressed on TV at 30, 40, 50, 60 & 70

These fashionable stars make strong statements at any age

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30s: Kerry Washington ("Scandal")

D.C.’s sexiest power player doesn’t have to announce her authority—instead, she opts for a wardrobe of elegantly simple suits and evening dresses in the palest of palettes.


30s: Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men")

No shapeless '60s mini-dresses for Hendricks! Not since Marilyn Monroe has a star made so much of her curves, drawing all eyes with form-fitting dresses in eye-popping colors. Bonus points for Mad Men’s office manager turned ad executive’s perfect posture!

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40s: Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife")

The show’s brilliant costume designer, Daniel Lawson, has seen to it that Margulies’ clothes have evolved along with her character. By the fourth season, Alicia Florrick’s suits reflect her new confidence as she breaks out of the dreary legal pack with interesting fabrics, uncommon cuts and details like collar piping and self-belts.

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40s: Kelly Ripa ("Live with Kelly and Michael")

Ripa has fun with fashion, mixing it up with ruffles and flirty skirts. On this petite beauty, the style keeps her young and fresh—and her well-toned body keeps it age-appropriate.


40s: Robin Wright ("House of Cards")

Whether it’s in a man-tailored shirt or snug shift, Wright’s mysterious, adulterous Washington wife opts for the sublimely simple, forfeiting jewelry and other accessories for sleek, no-nonsense glamour.


40s: Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family")

She might be picking Manny up from school or seducing her much older mate, but Vergara’s feisty second wife always sizzles in clothes that shout sexual self-esteem. Gotta cover up? Make it a red raincoat.


50s: Madeleine Stowe ("Revenge")

For Victoria Grayson, illusion sleeves, satin bands—anything short of a floor-length gown—is country casual. But then, she has the Hamptons house to back the look, and the body to make it work. 


50s: Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep")

Selina Meyer may not be able (ever) to get the President’s ear, but all eyes are on her political pratfalls when they are performed in well-chosen suits and jewel-toned dresses.

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60s: Christine Baranski ("The Good Wife")

Baranski’s beguiling law partner, Diane Lockhart, commands any room in dazzling dresses and suits that surprise with unusual details. Then there are the jewels—whether from Tiffany or Kenneth Jay Lane, they never fail to complement her outfit.

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60s: Bonnie Bedelia ("Parenthood")

Bedelia’s gorgeous grandma somehow manages to make the aging Flower Child thing work. Well, she does live in Berkeley, and the fussy florals and ethnic jewels keep her a stylish, fluttering center of attention.

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60s: Diane Sawyer ("Good Morning America")

If TV had a best-dressed Hall of Fame, Sawyer would be the first inducted. Her classic look has been a consistent winner, drawing attention to rather than distracting from her guests and her own lovely face.


70s: Holland Taylor ("Two and a Half Men")

Much-married Evelyn Harper (right), mother to two stumbling sons, dresses like an Easter egg—or the ultimate lady who lunches. But she’s always well turned out—and turned on.

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70s: Jane Fonda ("Newsroom")

Her Big Boss role means a wardrobe that’s more Barbara Bush than Barbarella, but Fonda conveys power and self-assurance in her exquisite work attire.

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70s: Maggie Smith ("Downton Abbey")

The world may modernize, but the Dowager Countess of Grantham (right) is having none of it. With corsets, cameos, silk and lace, she dresses for dinner—and breakfast.


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Courtesy of Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for Masterpiece

First Published Tue, 2013-07-16 12:09

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