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An ode to TV's It girls who seemingly dressed beyond their means and the stylists who made them so

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Karyn parsons as Hilary 'Daddy I need $300' Banks on 1990s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. (Image via Instagram)
Karyn parsons as Hilary 'Daddy I need $300' Banks on 1990s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. (Image via Instagram)

Speaking to Claire Parkinson - costume designer for Netflix original series, The Politician - last September, I finally got a backstage pass to the world of wardrobe styling. From the onset, this show established itself as one that would have memorable fashion credits with the potential (and intention) to bolster some of its characters to style icon status.

Claire told me she hopes the "whole cast will be aspirational" in terms of style, predicting that Astrid Sloan (Lucy Boynton) would emerge as the style star of the show. "She's an OTT fashion princess and dresses in all kinds of style confidently, and completes each look with lots of adornments," says Claire. And throughout the series, you will indeed see Astrid, the "poor little rich girl" in standout earrings on any given day. 

Essentially, she's a portrayal of how to dress like royalty on a pauper's budget (more on this later). 

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