Wednesday marks the first day of fall, and you know what that means: It’s time to pile on the plaid, stock up on all things pumpkin spice-scented and, of course, binge-watch “Gilmore Girls” for the billionth time.
For seven seasons that spanned most of the 2000s, the WB dramedy invited viewers into the lives of Ivy League-bound bookworm Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) and her single mom-slash-best friend Lorelai (Lauren Graham); truly, you’d be hard-pressed to name a better onscreen duo.
And while the pair’s zippy dialogue and tight-knit bond might’ve been the heart and soul of the show, the Gilmores’ wardrobe — packed with classic coats, cashmere knits and schoolgirl-style separates — was equally on point, and still feels every bit as stylish today.
“‘Gilmore Girls’ was a contemporary show, so the look was current for the time,” Brenda Maben, the show’s costume designer for all seven seasons, told Page Six Style. “I wanted the show to be classic in style, [with] some rock ‘n’ roll thrown in.”
Maben summed up Lorelai’s look as “a bit of fun, but with a lot of sophistication.” Rory’s aesthetic, meanwhile, was more of an evolution.
“In high school, Rory’s main focus was getting into college and writing, so she didn’t really care about her style,” Maben said.
“When she arrived at [Yale] she was still focused, but paid more attention to how she looked, and with the influence of her grandmother [Emily Gilmore, played by Kelly Bishop], her taste became more sophisticated.”
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The younger Gilmore’s love life also defined how she dressed. “The silhouette for Rory changing into a woman can be summed up as her showing a bit more skin,” Maben added. “Dating Logan (Matt Czuchry) altered how she saw herself; skirts were shorter, necklines were more open and revealing.”
Maben also returned to dress Bledel and Graham for “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” the series’ four-episode revival in 2016.
“Designing the reboot was not so much different from the original show,” she shared. “Rory is an adult and Lorelai is a successful small hotel owner. Rory still has her classic, somewhat Audrey Hepburn style — just a little more grown-up.”
Looking to channel the stylish Stars Hollow ladies this season? Below, Maben’s shared her “Gilmore Girls” shopping checklist, so you put together Rory- and Lorelai-inspired autumn getups with ease.
In other words, to paraphrase the series’ iconic theme song: Where they lead, you can follow.
Rory Gilmore’s style essentials
Marc Fisher Caitlin Pumps ($59.99)
Jessica Simpson Haneh Pumps ($59.99)
Astoria 9×9 Pumps ($94)
Lulus My Generation Mid-Calf Boots ($48)
Crown Vintage Ardella Bootie ($69.99)
Lulus Juney Taupe Suede Ankle Booties ($48)
Express Super High-Waisted Novelty Button Trouser ($80)
Abercrombie Soft AF Sleeveless Cozy Mockneck Tank, ($29)
Aqua High Low Cashmere Sweater ($178)
Skirts (bonus points if they have “a little flair,” per Maben)
Lulus You’re On My Mind Ivory Pleated Swiss Dot Midi Skirt ($48)
Hello Molly Swish It Skirt ($69)
Lulus High Class Emerald Green Corduroy Mini Skirt ($42)
Cole Haan Signature Hooded Trench Coat ($220)
Double-breasted wool coat
Nordstrom Belted Double Breasted Coat ($189)
Belle & Bloom Aussie Sky Double-Breasted Wool Coat ($349.95)
Lorelai Gilmore’s style essentials
Jeans and cords
Pilcro The Slim Boyfriend Jeans ($130)
Pilcro The Icon Flare Corduroy Pants ($130)
Madeworn Led Zeppelin 1975 US Tour T-Shirt ($161)
Daydreamer Laurel Canyon Weekend Tee ($69)
Junk Food MTV Original Tee ($44)
White blouse with “interesting” sleeves
Express Fitted Puff Sleeve Button Front Top ($54)
ChicMe Bell Sleeve Button Pocket-Front Blouse ($28.99)
Express Textured Button-Front Balloon Sleeve Top ($58)
Black leather jacket
Understated Leather Mercy Cropped Jacket ($430)
Deadwood Joan Leather Cropped Moto Jacket ($420)
Krisp Faux Leather Cropped Moto Jacket ($16.87)
NikeCourt Air Max Volley Tennis Shoes ($89.99)
Lulus Kenley White Platform Sneakers ($38)
Everlane The Forever Sneaker ($65)
Belle & Bloom Publisher Double-Breasted Wool Blend Coat ($279.95)
Lovers + Friends Niki Faux Fur Coat ($348)
Sam Edelman Belted Wool Blend Coat ($320)
Hello Molly Jane Midi Dress ($76)
Hello Molly Flow With It Midi Dress ($95)
Reformation Nikita Dress ($248)