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Fashion from Glee: How to Dress Like Your Favorite Glee Girl

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Glee Fashion

Though new episodes won’t be on for months, Fox’s hit musical-comedy “Glee” has stolen the hearts of TV fans and critics alike. Following a high school show choir on the pursuit of a national championship, Glee is a can’t-miss guilty pleasure.

Aside from the hilarious story-line and all the drama in the world, Glee’s leading ladies have attracted attention for their cute and unique senses of style. If you want an outline of some of Glee’s most popular fashionistas, this article is for you! Think of it as a fashion cheat-sheet to tide you over until the April 13th season premiere!

Emma

Emma Pillsbury from GleeEmma Pillsbury

Emma Pillsbury, guidance counselor and Mr. Scheuester’s love interest, is Glee’s resident fashion maven. Her style is totally unique and adorable–the perfect mix of J.Crew prep with a touch of sophisticated vintage flare. Emma’s outfits are ultra ladylike and feminine, with a more mature design and silhouette than her student counterparts.

Style Basics

  • Classic preppy/retro look. Emma’s wardrobe staples include work-appropriate pencil skirts, blouses, and cardigans. Though her look is current, it definitely alludes to a more vintage era. Outfits that are all the same color, but with pieces in slightly different shades, are prevalent.
  • Cropped styles. Emma wears lots of short cardigans and adorable cropped jackets that are perfectly proportioned for her petite shape.
  • Layering. Because she’s a fan of sweater sets, layering is commonplace in many of Emma’s outfits. An easy way to imitate Emma’s layering genius? Try a floaty vest layered over a colorful tee.
  • Embellishments. Though individual pieces of Emma’s outfits are classic and simple, they always have unique accents. Her blouses tie with bows, while her ruffled cardigans are pinned together with vintage-inspired sweater clips.

Inspired by Emma

Outfit inspired by Emma from Glee

Product Information: H81 Cropped Lace Cardigan, Forever 21. Crosshatch Cotton Pencil Skirt, J.Crew. Nixon Burning Heart Belt, Zappos. 32″ Big Bead Necklace, Girl Props. Xhilaration Stasya Mary Jane Pumps, Target.

Rachel

Rachel from GleeRachel Berry from Glee

Rachel Berry: The little girl with the big voice. Not meant to be a fashionista by any means, the best way to describe Rachel’s style is… eccentric. She looks cute, yes, but as Glee costume designer Lou Eyrich mentioned in an interview about her style, “She makes it her way, which is more quirky. The popular girls find a way to make it look cool, but Rachel makes it look nerdy. She thinks she’s taking a trend and making it cool, but she wears it wrong.”

Regardless of how she rocks the trends, Rachel has some great pieces in her wardrobe!

Style Basics

  • Prep-school inspired. Rachel’s style has a definite prepster influence. Her squeaky clean style matches her perfectionist personality. For a youthful look, she’s styled in shorter skirts and select trendy pieces, but the preppy influence is always present.
  • Girly staples. Rachel is almost always in a skirt, usually mini a skirt with pleats. If she wears a dress, it’s usually a jumper with a feminine puff-sleeved tee underneath. These silhouettes would look great on a variety of body types, as they skim over curves and accentuate those legs!
  • Love for prints. Rachel often wears plaids, herringbone, and other fun patterns on both her tops and bottoms.
  • Quirky additions. Ms. Berry has been known to sport argyle sweater vests, tall socks, and sweaters with unicorns/ponies. Because of this, her style often borders quirky-cute and weird. If you want to wear any of these fun pieces, try to keep the rest of your look more simple and classic.

Inspired by Rachel

Outfit inspired by Rachel from Glee

Product Information: Denim Full Circle Skirt, Windsor. Flower Petal Cardigan, Fred Flare. Lahaie Oxfords, Aldo. White Frill Front Shirt, Miss Selfridge. Pelerine Knee Socks, Topshop.

Quinn

Quinn FabrayQuinn from Glee

Quinn Fabray, former Cheerios captain, epitomizes the role of the stereotypical hot popular girl… minus the whole unplanned pregnancy thing. Regardless, when she isn’t in her cheerleading uniform, Quinn too has great personal style. Often seen in feminine basics like dresses and cardigans, Quinn’s look is youthful, girly, and sweet.

Style Basics

  • Trendy but feminine. Quinn’s clothes are often on the more expensive side–her closet is filled with ladylike tops and dresses from Anthropologie, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdales. She rocks trends on occasion, but she mostly sticks to her staple high-end pieces.
  • Pastel palette. Quinn is into a soft, feminine look. Most of her outfits feature pastel pieces–she rarely wears dark or bold colors. This is also true for her beauty look: Quinn prefers a light, natural touch of makeup.
  • Sweet. Though Quinn had a definite snarky side at the beginning of season 1, she and her style evolved (along with that baby bump!) throughout the show. Now, she’ll wear soft colors, floral prints, and feminine embellishments. Quinn also shies away from anything too tight or short, with the exception of her Cheerios uniform, of course!
  • Dresses, dresses, dresses! Quinn is 100% girly-girl. She is almost always in a cute sundress. On the rare occasion that she does don pants, they’re ultra-feminine and in a light color, paired with an empire-waist, flirty top.

Inspired by Quinn

Outfit inspired by Quinn from Glee

Product Information: Versailles Headband, ModCloth. Betsey Johnson Ski Bunny Pink Pearl Charm Bracelet, Zappos. Livia Floral Dress, Delias. Boyfriend Cardigan, Alloy. Hollywould Liz Flat, Heels.com.

What do you think?

Do you watch Glee? Do you have a favorite episode? Who is your favorite character? Most importantly, who has the best style? Tell everyone what you think with your comments!

*All images from GleeImages.com.

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88 Responses to “Fashion from Glee: How to Dress Like Your Favorite Glee Girl”

  1. 1
    January 28th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    For style I like Quinn. As a character, I like Tina, Mercedes and Emma.

    I like how girly Quinn is, my favourite outfit of Rachel’s is the one she wears when Puck get slushied and she cleans him up. I loved that little skirt.

    I love the coat that Emma wore in te latest episode, at the end, it was so cute!

  2. 2
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    great article, but what about Tina and Mercedes? Both have distinctive styles that, while not typically in line with the kind of advice College Fashion gives, many girls would want to emulate. Why leave them out?

  3. 3
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I don’t watch Glee because it doesn’t come on here in Europe :'( I don’t have a favorite episode seeing as how I can’t watch it. This also means that I don’t have a favorite character. Based on these sample outfits I think that Rachel has the best style because it’s so quirky and cute.

  4. 4
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I second the question about leaving out Tina and Mercedes… particularly Mercedes. What is the point of that? Mercedes is just as fashionable as these three, and moreso than Rachel even.

  5. 5
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    the outfits are spot on. :)

  6. 6
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I have been wanting to see you post on this forever. Glee is my favorite thing in the WORLD. I love both Rachel and Quinn. I would be interested to see a post on Quinn’s Hair because she does lots of cute things with braids and barrettes that people don’t normally think of doing.

  7. 7
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    i agree about tina and mercedes…

    haha and what about kurt? you could make some outfits inspired by him too!

  8. 8
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I dont watch this show but the styles are totally adorable and beautiful. Great outfits!

  9. 9
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I love Glee!! My fave show on TV right now :)

  10. 10
    January 28th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    the first season begins in my country next week…. cant wait

  11. 11
    January 28th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    i realy like the rachel outfit you picked out. very cute!

  12. 12
    January 28th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I love love love this! I like Emma’s style the best. So prim and proper. I also like Rachel.

    Glad you didn’t include Sue Sylvester’s sweat suits :)

  13. 13
    January 28th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Rachel is hands-down my fav. She’s such a cute school girl!

    Both Quinn and her style simply beautiful and so sweet and feminine.

  14. 14
    January 28th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Outfit suggestions are definitely cute & spot on! Great article…

    But how about mercedes? and tina? mercedes dresses very well for a curvy girl, could we get some pointers? And kurt might be a good source of inspiration too…

  15. 15
    January 28th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Ha, I rocked a Rachel inspired outfit last night, before reading this outfit! I wore:
    – a purple-black-white plaid skirt with pleats and a little lilac bow
    – a black spaguetti-strap top (just to edge up the preppy thing a bit)
    – black low-heeled mary janes
    – a white light weight cardigan with medium sleeves
    – a small black leather purse (classic)
    – black eyeliner (again, to make the look a little less preppy)

  16. 16
    January 28th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Love! I don’t usually like Quinn’s look – too prissy – but even I would wear the outfit inspired by her, it’s really cute.

    I agree about Mercedes, though. And I did laugh at the Kurt comment, but he really does wear a lot of trends that are totally accessible to girls – military jackets, high boots, etc. So an article on either Kurt or Mercedes would be great, too.

  17. 17
    January 28th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Like a lot of other people have mentioned, I think it would be really cool to see Mercedes, Tina, and Kurt inspired fashion!!!

  18. 18
    January 28th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Hey guys! Thanks for the ideas on doing another article on Tina and Mercedes (and possibly Kurt). We decided to feature the three main female characters who get the most air time for this first article, but both Liza and I definitely agree that many of the other characters including Mercedes, Tina, and Kurt have great style, too! Glad so many of you are liking this!

  19. 19
    January 28th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Great post! You really captured each of the girls’ style stop on! I love the pink sweater you picked out for Rachel.
    Keep it up! :)

  20. 20
    January 28th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Hey guys! I’m glad you like this! Glee is such a funny show and I loved watching old episodes for “research” when writing this. I agree that Tina, Mercedes, and most definitely Kurt have their own unique and cool senses of style–something definitely worth writing about. As Zephyr explained though, for this piece we decided that it would be the most practical for me to just cover the three “main” girls. I can definitely appreciate your love for the other characters though, and I think a follow-up could definitely work!

  21. 21
    January 28th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    i am not going to lie, i screamed when i saw this title! i havent even read the post yet and i already love it.

  22. 22
    January 28th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I’m a total Gleek, so I was super excited when I saw this article! Quinn and Emma are my favorite characters. Emma is always adorable with her big fawn-like eyes and super cute and classic look, but I LOVE how Quinn dresses. I can’t wait for warm weather! ^_^

  23. 23
    January 28th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Yayyyyyy Glee! Psh, like I didn’t already love CF enough! I wore a dress today, but I definitely want to find some kind of printed dress like your Quinn example.

  24. 24
    January 28th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Oh I really enjoy this article.
    This show appeals to a lot of us readers so thank you very much for featuring it in your piece!

  25. 25
    January 28th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    J’adore the pink sweater for Rachel!! Seriously, one of the loveliest pieces I have ever seen on CF.

  26. 26
    January 29th, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Emma and Rachel’s clothes are the best. If Rachel took of the knne highs she’d be perfectly fine, except for the crazy sweaters they throw on her sometimes. But she rocks the shorts skirts.

    Kurt -unless you are on a run way you wouldn’t wear. Mercedes is just weird tee shirts and bright colored pants. I don’t see much style there at all. It looks the same to me most episodes.

    Tina’s look could be explored more.

  27. 27
    January 29th, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Totally agreed with J–Mercedes look is very immature, in my opinion.

    But I LOVE Emma’s style, particularly. Great post, love the outfits inspired by them!

  28. 28
    January 29th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I love Glee. This post captures the main girls’ style perfectly.

    With Rachel’s style I think it’s a very individual look that only she could really pull off – with the pony jumpers, short skirts and knee socks. My style is probably closest to Quinn’s but I do think the way they dress Emma is adorable.

  29. 29
    January 29th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    What about Mercedes? I LOVE her swagger and style…and Tina too shes very individual :)

  30. 30
    January 29th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    GLEE! <3 I love all three of these girls style! Ah I would love to see Kurt. He's … fabulous! As well as Mercedes! I LOVE LOVE the outfits, they're really really good! Emma's outfit – love the colours. I would wear Rachel's outfit, and Quinn's is ADORABLE!

  31. 31
    February 11th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Any ideas as to where and how to get the white boots the black girls is wearing when Rachel is giving the girls a lecture about how good the boys were with thier glee-off performance. Please

  32. 32
    April 14th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    I soo love Emma/Jayma’s style and Quinn/Dianna!! they are both soo sweet and classy!!

  33. 33
    May 2nd, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    i love love love quinn my friend atularry calles my quinn because i act like her and every thing i love dancing cheerlding and sining i not saying i good at it but i do enjoy it,
    all i need to do is die my hair blond

  34. 34
    May 16th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Um, how come it’s only the thin white girls who get covered? This is a fun idea but you have to know how those choices look. You should take a lead out of Glamour magazine which at least covered all the main Glee club leads.

  35. 35
    July 13th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I love Emma,my friends made up a cast of glee and I get to be her :D

  36. 36
    July 28th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    i love quinn fabray and my favorite episode is was when quinn had her baby and pucks face cracked me up and she was sayin suck you suck you suck you and quinn fabray is so girly and goramus i love her style

  37. 37
    September 3rd, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    i like Quinns style she is like a honey person, not wen shes a cheerio but wen shes pregnant

  38. 38
    September 3rd, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Quinn is the most awsome cheerleader in the world she is soooooo pretty and i luv her baby beth. shes an awsome cheerleader.
    i am a cheerleader at Impriget high our colours are red black and wite like mikenly highs i have blond hair to. its a little longer then quinns though

  39. 39
    September 24th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Finn said it best… “Rachel somehow manages to dress like a grandmother and a toddler at the same time.”

  40. 40
    October 6th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    i love rachel’s outfits it so cute she so cute i LoVe GLEE !!!!!!!!!!!

  41. 41
    October 6th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    i love rachel she’s so cute and her outfits r cute too i LOVE GLEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

  42. 42
    November 29th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    my name is Rachel! Wierd! She’s my favorite character, and I like Finn. I have a great voice, too! But, my style is more Quinn! Where’s Mercades and Tina!? They have greaatt style, too!

    great job, though!

    xoxo,
    Rachel(:

  43. 43
    December 30th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I really like the cheerios and sometimes rachel but especially Santana .I’m aware She’s always wear the cheerios uniform but you can made her style or you can suggest me where i can take it.

  44. 44
    January 31st, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I’d definitely nominate Rachel for What Not to Wear.

  45. 45
    March 1st, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    i love rachel and quinn but i dont know who to dress like

  46. 46
    March 24th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    i love love love quinns costume im getting it for my birthday how great is that

  47. 47
    April 7th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Wow glee rocks my fav character is mercedes and she rokz not to mention she is the best dressed !!!

  48. 48
    April 25th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    What about Brittany !!!! :) but other wise it was really good!!!

  49. 49
    April 30th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    i love glee soo much i like quinns dress i also love brittanys style soo cute :D x

  50. 50
    May 1st, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    i loveeeeeeeeee glee sooooooooooo much i like Rachel & Quinn.what about santana & britany.

  51. 51
    May 14th, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Since Brittany and Santana Aren’t cheerios you can do also their style

  52. 52
    June 7th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Omg they should put santana on shes one of my fav im in brittian and next monday its the season finaly for season 2 wish theres season 2 well im dressing like rachel for a fansey dress party

  53. 53
    June 13th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    You need Santana in there!! :)

  54. 54
    June 14th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Yes Elisa is right you need Santana!!

  55. 55
    June 20th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    i think a brittany and santana dress up would be good

  56. 56
    August 26th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    ilove quin fabray shes so cute

  57. 57
    October 18th, 2011 at 4:38 am

    omg! me and rachel berry have the same name, but i have an i instead of a y!!!!! love her to pieces!!!

  58. 58
    November 13th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Quinn is by far my favorite character,she’s so gorgeous! at fist I hated her cause I thought she was so stuck up,and I loved rachel,but as the show went on my opinions changed,I absolutely love Quinn now&i can’t stand Rachel.&quinine has the best fashion sense,I dress like her,all girly(: <3<3<3

  59. 59
    November 15th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I love rachel berry

  60. 60
    December 21st, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I prefer Quinn.His style is very similar to mine

  61. 61
    January 3rd, 2012 at 4:55 am

    i like Quinn as a character but i like Quinn’s Style why didin’t they show Santana , Brittany, Merecdes and Tina
    Thank god that didin’t show Sue
    I have always watched Glee i can’t wait till it comes back on
    I am a gleek

  62. 62
    January 6th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I love the inspired outfit for Quinn. It’s adorable, I want that dress!

  63. 63
    April 12th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I adore Glee so, so much and I adore Rachel as a character but personally I was wondering if it would be possible to look at the Glee girls (specifically Rachel) style during seasons 2 and 3. Its so cute and quirky and I’d love to see how you guys would use it as inspiration :D

  64. 64
    July 27th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    GLEE ROCKS GO BRITTANY QUINN AND SANTANNA

  65. 65
    August 1st, 2012 at 1:54 am

    i like Quinn’s look but I like Santana alot

  66. 66
    November 24th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I love quinns outfits i really get inspired by her and how in enthusiastic she is !i also love Rachel’s outfits it is like i would fit in looking like her too ! i wish i could meet all those people they are so absolutely fab and i really LOVe there voices!

  67. 67
    December 5th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Hi Lea I love u i wanna be u for halloween u r so awesome naya my friend daisy is in love with u like literaly please reply love u

  68. 68
    December 2nd, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I would say I dress more like rachel out of the other 2 because I like quinn and shes cute and talented but emma is not a favorite of mine

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