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Old School TV Style: Fashion Inspired by Three’s Company

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Three's Company
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If you’ve never caught Three’s Company on late night TV Land, you’ve been missing out!

This iconic ’70s sitcom follows three roommates: Jack Tripper, Janet Wood, and Chrissy Snow (later replaced by characters Cindy Snow and then Terry Alden). Though their relationship is platonic, the trio tells their conservative landlord Mr. Roper that Jack is gay, so that he will allow their co-ed living arrangement. In on the secret are the sexually frustrated Mrs. Roper, and their neighbor Larry Dallas. After the Ropers left for a spin-off, they were replaced by Mr. Furley, a goofy, flamboyantly dressed elder who considered himself a ladies man.

This show is an absolute legend and a pioneer in creating the structure for the sitcoms we watch today. Though much of the show’s humor is a little outdated and cheesy for today’s audiences, it’s still really entertaining to watch. Today, we’ll explore some of the show’s 1970s California style. Read on!

Shots from the TV series Three's Company
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A Little Bit About Three’s Company

Three’s Company is an amazing example of a “comedy of errors.” Utilizing slapstick physical altercations, farce, double entendres, and sexual innuendo, the show was cheeky while still maintaining an innocent feel. Almost every episode revolved around a misunderstanding of some sort, leading to mayhem. Although Three’s Company was heavily formulaic, audiences LOVED the series and it aired for eight seasons.

Jack Tripper (played by the late John Ritter) was the foundation of the show, and many storylines involved the girls he dated. Janet, played by Joyce De Witt, was the most rational character on the series, but also the most innocent. Chrissy Snow rounded out the threesome with her classic airhead moments. Of all the characters on the show, I think my favorite was Mr. Furley, played by Don Knotts. He was goofy and lovable, and provided much of the physical comedy that the show relied on.

Three’s Company Style:

The wardrobe of Three’s Company┬áreflected popular trends of the time – think collared shirts and pastel suits for the men and high-waisted shorts for the ladies. The three sexy blondes of the show (Chrissy, Cindy, and Terry) were all known for wearing tiny rompers, platform boots, belted hotpants, and girly blouses.

Janet dressed stylishly as well, but was a little more subdued than her blonde friends. She was often seen in clogs, bell bottoms, collared tees, and woven plaid blouses. She had a touch of androgyny to her look, which made her outfits stand out.

Mrs. Roper’s signature look was a drapey patterned muumuu and piles of bold jewelry. She never ventured away from this uniform.

Mr. Furley was the most eccentrically dressed character on the show. He had a penchant for pastel leisure suits and tying silk scarves around his neck. Mr. Furley also rocked one-piece jumpsuits like I’ve never seen before. His often wore patterned dress shirts underneath his suits, and often wore large pendant necklaces.

Three's Company TV show
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Outfit Inspiration

This post wouldn’t be complete without a few outfits to help get you started. I’ve created four looks that borrow elements from each character’s style, but would still work today without looking costume-esque. Check them out!

Chrissy/Terry

Three's Company fashion inspired by Chrissy/Terry
Top, Shorts, Shoes, Necklace, Bag

This outfit is inspired by both Chrissy Snow and Terry Alden, the two fun-loving blondes featured on the majority of the show’s run. They both had gorgeous legs, and often wore shorts with platform sandals to show them off. This chambray tie-front shirt is very “Terry” — she usually wore pastel colors, and tended to wear more sophisticated blouses than any of the other blonde roommates. These shorts channel Christmas “Chrissy” Snow, with their fun, bright color. For the hairstyle, I included a picture of a more modern take on Chrissy’s signature side ponytail. Finish with a fun necklace and cross-body bag.

Janet

Fashion inspired by Janet from Three's Company
Pants, Top, Shoes, Ring

Janet was just as stylish as her roommates, but a little more classic in her choices. Mid-rise bell bottom jeans will look great with this striped sailor shirt. Come to think of it, my mom has a framed picture of herself in an outfit from the ’70s that looks EXACTLY like this! Finish with cool fringed wedges and a turquoise ring. To get flippy feathered hair like ’70s icon Farrah Fawcett, use a round brush on the ends and plenty of hairspray!

Mr. Furley

Fashion inspired by Mr. Furley from Three's Company
Blazer, Shorts, Blouse, Shoes, Scarf, Earrings

To recreate Mr. Furley’s look, used tailored separates to get an updated take on a leisure suit. A simple navy blouse will look awesome under a light blue blazer. Next, tie a lightweight scarf around your neck – this was absolutely Mr. Furley’s signature. Add cool loafers for contrast. Finally, these cute bicycle earrings are a neat way to pay homage to the show’s opening sequence.

Mrs. Roper

Fashion inspired by Mrs. Roper from Three's Company
Caftan, Ring, Necklace, Earrings, Shoes

No fashion post on Three’s Company would be complete without paying tribute to Mrs. Roper’s awesome muumuus! Lose the bag-lady feel by swapping the floor-length muumuu for a sexy caftan that hits mid-thigh. Add plenty of statement jewelry, and a hot pair of wedges to complete this look.

What Do You Think?

Do you ever watch Three’s Company reruns? Which character is your favorite? What do you think about the type of humor they use on the sitcom? How do you feel about seventies fashions? What other shows would you like to see? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!!!!

Posted on on July 19, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , ,

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21 Responses to “Old School TV Style: Fashion Inspired by Three’s Company”

  1. 1
    July 19th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I’m in love with all these outfits, especially first one <3

  2. 2
    July 19th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I’m in love with all these outfits, especially the first one <3

  3. 3
    July 19th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Never seen the show but I love the outfits except janets =/ don’t really like flare jeans… Please do fresh prince next =D

  4. 4
    July 19th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I love the third outfit!

  5. 5
    July 19th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Awesome post! Can you please do one on the show Friends next? :)

  6. 6
    July 19th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I love Three’s Company! Haven’t watched it in years though. Great outfits! :)

  7. 7
    July 19th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I love the Mr. Furley outfit! So cool! :)

  8. 8
    July 19th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Why Farrah style hair for Janet, instead of her sleek bob???
    Everything else is cool though

  9. 9
    July 19th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I loved the outfit for Janet. But when I went to buy the shirt I found that it is actually for toddlers/babies. Glad I didn’t try to order it! Better check the clothes you use next time!

  10. 10
    July 19th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Man oh man, does this show go way back! I remember watching it on Nick and Nite as a kid, probably not even getting most of the jokes. Definitely love the looks you pulled from the show, especially Mrs. Roper!

  11. 11
    July 19th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    This is great! It’s one of my favorite shows :)

  12. 12
    July 19th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I love this show!!! The outfit ideas are pretty great as well :)

  13. 13
    July 19th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    OMG Great post as usual! I too stilll watch Three’s Company! I love that show! Could you makeby think about doing Good Times, Facts of Life, Living Single, Martin, and PLEASE do my ALL TIME FAV 70′s Show “The Jefferson’s”!!!!??

  14. 14
    July 20th, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I’m not one for the 70′s, but I have my fingers crossed that there will be a 90′s style post straight out of an episode of My So Called Life!

  15. 15
    July 20th, 2012 at 1:04 am

    That was my favourite show for a long time!!! I remember watching it every single night, not getting half the jokes, but finding Jack’s antics hilarious.. Great post :)

  16. 16
    July 20th, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Lovely outfits! I’d love to see a Friends post :)

  17. 17
    July 20th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I have those exact same wedges from Chinese Laundry! They are my favorite pair of shoes in my closet right now!

  18. 18
    July 20th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I love Three’s Company! This was great! :)

  19. 19
    July 21st, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Actually, you’ve managed to take a show short on fashion sense, and bring it brilliance without removing the bits that make it worth remembering and wanting to see as a fashion again. The show always leaves me wondering… how is it that one of the girls is in shorts and a tiny tee while the other is in a long sleeved sweater and wool pants. Made me wonder what the weather could’ve been like in Santa Monica in the ’70s ;) Great post though. Enjoy reading your fashion thoughts:) Keep up the amazing work!

  20. 20
    July 28th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Jack of course!

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