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TV Fashion: Inspired by Parks and Recreation

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Parks and recreation cast
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NBC’s Parks and Recreation is one seriously underrated comedy. Now in its fifth season, Parks follows the ordinary (yet awesome) adventures of a group of city government employees, and it is consistently one of the funniest shows on TV. (Really, though, with Amy Poehler in the starring role, how could it not be?)

Like HBO’s Girls, Parks and Rec is often praised for its authentic styling and diverse characters. From Leslie’s Hilary Clinton-esque power suits, to Tom’s fashionista flair, to April’s surprisingly sweet wardrobe, “Parks”, style-wise, has something for everybody.

Want to learn how to recreate your favorite “Parks” character’s style? Read on!

Leslie Knope

Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation
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Leslie Knope is a city council member and the deputy director of Pawnee’s Parks department, and she loves her job. She is extremely optimistic and works so hard to make sure Pawnee’s citizens are taken care of… even if she was born in (gasp!) Eagleton. She also really, really loves waffles.

A champion for women’s rights, Leslie’s ultimate goal is to become the first female president of the United States. And, let’s face it, we’d all probably vote for her. (I know I would!)

Outfit Inspired by Leslie

Fashion inspired by Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation: Grey blazer, bow blouse, trousers, stud earrings, watch, high-heel oxfords, pin
Blazer, Blouse, Pants, Pumps, Earrings, Pin, Watch

Leslie is one powerful lady, and she loves looking feminine and fun while on the job. To channel your inner Knope, pair a pretty printed blouse with a tailored gray blazer, creating a structured, ladylike silhouette that’s still relaxed and cute. Next add navy chinos for a professional yet casual look, and get some height with basic oxford pumps.

Complete the look with simple, office-friendly jewelry like silver studs and a subtly sparkly silver watch, and, finally, something every politician needs – an American flag brooch. Now all you need is a waffle-scented necklace!

Ann Perkins

Ann Perkins from Parks and Recreation
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Sweet, beautiful nurse Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) is Leslie’s best friend and the straight man in this comedic show.

Ann’s been fairly unlucky in love, having unsuccessfully dated characters Andy, Chris, and Tom, but at least it gives her an excuse to hang around the Parks department. In fact, she spends so much time at City Hall that she’s now the Health Department’s public relations director. Known for her quick wit and self-deprecating sense of humor, Ann keeps the rest of the crew grounded.

Outfit Inspired by Ann

Fashion inspired by Ann Perkins from Parks and Recreation: Plaid shirt, burgundy cardigan, camel belt, trousers, ballet flats, satchel
Shirt, Pants, Cardigan, Belt, Flats, Bag, Earrings

To get Ann’s polished but casual look, start with a tailored plaid shirt in a feminine color and cinch it at the waist with a classic brown belt. Then add a soft, berry-colored cardigan and navy cropped pants for a pretty, menswear-inspired vibe. Accessorize with low-key but sophisticated pieces in neutral colors, like tan scalloped flats and a structured satchel topped with a bow. Complete the look with a hint of sparkle – gold-tone crystal earrings should do the trick!

Tom Haverford

Tom Haverford from Parks and Recreation
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Tom Haverford, played by the legendary Aziz Ansari, left the Parks Department to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t still Leslie’s right hand man. A relentless idea-machine with an eye for trends, Tom once strapped an ipod dock to his vacuum cleaner… and DJ Roomba was born.

Tom, as his friends can attest, can be extremely annoying sometimes, but you can’t deny his hilarity. Also, if you don’t love ‘90s R&B music, Tom doesn’t love you.

Outfit Inspired by Tom

Outfit inspired by Tom Haverford from Parks and Recreation: Pencil skirt, blouse, sequin blazer, leopard heels, glitter polish, fun accessories
Blazer, Blouse, Skirt, Pumps, Bangles, Phone Case, Rings, Nail Polish

Get your Tommy Timberlake on by stocking up on all the latest trends! Start by pairing an of-the-moment sequined blazer with a pussy bow blouse that incorporates spring’s emerald green trend. Add a little bit of balance with a sleek pencil skirt.

Tom wouldn’t be caught dead without plenty of swag in his daily look, so go all out with the extras! Accessorize with plenty of sparkle, like bold bangles, stacked spiked rings, and a crystal studded phone case (for browsing Twitter in style, of course). Don’t forget to treat yo’ self with an on-trend black and gold manicure.

April Ludgate

April Ludgate from Parks and Recreation
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The incomparable April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) started out as an intern at the Parks department, but quickly moved up in the ranks, becoming Ron’s delightfully apathetic assistant and Leslie’s protege. Her icy exterior has melted – slightly – thanks to her husband Andy, but she’s still wonderfully weird, with her deadpan sense of humor and insane one-liners making her a fan favorite.

One time, she was in a beauty pageant. It was amazing.

Outfit Inspired by April

Fashion inspired by April Ludgate from Parks and Recreation: Chevron dress, polka dot cardigan, satchel, mint green belt, tights, oxford flats, fascinator headband
Dress, Cardigan, Belt, Bag, Oxfords, Tights, Necklace, Earrings, Fascinator Headband

Despite her sour personality and terrifying sense of humor, April’s style is cute and feminine, with an eclectic, indie vibe. Get her look by pairing a melon and cobalt chevron print dress with a polka-dot cardigan, cinching everything in at the waist with a mint belt. Next, add a vintage-inspired mint and navy shoulder bag.

Now it’s time to accessorize! Layer up for late winter with some black chevron tights and ivory oxfords, then add quirky contrast by pairing pearl studs with a skull pendant necklace. Don’t forget to keep a fascinator on hand – after all, you never know when you’ll need to unleash your inner Janet Snakehole.

Your thoughts?

Which “Parks and Rec” character do you think has the best style? What’s your favorite moment from the show? Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think, and look out for a post on Ron, Ben, Donna, and Andy soon!

Posted on on February 21, 2013 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , ,

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24 Responses to “TV Fashion: Inspired by Parks and Recreation”

  1. 1
    February 21st, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    This is LIT’RALLY the best post on the internet I’ve seen today.

  2. 2
    February 21st, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    LOVE THIS! I just finished watching all 4 seasons available on Netflix and can’t wait to see season 5! Love all the outfits and how well they incorporate different aspects of each characters personality. I can’t wait to see Donna’s in the next post!

  3. 3
    February 21st, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Great post! Although there definitely needs to be more plaid!: parksandplaid.tumblr.com

  4. 4
    February 21st, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    omg would also love to see Chris’s exercise stuff/suits style1 I LOOOVE parks and rec and this post

  5. 5
    February 21st, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    omg this is amazing!! Can’t wait for Ben and his plaid shirts!

  6. 6
    February 21st, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Love this! Outfits are completely spot on! :)

  7. 7
    February 21st, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    You guys always do such a great job with these inspired by posts! I love Parks and can’t wait for part 2. I would love to wear a Ben Wyatt inspired outfit :)

  8. 8
    February 21st, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    love love love!

  9. 9
    February 21st, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Love parks and rec!
    You really captured April’s style
    Can’t wait for Ron “give me all the bacon and eggs”

  10. 10
    February 21st, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I was freaking out when I saw this, you captured it so well!

  11. 11
    February 22nd, 2013 at 12:25 am

    So glad to read this post! And timed so well with the wedding episode! I CANNOT wait to watch it, and try out these outfits!

  12. 12
    February 22nd, 2013 at 2:24 am

    I require a bonus outfit for Janet Snakehole!

  13. 13
    February 22nd, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    FINALLY!
    this is awesome

  14. 14
    February 22nd, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    OMGOSH!

    I mean AHHHH! I’ve been asking for this and forever and college fashion did NOT disappoint. I LOVE THIS, absolutely perfect. LOVE this show! Leslie’s my hero!

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU AHHHHH!

    Now for some celebration waffles…

  15. 15
    February 22nd, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I AM SO HAPPY THIS POST EXISTS!

    Seriously though, I’ve been waiting for this, thanks!

  16. 16
    February 23rd, 2013 at 1:11 am

    THIS IS AMAZING. You were dead-on with the characters! I’d love to see Donna, Ben, Chris, and others in another post (: This is LITERALLY my favorite show–If you have not seen “Sex Education,” you have not lived!!!

  17. 17
    February 23rd, 2013 at 2:24 am

    You nailed April! Unfortunately I think these outfits are a little to much on the professional looking side for me.

  18. 18
    February 24th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    holy crap, these are perfect. NAILED IT! totally spot on.

  19. 19
    February 24th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    perfection. thank you so much

  20. 20
    February 26th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    This is awesome! Parks & Rec is probably my favorite show ever, haha. The Leslie one is perfectly translated from her style. Can’t wait to see the guys’ one, especially Ben ‘plaid and skinny tie’ Wyatt.

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