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 Pillsbury from Glee


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 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 Fabray


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,

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!

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52 thoughts on “Fashion from Glee: How to Dress Like Your Favorite Glee Girl”

  1. 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)

  2. GLEE! <3 I love all three of these girls style! Ah I would love to see Kurt. He&#039s … fabulous! As well as Mercedes! I LOVE LOVE the outfits, they&#039re really really good! Emma&#039s outfit – love the colours. I would wear Rachel&#039s outfit, and Quinn&#039s is ADORABLE!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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?

  9. 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!


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