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There are countless reasons why Jane the Virginis my favorite new show this season. For those of you unfamiliar with it, as the show’s narrator would say, here’s what you need to know:
(Warning: SPOILERS ahead!)
Jane Villanueva is a sweet, smart girl working as a waitress at a fancy hotel in Miami and finishing up her college degree. She is looking for teaching jobs, but really dreams of being a writer. She lives with her mom and very religious grandmother, who has inspired Jane to decide to stay a virgin until marriage.
Basically, she’s a pretty normal girl until a routine trip to the gynecologist leads to her being accidentally artificially inseminated and impregnated – and her dreamy boss, Rafael, is the father. Let’s just say her fiance Michael isn’t too happy about that. Plus, her father comes back into her life, Rafael’s soon-to-be-ex wife has a secret identity, there’s a murderous drug dealer on the loose, and… yeah, there’s a lot going on.
The show is based on a real telenovela and has been majorly successful. Star Gina Rodriguez even took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy series. If you haven’t already, I really recommend watching Jane the Virgin.
A huge draw of the show is how relateable Jane is. She’s smart, down-to-earth, and very caring. Her girl-next-door wardrobe reflects this perfectly, and her selection of adorable little dresses and bright bags is totally enviable. Her style, like her, is real and practical, and perfect for a busy college girl who wants to look effortlessly cute (although unfortunately I’m sitting in Philadelphia freezing as I write this, and she gets to rock sundresses year-round).
Here are three Jane-inspired looks for all occasions. Want more? Check out the amazing blog Worn on TV to scope out the actual pieces worn by Jane (and other characters) on the show.
Jane’s Signature Look
Jane has a go-to formula when it comes to daytime looks: fit-and-flare dress + bright bag + wedges + jean jacket + a few pieces of casual jewelry (usually drop earrings and a few bracelets) = ready for anything (except maybe learning that your dad is a hot telenovela star).
Jane always chooses bags in bold hues like orange, mint, and pink. Sometimes they match the print she’s wearing, as this one does, but sometimes they serve as a cheerful pop of color that totally fits in on sunny Miami Beach. This one is from Target, which Jane proudly claims as her favorite store.
Little wedges are girly, but much more practical than heels for riding the bus to work and waiting tables (not to mention being pregnant). This look would be equally cute with ballet flats, flat strappy sandals, or lace-up sneakers. Pretty jewelry and a versatile jean jacket pull it all together.
Date with Rafael
Jane’s nighttime look is similar to her classic look for day, just taken up a few notches. Again, a fit-and-flare dress is always flattering. For evening, Jane would pick one that shows a touch more skin or comes in a dressy material, like lace or brocade.
Jane carries clutches for both night and day, as long as they’re roomy. Once again, opt for something bright – you never see her toting a neutral bag. I love pairing another bright color with an already vibrant dress. The pink and yellow combo here is fun and summery, but I’d also try mint and peach, blue and orange, or blue and yellow.
A taller, strappier version of Jane’s go-to wedges are more practical than heels but still sexy, and extra-sparkly earrings are the only jewelry this pretty look needs. By keeping it simple, Jane never lets the clothes wear her – they just reflect her positive mood and beautiful personality.
For the weekend or for commuting to work, Jane loves a cute message tee (she has worn one that’s very similar to the tee above, and it’s also from Anthropologie). She keeps it stylish by throwing on a mixed-material denim jacket/sweatshirt combo, instead of a basic hoodie.
White denim shorts are cute, comfy, and because they aren’t the typical blue, keep a Texas tuxedo situation from happening with the jacket. Lace-up sneakers are more pulled together than flip-flops, and a couple of layered necklaces are a nice personal touch. Jane would probably finish off this look with a crossbody bag, so be sure to grab your favorite one.
What do you think?
Do you watch Jane the Virgin?What do you think of Jane’s style? What’s your favorite thing she’s worn? What other characters give you wardrobe envy? (I love everything Petra wears, personally). Would you wear these looks? Let me know in the comments!