Allison Williams on the Set of “Girls”

Posted on July 31, 2013

Our secret, only-in-our-living-room title for the show is Girls … Who Dress Really Shitty. Back when the show first started and we made a go of trying to keep up with it (something we do only sporadically now), we’d actually say that. “Honey, Girls Who Dress Really Shitty is coming on. Do you want to watch it?”

The one exception is Allison’s character.


Allison Williams on the set of “Girls” in New York City.

The clothes are pretty plain most of the time; perfectly ordinary street clothes, but that’s what makes them so appealing. We like this look for her. She’s not a fashion-forward or even trendy character (although she probably likes to think she is); she’s just another privileged NY working girl. This outfit’s cute, serviceable, and like something you’d see in your real life.

And we’ll say this about the show’s costuming: it’s very, very good. Most of the characters on the show dress pretty shitty, but that’s totally true for the age of the characters, the time, the place, and the types of people being depicted. But man, sometimes Lena and Zosia’s getups make these two prissy fashion bloggers cringe.



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  • RebeccaKW

    What year is this show set in? That chick next to Allison is wearing…overalls? Jumpsuit? That belongs on “The Carrie Diaries.”

    • Emily Giovanni

      It’s ugly-pretty. I like it!

    • twocee

      I had a friend in the 6th grade who had harem pants in exactly that pattern. Mind you, 6th grade for me was back in 1986.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Overalls are everywhere this year. I love the blond big bangs hair on the woman behind her in the navy polo. The ’80s are definitely a look right now.

      • gabbilevy

        The blonde looks like Miley gone lesbian.

      • RebeccaKW

        I know everyone has their own fashion sense and I’m not knocking
        shopping at the thrift store or wearing your mom’s old clothes and I
        know there is an 80s revival. But that jumpsuit is unflattering. Add to it a yellow tube top and red flats with gold toes, which all compete with the pattern on the pants, and a chunky necklace, and it kind of veers off into clown territory.

        • marlie

          It’s just ugly.

        • Yes, I find most jumpsuits very unflattering. They give most an infantilized look. The belly, crotch, and butt become one big, continuous area. Wearers might as well put on a diaper.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        Must be a look for people who were not alive in the 80s, because I lived through it. FASHION HORRORS.

    • Sobaika

      TLo isn’t kidding – that’s how people in this demo dress.

      • mlle

        I can second that. Some of my artsier friends talk about the costumes on Girls as something they’d like to wear themselves.

    • demidaemon

      I believe the setting is “current times.”

  • greathill

    when they make a movie of Kate Middleton’s life – she needs to play the role. they are identical!

    • snarkalicious

      You took the words right out of my mouth.

    • Alanna

      My god — I’d never even thought about that, but now it is the only thing I will think about when I see either woman.

    • Susan

      New Lifetime movie: long lost American sister of the Duchess of Cambridge (played by Allison Williams) finds a prince of her own (young Colin Firth)

  • Danielle L

    Sorry, I can’t hear you over that floral jumpsuit.

    • AmeliaEve

      Is that from a “Worst of the ’80s” collection? I had a GAP outfit in this same fabric around 1988.

  • carnush

    That sweater is adorable. She is adorable in it. And yes, this is what young women wear to work in Manhattan…even the flip flops.

    • kimmeister

      I was just about to ask if the flip flops were part of the costume design, or just Allison getting some respite from heels.

      • pookiesmom

        Knowing her character, I’m 99.9% certain that it’s just her letting her feet rest in between takes.

    • Kayceed

      Do they really wear flip flops in the office – or just in transit to the office?

      • mlle

        The women in my office change once they get in.

  • I never realized what a handsome woman she is.

  • Carleenml

    “although she probably likes to think she is.” Garçon, bowl of milk for table 1/me-ow!

  • MilaXX

    And we’ll say this about the show’s costuming: it’s very, very good. Most of the characters on the show dress pretty shitty, but that’s totally true for the age of the characters, the time, the place, and the types of people being depicted. But man, sometimes Lena and Zosia’s getups make these two prissy fashion bloggers cringe

    So art imitates life?

    I find my eye drawn more to the people surrounding her in theses pictures, like the floral jumpsuit lady & flock of seagulls hair w/ coral shorts person, than Allison herself. I will give Allison credit though, her pictures never make me want to throw things or roll my eyes so hard they get stuck.

    • RebeccaKW

      I agree. She’s not super-fashiony, but she’s not making me question her clothing choices.

  • Silly Grrl

    I can’t with the flip flops. She had me until then.

    • mlle

      Hopefully they’re her commuter shoes and she’s carrying something cuter in the purse.

      • Silly Grrl

        Maybe, but all I can think of when I see flip flops on the street is GERMS.

    • Exactly. Hair *that* done… and then flip-flops? C’mon, now.

  • crash1212

    This is awful. Full stop. I do like the looks on the extras, assistants…whomever are walking beside and behind her. Those are cute street clothes.

  • PeggyOC

    Sorry, but that top is just tragic. The triangle at the top and the banded bottom? Pure 80’s ugliness.

    • marlie

      The sweater that she’s wearing is very “in” right now. I’ve seen similar (the same?) thing at J.Crew and the GAP recently. Not cutting-edge stores, but ideal for the demographic she’s portraying.

  • Nikko Viquiera

    Again, this show makes me miss SATC. I think I’d rather watch that woman beside her.

  • marlie

    I’d wear this to work tomorrow if I had it in my closet (though the skirt is a teensy bit too short for me). Nothing groundbreaking, but cute, nonetheless.

    • RebeccaKW

      I know that top is not to everyone’s tastes, but I think it’s cute and perfect for work or a casual evening out. Black pants, jeans, a skirt. One shirt, many looks.

  • Insidiously

    Atleast she tries to dress up out of show, which makes her tolerable.

  • Sonja

    The amount of weight Allison Williams has lost between the first season of Girls and now is pretty alarming. I used to think she was gorgeous, but now she’s just got that bobble-head look. It’s pretty sad that she must have felt pressure to lose weight off what was already a very slim frame.

    Cute outfit, though — exactly what I would love to wear to the office.

  • chowwander

    Duchess hair doesn’t hurt, either.

  • PeaceBang

    The dirt-colored flip flops give me the hates. That said, she’s what would happen if Jennifer Connelly mated with Kate Middleton.

  • sekushinonyanko

    Zosia’s character doesn’t usually look too crazy. Zosia in real life, however, always dresses crazy. Her character is way too uptight to ever even face herself in the mirror with the hair, makeup and clothes that the actress seems to prefer.

    • NoveltyRocker

      What sometimes distracts me is that her character is pretty uptight and then they have her in these super involved, avant-garde hair/rando hat get-ups.

      • sekushinonyanko

        Even though the choices are odd, they are still not the messy-hipster kind of odd, but the “I was trying to look like a vintage ad because I love Mad Men but I don’t want to look dated. Please tell me this looks cool and not messed up?” kind of odd.

        • NoveltyRocker

          I think it makes sense that she’s the kind of girl that’d find inspiration in some high fashion mag or vintage ad and get so excited about it that she just goes for it. It’d definitely be more incongruent if she was just messy and blasé in her style choices because her character has come off self-regimenting and goal-oriented—sorta uptight. Maybe it’s an execution thing but sometimes the hairstyles do such strange things they look like they’d be deployed by someone who flaunts conventions, not someone who worries about following them. I’m remembering that crazy updo in the episode where she and Ray say they love each other. BUT, that is a whole lot of analysis, I agree they were going for odd and that’s definitely a Shoshanna descriptor.

  • NoveltyRocker

    I love this and it suits her physique and character perfectly!

  • What’s going on with the frat boy flipflops? Is that a thing now? Please don’t let it be a thing. 🙁

  • neonseattle

    i haven’t seen those Rainbows since undergrad

    • LibrarianLizy

      You clearly don’t live in the south. I saw at least 3 pairs at a (casual) dinner last night not including mine.

  • Oh hey, I have a skirt a lot like that one in tweed and I couldn’t figure out what color would look good with it without looking old-fashioned or heavy (it’s a hand-me-down from my mother, and I’m pretty sure it’s from the 80s). Thanks, Allison Williams’s stylist!