We can count plenty of reasons why we we’ll be tuning in to the second season of Girls, but outfit inspiration is not exactly at the top of the list. Because while plenty of people tried to turn Hannah, Marnie, Jessa, and Shoshanna into Sex and the City-style fashion icons last year, “aspirational” costuming was never what the show was abut.
In today’s New York Times, Lena Dunham and costume designer Jennifer Rogien explain the reasoning behind the characters’ sartorial missteps as an integral part of conveying “all the mistakes we go through when we’re trying to find our footing,” from inappropriate workplace attire to too-trendy ensembles to ill-fitting thrift store duds.
“The clothes are really meant to reflect the fantasy the girls have about themselves and are sort of unsuccessfully fulfilling,” Dunham tells the paper. Her own character, Hannah, is “lovingly disheveled.” So much so that the costume department has been known to tailor her outfits to make them even less flattering.
Allison Williams‘ Marnie, meanwhile, aspires to be grown-up and pulled-together, which lands her at a dirty Bushwick loft party in what is “essentially a bat mitzvah dress.” The lovably neurotic Shoshanna, played by Zosia Mamet, gravitates towards either super trendy department store outfits or cozy loungewear. In either case, however, “it’s about the proper attire for every moment. Even her pajamas match.” Jemima Kirke‘s Jessa, who Dunham calls “a girl with an innately cool sense of style whose confidence can veer into the crazily inappropriate,” rounds out the pack with a quirky cache of vintage finds.
But a well thought out wardrobe doesn’t mean brand new pieces each and every episode. In fact, with season two starting up on January 13, expect to see the girls rocking more than a couple of repeats. “It always makes me so crazy when people on shows have a new winter coat every day,” Dunham told the Times. “I wore the same winter coat for three years after college, even after my dog peed on it.” Mercifully, we’re pretty sure she can afford a new one by now.