Inspiration I Gleaned from Jane By Design

by katyrose on March 10, 2012

Last Tuesday was the season finale of Jane By Design. For the first time since I was obsessed with ER, I managed to watch the whole season in a non-Netflix marathon fashion. As the season progressed, I found myself taking inspiration from the outfits Jane wore in each episode.  For instance, I was inspired to wear my cobalt blue dress with a cropped emerald-colored jacket because of an outfit she worn in one of the first episodes. It’s still one of my favorite recent looks. And I went a little Polyvore crazy re-inventing  Jane’s looks with my own personal flare. Now I need to wait for the summer to get eight more episodes of fun fashion and adorable high school relationships. In the meantime, I’ve gleaned inspiration from the show that I hope to incorporate into future outfits and spring purchases. (pic from ABC Family)

Fashion Inspiration from Jane By Design:

  • The power of black tights. In at least half the episodes Jane pairs every skirt/dress outfit with a pair of thick black tights. This basic fashion accessory really helped her whole outfit stand out more significantly.
  • Color blocking – just do it. A good portion of Jane’s outfits were colorful combinations that took the color blocking trend and really worked it.
  • Break some rules. Some ‘fashion’ rules are meant to be broken with purpose. In one episode Jane combines an orange/black butterfly shirt with a cobalt blue skirt and a pink belt. Usually a no-no combination, but it worked.
  • Experiment. I love how in a couple episodes she gets negative comments about the things she is wearing. She is experimenting with fashion and as with all experiments there are some failed attempts and some amazing successes.
  • Run in heels. It was almost comical to see Jane running from place to place in high heels. But she proved that women can more around in heels and they really complete the look.
  • Statement accessories are a must. I’d gladly raid Jane’s collection of jewelry. She has some amazing rings and stunning necklaces.
  • Use a jacket to add structure and interest. I’m a jacket girl. I admit it. But the jackets Jane wears are excellent versatile pieces. She’s got one from Bebe and Express and Theory and Chanel and Illia and…
  • Tuck your shirt in. For a long time shirts have been untucked, but Jane has most of hers tucked in and then bloused out. It makes me want to reach for flowy shirts to tuck into pencil skirts.

Do you get any of your fashion inspiration from TV shows?

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Cate Young (@promiscuouslola) March 11, 2012 at 1:08 am

1. I LOVE this show.
2. It is ADORABLE to she her do her little bird scamper when she’s running in heels.
3. I have to say, I’m a little surprised that Jane is “unpopular” with all the fashion sense she has. She dresses beautifully and with a definite sense of personal style. I just wish she’d do something with her hair every now and again…
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Fashnlvr March 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

I’ve never seen the show but I love the outfit she is wearing in the pictures you chose. I would have loved to see how you wore the inspired outfit. I love colorblocking so I will definitely need to check out Jane and see how she does it.
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Patty March 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Hi there! I also haven’t seen her show (yet), but from what I hear and read, it might well be worth my time! She does break some rules, but I would also rather call that experimental, and I love her for that!
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Rachel Jay March 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I’ve never seen the show either, and haven’t had time to really see if it’s available on On Demand, but I’ve really enjoyed all your posts about the show and the outfit inspiration you’ve gotten from it! I love your list above too! Definitely some great advice that sometimes, we forget :)
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bre dale March 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Great tips and yes I love to try to do something I’ve seen but more from magazines than from tv


Still Blonde after all these YEARS March 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I so agree with your black tights line. All the clothes that I say in the series where a knock out. Have I ever been inspired by a TV show? Yes, probably “What not to wear”! Every time I think I will just slip out of the house looking like a grum, I can just imagine Stacie and Clinton with their secret footage–and then I go change!

I didn’t like this show when I watched it , although I thought the lead was so beautiful. I also found it hard to believe she could have all those cute clothes but she and her brother couldn’t afford their house.
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Tiffany March 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I’ve never seen Jane By Design but I should check it out…I’m a Pretty Little Liars fiend LOL
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Felissa (Two Little Cavaliers) March 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I have never gotten fashion inspiration from a tv show at least not on purpose but I totally see how that would work and you would know what is in and what colors are hot.
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Terri's Little Haven (Terri Ramsey Beavers) March 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I haven’t seen that show but it sounds interesting. I’ve been experimenting more with clothes myself lately trying to break out of the box. Thank you for all of your great tips.


Alex Elizabeth March 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Downton Abbey! Except, um… not really. I wish I had dinner dresses like that to wear, but they wouldn’t be practical in this day. Pretty though.
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Karren Haller March 12, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I think we all get inspiration for watching others as much as magazines, advertisements and tv. Sometimes just to break out of our habits and favorite colors.
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Paula Robinson March 13, 2012 at 3:44 am

I get fashion tips from many of the show I watch – Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill, etc

I use magazines too still!

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Libby's Library March 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

Oh to be young again, and look great like Jane…oh wait…I didn’t look great, even when I was young [sigh].
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Yasmeen (Castle Fashion) March 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I noticed the black tights thing too! She’s wearing black tights in a ton of the episodes and it really works. This dress was one of my favorites!

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Sianna March 17, 2012 at 5:18 am

I love the show! And Jane’s style is really cute =)
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Brennan March 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Long live color-blocking!

May it last as many seasons as possible :)
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