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Felicity Smoak's amazing 'Arrow' wardrobe: Let's discuss

Growing up, I wore a lot of Ralph Lauren because of Rachel Green. I own far too many cardigans because of Liz Lemon. (The studio might be cold! You never know!) Please don’t judge me harshly, but I also own a red faux-leather jacket because of Emma Swan. There’s a Tumblr dedicated solely to the fashion on The Mindy Project, and I had to unfollow it because I couldn’t help but ADD ALL to my cart every time, and then my wallet was ALL EMPTY. And now, I go shopping and I think, hmmm, would Arrow’s Felicity Smoak wear this?

That’s right. I’m following the fashion trends from a comic book TV show, and I love it. Do you think the nice folks behind Arrow set out to actually make Felicity (Emily Bett-Rickards), the go-to tech gal of Starling City and the right-hand gal of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), a fashion icon? Even if they weren’t thinking about it, they have succeeded in doing just that. From day one, I fell in love with every single item of clothing she was wearing, right down to her rectangle two-tone glasses. Those are awesome. Where can I find those?

Felicity Smoak in a polka dot top with two tone glasses

Major props are in order for the costumer behind Arrow for delicately balancing Felicity’s day-to-day look as part flirty, part completely appropriate for the workplace. Yes, she works in a huge company (Palmer Technologies, formerly Queen Consolidated, RIP), so obviously she’s going to need to bring her top-notch fashion game to the boardroom. But her outfits are never stiff or stuffy; it’s still clothing I want to wear, even past office hours. I often think about how much money I would drop on a Felicity Smoak clothing line, which would basically be along the same lines as the Pretty Little Liars fashion line for Aéropostale, or the Olivia Pope-inspired one over at The Limited. Since I’m too old to be hanging around inside with the tweens at Aéropostale, and as much as I want to wear a white coat out in public all the time, that’s probably a bad idea. I can’t rock either of those catered TV looks. There has to be something in the middle for people like me, and I don’t know, maybe someone should pitch this to Shark Tank? “Felicity Smoak: The Starling City Collection.” I think this has legs.

Felicity Smoak visist

Just imagine the pieces that will be included in the collection. Obviously it’ll be full of pastel Oxford shirts and high-waisted floral skirts—but then the dresses, and coats! Aw man, that purple coat? There has never been a more beautiful coat on TV before, and there probably will never be one like it again.

Arrow trio Felicity Oliver and Diggle purple coat

After much much googling, I can inform you that the blue dress Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) gives her is called the “Victoria Beckham” and retails for just about $2,595, so that’s basically pennies. Do you know any other comic heroine wearing dresses worth three grand?

Felicity Smoak in the blue dress that Ray Palmer gifted to her

You have to admit it’s kind of an impressive that Arrow has turned its main female character into a fashion icon. Felicity could have easily fallen into the tech girl cliché that we continue to see across television—and then, someone would feel obligated to go and give her a makeover. Felicity has never fallen prey to that awkward “makeover” montage, and thankfully she never will. She’s already a grade-A hacker, a budding fightin’ vigilante, my new fashion guru, AND she gets the guy. Or, sorry, guys, if we’re counting Ray Palmer and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), too. Literally nothing has to be changed about Felicity. She’s the new-age female tech wiz we’ve been waiting for, and she arrived 100 percent awesome. She’s perfect, and now I’m just gushing. This all started because I found myself buying a whole lot of peplum tops, and I traced that back to my obsessive love of Arrow and everything Felicity Smoak.

So maybe I was out shopping and came across a killer, brightly colored dress with a strange little cut-out window on the front (What is that even called? Can we call it “the Felicity”?) and bought it without thinking twice. Maybe my closet is now full of dresses that I know would fit right in at the Arrow Cave. Maybe I buy clothing now, thinking that it’s both practical and completely fashionable for the workplace and for stopping bad guys. So while we might anxiously wait for Oliver to take his clothing off (sorry, but you know it’s true) I eagerly wait for Felicity to put way more clothing on—I need her to do more wardrobe changes throughout each episode. I need someone to bring her clothing line to H&M. If you’re not already on this, Team Arrow, you need to be—STAT.

And if this all works out, maybe Team Arrow can branch out into the “Thea Queen: Verdant” clothing line, but I’m pretty sure Willa Holland is the only person on the planet who can successfully pull off a crop top.

Arrow returns Jan. 21 at 8/7C on The CW.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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