30 Costume Details From TV Shows That Can't Be Ignored Once You Know About Them

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We asked people of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what clever costume details they noticed on TV shows. Here are some of their eye-opening responses:

🚨Warning: Spoilers ahead!🚨

1.All of Janet's outfits on The Good Place were inspired by 1970s flight attendants.

side by side of the character wearing a vest on top of a button-down and long skit and a flight attendant ad showing the same outfit with a name tag
NBC / Getty Images

2.In Bridgerton, Eloise often wears dresses that, at the top, resemble the suit of a man showing her character arc where she wants to become as free as a man.

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3.Also in Bridgerton, Daphne wore blue throughout the first season while the Duke always wore red. After they get engaged, they wear purple, a combination of their two colors.

the couple each wearing the colors before and after

4.In The Good Place's finale, Tahani becomes an architect, and Michael gives her the same bowtie he wears in the pilot.

Michael giving Tahani a bowtie and a picture of him wearing the bowtie in the pilot

5.On The Big Bang Theory, Penny wears the same shirt she wore in the first episode in the 100th episode and in the series finale.

Penny wearing the same shirt in the finale as she did in the pilot

6.When Susan and Mike get married on Desperate Housewives, Katherine shows up in a red dress at the wedding and wants to ruin it. Many people believe wearing red to a wedding is bad etiquette because it signifies either that you have slept with the groom in the past or are his mistress.

Katherine standing in the middle of the aisle in a red dress

7.On Criminal Minds, Reid never wears a matching pair of socks because Matthew Gray Gubler thinks that matching socks are bad luck.

Dr. Reid wearing mismatching socks on a track field

8.On the "Goodbye Michael" episode of The Office, Michael Scott walks through airport security while a long, red strand of yarn hangs from his pocket. It's Phyllis's unfinished mittens that she was working on for his going-away present.

Michael Scott walking through the airport with a string of yarn hanging out of his pocket
NBC

9.In the Riverdale flashback episode, Archie wore an outfit identical to one Luke Perry (who played Archie's father) wore on Beverly Hills, 90210.

side by side of the actors in their shows wearing a button down with a T-shirt underneath tucked into jeans
The CW / Fox

10.After Beth Harmon becomes the world champion on The Queen's Gambit, her final outfit is her dressed like a white queen chess piece, down to the hat.

Beth dressed in a long white overcoat and a white hat with a pompom
Netflix

11.Cheryl's signature color on Riverdale is red, and whenever she wears an all-white dress, it's because something big is about to happen with her

three different times Cheryls wore white

12.In Shameless, Fiona wore the same shirt in the first episode and her last episode.

Fiona wearing a dark graphic T-shirt over a long sleeved
Showtime

13.In Season 3, Episode 8 of Stranger Things, Lucas and Max wear the same shirts as Donna and Eric from That '70s Show.

Lucas and Max wearing the same shirts as Donna and Eric
Netflix / Fox

14.In Supernatural, Sam and Dean wear the same outfits in the series finale as they do in the pilot.

the two characters wearing the same jackets and zip ups
The WB / The CW

15.In the first episode of Glee, the New Directions all wear red T-shirts during their first group number. In the last episode of Glee, everyone is wearing a red article of clothing during the last performance of the series.

The New Directions wearing red in their first and last performances on the show
Fox

16.In the Chuck series finale, Sarah returned to the Buy More in the same outfit she wore to the store in the pilot episode.

Sarah wearing the same brown jacket and jeans in the pilot episode and in the finale episode
NBC

17.On Breaking Bad, ABQ residents briefly wear commemorative ribbons after the plane crash, but Saul wears his for a long time after indicating that he's trying to convince victims to join a civil lawsuit.

Saul wearing a commemorative ribbon
AMC

18.In That '70s Show's finale, Kitty wears the same outfit at her NYE party that she wore at her party in the first episode.

Kitty wearing the same outfit in the pilot and finale

19.In The Queen’s Gambit, Beth often wears plaid or checks to reflect that chess is always on her mind.

Beth wearing clothes with plaid and checks
Netflix

20.On Jane the Virgin, every time Jane is going to be involved in a big, life-changing romantic event, she wears a yellow dress.

Jane wearing yellow dresses when she declared her love for Michael, declared her love for Rafael, and got back together with Rafael.
The CW

21.On The Haunting of Hill House, Olivia’s outfits change to reflect her growing madness and also come from the wardrobe of Poppy Hill, the ghost who haunts her.

Olivia wearing a Blue robe, a green robe, and a thing white robe

"She begins with typical 1992 fashions and a kind of bohemian vibe, and then subsequently begins wearing robes and nightgowns more and more as Hill House plays with her mind."

PinkPrincess88

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22.The pink dress Alexis wears the first time we see her in Schitt’s Creek is the same dress she almost gifted to Twyla in the penultimate episode of the series.

Twyla holding a pink dress and Alexis wearing the same dress in the pilot episode

23.In Episode 5 of The Wilds, Fatin wears clothes in flashbacks that the other girls are currently wearing on the island, because Fatin's suitcase was the only one to wash up on shore.

Rachel wearing the same shirt on the Island that Fatin wears in a flashback
Amazon Prime

24.In an episode of Gravity Falls, Tyler can't decide between two shirts, and later on he's seen wearing the shirts sewn together.

Tyler wearing two shirts sewn together
Cartoon Network

25.When Dwight becomes temporary manager on The Office, Andy starts wearing short-sleeved shirts, continuing his strategy of "personality mirroring" his bosses.

Dwight and Andy both wearing short sleeves
NBC

26.Throughout the first season of Euphoria, Jules slowly starts wearing darker, edgier, less feminine clothing, which reflects both her struggles and her dressing more for herself than for men.

Episode one wearing a skirt and polka dot top and Episode 8 wearing darker colors and sheer button downs
HBO

27.In the Riverdale flashback episode that pays homage to The Breakfast Club, teenage Alice wears fingerless gloves like the ones Bender wore in the movie.

Teenage Alice and Bender wearing the same fingerless gloves
The CW

28.On the Season 2 premiere of Broad City, there are two women on the subway who are dressed exactly the way Ilana and Abbi were in a Season 1 episode.

Abbi and Ilana riding the subway in Season 1 and Two girls wearing the exact same thing in Season 2 on the subway
Comedy Central

29.In Season 2 of Derry Girls, after Clare comes out, the Derry girls all wear rainbow pins in support, and it's never acknowledged by the characters.

The Derry Girls all wearing rainbow pins
Netflix

30.And lastly, on Breaking Bad, during the “I am the one who knocks” scene, Walter removes his shirt, revealing a darker-red shirt underneath to symbolize the increase of darkness in his character.

Walter removing a red shirt to reveal a darker red shirt underneath
AMC

Some of the submissions in this post have been sourced from Reddit.

What's a smart wardrobe detail you noticed on a TV show? Let us know in the comments!