Clever Costume Details In Television That Are Too Brilliant To Ignore

When it comes to costumes, television shows throw in a few details viewers might not catch right away. Did you notice Beth Harmon’s wardrobe consisted of plaid and checkered patterns in The Queen’s Gambit, reflecting her love of chess?

That is only one of the many details discretely placed in TV shows by the costume department. Keep reading to see what else you may have missed.

Reid Never Wears Matching Socks On Criminal Minds

It is a tiny detail that eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed. On Criminal Minds, the quirky genius Dr. Spencer Reid never wears matching socks.

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CBS

Interestingly, this has nothing to do with the character and everything to do with the actor Matthew Gray Gubler. He believes wearing matching socks is bad luck!

Michael Scott Has A Certain Pair Of Mittens In “Goodbye Michael”

In The Office, there is no arguing how much Michael Scott loves his co-workers at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. In fact, there is one tiny detail that shows just how much he cares.

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NBC

During the episode “Goodbye Michael,” there is a large strand of red yarn hanging out of his jacket pocket while he walks through the airport. The yarn is part of the unfinished mittens Phyllis was making him as a going-away present.

Beth Harmon Looked Like A Chess Piece In The Queen’s Gambit

Beth Harmon wore many fun outfits in The Queen’s Gambit, a story about a child chess prodigy. With the entire mini-series revolving around Beth growing up and winning chess matches, it is only appropriate that she looks like a queen!

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Netflix

In the final episode, Beth is dressed as a white queen chess piece, with her white coat and circular hat with the knob detail on the top.

Jane Always Wears Yellow During A Big Romantic Event

Jane, the title character in Jane The Virgin, has a few romantic relationships throughout the series. While the relationships are different, there is one similarity between them — what Jane wears.

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The CW

When she tells Michael she loves him, then Rafael, and then when she gets back together with the latter man, Jane is always wearing a yellow dress.

Saul Goodman Wears A Commemorative Ribbon For A Reason

The criminal lawyer Saul Goodman will do anything for money in Breaking Bad, even if that means exploiting a horrific plane crash that occurred over Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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AMC

Residents briefly wear blue and pink ribbons to commemorate that crash. Yet, Saul wears his way longer than anyone else. This is because he is trying to convince victims to join a civil lawsuit.

Whenever Cheryl Wears White Something Big Happens

Cheryl is one of the main girls in the teen drama Riverdale. The character brings out her red hair with signature red outfits and a bold red lip.

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The CW

However, something in her style changes when something big is about to happen to her — she changes from her signature color to white. Fans might remember Cheryl wearing white when her brother went missing, when she joined a cult, and when she burned down her house.

Beth Harmon Often Wears Checkered And Plaid Outfits

The entire premise of The Queen’s Gambit is the story of child prodigy Beth Harmon and how she climbs the ranks of the world of chess.

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Netflix

To show her love of the game and how it is typically on her mind, Beth is often seen wearing checkered and plaid outfits that resemble the pattern of a chessboard.

Alexis’s Pink Dress Is Seen More Than Once In Schitt’s Creek

The first time viewers see Alexis in Schitt’s Creek she is wearing a light pink dress. The thing is, this isn’t the last time the dress makes an appearance on the show.

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CBC Television

During season six episode 13, Alexis brings the dress out again. Only, this time, it isn’t to wear. In the episode, she almost gifts the dress to Twyla.

Eloise’s Outfits Reflect The Freedom She Wants

Set in the Regency era in England, Bridgeton showcases the lack of freedom women had during the time. Eloise doesn’t necessarily enjoy her lack of freedom, seeing how men and women and treated differently.

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Netflix

Her dresses show her attitude towards the subject, resembling a man’s suit on top. The subtle detail reflects her wish to have as much freedom over her life as a man.

Andy’s Short Sleeves Are In Order To “Personality Mirror” Dwight

When viewers first meet Andy in The Office, he wears a typical office-setting attire of a long-sleeve button-down and tie. Soon, he brings people in on his secret to success — personality mirroring his boss to get ahead.

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NBC

When Dwight becomes the temporary manager, Andy is seen changing his style to short-sleeve button-downs and a tie, mirroring Dwight’s quirky look.

Archie Pays Tribute To Luke Perry

In Riverdale, KJ Apa plays the main role of Archie Andrews, a former high school football star, an RROTC instructor, and the son of Fred Andrews. The latter character is played by Beverly Hills, 90210, star Luke Perry.

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The CW/Fox

During one episode, Archie’s wardrobe actually pays tribute to Perry’s 90210 character, Dylan McKay. In the episode, Archie wears a green button-down with a white shirt underneath, very similar to Dylan’s style.

Fiona Wore The Same Shirt In Shameless

Viewers might remember the dark t-shirt Fiona wore over a long-sleeve white shirt in the pilot episode of Shameless. Well, it wasn’t the last time the ensemble was seen in the show.

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Showtime

In Fiona’s last episode of the show, she once again wears the t-shirt over the white long-sleeve shirt, showing the character’s end is also the beginning.

The Color Red In Glee

During their first group performance as the New Directions in Glee, Rachel, Mercedes, Tina, Finn, Kurt, and Artie all wear red t-shirts, showing they are a team. The color means a lot to the Glee Club, as it is the first time they all come together.

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Fox Broadcasting Company

So, the costume department played on that notion, having all of the Glee Club, past and present, wearing at least one article of red clothing during the musical number of the series finale.

Daphne And The Duke’s Clothing Colors

In the first season of Bridgerton, Penelope Featherington and Simon, the Duke of Hastings, both wear a specific color at all times — blue and red, respectively.

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Netflix

Then, there is a minor shift in their wardrobe after getting engaged. After that happens, the two characters are seen wearing purple, a combination of their two signature colors.

Penny Wears The Same Shirt Three Specific Times

On The Big Bang Theory, viewers might have missed a certain shirt Penny wears during the pilot episode, the 100th episode, as well as the last episode of the entire series.

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CBS

The v-neck shirt is bright blue with a purple floral pattern on one side. Wearing it for both the 100th episode and the final episode of the series is a nice call-back to the pilot episode.

Lucas And Max Pay Tribute To The ’70s Show

Even though Stranger Things is set in the 1980s, it didn’t stop the costume department from paying homage to the iconic sitcom That ’70s Show.

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Netflix

In season three, episode seven of the series, two of the main character, Lucas and Max, are seen wearing a green t-shirt with stripes on the sleeves and a blue long-sleeve shirt with multi-colored stripes. The two shirts are actually identical to the ones worn by Eric and Donna in That ’70s Show.

Sam And Deam Wear Their Pilot Episode Outfits To Say Goodbye

Considering Supernatural ran for 15 seasons, viewers might not remember what Sam and Dean Winchester wore during the pilot episode. Even so, their shirts, jackets, and pullovers weren’t put in the closet to collect dust.

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The CW

During the series finale, the two actors are seen wearing the same outfits as they did in the pilots, a little farewell to the characters and show.

Jules Begins To Dress For Herself In Euphoria

When viewers are first introduced to Jules in season one episode one of Euphoria, she is seen wearing bright and pretty feminine clothing. A few episodes later, there is a drastic change in her style.

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HBO

Jules begins to showcase an edgier, darker, and less feminine look, showing not only her struggles in life but also that she is done dressing for boys and began dressing for herself.

Walter White Changes From A Bright Red Shirt To Dark Red

During the iconic scene when Walter White tells his wife Skyler, “A guy opens his door and gets shot, and you think that of me? No! I am the one who knocks,” there is a tiny detail in his clothing.

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AMC

While saying the iconic lines, Walter takes off his bright red button-down shirt to reveal a darker shade of red underneath, symbolizing the darkness and power in the character.

Olivia’s Outfits Showcase Her Descending Into Madness

According to The Haunting of Hill House costume designer Lynn Falconer, Oliva’s wardrobe showcases her declining mental state and descent into madness.

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Netflix

During an interview, Falconer said, “If you were to line up their actual linear sequence, the robes signal what might be happening to Olivia until she perishes. She starts out in a super-rich teal velvet robe, mediates with the green printed robe, and dies in something very light and whisper-thin.”