12 Unrealistic Characters From Your Favorite TV Shows Who Wouldn't Be Able To Afford Their Wardrobes In Real Life • MetDaan

12 Unrealistic Characters From Your Favorite TV Shows Who Wouldn’t Be Able To Afford Their Wardrobes In Real Life

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Leading up to the seventh season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the show’s creator Rob McElhenney who plays Mac, gained 50 pounds in order to mock most of the series we see on television. It was a critique of shows whose characters become better looking, better dressed and generally less realistic the more successful a programme becomes, essentially rendering the characters unrealistic and often completely at odds with where they started from or who they are supposed to be.

“It came when I was watching a very popular sitcom, and I noticed the people were getting better and better looking as the seasons were going on,” McElhenney told TV Guide. “I always thought that what we were trying to do on Sunny was the deconstruction of the sitcom.”

And while the 40-year-old lost almost all of his excess weight before season 8, the extraordinary exercise remains a finger in the eye of all those waitresses living in spacious Manhattan apartments, freelance writers wearing a new pair of designer shoes every week and at the American TV show as we have known it for the past couple of decades in general.

If you haven’t noticed the disparity between your favorite characters’ income and the way they dress, check out the twelve most unrealistically-dressed characters ever to have appeared on television.

1. Carrie Bradshaw – Sex And The City

Carrie Bradshaw From Sex And The City

Source: HBO

The Wardrobe

It is Carrie’s fabulous Sex and the City wardrobe that has, among other things, made this character a pop culture icon. Nearly every piece Carrie owns is designer-made, especially her shoes. She is also always quick to point out this fact – Carrie may talk about Manolo Blahnik more than she talks about Mr. Big.

The Income

Carrie writes just one popular column per week and doesn’t start looking for other avenues of income until late in Season 4. With a rent of $750 and her freelancing job, it borders on impossible that she can afford to spend $40,000 on shoes.

2. Jessica Day – New Girl

Jessica Day From New Girl

Source: FOX

The Wardrobe

Although Jess doesn’t wear anything too outlandishly expensive, her funky, girly wardrobe still manages to stand out. Her closet is full of enviable frocks coming from well-known brands such as J. Crew. If you consider the fact that she never repeats an outfit, it adds up to one pricey lifestyle.

The Income

Jess works in education. Considering the fact that a teacher in Los Angeles makes an annual average of $53,613, Jess’s ability to wear a new dress every day is far-fetched, to say the least.

3. Lorelai Gilmore – Gilmore Girls

Lorelai Gilmore From Gilmore Girls

Source: The WB

The Wardrobe

Lorelai Gilmore has a massive wardrobe that includes her notorious cowgirl shorts, her punchy t-shirts, winter clothing and the party clothes. At any themed event – like the dance marathon or the Asian party – Lorelai wears a customized outfit. Lorelai also loves Marc Jacobs bags, which go for $1,000 plus. The Gilmore girls, however, sometimes repeat pieces.

The Income

Lorelai works as an inn manager which most likely earns her decent money. She, however, doesn’t necessarily take advantage of Stars Hollow’s low cost of living, pretty much following her impulses when it comes to spending which is unsurprising having grown up in the decadent Gilmore household.

4. Dan Humphrey – Gossip Girl

Dan Humphrey From Gossip Girl

Source: The CW

The Wardrobe

On Gossip Girl, Blair Waldorf, Serena van der Woodsen, Chuck Bass, and Nate Archibald are all children of the richest 1% in American society, which makes their designer wardrobes plausible. Тhe Humphreys, on the other hand, are the less-wealthy, artistic family from Brooklyn that would never be able to afford their fashionable clothes in reality. While Jenny might be making many of her pieces herself or thrifting them, Dan’s wardrobe is completely unbelievable. While his everyday look is pretty much jeans and a t-shirt, he often wears suave suits or tuxedos to fancy events.

The Income

In the earlier seasons, Dan is a non-working high school student who lives off his father. Throughout the show, Dan works odd jobs which fit the narrative, including a catering gig and an internship at W Magazine. Although he later sells his book, it’s still unlikely he would have enough money to finance his style.

5. Penny – The Big Bang Theory

Penny From The Big Bang Theory

Source: CBS

The Wardrobe

Penny’s wardrobe is something that normal people might actually wear. However, everymen usually don’t wear a new shirt every single day. The only item that Penny repeats is her Lucky Brand purse, which retails at $149.

The Income

For most of the series, Penny works at The Cheesecake Factory while pursuing her dreams of being an actress. Certainly, working at a chain restaurant wouldn’t leave her enough money for all those new tops when her Pasadena, CA, rent is taken out.

6. Rachel Green – Friends

Rachel Green From Friends

Source: NBC

The Wardrobe

Arguably the best-dressed character on the show, Rachel is chic, fashion-forward, but also creative. Since most of the scenes take place in her apartment, viewers get to see Rachel both dressed up and in her laid-back in-house combinations, and the character who dreams of a career in the fashion industry is always on point in both cases.

The Income

During the first few seasons, Rachel works as a waitress at Central Perk. It’s insane to imagine that such a job pays enough to even cover half the rent in a New York City apartment, let alone clothes. Later in the series, she eventually finds success in the fashion industry, after working as a personal shopper and assistant for a while.

7. Nikki Swango – Fargo

Nikki Swango From Fargo

Source: FX

The Wardrobe

The third season of the Coen Brothers-inspired show introduces Nikki Swango, queen of playing bridge and epic coats. Her wardrobe includes an amazing striped fur number, a green fur coat, a studded black jacket, and a purple leather jacket, with no shortage of revealing tops underneath.

The Income

Nikki is an unemployed parolee, probably earning all of her money from competitive bridge playing, although that part is left unexplained.

8. Emily Fields – Pretty Little Liars

Emily Fields From Pretty Little Liars

Source: Freeform

The Wardrobe

Every character on this show boasts a pretty enviable wardrobe: Spencer’s high school clothes look more like something an attorney would wear for a court appearance. Aria loves her bohemian, edgy looks and Hanna is the trendy one. Of the original liars, Emily wears the most low-key outfits, but on the other hand, she develops an original hip style that includes tailored jeans, designer bags, and heels.

The Income

While Spencer works in politics, Hanna in fashion and Aria in publishing, Emily works as a bartender. She later becomes a swimming coach – a job that doesn’t pay more than $25,000 annually – making her fabulous looks while raising a baby unbelievable, to say the least.

9. Ashley Davenport – Revenge

Ashley Davenport From Revenge

Source: ABC

The Wardrobe

The cunning Ashley works as an assistant to Victoria Grayson, the society queen of the Hamptons. As part of her job, Ashley turns up to high society events wearing designer gowns she definitely wouldn’t be able to afford on an assistant salary, while her everyday clothing is just as chic.

The Income

The average salary of a personal assistant in New York is around the $58,000 mark. While a decent pay, it certainly wouldn’t  be enough to cover Ashley’s Hamptons lifestyle or her wardrobe.

10. Jughead – Riverdale

Jughead From Riverdale

Source: The CW

The Wardrobe

Jughead is supposed to be the least wealthy character on the show, but in addition to his “bad boy” leather jacket he sports a seemingly never-ending supply of jean jackets, flannels, and hoodies, at one point even managing to find himself a suit.

The Income

Jughead is a high school kid who doesn’t have a job, which makes his clothing implausible as he’s from an impoverished family.

11. Marnie Michaels – Girls

Marnie Michaels From Girls

Source: HBO

The Wardrobe

A show of very different characters, the contrasts go all the way to their wardrobes. Hannah’s ill-fitting Forever 21 finds appears the most realistic. Jessa’s bohemian look and Louis Vuitton luggage is less believable, although she seems like the type of girl who goes through life just being given things by people. Shoshana’s outfits are likely financed by her parents, but one character that stands out is Marnie, who even wears Michael Kors sweatpants.

The Income

When Marnie is introduced, she works as an art gallery assistant. Then she makes a living as a restaurant hostess, which in real life wouldn’t even cover a Brooklyn rent. She later finds work as a barista, then a musician – although it’s unclear how much money she makes off that record deal. Marnie eventually ends up jobless, leaving viewers uncertain as to how she was ever able to afford that see-through dress she wore to Booth Jonathan’s party.

12. Rachel Zane – Suits

Rachel Zane From Suits

Source: USA

The Wardrobe

Rachel Zane takes her office wardrobe seriously. Between the pencil skirts, the crisp button-downs, and the heels, the character looks like a crossover between Mad Men and The Good Wife. But even though Rachel dresses like a high-powered New York attorney, she is actually a paralegal.

The Income

The average salary of a paralegal working in New York City is $54,990 which is enough to live in the city that never sleeps, but far from enough to afford all those cute Nina Ricci tops Rachel is often wearing.

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