…On the playground where I spent most of my days.

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Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. When someone hears those words they immediately think of laughter, good times and for the most part, the 90’s. It is one of the best comedic series to date and each and every character has a big part as to why. From Will’s crazy Philly attitude, to Carlton’s dancing (which I don’t want to brag, but I imitate it exceptionally well), to Jeffrey’s cold antics, everyone played a pivotal role in the series. One character in particular was a handful with her signature line “Daddy, can I have $500?”. You guessed correctly: Hilary Banks (played by Karyn Parsons). Hilary was classy, sophisticated and well a tad snobby, but with that she was also always well dressed. One thing she was not known for is her humility as per this photo shows.

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However, we loved her nonetheless. The show ended in 1996 and therefore the fashion may be outdated but there are definitely pieces and looks that Hilary sported that we can definitely appreciate in this day and age. Time to take a look at Hilary’s upper class style that caught our attention over the years!

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Hilary was a huge fan of hats and matching. This is no exception. Sure this look may be a bit over the top, however, this pattern is very popular even today, and pearls will never go out of style.

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As far as color combinations go, black and white is the most classic of them all. Chanel showed us why, and Hilary is doing a pretty good job at demonstrating how classy it can be. This 2 piece skirt suit is sophisticated and would be fashionable even today.

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Even in the early 90’s Hilary knew the importance of the LBD (Little Black Dress). The sheer sleeves adds unique detailing to the dress which makes it stand out even more. And hey, isn’t that Dr.Huxtable’s son Theo? (Did I mention how much I love 90s television?).

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Would we be seen in this suit today? Nope. But is this color combination of pink and grey just fabulous? Yes. The rare color combination gives off a clean and sweet look with the pink making the color grey more feminine and the grey making the pink more classic.

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As the season progressed, Hilary became more beautiful and her style more fashionable. This bold navy dress was a show stopper and caught our attention. Anything cut-out is very popular today and this dress would do well at any classy event.

It wouldn’t be right to write about Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and not give a little lime light to Carlton Banks (played by Alfonso Ribeiro). He was almost everyone’s favorite character and who can blame them. Between his dancing and all of the snoty remarks he would make, Carlton made sure to get quite a few laughs out of us. He also considered himself to be very fashion froward with his polos and khaki pants. He was a perfect fit for any country club because he dressed about 15 years too old for his age. Nonetheless, he was classy and cool (in his own way of course) and we loved every minute of it.

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So for those of you who think just because a show is from another time and therefore we cannot allow ourselves to get inspired by, I hope this post made you think differently. One of the amazing characteristics of the fashion scene today is that inspiration from different decades is key. So make sure to inspire yourself from these looks, and update them to make them your own!

 

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In West Philadelphia born and raised…

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You know you want to complete that sentence. For the most part, when someone hears that sline, they have the undeniable urge to finish it off with “On the playground where I spent most of my days…”. Or at least I know I do. If you do recognize these lyrics, then you were definitely a fan of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It was THE show of the 90’s and in my opinion, still one of the best comedy series to have aired til this day. You know how sometimes you catch an episode of a show you once found hilarious and you realize “huh…it isn’t that funny”? Well this never happens with Fresh Prince. It is still funny til this day because Will Smith and the whole gang brought us a countless number of timeless jokes.

Since it was a show from the 90’s you can imagine the style is a tad….outdated. However, that does not mean we cannot still admire the flashy and colorful outfits sported by our favorite characters. This post can technically go on forever, however, to narrow it down to a realistic length, I have decided to focus on the two most fashion oriented characters of the series: Will Smith and Miss Hilary Banks. Today Will be the main focus with his colorful and expressive attire.

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When Will got to Bel-Air Academy and realized he had to wear a uniform that screamed out boring, he decided to spice things up and turn the school jacket inside out for the lining to appear. Caught the attention of quite a few classmates. He showed us that sometimes even if you are “supposed” to wear something a certain way, doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own.

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One thing Will did not shy away from is colors. Would you be caught dead wearing this on any other day than Halloween in today? Hell no. But at the time, did Will look bad ass sporting this outfit? Hell yes.

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Will was the definition of goofy (although he hated when his girl Lisa described him as that), but when he dressed up, he was as debonair as they come. He proves why a man looks so sophisticated in a suit.

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Speaking of men in suits, have you ever seen anyone else wear a cummerbund on their chest? Also Will may have started the look of wearing a blazer with a casual shirt from under. Sure one normally wouldn’t wear a beach tank top under a suit jacket, but no one can disgree that it is different.

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As the years went by, Will’s style matured and became more manly. He often wore a t-shirt under an open long sleeve shirt which is a casual syle many can sport today.

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Will was no stranger to fluorescent colors and that is definitely one thing that has taken the fashion world by storm in the last few yrs. From tops to pants to nail color, highlighter shades is the way to go and Will’s old school zip up jacket demonstrates why.

Will has had his ups and down, and his style has changed throughout the seasons, but one thing is for sure, he tried to make the best of any situation, but it was proven to be extremely difficult when he was stuck in a basement (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kNUDTyEgj4). I wouldn’t normally put hair extensions on the top of my head, but the patterned suspenders are definitely unique.

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Stay tuned for Wednesday’s post on Hilary Banks’ very posh and sophisticated style review.