Style Icon: Fran Drescher

The first time my eardrums were blessed with the distinct melody that is Fran Drescher’s voice was in high school. I had stumbled onto the weird part of YouTube and somehow ended up on an episode of The Nanny.

Twenty minutes and two requests by my mother to “turn off that noise before the entire house gets a migraine”, I was hooked. On the plot, yes, (don’t judge me, I was in 9th grade. My gauge for good TV fluctuated between Gossip Girl and Charmed) but mostly on the fashion. Drescher’s character Fran Fine had opened my eyes to the world of retro 60s/90s/”Queens-chic” fashion and I haven’t looked back. 

Those funky mini skirts! The big hair full of secrets! The colourful sweaters that look like the manifestation of all my Goodwill dreams! The full-leather ensembles! It was all so good.

I know this because here I am, almost ten years later, and I’m still thinking about it. Her laugh may register on Janice-from-Friends-level traumatic, but her knack for pulling off short skirts and dramatic hair on the reg is downright inspirational. Not to mention that she was, of sorts, a fashion trailblazer. It wasn’t Kim Kardashian who launched the bodycon phenomenon, it was Fran Fine. And eons before Blair Waldorf descended upon the Upper East Side, there was Fran Fine in all her headbanded glory. 

Plus did I mention, she’s been a staunch supporter of turtlenecks since day one. A woman after my own heart.

On me, a Fran Fine outfit would look trashy. On Fran Drescher, it still looks a little trashy, but in a good way. Intentional and unforgettable. I remain obsessed.

All images taken from my Pinterest.
my fave look of all time, affectionately dubbed “wayward pirate seeks reform by way of joining a circus troupe”

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14 Comments

  1. I grew up watching The Nanny and I freaking loved her. Her fashion was very much either you like it or you shut up about not liking it, which was awesome for the time. Can she make a comeback with turtleneck tucked into her mini skirt already???

  2. I am fully on-board with and obsessed with the inspo post! LOVE Fran and her mini skirt collection — also that fabulously big hair!

  3. This is great. I think the big hair is a crack up!

  4. This was such a fun post! I LOVE watching The Nanny! 🙂 I loooove Fran’s style it’s so unique and funky. Now I feel like rewatching the entire show, hehe!

    xo, Chloe // http://funinthecloset.com/styling-halter-jumpsuit/

  5. I used to love watching this show and Fran! She is a style icon!

  6. Childhood nostalgia with a badass woman!

  7. I watched The Nanny growing up, and I LOVED it! Fran’s style is amazing, and I wish I had the personality to pull it off. I know what I’m going to be binge watching tonight 🙂

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  8. I love these outfits!! So retro chic. It’s always fun to see who bloggers’ celeb style inspo comes from. 🙂

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  9. I actually love her style, it is so fun and retro! So cool!

  10. she is ICONIC!!!! I am obsessed with her style!! Thanks for a post on this. Im gunna save it for spring/summer inspo lol

  11. Candice Nikeia

    Her character had so many great looks! I love the jacket/skirt sets!

  12. She was definitely a 90s icon for me!

  13. Ahh this is amazing. I always LOVED her style on the Nanny, she was probably one of my first style icons.

    La Belle Sirene

  14. Lol yesss! i love that you put this together. Fran Drescher is still the queen.

    xo // http://www.thematerialgirl.co

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