This Monday was the Season 2 premiere of A&E’s Psycho-prequel Bates Motel. After a long hiatus, we finally checked back in with Norman Bates and his dear mother, Norma. The premiere was as creepy as we’ve come to expect from a series where taxidermy is the most wholesome activity that takes place, and it was totally worth the long wait between seasons. But in between the nail-biting tension, awkward mother-son conversations, and jaw-dropping surprises, I couldn’t help but notice one other thing: Norma Bates is a fabulous dresser.
Norma Bates is just one of today’s TV moms who are totally killing it (umm, no pun intended) in the fashion department. Gone are the days where being a mother on TV meant high-waisted jeans and impossibly boring flannel. Today’s TV moms are not like regular moms, they’re like cool moms, and they’re dressing accordingly. While we may be grateful that some of the mothers below aren’t our actual parents — let’s just say that great style and great parenting skills do not go hand in hand — we’d definitely want access to their closets. Here are 6 mother’s who, if not always nailing it in the parenting department, are definitely dressing like they have it all together.
Norma Bates, Bates Motel
Norma Bates (played by the crazy talented Vera Farmiga) hasn’t met an A-line skirt she didn’t love or a silk robe she didn’t want to seductively slip in to. According to the Bates Motel costume designer, Monique Prudhomme, Norma’s style was influenced by the fashion of film noir, style icons like Audrey Hepburn, and sexpots like Marilyn Monroe, which expertly reflects the multiple facets of Norma’s personality. (Read: She’s kind of a mess.) Sure, she’s done irreparable damage to her son Norman, but at least when he dresses up as his soon-to-be-dead mother, he’ll look damn good doing so.
Ashley Marin, Pretty Little Liars
Ashley Marin (Laura Leighton) has a closet full of Louboutins and designer LBDs and may actually dress better than her fashion-school-aspiring daughter, Hanna. Ashley knows that a structured handbag can make any outfit a bit more professional and that a deep V-neck dress will grab your pastor boyfriend’s attention every single time. She’s so on top of her game in the style department that it really is a shame that her fab accessories are constantly being used as evidence in murder investigations.
Betty Draper, Mad Men
I know that there really isn’t a poorly dressed person on Mad Men, but Don Draper’s ex-wife and mother to his children Betty Draper (January Jones) takes the cake. She is a vintage vision. She is Grace Kelly. She is a Hitchcock muse in a floral dress and oversized pearl earrings. She is the reason you want to buy a chic little neck scarf.
Katherine Pierce, The Vampire Diaries
Katherine (Nina Dobrev) is an unfeeling sociopath who doesn’t have a maternal bone in her body. Considering that she just discovered that her daughter is alive, that’s pretty unfortunate. What isn’t unfortunate? Katherine’s drop-dead-gorgeous style. I’m obsessed with the look she wore for the masquerade ball above, from her sexy, modern Bridget Bardot-esque hair to her equally sexy black dress and ruby red lip. Plus, unlike her doppelganger Elena, Katherine isn’t afraid to accessorize, which is only one of the many reasons why I like Katherine waaaay better than Elena.
Fiona Goode, American Horror Story: Coven
Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange) may have been a terrible Supreme, but at least she provided her students with a crash course in how to dress. Fashion-wise, Fiona believed that black is the universal symbol of chicness, heels are a must, and that every woman needs wide-brimmed hat.
Gloria Pritchett, Modern Family
Gloria (Sofia Vergara) sacrifices a lot in the name of looking good. While wearing high heels to Disneyland proved to be a huge mistake, you have to appreciate the woman’s dedication. Gloria lives in body-hugging dresses that show off ample cleavage, and while it may not be my style, it totally works for Gloria. Better yet is the fact that Gloria doesn’t apologize for dressing the way she does, despite the haters who roll their eyes at her overtly sexy style.
Victoria Grayson, Revenge
I know they say that money can’t buy good taste, but they probably underestimate how much money Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) actually has. This horrible woman has a permanent spot list on the Hampton’s Best Dressed list and has never missed an opportunity to breakout a sleeveless gown. Someone is always trying to kill her and I have a suspicion that the real motivation is to gain access to her closet.
Lily Aldrin, How I Met Your Mother
Lily’s (Alyson Hannigan) style is both accessible and completely adorable. Her art background gives her clothes a creative flair without venturing into Aria Montgomery territory. (You could totally put together one of Lily’s outfits with the help of Pinterest, because Pinterest is obsessed with Lily’s clothing.)
Regina Mills, Once Upon A Time
Also known as The Evil Queen (because this show is really confusing) Regina (Lana Parrilla) would be the go-to person to talk to regarding what to wear for your first day at a swanky office job. Despite the fact that she’s usually busy deciding whether she’s a bad or good person this week, Regina always has a polished appearance and an apparently infinite collection of blazers.
Karen Desai, Twisted
I can imagine that the producers of Twisted got Denise Richards onboard for a mom role by showing her photos of the bodycon dresses she’ll get to wear. Like most ABC Family moms, Karen’s primary job is to drink a lot of wine and complicate murder investigations, but she gets to do so in amazing designer shoes.