The Top 20 Best Dressed TV Dads
The Top 20 Best Dressed TV Dads
-Rose Walano (InStyle.com) and Bronwyn Barnes (EW.com)
Cliff Huxtable: The Cosby Show
InStyle.com says: Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby) was the king of mixing patterns. During the show's eight seasons, he wore countless colorful patterned "Cosby" sweaters. Even though they were a bit on the daring side, we loved them on him—and kept tuning in to see which one he'd wear next!
EW.com says: The labels in Cliff’s most memorable knitwear were emblazoned with the mark of luxury fashion brands like Missoni and Perry Ellis. "The clothes definitely had to convey New York and that this was a show set largely in fall and winter," costume designer Sarah Lemire told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1987. "And Bill wanted people to talk about the clothing." Mission accomplished.
Ross Gellar: Friends
InStyle.com says: Ross (David Schwimmer) made "scientist chic" (a casual mix of slim jeans and long-sleeve tees) look approachable and oh-so-cozy. Neither of his two young children--or Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), for that matter!--could resist cuddling up to his cable knit sweaters.
EW.com says: He didn't spark any copycat trends (a la Rachel), but Ross's sensible sartorial choices were the perfect extension of his loveable geeky persona. When he tried-and failed-to look hip in leather pants, we liked him even more.
Ari Gold: Entourage
InStyle.com says: It's all about looks in Hollywood-and no one knew that better than Ariel "Ari" Gold (Jeremy Piven). Arguably the best-dressed man in the Entourage group, Gold worked a slick combination of impeccably tailored designer suits and pastel button downs. And miraculously, even with children Sarah and Jonah at home, there was never a wrinkle in sight.
EW.com says: At home it was clear that Gold was a family man, but once he power suited up-usually in Prada, Gucci or Dolce & Gabbana-it was no more Mr. Nice Guy.
Cameron Tucker: Modern Family
EW.com says: Stonestreet credits those custom-made shirts with the contrasting inner cuffs (from Anto of Beverly Hills) with helping him get into character. And what a character it is.
Uncle Jesse: Full House
InStyle.com says: First a "bonus dad" to the three Tanner girls before becoming a father to his own twin boys, rock-and-roll Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) worked the '90s grunge trend with his endless supply of white tees and blue jeans.
EW.com says: As he matured from uncle Jesse into daddy, Katsopolis ditched the leather vest and biker boots in favor of a more ‘90s conservative-casual aesthetic. One thing he never gave up? His obsession with coiffure and the signature catchphrase, “Watch the hair!”
Gomez Addams: The Addams Family
InStyle.com says: The Addams's were defined by their incomparable spook chic: Morticia's (Carolyn Jones) web-sleeved dress, Wednesday's (Lisa Loring) two tight plaits, and patriarch Gomez's (John Astin) straight-out-of-the-'40s pinstripe suit.
EW.com says: The eccentric billionaire was actually quite conservative when it came to his everyday style of dress, usually sticking to a chalk-striped suit and dark tie. And it was no wonder he couldn’t keep his hands off of Morticia—famed designer Nolan Miller created her sexy cobweb gown.
Maxwell Sheffield: The Nanny
InStyle.com says: Tailored suits, Ralph Lauren sweaters, and ascots galore—what else would do for a British Broadway producer (Charles Shaughnessy) raising three prep school-bound children on the Upper East Side? We especially loved spotting him next to leopard-loving nanny Fran Fine (Fran Drescher) for an extreme case of "opposites attract."
EW.com says: A woman shows up at your door selling cosmetics and you hire her to take care of your kids? Not a wise decision, but a perfect sitcom meet-cute. The only thing louder than Fran’s nasal whine was her wardrobe, so Maxwell could have worn a strapless sequined Bob Mackie gown and we probably wouldn’t have noticed.
Hiram and LeRory Berry: Glee
InStyle.com says: It shouldn't surprise us that the couple raising Ms. Rachel "Broadway" Berry (Lea Michele) would be all about a colorful wardrobe. While Hiram (Jeff Goldblum) sticks to royal blues and purples, his partner LeRoy (Brian Stokes Mitchell) is all about plaids and pocket squares.
EW.com says: Pitch-perfect casting meant that the wait to meet Rachel’s two gay dads was worth it. Who knew Goldblum looked so good in purple!
Rob Petrie: The Dick Van Dyke Show
InStyle.com says: Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) went to work in sleek suits, but swapped the blazer for a loose cardigan as soon as he got home to his family. Blink and you might have thought you were seeing (a much more sprightly) Mr. Rogers!
EW.com says: Rob’s middle-of-the-road look helped temper the progressive style of wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), who made a feminist fashion statement when she slipped on a pair of cigarette capri pants.
JR Ewing: Dallas
InStyle.com says: Oil tycoon JR Ewing (Larry Hagman) epitomized ranch style: spiked boots, fringed coats, and suede everything. And what's a cowboy without his hat? The Dallas character's iconic Stetson topper now sits at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
EW.com says: Sure, the 10-gallon hat was J.R.'s trademark, but he wasn't afraid to take a fashion risk-safari jackets and man scarves come to mind-every now and then.