TV’s Best Dressed: Joan Watson on ‘Elementary’

Who knew that Joan Watson (whose various male counterparts have tended towards the decidedly unfashionable – think oversized waistcoats, and more recently, scratchy woolen jumpers) would become the fashion plate of network TV?

She’s got a casual, everyday look, with a little fashion-forward oomph thrown in (after all, she casually chops onions in snake-patterned Helmut Lang).  She takes risks – yet never seems to falter.  And even in a fairly standard outfit of a coat and jeans, she always adds an element of interest – be it a beret, some trendy specs, or a strategically sheer blouse.

She’s queen of the understated – you’ll generally not see her in any wild colors or silhouettes.  No, she tends more towards simple and professional fare: she has the neutral-toned sheath dress, well-draped blouse, and tailored moto jacket down pat.  You’ll often catch her in a clean-cut coat, opaque black tights and some oh-so-classy booties on the perpetually chilly streets of New York City. On a warmer day, she might don an eye-catching dress, and at home she’s often seen in fashionably oversized cardigans.  But don’t let her staid leanings fool you – she can still pull off more avant garde looks like this safety pin-detailed t-shirt, and this awesome Allsaints dress.  And she can do high fashion, too – in a recent episode, she wore some stunning Carolina Herrera (fun fact: Joan Watson looks almost as good in the brand as Lucy Liu does). 

Whether its superb costuming or Lucy Liu’s magic powers (we suspect it’s a little of both), Joan Watson is the epitome of class. What’s your favorite Joan outfit?  Share in the comments!