TV shows about 20-somethings living and working in New York City often feature unrealistic portrayals of many things–chief among them, the characters’ outfits. Fortunately, Comedy Central’s Broad City is shattering these unattainable standards one cut-out bra at a time, thanks in part to the show’s costume designer Staci Greenbaum. In an interview with Fashionista, Greenbaum mentions NYLON as a likely source of inspiration for show star/co-creator Ilana Glazer, and we totally agree. So, in honor of our favorite not-entirely-fictional NYLON girl, we picked Ilana's best looks from the show.
Aside from being the “sexiest girl with the fattest ass” at a SoHo rooftop party, Ilana keeps it casual with a lacey crop top, bodycon skirt, and a ponytail extension long enough to make a Kentucky Derby winner jealous. Though her sky-high heels weren't quite compatible with her hookup’s eighth-floor walk-up, she looked hot trying. And that’s what really matters.
Like a true NYLON girl, Ilana isn’t afraid to make some unexpected sartorial decisions–like wearing a full-on tux to an old college friend’s wedding. It expertly gives the look of, “I’m mature, but still not old enough to rent a car.”
First there was Missy, then Nicki, and now Ilana. She cleverly takes a page from the Hip-Hop Royalty handbook and fantasizes herself into a faux-fur coat, glittery bodycon skirt, and cat ears to cash a check at the bank, as one does.
New York’s notorious heatwaves mean minimalism for some, but Ilana just sees it as an excuse to channel her (and our!) ultimate girl crush, Rihanna. In a mesh jersey, green lipstick, and a backwards hat (you know, to keep things casual), she’s ready for Bed Bath & Beyond–and beyond.
NYLON is all about celebrating powerful women, but Ilana takes that concept one step further by commandeering the Deals Deals Deals! interns and turning the office into a well-oiled–if not borderline illegal–machine. Of course, she does all of this in a Miami Vice-inspired white power suit with just enough red lace bra poking out to pique some interest.
Ilana appreciates a good theme (as do we) so picking the most American fabric to wear for Jaime’s citizenship fête was just a natural choice.
When taking on the task of mentoring the next generation, Ilana keeps it youthful and relatable for her young charge in graphic leggings and a super-useful fanny pack. Park Slope prince Oliver said it best with, “Yaaas, queen!” Yaaas, queen indeed.