Tim Stack
January 25, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Judging by the haute couture on Lipstick Jungle and Patricia Field-styled Cashmere Mafia, it seems that today’s office attire is more McQueen than Macy’s. But TV’s working women weren’t always so fashion-forward, as evidenced by this look back.

Cashmere Mafia Lucy Liu’s character, magazine magnate Mia, clearly takes a page from the fashion bibles she publishes.
Lipstick Jungle Brooke Shields plays Wendy, a movie exec juggling a family and a full production slate, all while rockin’ a smart Dior suit.

Ugly Betty Betty might be the star, but Wilhelmina (Vanessa Williams) gets to rock the DVF and D&G each week.

Ally McBeal Hate on Ally’s (Calista Flockhart) hemlines, but they certainly helped her dodge dancing babies.

Murphy Brown As with her name, Murphy (Candice Bergen) often took her sartorial cues from the masculine world.

Designing Women The Southern gals (including Delta Burke) never met a brooch they didn’t love. Or a shoulder pad.

WKRP in Cincinnati Jennifer (Loni Anderson) was clearly inspired by the three B’s: bold, blond, and boobs.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show Moore turned the world on with her smile — and her jaunty shirtdresses.

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