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Stylish working women on TV -- The sartorial choices of characters from ''Ugly Betty,'' ''Lipstick Jungle'' and more

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.

2008
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.

2006-Present
Ugly Betty Betty might be the star, but Wilhelmina (Vanessa Williams) gets to rock the DVF and D&G each week.

1997-2002
Ally McBeal Hate on Ally's (Calista Flockhart) hemlines, but they certainly helped her dodge dancing babies.

1988-1998
Murphy Brown As with her name, Murphy (Candice Bergen) often took her sartorial cues from the masculine world.

1986-1993
Designing Women The Southern gals (including Delta Burke) never met a brooch they didn't love. Or a shoulder pad.

1978-1982
WKRP in Cincinnati Jennifer (Loni Anderson) was clearly inspired by the three B's: bold, blond, and boobs.

1970-1977
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Moore turned the world on with her smile — and her jaunty shirtdresses.

Originally posted Jan 25, 2008 Published in issue #976 Feb 01, 2008 Order article reprints