Throughout her six decades in the entertainment industry, actress Mary Tyler Moore’s characters became style icons. They captured the imagination of America and defined what a modern woman’s wardrobe should look like.
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Similarly, Moore herself exuded grace and elegance through her personal style. Here we look back at some of her most iconic style moments on- and off-screen.
The actress first rose to fame as Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” The star sported a short bob and often dressed in glamorous dresses like the one above.
But Moore’s character also dressed down in cigarette pants, a trendy silhouette at the time, and a collarless shirt for one of the show’s most memorable scenes.
She also embraced the pussy-bow blouse trend when it first came into fashion. The style has since had a resurgence with women of a younger generation who love the look for day and night!
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In the 1970s, Moore broke free from the housewife mold and starred as single career woman Mary Richards on her eponymous hit series. Her practical in-office style inspired a generation of working women, and her long voluminous hair with a signature flip at the ends became iconic.
In the episode’s pilot, we’re introduced to Mary Richards as she moves to the big city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Midwestern sweetheart stepped out in a shearling coat and white go-go boots. Throughout its 7-year run, the show continued to reflect the shifting fashions of the time.
Moore’s character also introduced us to a new way to wear a working woman staple — the pantsuit. The versions she wore were always in bold primary colors that reflected her optimism while lending themselves to the practical needs of a strong woman making her way through the streets of the city.
Scarves were also a critical part of Mary Richards’ wardrobe — the accessory added a stylish flair to what would have otherwise been a simple look.
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Closer to the end of the show’s run, Moore cut her signature locks and continued to embrace the professional style options from the time. She paired a patterned sweater vest with two long strings of pearls and striking earrings.
In the 1980s, Moore embraced the bright colors of the era. She wore a vivid pink, belted dress in 1980 and chose to pair the look with even more bright accessories — a purple jacket and orange heels.
She was also drawn to the bold floral patterns of the late ’80s. The star paired a long, primary colored skirt with a white blouse and an oversized scarf. It was a far cry from the delicate silk scarves Mary Richards used to wear, but on trend nonetheless!
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In 2006, the actress took to the stage to present at the TV Land Awards in a tailored black jacket with detailing at the torso. She paired the look with a beaded black and white scarf.
One year later, Moore celebrated at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in a tailored white blouse with an origami-style knot at the waist and simple black pants. She topped it off with long strands of pearls and drop earrings to match.
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Moore stunned in a black dress at the Emmy Awards in 2008. She paired the simple gown with gold bangles and bold drop earrings. The halter neckline drew the eye up to her dazzling smile, the one that could turn on the whole world.