Forget the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, the latest pop culture zeitgeist would better be described as “Manic Girl, Full Stop.” Think of Ellie Kemper as the star of Netflix’s new show The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: her elementary-school palette reflects not just her sunny disposition by also a kind of arrested development…she hasn’t grown (fashion-wise) past a 14-year-old who was taken by the doomsday cult. Or what about Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) from GIRLS, Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) from The Mindy Project or Ilana Wexler (Ilana Glazer) from Broad City? I’d almost believe they were wardrobe-swapping, except each outfit looks more outre than the next*.
So what makes up the Manic Girl Young Lady’s (MYL’s) wardrobe? Click through this slideshow to get our sartorial take.
Note: I purposely chose not to include Zooey Deschanel’s Jess from New Girl, whose character is more aesthetically-oriented towards twee outfits and traditionally “girly” attire. (And was one of the OG MPDGs, so isn’t eligible for this round anyway.)
*Which is not to say I don’t love this whole trend, seeing as these are the shoes I chose to wear to work today.