Fall TV's fashion grades -- EW picks the best and worst styles of the new season

Fall TV’s fashion grades

Bizarre chapeaus. Nerdy bow ties. Leggings. The new fall TV season may have just begun, but we’ve already seen a walk-in closetful of fashion do’s and oh-no-you-didn’ts.

* We love Neil Patrick Harris, no matter what he wears. But we adore him even more for his fabulously natty suits (by the likes of Hugo Boss and Dolce & Gabbana) on the freshman CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

* Dear Desperate Housewives: The black squiggly thing Edie (Nicollette Sheridan) tried to pass off as a hat at Rex’s funeral had us mourning. She’s much more attractive squiggle-free in simple J&Company jeans and Stuart Weitzman heels. And speaking of wacky headgear, we wouldn’t wear Jeff Probst’s safari topper on Survivor even if we were stranded on a desert island.

* Funny how the quality of fashion on The O.C. seems to be inversely proportional to the believability of its plotlines. No matter: Summer (Rachel Bilson) has never looked better than she does in her recent reworked ’80s dresses (from vintage stores), and Marissa (Mischa Barton) wisely has been opting for Victorian-inspired tops by Burning Torch and tunics paired with — we kid you not — leggings. Meanwhile, Seth (Adam Brody) doesn’t seem to be tiring of his Penguin shirts (yawn), but at least he’s jazzing up the preppy tops with funky Earnest Sewn jeans.

* Yes, Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Larry David looks like an older, balder — and left-wing — version of Tucker Carlson in his dorky bow tie. Let’s just hope he doesn’t get into a wrestling match with Ted Danson over it.

* It’s amazing how much better printed tees look on a moderately sharp-dressed man, as opposed to on an achingly precious hipster (sorry, Seth!). Case in point: Gregory (Hugh Laurie) and his collection of Barking Irons and Buckler tees on House.

* And finally: Far be it from us to promote prison wear, but the gray thermal tops worn by Michael (Went- worth Miller) on Prison Break are hot — and much more flattering than orange jumpsuits.