They may be moneyed and beautiful, but the women of Big Little Lies aren’t immune to looking a hot mess sometimes. “These women’s closets reflect the emotions and turmoil in their lives,” says costume designer Alix Friedberg.
That said, their disheveled is still pretty stylish. Spiraling after the death of her husband, Celeste (Nicole Kidman) wraps herself in cashmere, wears sneakers, and “is all about taking care of her boys,” says Friedberg. A depressed Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) trades in her colorful boho season 1 style for more subdued knits and vintage tees. Meanwhile, Jane (Shailene Woodley) is getting her groove back: “She’s more confident, and you can see it in her style and new haircut,” Friedberg says. “She’s moved closer to the ocean and is embracing that Monterey surf vibe.”
One look that hasn’t changed? Madeline’s (Reese Witherspoon). “She doesn’t like anyone to see through her veneer of perfection,” says Friedberg. “She’s always very floral and feminine and accessorized.”
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“Madeline has the least overt visual change in season 2,” says Friedberg, who had this jacket custom-made from fabric she found at Jodek International in Los Angeles. Bonnie’s T-shirt is vintage.
“Celeste is barely hanging on, so she isn’t looking in the mirror as much,” Friedberg says. Still, she holds it together enough to pair a Bottega Veneta sweater and skirt with Altuzarra boots.
Friedberg describes season 1 Jane as “sexless and invisible, with all of this shame.” But season 2 sees her letting go of that and wearing more stylish pieces, like this jacket from the Great., Agolde jeans, and Rag & Bone boots.
Madeline’s signature brights and florals: an Alice + Olivia coat, No. 21 blouse, Dolce & Gabbana skirt, and Prada bag.