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From left: Jason Alexander as George Costanza and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes in Episode 16 "The Burning" from the television show Seinfeld.
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The lady power suit trend didn't begin with Elaine, but she mastered it by going with black on black. And Julia Louis-Dreyfus is still making us envy her suits: she wears a seemingly endless number of perfectly fitted skirt and jacket sets on her HBO show Veep.Joey Delvalle—NBC/Getty Images
From left: Jason Alexander as George Costanza and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes in Episode 16 "The Burning" from the television show Seinfeld.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes in Episode 1 "The Foundation" from the television show Seinfeld.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes on the television show Seinfeld.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes in Season 6 of the television show Seinfeld.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes in Season 3 of the television show Seinfeld.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes from the television show Seinfeld.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes during Season 5 of the television show Seinfeld.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes during Season 5 of the television show Seinfeld.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes in Episode 18 "The Frogger" from the television show Seinfeld.
The lady power suit trend didn't begin with Elaine, but she mastered it by going with black on black. And Julia Louis-
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The Unforgettable Fashion of Seinfeld's Elaine Benes

Jul 03, 2014

Twenty-five years after the premiere of Seinfeld, there's no question about the show's outsize cultural influence. In its nine-season run, Seinfeld changed the way we talk, the way we joke and even influenced our spending habits. And, yes, the way we dress. You can see deep Seinfeld influences in what's now called "Normcore," a fashion trend New York Magazine identified with a photo essay in February 2014. It's a look best described as the clothes your dad wears when goes to the mall. You know, ill-fitting jeans, fleece vests, flat sandals or white sneakers that are all about comfort.

But forget about Jerry and his famous Puffy Shirt for a second. We should be focusing on the show's real fashion star: Elaine Benes, played by the incomparable Julia Louis-Dreyfus. We're not the first publication to point out that many of her outfits look like something you'd find today on a hipster in Williamsburg or an American Apparel mannequin, but that doesn't mean we can't take a minute to appreciate her. Elaine's real strength came from her ability to look modest but stylish: just check out the pattern mixing, the oh-so-90's light-blue denim, the shoulder pads, floral dresses and more.

So give your BFF a shove, tell them to "Get Out!" and start doing the Little Kicks dance: It's time to celebrate Elaine.

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