No one can deny that The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which dominated TV from 1970 to 1977, was ahead of its time. It was pre-Jezebel, pre-Sex and the City, pre-Girls. Not only was the show a shining example of how women could dominate their careers in business, Moore had a look all her own while doing so. Naturally, she had a major part in shaping the way us North American business women dressed.
We loved Moore’s boundary-pushing fashion on screen–the pussybows, the big collars, the pant suits and the belted waists–as well as her equally as impressive off-screen style. From intricate sequin gowns on major red carpets to laid-back off-duty looks, the actress always managed to make fashion seem effortless.
Fashion runways present day are still paying homage to Moore’s ’70s looks, with designers like Zac Posen and Michael Kors attributing the late actress’ style to their more current collections. “She showed us all what a modern woman looked like—smart, talented, funny, stylish at work and at home,” Kors told The Hollywood Reporter. “When I was growing up, there was nobody else like her.”
Take a look back at some of our favourite looks the iconic actress wore over her lifetime both in character and IRL.
Mary Tyler Moore’s iconic style through the years
1962 - NYC AirportMary co-starred on the Dick Van Dyke Show, splitting her time between Los Angeles and New York in the ‘60s, yet always managed to look chic and poised. OK, but can she rock an oversized fur coat? You know it!Getty Images
1963 - On Set at 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'Sleeveless business suits and long strings of pearls became a showtime staple for Moore.Getty Images
1970 - Episode OneIn the very first episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the actress donned a tan sheepskin coat, mini skirt and thigh-high white boots, which is a look we so wish we could pull off.Getty Images
1971 - Benefit LunchThe bright red scarf that Moore wore expertly tied around her neck to a benefit lunch in Laguna Hills was so on trend at the time. And it seems to have come around again--we have a very similar piece in our closet rn.Getty Images
1976 - On Set at 'The Mary Tyler Moore' ShowAs the decade progressed, so did the size of shirt collars. Moore wore them with confidence and gave us the confidence to wear them too.Getty Images
1972 - On Set at the Mary Tyler Moore ShowMoore could wear a trenchcoat like nobody else. Still, when we pull ours out of our closet on a rainy day, we're hard pressed not to channel the actress. If we look even close, we know we're nailing it.Getty Images
1983 - NYC GalaAh, the floral pantsuit. This bold look with its matching patterned top and bottom is oh so ‘80s and Moore rocked it appropriately hard.Getty Images
1985 - Golden Apple AwardsWe adore this oversized sweater and pencil skirt look, mostly because it's one we currently wear to the office. Getty Images
1987 - Emmy AwardsThe bigger the better in the ‘80s, and the bow on Moore's silk, seafoam green gown that she wore to the Emmys was no exception. Kapow! What a babe!Getty Images
1989 - Promise BallSequin pants and a white tuxedo-inspired top is a combo only a seasoned fashionista could pull off.Getty Images
1990 - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation GalaMoore received much praise for her work normalizing type-1 diabetes. The red sequin getup, which she wore to the New York City gala where she was honoured for her dedication to the cause, was a showstopping piece of work.Getty Images
1993 - Emmy AwardsThe award-winning look, with its masculine touches, that the actress wore to the 1993 Emmys, was elegant, flattering and one of our favs.Getty Images
1998 - Emmy AwardsBy the late '90s, Moore had become a veteran on the red carpet circuit, her fashion choices rarely wavering--not even when she opted for a dusty blue gown with sheer paneling for the 1998 Emmys.Getty Images