The ‘Parks & Recreation’ Characters Sure Do Spend a Fuckton on Clothes


There’s a lot to love about Parks and Recreation—which returns for its sixth season Thursday, September 26—particularly the cute style of the girls living in Pawnee. But after a closer look at the show’s season five wardrobe, it’s clear that these chicks wear some expensive shit for a bunch of small-town government employees.

Ann Perkins
Ann arguably has the most consistent wardrobe when it comes to balancing trendiness with adult restraint. She’s very fond of Madewell, but she evidently splurges pretty often at Barneys.

Flowersketch Peplum Top, Madewell, $108

Delphi Print Blouse by O’2nd, Barneys, $295

Clinton Dress by Vena Cava, Bloomingdales, $596

Tearose Blouse, Madewell, $78

Silk Rose Print Boyshirt, Madewell, $118

Brett Boat-Print Silk Shirt, Equipment, $238

Dotted Blouse by Joie, Barneys, $238

Liberty Perfect Shirt in Leo Scarlett, J. Crew, $150; Collection Cashmere Cable Sweater, $238

Seared Chevrons Cardigan, Anthropologie, $118

Adelita Brocade Mini Dress, Anthropologie, $198

Hanalei Buttondown Owls, Anthropologie, $78

Cindy Top, Steven Alan, $225

Dawn Dress by girl. by Band of Outsiders, Barneys, $465

Cindy Top, Steven Alan, $225

Kitty Print Long Sleeve Shirt by 10 Crosby Derek Lam, Barneys, $395

Voyage Regine Drawstring Bucket Bag by MARC by Marc Jacobs, Neiman Marcus, $428

Scarf Print Stretch Silk Dress, Steven Alan, $407

Silk-Front Tee in Gingam Bow, Madewell, $58

Ann’s Total: $4656

April Ludgate
April’s wardrobe budget is the least believable, considering that her character is frequently flat broke. Maybe it’s because she’s blowing her paychecks at Bergdorf’s?

Thumb Up Tank by Antipodium, Barneys, $150; AG Stevie Ankle Jeans, Anthropologie, $158

Abstract-Print Sheath Dress by Theyskens’ Theory, Bergdorf Goodman, $475

Silk Chevron Twist-Back Tankdress, Madewell, $158

Clara Dot Jersey by MARC by Marc Jacobs, Bloomingdale’s, $148

Clara Dot Jacquard Dress by MARC by Marc Jacobs, Nordstrom, $398

Aztec Printed Pleat Dress by Opening Ceremony, Barneys, $440

Mina Tulip Shower Print by Equipment, Bloomingdales, $199

Tabby Sweater, J. Crew, $98; Zipper Capri Jeans by Rag & Bone, Revolve Style, $187

Lillyanne Cutout Dress by Alice + Olivia, Saks Fifth Avenue, $440

April’s Total: $2851

Leslie Knope
Granted, the cost of living in Pawnee is probably pretty low, but is it so low that someone like Leslie could drop an average of $400 on a blouse (never to be seen in the same blouse twice)?

Anchors & Dots Sweater, Madewell, $79.50; Battalion Jacket by Current/Elliott, Barneys, $368

Molly Blouse by A.L.C., Neiman Marcus, $396

Liberty-Collar Merino Sweater in Stripe, J. Crew, $125

Silk Boy Shirt in French Hen, J. Crew $128

Floral Cord Moto Top by 3.1 Phillip Lim, Barneys, $375

Yarn-Ball Print Shirt by 10 Crosby Derek Lam, Neiman Marcus, $453

Holst Pullover by Rag & Bone, Shopbop, $290

Brett Silk Shirt in Cherry Print by Equipment, Asos, $407.28; Narolie Elite Jacket by Theory, Bloomingdales, $415; Max C Elite Trouser by Theory, Bloomingdales, $295

Sophie Silk Peter Pan Top by Equipment, Saks Fifth Avenue, $198; Gabe Classic Tailor Blazer, Theory, $395

Butterfly Printed Blouse by Giada Forte, Farfetch, $395

Signature Floral Blouse by Equipment, Bloomingdales, $218; Elie Tahari Pantsuit, Bloomingdales, Three-button Jacket $398; Trousers $298

Linen and Silk Blend Blazer by Theysken’s Theory, The Outnet, $595; Blythe Blouse in Polka Dot, J. Crew, $128

Tomboy Crinkle Plaid Shirt by James Perse, Nordstrom, $109.15

Tippi Sweater in Heart Me, J. Crew, $89.50

Cindy Acorn Lace Dress by Diane von Furstenberg, Nordstrom, $425

Leslie’s Total: $6580.43

Note: These totals don’t reflect the characters’ complete wardrobe budgets, but rather certain pieces that we could recognize. Also — we had a difficult time locating items worn by Retta, so by all means, play Fashion Scavenger Hunt in the comments!

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