Clair Huxtable, the no-nonsense Cosby Show mom with a voice of reason as strong as her 80s fashion sense, always caught my attention. In a half hour, Clair (Phylicia Rashad) tended to the antics of her children, bonded with her husband, worked as a successful lawyer AND wore some spiffy outfits in the process. Now put on your blast-from-the past hats, ladies. Here’s a look at Clair Huxtable’s style, along with some affordable modern day inspirations.
Deconstructing the Clair Huxtable Fashion Statement
Although Clair Huxtable wore wild color combos on occasion, she was a fan of head-to-toe monochromatic colors. Jumpsuits or matching pants and blouses were her go-to looks. Billowy fabrics in bold, shimmery hues were offset by a belt, big jewelry and of course, her perfect hair.
Pleats ‘n Plaid
Nothing screams “80s” like high-waisted front pleated pants paired with a blouse sprouting shoulder pads. Clair Huxtable was clearly on the fashion bandwagon in that regard. Even today, I admit to liking the classic black pants and plaid combo (minus the upturned collar and ultra cinched pant waist). I can never go wrong adding plaid to black pants or jeans for a fun twist.