Hilary Banks may not have been the brightest of sparks, but damn the woman knew how to dress. With A+ outfit coordination skills, she was a power dresser who knew how to get what she wanted (which most of the time, was money and clothes...)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air sitcom aired from 1990-96 and although the show’s star was ostensibly Will Smith, his cousin Hillary took the cake for stepping out time and time again wearing fashionable, bold, chic ensembles. Living with her family in affluent Bel-Air, Hillary represented the stereotype of wealthy upper class socialite with her Chanel skirt suits, matching hats, pearls and short gloves.
However this didn’t stop the gal from letting her hair down every now and then with knock-your-socks-off evening looks such as her signature little black dresses, little red dresses, and other sassy ensembles, adding sexiness and pizzazz to her style.
As with any decade, there were a lot of different things going on stylistically in the 90’s. In 1990-95 alone, dominant fashion subcultures included: Preppy, Hip-hop, Rave culture, Pop Punk, Grunge, and Britpop. The start of a decade usually tails the fashions of the previous one for a few years then comes into its own as the years progress on. As such, the early 90’s saw the wave of power dressing for women continue on from the 80’s in mainstream fashion circles with matching skirt suits, big shoulder pad silhouettes and some strong accessorising.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at the best of Hilary’s fashion prowess as well as some of her most snappy one-liners…