During Succession‘s sophomore season premiere, Shiv Roy (Sarah Snook) returns from her honeymoon with a new look. Gone is her loose, wavy, bordering-on-messy mane. In its place is a sleek, shoulder-length bob. Jasen Sica, the show’s hair department head, cut eight inches off Snook’s hair and suddenly the Shiv, was born. The style was so popular, it may or may not have inspired first daughter Ivanka Trump to shed a few inches in homage. But it turned out to be small potatoes—because Shiv’s real expression of her relentless ambition this season was best represented in her massive wardrobe overhaul.
They say dress for the job you want. And as soon as Shiv started to become a serious contender to take over Waystar Royco, she did just that. She traded in her dumpy, ill-fitting clothes from season one—those that felt more like an afterthought than any conscious embodiment of her desires—for her version of a power suit: high-waist pants and turtlenecks du jour. And we at Glamour, along with the show’s legions of fans, were here for it.
In season one
When we first met Shiv, she was the family outsider—the lone liberal. She dressed like the kind of girl who didn’t actually do the Peace Corps but talked about wanting to nonstop over family dinners. In season one, Shiv worked for a Democratic presidential hopeful, the Bernie Sanders–Esque Gil Eavis, and her bland uniform helped her blend into the background. She was part of the team, not the star of the campaign, and her clothes fit the part. But that didn’t mean her clothes had to be so…bad?
“It was confusing that someone growing up with that much money and access had such shitty taste. How many silk button-downs can one woman own, honestly? Even her wedding dress looks like an afterthought,” says Glamour senior editor Anna Moeslein. “Then! Season two! Shiv has stepped up to fight for control of Waystar, and she’s got the structured pants and confident turtlenecks to match a woman coming into her own power.”
In the second season
Shiv’s glow-up was no accident. With the second season focusing on her quest to become CEO of the family business, Succession‘s costumer designer, Michelle Matland, decided it was time to reimagine her aesthetic. According to an interview with Vox, Matland researched women from the 1930s (like actress Marlene Dietrich) to serve as inspiration for Shiv’s new wardrobe consisting of high-waist pants and neutral tones in lieu of her formerly favored pastels.
While Shiv’s outfits have become fan favorites, they’re far from flashy—or newly trendy. “I appreciate Shiv’s style, but I don’t think it’s groundbreaking,” says Glamour digital director Perrie Samotin. “I admire it more in the context of the show’s highly stylized environment: grand estates, obscene wealth, a perpetual state of cloudy-skied autumn. Essentially, women have been wearing turtlenecks and slacks and silk blouses since forever, so it’s not her pieces I’m impressed with, but more how they perfectly fit into the very specific world the show has created.”
Since Shiv is looking to quite literally topple the patriarchy (or at least the patriarchy she was born into), every single one of her decisions needs to be calculated, and that includes what she wears. This means relying on a sophisticated stable of classics like trousers, turtlenecks, and blazers—while they don’t feel out of place in a room full of men, they’re so impeccably tailored and made of such rich fabrics and clean lines, that they still make their mark. Because in the ultrarich and male-dominated world of Succession—replete with mansions, corporate suites, and more cashmere sweaters than I can count—it’s Shiv’s elevated take on chic yet conservative staples that help her wield her power from inside the lion’s den.
Shiv Roy ‘s clothes are changing…
Though her clothes favor modesty, they still don’t shy away from accentuating her figure. This season we see the newly chaotically evil Shiv experiment with V-necks, hip-hugging pants, and even backless tops. And as our senior beauty editor Lindsay Schallon puts it, that’s worth celebrating. “As someone who talks about body image for a living, I know the women I see on TV don’t reflect a realistic range of body types. But I didn’t realize just how much I’d internalized that expectation until Shiv and her paper bag pants came along,” she says. “Nothing about her plotline is about her body—and that’s exactly the point. Her curves don’t define her. She just knows how to dress them. And damn well, might I add.”
Here we breakdown Shiv’s best looks of the season. The sublimely simple fits that, no matter what wicked dealings went down while she was wearing them, we couldn’t help but cheer her on for their chicness alone.
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- Fashionable Water Fountain with Solar Power
- The Best Ranked Flight Bomber Jacket Coat 2019 $27.91
- The Most Fashion O Cat Eye Sunglasses for Women 2019 $14.95
- The Most Stylish Oversize Polarized Sunglasses for Women 2019 $11.88
- The Most Popular Classic Sunglasses for Women 2019 $19.99
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- Super Popular Women Tote $148.88
- Luxury Super Popular Women's Leather Wallet $32.99
- Color Changes Super Popular Women's Purse and Handbag $24.91
- Michael Kors Women's Jet Set Continental Wallet $87.30
- Chala Crossbody Cell Phone Purse $32.50
- 60 Second Habit for Losing Weight $37.00
- Compression Packing Cubes $20.99