Lifestyle Style Ranking Anya Taylor-Joy's Winning Outfits in'' 'The Queen's Gambit' The clothes in the hit Netflix series are nearly as exciting as the chess games (warning: mild SPOILERS ahead!) By Andrea Wurzburger Updated on November 14, 2022 11:11 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 25 A Retro Queen netflix "So the pretty girl has taste to go with her other gifts," Beth Harmon's chic Parisian friend Cleo says at one point on Netflix's hit show The Queen's Gambit. She jokes, "You make me sick." And indeed, protagonist Harmon (played by Anya Taylor-Joy) does have it all. The Queen's Gambit may be about the riveting (and male-dominated) world of chess, but that doesn't mean that the chess genius doesn't have some serious style of her own. Scroll through to see our favorite looks. 02 of 25 24. Plain and Simple Netflix At the start of the series, Harmon is saddled with plain clothes: a collared shirt, a plain smock dress and a cardigan. Her short bangs are certainly a sight to be seen, though. 03 of 25 23. Check Her Out Netflix For a young woman who loves chess, she wears a lot of checkered clothes. This continues on throughout the series, as costume designer Binder incorporated squares and checks into Taylor-Joy's many looks, reminding us that chess isn't just a game she plays, but her whole life. This low-cut checkered dress paired with a white collared shirt is both utilitarian and chic. 04 of 25 22. Mix and Match Netflix She also paired the same dress with a black lavallière blouse. 05 of 25 21. In It to Win It Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen's Gambit. Netflix This navy dress marked a foray into color, though the Peter Pan collar kept it super youthful. It was the perfect look for the cover of LIFE. 06 of 25 20. Classic '60s Netflix Harmon rocked this mock-neck, three-quarter sleeve top and another checkered skirt with a whole new, sophisticated haircut. 07 of 25 19. Mellow Yellow Netflix There's nothing wrong with this yellow blouse and gray skirt combo, but we love when we get to see the character experiment with fashion, and this look felt a little plain. 08 of 25 18. Fit for a Champion Netflix For a particularly tough match, there were no checks in site (unless you count a checkmate) when Harmon wore this navy boatneck top and complementary cream skirt. 09 of 25 17. Game On Netflix Harmon's head scarf adds something extra to this otherwise simple and structured look. 10 of 25 16. Mint to Be Netflix Though extremely hungover, Harmon manages to find a conservative mint green dress (complete with a pussybow) for her match with Grandmaster Borgov. She may feel bad, but she looks great. 11 of 25 15. Bathing Beauty NETFLIX Why do we suddenly want to own a swim cap? Even a swim in the pool is a fashion statement. Harmon wore a black and white checkered (of course) one-piece with a triangular cutout and black belt. 12 of 25 14. Out and About Netflix Harmon paired a patterned silk shirt with a cozy cardigan for a trip to the store. If we looked like this when we ran errands, we would run a lot more errands. 13 of 25 13. Check Marks the Spot Netflix For the U.S. Open in Las Vegas, she wore a checkered dress with a black trim, accompanied by a black bolero. 14 of 25 12. Heads Up Netflix We are mostly obsessed with the headbands that Taylor-Joy and her costar Moses Ingram (who plays Harmon's childhood friend Jolene) rock while playing squash. 15 of 25 11. It's in the Details Netflix At first glance, this looks like a simple cream dress, but if you look closer, you'll see that the buttons at her shoulder are — you guessed it — checkered. Binder told the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, "Almost immediately we realized that we'd often see her mid-shot, sitting at the chessboard. We wanted interesting necklines. Something that stood out but didn't overwhelm." 16 of 25 10. Keeping It Light Netflix The subtle texture of Harmon's skirt and collared shirt marked a departure for the character. 17 of 25 9. Cool and Cozy Netflix We wish we had these black trousers, cream sweater and color-block cardigan so we could study chess and become Grandmasters ourselves. (That's how it works, right?) 18 of 25 8. Sleek and Elegant Netflix While we love her chessboard-inspired aesthetic, this relaxed, all-black casual look is classic in an Audrey Hepburn way. 19 of 25 7. Playing with Pattern Netflix As the show shifts from the early- to late-'60s, it's fun to watch Taylor-Joy's character experiment with color and patterns, but still with cheeky chessboard nods. 20 of 25 6. Think Pink NETFLIX This pink A-line, boatneck dress feels classic and softer than the other looks Harmon wears to observe her competitor, Vasily Borgov, while at a tournament in Mexico. 21 of 25 5. Playing It Cool Netflix This navy miniskirt and red-and-navy striped top is made even cooler with cat-eye sunglasses. The series' costume designer told the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of the look, "We are starting to see her personality — that of a young girl, as she grows in confidence, and moves into her own — both at the chessboard and in life." 22 of 25 4. Eye Love This Look Netflix Sure, at this point in the show Taylor-Joy's character is spiraling out of control, but her Twiggy/Edie Sedgwick-inspired eye makeup is still amazing. Paired with a mint hat and mustard top, it's the late-'60s look of our dreams — and acts as a subtle callback to her mint dress in the match with Borgov. 23 of 25 3. Russian Beauty NETFLIX When Harmon finally makes it to Russia, her outfit is fit for a spy film — all sleek lines and sharp contrast. From the trench to the wide-legged trousers, it's clear that she means business. 24 of 25 2. Checkmate NETFLIX We told you that there are a lot of checkers in this limited series, but this coat is our favorite. 25 of 25 1. All White Everything Netflix If we learned one thing about chess watching The Queen's Gambit, it is that the person who plays the white pieces (and therefore starts the game) has the advantage. After a series of wearing mostly dark colors and staying away from white, Harmon finally proves herself in the finale, and dons this all-white outfit that's fit for a queen ... of chess, anyway. Costume designer Binder intentionally designed this piece to "mimic the profile of a White Queen piece in chess." Want to know more about the costumes? Check out The Queen and The Crown: A Virtual Costume Exhibition, a collaboration between Netflix and the Brooklyn Museum, for a self-guided tour!