Claws Is A Love Letter To The Proud, Strip Mall-Fabulous American Woman

What makes Claws special is that the fashion is true to life. These women aren’t aspirational in the traditional sense; their clothing is largely accessible to any woman who might choose to seek it out. But that’s the genius of the show’s intentional costume design.

As extravagant as these women’s fashion choices are, they never feel out of place because the characters move through the world as though they belong. While they lean into their new identities as criminal overlords, they also lean into their authentic selves: They reclaim the invocation of “trashy” as a descriptor and turn it around on itself, signposting that they will always be vamps and never give up their big hair and rhinestones.