There's been Tiger King, which provided a sprinkling of sartorial inspiration, Unorthodox, which we watched teetering on the peripheries of our sofas, and now it's the turn of Normal People, which has confronted us with a seemingly endless display of sizzling chemistry and on-screen outfit lusting.

The 12-episode adaptation of Sally Rooney's sophomore novel of the same name has made us laugh, cry and wail, all while effortlessly sending the Internet into a collective breakdown over the two lead protagonists. In fact, so many of us have been binging the show that BBC Three has recorded its best week ever for programme requests on the iPlayer – doubling a record set by the first series of Killing Eve. Within its first week on iPlayer, more than 21.8 million people had streamed the Hulu-produced series.

If the show's popularity is not thanks to the dishy-ness of Connell - and the allure of his omnipresent chain - it's the nonchalantly cool style of the its female lead, Marianne, who's played by English actress Daisy Edgar-Jones.

The woman hired to kit out stars of the hit-show was Lorna Marie Mugan, a.k.a the same woman responsible for the costumes in hit Netflix show, Peaky Blinders. Marie Mugan reportedly scoured vintage shops for a lot of Marianne's most-loved pieces, while also relying on the high-street to provide the pieces for her younger years.

If, like the rest of the nation, you've spent an inordinate amount of time engrossed in the show, keep reading for just how to nail Marianne's perfectly executed "I woke up like this" style.

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Floaty frocks

Marianne wearing a retro-esque dress in her Italian summer home  (Hulu)

During the series, Marianne's style slowly levitates from that of a naive schoolgirl to an intelligent young woman. In order to master that transition, she relies on an army of floaty frocks that are deceptively maturing and unequivocally flattering.

Whether it's the scene at her summer home in Italy where she sports a white A-line dress which, in the book, Rooney described as a “white dress with a halter-neck” that “looks immaculate," or the black midi dress she pairs with flat white trainers for a bike ride into the village with Connell, her dresses are the embodiment of effortless perfection.

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Blue Puff Sleeve Printed Flippy Dress, £22.50, shop it here

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Spaghetti Strap Linen Mini Dress, £65, shop it here


Black Tiered Poplin Pinafore Dress, £27, shop it here

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Sleeveless Button Up Midi Dress, £69, shop it here

Ear, ear

(BBC/Element Pictures/Hulu)

While for many, it's Marianne's bangs which have triggered a stream of inspiration (just where are the kitchen scissors?!), for others, it's her eclectic mix of ear bling, which work to perfectly compliment her fabulous fringe.

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Geometric earrings, £59, shop them here

(Browns Fashion )

Rixo Gold Tone Margaery Medallion Earrings, £105, shop them here

(Browns Fashion )

Anni Lu 18K Gold-Plated Heloise Floral Pearl Hoop Earrings, £105, shop them here

Train yourself

Connell and Marianne in the village in Italy (Hulu)

In the last couple of episodes of the series, Marianne is seen in several pairs of flat, white plimsoll-esque trainers. She wears them with her beloved denim mini-skirts and dresses - the perfect accompaniment for an afternoon bike ride à la Marianne and Connell.

(Browns Fashion )

Common Projects Original Achilles Low Top Leather Sneakers, £325, shop them here

(Matches Fashion)

Veja V-10 leather trainers, £115, shop them here


Superga 2750 Trainers, £49.99, shop them here


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