Timeless brought its characters to a lot of different time periods in many different outfits, but these are some of Lucy’s best.
When a show like Timeless takes its characters to a new time period every week, the characters can’t just wear their modern-day duds all the time. Instead, they need a variety of costumes to help them blend in during their trips to history.
The Timeless costume team worked incredibly hard to make Lucy Preston look period-accurate – and if she wasn’t, it was acknowledged in the episode. With trips to the past spanning 300 years, there’s a huge assortment of outfits for Lucy, sometimes right out of the Mason Industries closet, and, other times, stolen from the past. These are some of her very best over the course of the show’s two seasons.
1893’S Dark Dress
When Flynn kidnaps Lucy in the first season, it’s in an effort to make her see things his way. He takes her to 1893 at the site of the World’s Fair, where she meets Harry Houdini, but also the world’s first serial killer to be classified as such, H. H. Holmes.
Lucy’s dress for what might be the creepiest episode of Timeless is exceptionally appropriate. In a dark red with black stripe details, it really sets the mood before the audience even knows that Lucy’s going to cross paths with Holmes.
In the second season of Timeless, the group gets to travel back in time to a bit more glamorous of a location than usual. Gone are the gritty uniforms of a revolutionary war, and present are suits and dresses to blend in with the Hollywood elite of the 1940s.
Lucy, Rufus, and Wyatt get to attend a party alongside Hedy Lamarr. Lucy’s dress for the party is actually a replica of Katherine Hepburn’s from The Philadelphia Story. The cream color and gold accents are perfect for the glitz and glamour of the night that hides Rittenhouse secrets.
Party At Castle Varlar In Plaid
It’s a shame that Lucy spends so much of the episode “Party At Castle Varlar” in a military uniform because she’s got a pretty great ensemble together when she’s not wearing the undercover gear. As a result, a lot of viewers might have missed the outfit beneath her coat.
Below her brown coat, Lucy’s sporting a plaid dress and a vest that really wouldn’t look out of place today. Considering the episode features the team meeting James Bond creator Ian Fleming, the costume department could have gone the route of dolling her up like a Bond girl, but this conservative look is actually more appealing for the hour.
1882 Western Wear
Because of the prevalence of skirts and dresses throughout history, it’s not often that the audience gets to see Lucy don a pair of trousers in her trips through history. That’s part of the reason her costume change when the group teams up with Bass Reeves to go after Jesse James is so great.
Lucy comes to 1882 in a dress provided by Mason Industries, but it’s completely impractical to go riding across the west chasing an outlaw. It’s Bass Reeves who suggests she change, not worried about the social conventions others might be. Loose-fitting trousers, top, and long coat give Lucy enough coverage to be warm against cooling temperatures, but enough freedom of movement to climb onto a horse. It’s practical and a fun look for her.
A Pop Of Color For Bonnie And Clyde
Thanks to a lot of their trips through time requiring a military uniform or a desire to blend in without drawing attention, there isn’t a ton of bright color in the outfits of the “time team.” Lucy gets to wear an outfit that really pops thanks to its salmon shade when she and Wyatt pretend to team up with Bonnie and Clyde.
Lucy shines in a loose-fitting pink dress with a knotted collar in the episode. Despite the tension of she and Wyatt playing married, and her knowledge that Bonnie is about to meet an untimely end, Lucy looks perfectly comfortable – and fits right in – in the time period.
The ’80s Professional
Technically, Jiya’s ’80s outfit is probably more appealing than Lucy’s, but the audience really has to appreciate the accuracy of their looks in “The Day Reagan Was Shot.” The season two episode sees the team trying to protect a young Denise Christopher before she ever became a Homeland Security agent, and everyone certainly looks the part.
Not only is there an attempt to give Lucy the Farah Fawcett wave that so many women wanted after she appeared in Charlie’s Angels, but there’s also some oversized (plastic rimmed) glasses, a high-waisted skirt, and a shirt that comes with its own scarf. Lucy’s outfit is 80s perfection for a woman working an office job who just wants to have a little fun.
Space-Racing Polka Dots
The ’60s have such a distinct style that Lucy’s outfit could have gone in several different ways. The costume team didn’t give her bright colors to make her stand out, but they did give her the perfect ’60s silhouette.
When Lucy ends up at NASA in the ’60s, trying to help Rufus stop a modern computer virus from ruining the first mission to the moon, she’s got to blend in with other secretaries on site. That means a dress and heels that still give a professional vibe. She’s still got the ’60s mini skirt, but she’s also wearing darker colors to make her look serious – and polka dots to make the whole outfit a little more fun.
The Watergate Ensemble
Like Lucy’s “Space Race” outfit, this one is just a whole lot of fun. Lucy fits right in with the women she crosses paths with in the ’70s, but it’s a really different look for her.
Not only does Lucy get some killer boots, but she also gets to wear bright colors. Her patterned dress and bright orange coat work well. Plenty of vintage-loving fashionistas would probably wear her 1972 look today.
The Chinatown Stripes
When the season two finale heads to San Francisco in 1888, the fashions are bold. Emma and Jessica get a lot of color in their dresses, but Lucy doesn’t. That’s okay because the intense black and white stripes are still an attention-grabber.
When there are this many stripes – and stripes going in two different directions, no less – it can be overwhelming. The team who put this dress together, however, really knew what they were doing because every fold, tuck, and seam makes the pattern meet in just the right way, giving Lucy an air of sophistication.
Lucy’s First Costume Change
Timeless has a lot to say about history. Despite Lucy, from the very first trip through time, wanting to do her best to preserve it, the series often highlights the unsung heroes of the past. The spotlight is often on lesser-known aspects of people’s stories, or women, or people of color, or a combination of all three. Lucy is very well versed in all of their stories, and the audience gets an idea of just how much information she retains when the team takes their first trip in the pilot episode.
When the trio has been instructed to change and get in the lifeboat, Lucy laments how inaccurate her clothing is. She knows which fabrics shouldn’t be present, which part of the style is wrong, and even that her undergarments shouldn’t feature underwire. Of course, that underwire saves Lucy’s life, which is part of the reason this outfit lands on the list. It’s also the catalyst for her more accurate costumes moving forward. On her next trip, Mason Industries has a time-period-accurate-closet to be prepared for anything.