How to Dress Like Mel from Netflix’s ‘Virgin River’

Her style is right up our alley

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We’ve seen every single episode of Virgin River on Netflix. We’ve heard (and carefully considered) countless conspiracy theories. But we’ve never analyzed Mel’s wardrobe quite like this.

We’re talking about the show’s main character, Mel (short for Melinda), who’s portrayed by Alexandra Breckenridge. Her sense of style isn’t, let’s say, special, but there’s something oddly effortless about her flannel-clad closet. So, we compiled a list of Mel’s best Virgin River outfits, along with details on how to recreate the looks at home. Keep scrolling for details.

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1. Flannel + Utility Jacket

Mel proves that you can’t go wrong with a classic flannel. Try pairing it with a heavy coat (like Mel) or opt for a cute skinny jean and Chelsea boot combo for an on-trend look.

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2. Chambray Shirt + Black Pants

One thing’s for sure: Mel is a sucker for button-down shirts. In this case, she completes the look with a pair of simple black pants.

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3. Puffer Coat + Beanie

Mel elevates this classic flannel shirt by pairing it with a coordinating puffer coat. Not only does it provide extra warmth, but it also complements the beanie.

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4. Pajama Set

It’s rare to see Mel wearing anything but pants and a top. But in this scene, Mel offers a rare glimpse of her two-piece pajama set. Cute and comfy…need we say more?

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5. Pullover + Skinny Jeans

Mel’s go-to outfit is a pullover and skinny jeans, as shown above. Although it’s a simple combination, she often makes subtle changes. (For example, the white undershirt and hair clip.)

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6. Fitted Blazer + Blouse

During a visit with her sister, Mel steps out of her typical wardrobe and dons a business professional ensemble. This includes a fitted blazer, a white blouse and dress pants, which can be swapped for denim, depending on the occasion.

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7. Sweater + Sherpa Coat

If you’re looking to elevate a simple sweater-and-pants ensemble, try taking a page from Mel’s book by adding a patterned coat.

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8. Patterned White Blouse + Burgundy Skirt

Mel rocks this business casual ensemble in the fourth episode of season four, and it's easily one of her best looks on the show. Try this look at your next office party.

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9. Crewneck Pullover + Baseball Cap

During a nature walk, Mel opted for a casual pullover and baseball cap. Try pairing the top with jeans for a casual daytime look.

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10. Denim Jacket + Bandana

Mel used this bandana in two ways. First, it held her hair back like a headband. Then, when the wildfire erupted in Virgin River, it moved to her neck.

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