, airing Wednesdays on NBC, women across America had a new hero. After all, she was living the dream: She worked as a high-powered magazine executive in Manhattan, had her best friends to lean on and was always dressed to kill. When she added “cougar” to her resume, things got interesting.

But scoring the hottie boy toy takes some effort — even for fictional television characters who seemingly have it all. Costume designer Daniel Lawson has worked a delicate balance on Nico, giving her a style that mixes the elegance and style expected of an editor-in-chief of a fashion rag with the no-nonsense cut of a woman who knows what she wants and will tell you in no uncertain terms. Blending the two is a masterful stroke by Lawson, who chooses a wardrobe heavy in 3/4-length dresses that are simple and clean, allowing for embellishment from the accessories magazine editors love.

The ruffle short-sleeve dress with low back from Derek Lam features a scoop back that belies the front’s modesty. Made of viscose jersey, the dress was worn in the Carpe Threesome episode. The burgundy smock was glammed up with seriously heavy baubles including an agate cabochon necklace from Bounkit for Vivre. The multiple strands of vibrant faceted carnelian beads in red secure five large blue agate cabochons. It’s a stunner. To highlight her slender fingers, she chose the spectacular Countess Ring in 18k gold with 60 diamonds bordering its edges from Ippolita. Her bag was a goatskin Rive Gauche in taupe from Yves Saint Laurent.

Another dress that screams Nico is the New Jackie Dress from Dolce & Gabbana. The high-sheen stretch satin dress is cut with a body-hugging silhouette and features raised seaming for textural interest and a tonal belt that adds visual impact. It’s all business and works perfectly when paired with a Fane Hitchcock clutch made of feathers and snakeskin.

When casually lounging in her free time, Nico keeps things stylish and high-end with the Doris Tunic from Tory Burch. Inspired by the style of socialite Doris Duke, this white midnight bazaar print tunic is highlighted by tortoiseshell and floral embellishments.

But with fall rapidly approaching, outerwear will be featured prominently sooner than later, and Nico’s long-sleeve twist-lock coat with Mandarin collar in white from Versace is a perfect choice. Buttoned to the neck with medusa-embossed fasteners, the mid-thigh-length coat is like a bank vault. You could be wearing anything or nothing at all underneath. Which, if you’re dating a guy half your age, seems possible. Pair it with Roberto Cavalli‘s canvas leopard shopper, like Nico, and let the world see your inner cougar.

Posted by:Michael Korb