“Don’t Wear These Clothes Again!”: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Relives Iconic Looks From Seinfeld, Veep, and More

“At the time I thought, There is nothing groovier than this look,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus laughs. She’s flipping through images of herself in the early ’90s, in costume as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld. The character who was most famous for her killer quips has now become a veritable ’90s style icon in her own right, spawning armies of women in floral midi dresses, lace-up oxfords, and white bobby socks. “She definitely dictated her own style. She was not somebody who dressed super-sexy. That wasn’t her vibe.” Louis-Dreyfus continues: “I don’t know if that [look] was in or I just thought it was in.”

In the two decades since Seinfeld has gone off the air, the actress has had her own style evolution. Flashback to the mid-’90s and you’ll find Louis-Dreyfus on the red carpet in a plunging V-neck Giorgio Armani gown. “It was considered, in 1995, very risqué,” she demurs. In the aughts, she traded sex appeal for sleekness, courtesy of Narciso Rodriguez, whose black-and-white “bullet” dress she wore to the 2006 Emmy Awards. In the 2010s, we have all come to know and love Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer on Veep, a character “who feels constricted all the time, and is constricted all the time, because these dresses are tight.”

All things considered, Louis-Dreyfus is still very much in love with fashion, as her ever-rotating wardrobe confirms. But she does have some advice for all of those clamoring for a Seinfeld revival—sartorially speaking, at least. “I encourage you who are listening to this little piece right now: Don’t wear these clothes again! Don’t do it. I made the mistake. Learn from my mistakes.”

Watch Louis-Dreyfus weigh in on the cultural impact of Elaine-core, Selina’s style, and her own off-duty looks, here.