The Split has been praised by fans for its ‘best series yet’. But it’s not just the gripping storylines that has everyone talking.
Viewers have been going wild over Hannah Stern’s business wardrobe since the drama about a family of divorce lawyers with complicated personal lives returned to screens this month.
At the centre of the drama is Hannah (played by Nicola Walker), who wears a mixture of sleek dresses, silk shirts and classic coats with a twist from brands like Theory, Whistles and & Other Stories.
One standout piece is a £559 satin-crepe pleated coat from Theory that has proved a particular hit with women watching at home.
Viewers have been going wild over Hannah Stern’s business wardrobe, which effortlessly blends mid-range and high end brand names. Above, Hannah wears a £159 Burgundy midi shirt dress from Whistles (right), which is no longer in stock, in episode two
The character’s Vino belted satin-crepe coat from Sandro (right), £559, has proved a particular hit with viewers, although many are disappointed to learn the price tag
The high-flying lawyer (played by Nicola Walker) wears a mixture of sleek dresses, silk shirts and classic coats with a twist. Pictured, a Gathered Neck Belted Sheath Dress from Harper Rose which is now sold out. Hannah wears the classic style in series three, episode three
One tweeted: ‘For my birthday I have requested Nicola Walker’s entire wardrobe from #thesplit, & also her general demeanour. If that’s not too big an ask.’
Another posted: ‘I’m here for the big houses and the wardrobe. And positive media portrayal of women in their 40s. #TheSplit.’
A third wrote: ‘Hannah’s white coat with the pleats at the back? Who’s the stylist? A gifted one. Matriarch Defoe’s fitted cerise dress? Absolutely stunning. I would attend an exhibition of The Split wardrobe! (V & A?) They like women & they do it right.’
Hannah’s polished style sets her apart from sisters Nina (Annabel Scholey) and Rose (Fiona Button), who have a cooler, more laid back look.
This £500 double-breasted linen-blend blazer from Theory (right) is styled with several outfits during the series, including this all-blue ensemble in episode one (left)
A rare moment of pattern comes in this £200 petrol blue shirt from Sandro (right), which is layered under a blazer for a sleek look at the end of episode three
One of the more affordable items in Hannah’s wardrobe is this £55 Iridescent Button Satin Blouse from & Other Stories (right), which she wears in episode six (left)
Nicola, known for Unforgotten and Last Tango In Halifax, has admitted she initially found the ‘slick wardrobe and manicures daunting’.
‘I found all of that difficult to begin with,’ she previously told the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine.
‘It took until season two for me to start thinking, “OK, I’ve got Hannah’s professional armour on. That’s her.”
‘It was weird after lockdown going back into these tailored clothes and high heels again. But that’s a superpower I now have – I don’t know if anyone will want me to look like that again, but I can do it.
Hannah’s Austen double-breasted woven blazer from Reiss (right), was £250 but is now sold out. It is pictured right in a different colour, which is also no longer available to buy
Hannah’s wardrobe is filled with classic separates to mix and match, like this £215 Bowery Blouse from The Fold (right) which is available to buy from John Lewis
Blue, silky and simple, this £215 Harrow blouse from The Fold is typically Hannah. The character wears the shirt under a navy double breasted blazer in episode one
‘Just don’t take off the heels or you’ll never get them back on!’
The cult show, one of the most watched dramas on BBC iPlayer, follows the messy lives of the three sisters and their formidable mother Ruth Defoe (Deborah Findlay) as they navigate bitter legal wrangles for their London divorce law firm Noble Hale Defoe.
This final series is set ten months after Hannah and her husband Nathan (Stephen Mangan) called time on their seemingly rock solid marriage with the disclosure of Hannah’s affair (Nathan also cheated via an extra-marital dating site).
Now the two lawyers are negotiating their own split, but things are complicated because Nathan’s girlfriend is pregnant.
The series, which is airing weekly on Monday nights and is available to watch in full on iPlayer, has been praised by fans.
One posted: ‘Thank you all for making such an amazing programme, with believable characters that we all invested in.’
A second fan added: ‘Just bloody brilliant acting, amazing storyline and fabulous clothes #TheSplit can’t believe this is the last series! Love the Defoe ladies!’