‘The Office’: These Erin Hannon Costumes Cost Over $100

Fans of The Office might be surprised to learn the cost of the costumes used in the series. The show might be a mockumentary about a fictional paper company, but the cast of characters each had a unique sense of style. Find out what inspired the costumes used in The Office and which of Erin Hannon’s (Ellie Kemper) looks cost over $100. 

Ellie Kemper as Erin Hannon
Ellie Kemper | Photo by: Danny Feld/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

The clothes in ‘The Office’ are based on a real paper company’s employees

Costume designer Carey Bennett visited a real-life paper company, Economy Papers, to create the looks fans see on The Office. Ironically, production was also inspired by the very-real workplace. 

“They were like, ‘What is this place?’” Bennet told Below the Line

Everyday people on the street also influenced Bennett. She is always fascinated by the many unexpected ways people choose to wear their clothes. 

In creating costumes for The Office, Bennett tried to avoid the British version of the series that inspired the show.

“I and three others really studied [the British version] at first,” she explained. “But then I saw a few episodes and stopped. I didn’t want to be too much more influenced.”

Instead, Bennett focused on the idea that these characters were meant to be real people. For Angela Martin (Angela Kinsey), Bennett chose styles from fashionable designers like Bebe, Juicy Couture, and J. Crew. By putting items from these designers together in “all the wrong” ways, Bennett brought Angela Martin to life.

Ironically, Bennett used styles from some of the same designers to create looks for Erin Hannon.

Erin Hannon’s look for ‘The Office’ finale was Ted Baker London

A fan-run Instagram account puts together behind-the-scenes content for The Office fans to share on social media. Breakdowns of the styles Erin wore on the show are often featured on the account. Fans can get a better idea of the designers Erin wore, where they can purchase similar looks, and for how much. 

Ed Begley Jr. as Martin, Ellie Kemper as Erin Hannon, Joan Cusack as Fran
Ed Begley Jr., Ellie Kemper, Joan Cusack | Colleen Hayes/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

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In one post, the account shared Erin’s dress from The Office finale. The ‘Wallpaper’ Pleated A-Line Dress from Ted Baker London was valued at $177, but no longer available from retailers like Nordstrom. Fans can find similar looks on secondhand sites like Poshmark. 

According to the account, “Erin wore multiple dresses of the same design in the finale episode. If you pay close attention, you can see the flower design on the dress is different throughout the episode.”

Erin Hannon’s outfit cost more than $150 for a Valentine’s Day episode 

In another post, the account broke down the cost of one of Erin’s looks from the episode “Couples Discount.” 

In the episode, the Dunder Mifflin employees are gearing up to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Erin’s outfit is the perfect look for the holiday, including her blouse, which is dotted with festive bows. 

Ed Helms as Andy Bernard, Ellie Kemper as Erin Hannon
Ed Helms and Ellie Kemper | Photo by: Byron Cohen/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

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According to this account, Erin’s top is a bow neck style from J. Crew valued at $110. While the retailer no longer produces that style, fans can find the shirt in varying sizes from thrift retailers.

Meanwhile, Erin’s skirt from the episode comes from Loft. Like the shirt, fans will be hard-pressed to find the tall structured color-blocked boot skirt for purchase. The version worn in the episode was estimated to cost $69.50, making the total cost of Erin’s look in “Couples Discount” $179.50.