If there is a character whose bold looks Grace and Frankie not only stealing the show, but our heartsit’s not block color queen Brianna, it’s not starched-collared monarch Grace, and it’s not layering goddess Frankie.
It’s Sol Bergstein, people.
During Grace and Frankie‘s seven seasons on Netflix, Sam Waterston boldly offers patterns of varying intensities in Sol’s signature shirts, which offset her husband Robert’s unwavering love of navy and gray. Thanks to series costume designer Allyson B. Fanger, we’ve tapped into Sol’s years of sartorial savvy as he worries about something or the other, gives a pep talk adorned with conflicting patterns or again plays the role of mediator in a windy linen number.
Because her fashion sense deserves recognition dammit, here is a definitive ranking of Sol’s 20 best shirts. Grace and Frankie. I’ve left out most of Sol’s linen shirts because they’re far too easy and plentiful, as well as his office shirts because they’re not worthy of the strong, proud Sol style we love.
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And if I missed any of your favorites (Sol wears something like 100 shirts, cardigans, and t-shirts on the show), I’m sorry I can’t hear you over his second-best shirt.
20. Season 6, Episode 13
Have the blues.
This one gets points for matching Robert’s signature block color, lounge chairs, and the feeling that your whole house just got flooded with a prototype toilet made by your exes.
19. Season 6, Episode 5
A serious shirt for serious conversation.
Now we are in. The bird! Button sewing! The waffle fabric! The double hug! Sol needs all the support he can get to get through this episode, tell his family about his health, so if panels of flying cranes bring him any comfort, by all means.
18. Season 5, Episode 7
As Sol tries to convince Robert that his sleep apnea device “isn’t that bad,” he’s wearing this gorgeous paneled landscape, perhaps to distract her husband from the device “getting blown.” the face”. It’s a good attempt!
17. Season 6, Episode 3
The only code here is a perfect dress code.
I’ll always lean towards black shirts in my own wardrobe, but it’s a bit austere for Sol to do it all, so these little frills work wonders. See also, this similar shirt:
Sol pulls this out for a game night with the family, and there’s enough wind in this school prep Robert, Brianna, and Mallory with Bud and Coyote in Celebrity by cheating with their own code.
16. Season 3, Episode 2
Robert and Sol spend a sick day unpacking the boxes for their new smart home, playing with their sound system that isolates the music in different rooms. While Robert rides Gilbert and Sullivan, Sol dances to Little Richard, in a palm-patterned number designed to kick off all those angular shapes.
15. Season 3, Episode 5
There are about 10 models going on here and I love it. Sol pulls out this overtly patterned autumnal delight when he’s just been cooking dinner at home, but it becomes the perfect outfit for, I don’t know, heading to Grace and Frankie’s house to arbitrate the dynamic duo’s argument over the guns in the house.
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14. Season 6, Episode 1
A real star.
There are about 20 models going on here, and a dragon, and I love it. The return of season 6 saw Sol go bold and brilliant to toast the newlyweds: Grace and Nick (surprise!). Grace meets Sol on the ostentatious prints in this scene, but Sol could never come close to such a powerfully starched collar.
13. Season 1, Episode 11
If you’re going to have an argument, have it in this shirt.
12. Season 4, Episode 9
An underrated gem.
When Sol’s shirts come with a bird/flower scene, embossed fabric, and an unexpected hue like this dark green, we’re all in. It’s another shirt that looks pretty during the tension between Sol and Robert, and while it’s overshadowed in the scenes Joan-Margaret’s spectacular fall leaves jacket and koi brooch, it’s a winning argument for us. .
11. Season 3, Episode 13
Don’t call the fashion (or real) police on these activists.
Dress every day like you’re going to be arrested for peacefully protesting bagel-making fanatics.
10. Season 6, Episode 13
“That’s the kind of guy I am now: bad to the core.”
*extremely AC/DC voice* If you want blood, you got it. Sol gives Robert a taste of his own medicine by spending a huge amount of money on something without talking about it first. Revenge shopping is the order of the day, as is this shirt, which should be worn with a leather jacket and a baaaad attitude.
9. Season 6, Episode 10
Impossible to miss it.
It’s a fundraiser for the New Lear Theater, so Sol pulls out the big, shiny guns in this one. Sadly, that wasn’t enough to get them over the line due to a big-hearted move, but the real winner of the day was our own eyes.
8. Season 5, Episode 11
Sol ignites repetition by giving Rock ? a Remark? in this excellent spotted shirt. I don’t know if it’s watching Sol stand up to Robert’s tyrannical director that brings out the colors, but THEY CAN.
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7. Season 1, episode 9 and season 2, episode 4
Robert: I love the shirt. Hate the chair.
Ahhh, the Columbia fishing shirt, covered in a pattern related to tuna fishing, bluefin tuna, helmets and propellers. Do we ever see Sol fishing in the series? No. Is it important ? Nope! The shirt appears in seasons 1 and 2, because once is not enough to really study every image of this shirt.
6. Season 4, Episode 3
I mean… wow.
There’s so much going on here, but all in perfect harmony. Those scratches! Sol wears this kind of art on a regular night at home, always ready to arrange an emergency legal consultation over a handwritten love letter over coffee. He erupts again in Season 6 Episode 4 when he faces his own crisis.
5. Season 1, Episode 13
A shirt in which to do unethical things.
This is the shirt in which Sol makes questionable choices. Reminiscing about Frankie while packing their house to this stylish patterned number? Formula of adulterous chaos.
4. Season 5, Episode 9
I’m sorry but it’s a masterpiece. The color palette, the flowing fabric, the bold collar, the dancing butterflies. This is the perfect look for a hypoallergenic food tasting for Bud and Allison’s wedding, why not? But folks, Sol kinda made people happy in this episode and he’s got the shirt to prove it: “I’m not impossible, I’m just evolving! And I love the new me. The new me gets results !” Friend, yes.
3. Season 7, Episode 3
This shouldn’t work. It does.
It’s one of the best shirts ever worn on TV, so it’s in the top three. A hilly landscape of bright, bold colors with clashing patterns as much as Sol and Robert living in the beach house with Grace and Frankie while their house is being repaired after the toilets flood. As tensions rise over Wiffle Waffle Brunch, the tide is rising on this shirt as well.
2. Season 5, Episode 8
“Oh yay, Sol is here!”
“Yay! His shirt is yelling ours!”
It just misses the top spot, but this absolute one-shirt stunner eclipses Robert’s repeat at home, and frankly deserves a break. The heaps of hibiscus and brightly colored birds of paradise. The sunset scenes on the mountain with palm trees. This bold black and red outline. A real success, which was only beaten by an iconic look…
1. Season 6, Episode 9
The ultimate Sol shirt.
Credit: Screenshot: Netflix
The paint swatch shirt. That’s all. This is art. It is a model of art supplies. It’s available for me to purchase for $179.00 and live my good life searching the streets of suburban LA for hickory wood, co-hosting drinks, and saving my ex-wife from pennies. his dining table whenever there is an earthquake.
Raise a pink squirrel to the supreme shirt of all Sol shirts, long may he reign.