Skip To Content

    The One Thing You Never Noticed In "Parks And Recreation"

    It's all in Leslie's hair.

    The journey of Leslie Knope from unrecognized civil servant to superstar politician is one that will go down in history.

    NBC

    But there's one fun fact we don't talk about nearly enough: Leslie's style made the transition with her.

    NBC

    At first, Leslie – like all of us at some point – was a little lost style-wise.

    NBC

    "For the longest time, I felt like I had to keep my hair the color of someone who doesn't quite know the right look for her yet," Amy Poehler told Alan Sepinwall at HitFix in 2015.

    But as she found herself, her personal style found her.

    NBC
    NBC
    NBC

    "I fought hard in the beginning to say that Leslie had zero style," Poehler said. "And as seasons progressed, we would talk about, 'Maybe she shops at Sears. Maybe there's a good Dress Barn in Indiana.' We started saying, 'With a little bit of power, she just gets a little bit more fashionable.'"

    For the record, here's where she started in the pilot.

    She still looks cute AF, but with more seasons come more dimensions.

    The biggest change in her hair color comes in Season 5, when Leslie's bossed up as City Councilwoman.

    NBC
    NBC
    NBC

    And we take another leap for Lesliekind coming in Season 6, when she leaves the Pawnee Parks department for a job with the National Parks Service. WHERE SHE GETS BANGS.

    NBC

    And, as Poehler herself said, "I always tell Schur, 'Leslie just kept getting darker at the roots, literally and figuratively.'"

    And, sartorially, it all culminates in her rad suit from the finale.

    NBC
    NBC

    LOOK AT THAT CONFIDENCE.

    Leslie Knope was awesome from beginning to end, but she grew in some pretty huge ways – and her style did, too.

    NBC

    And, you know, she'll always be our Leslie.

    And she's always gonna find all the different ways to slay.

    NBC

    TV and Movies

    Get all the best moments in pop culture & entertainment delivered to your inbox.

    Newsletter signup form