What do you do when you want to restructure your entire wardrobe? Analyze the style of several kickass characters in TV and film of course!
By Annissa Omran (Writer/College Student)
As the summer months string along in an endless blur of days with no discernible dates and nights with no discernible ends, it is only inevitable that the morning would come when I would wake up and realize that the next semester is upon us. While it’s not truly around the corner just yet, it IS lurking, just in the hazy distance. This means that it is time to start considering all of the stuff that the retail industry’s “back to school” crap-storm-of-a-campaign will surely be reminding me about in every medium possible in the coming weeks.
Primary among these concerns, for this year anyway, is my growing discomfort with the glue that holds my wardrobe together. Or, more accurately – the glue that has turned into that horribly flaky residue that seems more to suggest a previous cohesion than to actually provide any real binding.
As a student I admit to still measuring the passage of time in chunks that are suspiciously consistent with the beginning and end of a new term. January 1st is all nice and dandy, but my year starts with the definitive clunk of a new stack of textbooks hitting my desk each fall.
(The Lazy College Senior meme applies. Every time. [source])
I decided that now would be an appropriate time to reevaluate the way I present myself to the world. In doing so, I realized that – as with many aspects of my life – I often look to fictional characters when making decisions.
So I've decided to look around for a little help during this new style evolution.
I’m a major Mad Men fan, but my love of vintage clothing traces back farther to my love of Old Hollywood and the like. Mad Men is simply a rejuvenated medium through which 60’s style can be highlighted – and boy is it highlighted. I love Trudy Campbell in particular because she’s a splash of youthful color and whimsy in each of her short-yet-memorable scenes. I love her odd prints, A-line skirts, and silly hats almost as much as I love the fabulous Charleston she and husband Peter danced back in season 3.
I was actually inspired to write this post based on the amazing work by Tom and Lorenzo, two bloggers who painstakingly sift through every Mad Men episode to deliver some deeply insightful correlations between plot, character development, and fashion.
Joan Watson from Elementary
While I admit that Joan's wardrobe is a little too "New York" for me to justify in the context of my South Florida lifestyle, I can't get over the simplicity of the style. Almost all of her outfits are the same tried and true combination - t shirt, jacket/sweater, basic skirt, tights, and boots. It gives her a signature look and I love when the costume department picks a style and sticks with it. Everything with Joan is about consistency and practicality. Which makes sense, because what is neurotic Sherlock with out his calm/collected (and uber stylish) partner, Watson?
Tracy Lord from The Philadelphia Story
(Look at how fierce this woman is [source])
Katherine Hepburn is kind of my life. This woman was fearless in ways that most people my age tend to overlook. I hate that when I mention the name "Hepburn" people automatically go "Oh, the Breakfast at Tiffany's girl"? First of all, no.
I LOVE me some Audrey, but Katherine is my girl (and besides, Breakfast at Tiffany's is HARDLY Audrey's best film, you should at LEAST be able to call to mind Roman Holiday or Sabrina or My Fair Lady, but I digress). As Tracy Samantha Lord, Katherine is able to portray the best of all possible worlds, bringing her penchant for masculine silhouettes which she was most known for while also capturing Old Hollywood Glamour to a tee. If I could bring 1/16 of her power and grace to my closet I'd be ecstatic.
Jessica Day from New Girl
(The role that made me love the manic pixie dream girl [source])
It's Jess! What's not to love about this quirky style? Here we see a resurfacing of my obsession with tights.It's a relatively girly style but it also screams functionality with all of her flowy shorts and practical flats. Her clothes have a vintage feel, especially with all of the a-line skirts and boat neck lines. When not singing off-key and fraternizing with her loveable roommates, Jess is actually a teacher, and it's easy to see how these outfits can be deamed school appropriate.
Agent Dana Scully from The X-Files
You hadn’t thought I’d gotten over my X Files addiction yet, had you? While I admit dashing Agent Mulder cannot really provide me with fashion tips per say, his partner – the beautiful Scully – has really been inspiring me as of late. Scoff as you may, I’m really digging her G-woman pantsuits. High waist is in, my friends, and I'd much rather do the classic-cut pants a la Hepburn over the hipster shredded-mom-jeans trend any day. This woman is strong, confident, and badass - and she rocks the skirt-and-blazer combo like no one else.
If this list seems a little all over the place that's because it is. Style inspiration can come in many forms - mine just happens to come in century-spanning, genre-trancending, character-costume form.
I'll leave you with some fashionable Mulder. Simply beause he's so damn attractive it works in context.
is currently a college student and eternally a writer. An old movie aficionado, her interests include show tunes, singing loudly, and singing show tunes loudly. She also provides a (dramatic) running commentary on the life of a young writer.
EMAIL HER | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | OTHER POSTS BY THIS AUTHOR