Monthly Archives: January 2013

S1E5: Carla, Pastels

I know nothing of Easter. Being Jewish, I thought pastels were off the table. But Carla has inspired me to reconsider. Sure, Carla Tortelli is a Catholic Italian, but Rhea Perlman’s innate Jewishness shines through her spitfire character. It’s probably half the reason I love Carla so much.

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Yellow button-down, floral belt, and peach denim? I could give it a shot.

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1. Equipment Signature Blouse.  2. Rag & Bone Floral Skinny Belt in Canary.  3. Acne Patti Blouse in Degrade.  4. Maison Martin Margiela 11 Belt.  5. J Brand Mid Rise Skinny Jeans in Bengal Orange.  6. Tretorn Canvas T56 Sneakers.  7. BDG High-Rise Seamed Cigarette Jean in Coral.

Here’s to trying something new!

Cheers,

Chloe

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S1E4: Carla & Cowboy Shirts

Who can pull off a cowboy shirt? Carla can.

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An Isabel Marant version? A girl can dream. For a cowboy shirt that doesn’t cost $900, here are a few affordable (and wearable-in-public) options:

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1. Isabel Marant Embroidered Western Shirt.  2. Polo Ralph Lauren Embellished Denim Shirt.  3. Dorothy Perkins Cream Western Shirt.  4. Topshop Embroidered Yoke Western Shirt.  5. River Island Embroidered Western Shirt.  6. Nasty Gal Arizona Stripe Shirt.  7. Oasis Oversize Denim Shirt.

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S1E3, Carla: Part III

A friend just asked me, “Are you really taking hideous Cheers outfits and having a modern alternative involving Lanvin, Chloe, Hermes etc?” My answer: Firstly, I am sure that when these episodes aired, the characters were donning only the hippest brand name clothes of their era, as characters on hit shows tend to do. (Since their costume designer is probably 90 years old, I haven’t sought them out to ask, though I should). Secondly, if Lanvin, Chloe, and Hermes are making similar versions, the originals can’t be that all that bad, now can they? In fact the originals, at least Diane’s, probably were Lanvin, Chloe, and Hermes. Thirdly, they are not hideous outfits, they’re the best outfits, period. Which brings me to one of my favorites, Blue on Blue:

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Blue button-ups have had a bit of a makeover in the course of 30 years; Acne and Equipment make my favorites. Based on the color and cut of Carla’s jeans, I would think they were Wranglers (though my mom insists Girbaud was the leading brand in 1982). Turns out Wrangler still makes a nice indigo wash jean, as does Reiss (You know it’s the right era when the jean is called “Farrah.” I swear I don’t try to make these things rhyme.), and Imogene & Willie, a brand I was turned on to by Anne Sage, who called them a “Denim Game-Changer.” They say the Elizabeth jean “sits higher on the waist for new-meets-old-fashioned feel.” Sounds like they heard my plea. And finally, the feet. It drives me crazy that we rarely get to see Carla’s shoes, so I just had to use my imagination.

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1. Acne Long Sleeve Blouse.  2. Equipment Slim Signature Colorblocked Blouse.  3. Elliot Rhodes Tan Skinny Leather Belt with Gold Horn Buckle.  4. Linea Pelle Vintage Perforated Hip Belt. 5. Keds Pointer. 6. Mel Shoes We’ll Have a Wiffle Ball Sneaker.  7. Wrangler Jess High Waist Skinny Jeans.  8. Reiss Farrah Slim Straight Leg.  9. Imogene + Willie Elizabeth Straight Leg.

Here’s to those of us who can see past the cut to the style beneath!

Cheers,

Chloe

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S1E3: Carla, Part II

Both Carla Tortelli and Diane Chambers sport a wide variety of hair accessories throughout the many seasons of Cheers, but this is probably the most memorable:

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I searched high and low for a star barrette that isn’t cheesy and it wasn’t easy (unlike that rhyme, which was both). Three options. 1) For a mere $640, Rodarte’s gorgeous star barrette could feed a village. 2) For $18, Catbird’s Giant Dwarf Silver SParkler Star Bobby Pins seem like a deal (In comparison, that is. I haven’t bought a barrette since I was four, so I was still under the impression that they’re supposed to cost $2 at most.). 3) Thanks to Glitter Mint’s DIY version of Rodarte’s celestial hair pin, you can probably achieve the look for under $10. Plus you get to use a hot-glue gun. Win-win.

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Here’s to saving money!

Cheers,

Chloe

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S1E3: Carla, Part I

Well, we’ve made it to Episode 3, where I really started to notice just how incredible Carla’s clothes are. It’s very rare that we get to see a full body shot of Carla (she’s usually busy slinging drinks and insults), but when we do, it’s golden. Case in point: this belted rust-colored denim/multicolor-striped-tee/casual sneakers gem.

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I’ll get to Carla’s (well-curated collection of) hair clips and (well-curated collection of) Nikes eventually but for now these modern alternatives do the trick:

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1. Splendid Striped slub-jersey T-shirt.  2. A Wear Geo Print Button Back Top.  3. J Brand Mid Rise Skinny Leg in bourbon brown.  4. Rachel Comey Corvus sneakers in truffle combo.  5. Chloe Leather Patchwork Belt.  6. LANVIN Contrasting Leather Trainers.

Here’s to Carla!

Cheers,

Chloe

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S1E2: Polo Shirts

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I used to hate polo shirts. For reasons aesthetic (they simply look too preppy), ancestral (members of my tribe haven’t exactly been welcomed into country clubs), and practical (I don’t even know how to ride a horse).

But then I found an old Lacoste polo at the thrift store (similar to Carla’s above). And truth be told, I like it. Why? It’s a toss-up. Either because it only cost a dollar, or perhaps because it is beat up, thinning, riddled with holes, and a men’s. And as a rule, vintage is almost always better than new, men’s shirts almost always better than women’s.

However, upon some heavy polo research (because of an accidental Wikipedia click I now know all the rules to the sport), it turns out there are a bevy of designers out there not only making new polo shirts for women, but breaking the mold and redefining what a polo shirt is. Whether patterned, textured, deconstructed, modern, or reimagined, these 16 polos will make you do a double-take. (Kind of like seeing a Jew at a country club.)

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1. MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela polo.  2. Carven paisley print polo.  3. Leon & Harper polo in grey.  4. Lacoste L!VE half sleeve jersey striped polo in azurite blue. 5. American Appaarel Open Knit Tennis polo.  6. Dolce & Gabbana cotton wool blend polo.  7. Raquel Allegra polo.  8. Ralph Lauren Blue printed polo.  9. Dolce & Gabbana silk knit polo.  10. Stella McCartney polo in antique rose.  11. Hermes Vintage polo.  12. Leon & Harper polo in yellow floral.  13. Jil Sander navy stretch knit polo.  14. Jean Paul Gaultier fuzzi print tulle polo.  15. Antipodium sporting chance perforated polo.  16. Mossoni short sleeve polo in blue white.

And isn’t it JUST like Carla to make me rethink a lifetime’s ban of polos?

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Wildfox ‘Happy’ polo shirt

Here’s to polo shirts!

Cheers,

Chloe

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Pilot: Diane Chambers

In the pilot episode of Cheers, Diane Chambers quickly transforms from a pretentious tightly-wound blue-blooded grad student about to marry her professor into a (pretentious tightly-wound blue-blooded) jilted barmaid. This is illustrated by a major transformation in her clothes.

See exhibit A:

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From sipping a martini to taking beer orders in an apron, Diane always maintains an air of sophistication, albeit pompous. With almost identical blouses and skirts, plus an overabundance of plaid, available today, it’s easy to achieve Diane’s highs and lows.

See Exhibit B:

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1. Funktional Silk Fold Top.  2. See by Chloé Plaid Shirt Dress.  3. Gianfranco Ferre Vintage Wrap Skirt.  4. Burberry Brit ‘Kristie’ Plaid Dress in pink and in blue.

Here’s to Diane!

Cheers,

Chloe

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Pilot: Carla Tortelli

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Alright, alright. So Carla Tortelli’s outfit in the 1982 pilot episode of Cheers isn’t the best example of her sharp style. But if you can look past the (brillo pad) haircut and unfortunate (mom pant) pleats, this can be easily reimagined as a cute modern outfit. The bones are all there: a chunky oversized knit sweater, an embellished red tee tucked into high waisted colored denim, and a skinny black belt. Update the proportions and it doesn’t feel like the 1982 recession is just beginning. It feels more like, well, the current recession.

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1. Drake’s London Iconic Four Ply Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan in flannel grey.  2. GRP Cardigan in Grey.  3. LEMLEM Adamu Drape Top.  4. Jasmin Shokrian Seam Blouse.  5. Barneys New York Co-Op Basic Skinny Belt.  6. Labour of Love Black Leather Skinny Belt.  7. Alexander McQueen Skinny Jean in bottle green.  8. Societe Anonyme ‘George’ Unisex Tapered Jean.

Here’s to Carla!

Cheers,

Chloe

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Cheers to Carla

How it all began

In the fall of 2012, I moved into my first studio apartment. Then I got sick. I had never lived alone and now I had the flu, to boot. After exhausting all reasonable Netflix options, I turned to Cheers. It was a revelation.

Cheers aired its pilot episode three years before I was born and went off the air when I was in 3rd grade. But, no matter. Rhea Perlman’s character Carla Tortelli, with her keen sense of style (read: high-waisted jeans, color-coordinated Nikes and barrettes, and animal-print sweaters), has become, 30 years after her inception, my fashion guru.

This blog charts the outfits of Cheers’ main characters (with an emphasis on dear Carla, of course), from its pilot episode in 1982 to its finale in 1993. It also points you in the right direction for achieving a modern take on the looks of these underrated fashion icons.

Here’s to Carla!

Cheers,

Chloe

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