Monthly Archives: March 2013

S2E4: Carla, Vertical Stripes

Vertical stripes. You rarely see them, but when you do, they always look good. Kind of like zebras.

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Modern options below. Highlight: NSF Clothing‘s almost identical Sina Stripe Top, right in the center. Read about the rad California company here.

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1. Rag & Bone Smoking Shirt. 2. Joie Peterson B Top in Dark Navy. 3. Faliero Sarti Phil Scarf. 4. NSF Sina Stripe Top. 5. J. Crew Boy Shirt in Stripe Linen. 6. Steve Mono Sara L2 Clutch. 7. Zara Wide Stripe Blazer and Wide Stripe Trousers.

Here’s to horizontal stripes’ more flattering sister!

Cheers,

Chloe

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S2E3: Finally, Diane’s First Good Outfit

Finally. It only took 25 episodes for Diane Chambers to wear a truly likeable outfit. No pastels, no ruffles, no lace, no silk, no puff sleeves, not even a pussy bow (a certified Man Repeller) in sight.

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Perhaps it can be attributed to the fact that in the finale of Season 1, Sam and Diane finally sealed the deal. Just a wee bit of sex with a man and Diane suddenly realized she wasn’t a virginal pilgrim, and could thus stop dressing like one. A chunky knit sweater, an a-line skirt, a tie belt, deep purples and reds, even a black purse. She let go of her anal-retentive stiffness and got dressed like a normal person. Finally.

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1. P.A.R.O.S.H Cowl Neck Sweater. 2. Rachel Comey Chunky Side Zip Shell. 3. Isabel Marant Anaid Star Shoes. 4. Kaliko Cowl Neck Long Sleeve Top in Dark Purple. 5. Moovy Beige Knit Sweater. 6. Diane Von Furstenberg Connor Suede Belt. 7. Steven Alan Claudia Skirt. 8. Clare Vivier Sac Bretelle. 9. Reiss Della Multi Colour Pleat Skirt in Navy. 10. Jigsaw Tasselled Obi Belt.

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S2E2: Carla in Menswear

Boyfriend jeans don’t look great on those of us with Carla Tortelli’s stature. We 5’3″-ers and below don’t need any help looking short by wearing oversized cuffed pants. Boyfriend shirts, on the other hand, are universally flattering.

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Maybe her sleazy ex-husband left it, maybe she found it in the bar’s lost & found. Either way, Carla’s men-at-work tee-shirt look fits her masculine (and emasculating) personality to a tee (pun intended).

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1. MIH Jeans Chambray Shirt. 2.Topshop Mixed Panel Shirt. 3. Elizabeth and James Stripe Ella Shirt. 4. The Row Jorty Striped Silk Shirt. 5. J. Crew Boy Color-Block Cotton Oxford Shirt. 6. Pixie Mart Oversize Stripe Shirt.

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S2: Diane x Madewell

Diane’s Season 2 uniform: demure knit sweaters, button-down shirts, below-the-knee skirts, all in a pale pastel palette. The eternal student and teacher’s pet, feminine yet completely un-sexy.

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Madewell’s Spring 2013 lookbook offers a contemporary take on the Diane uniform while sticking to its core components. The plus? Madewell has found a way to add a bit (a very teeny bit) of sex appeal to the nerdy schoolgirl look.

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The best part is that Madewell is now carrying one of my favorite brands, Ace & Jig (dress second from left), which I first discovered at Mira Mira in San Francisco.

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Season 2!

Forty posts later, we’ve made it to Season 2! Carla kicks it off with a plaid shirt, a go-to look she returns to time and time again throughout the season.

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It’s incredibly satisfying to find near-identical modern versions of Carla’s clothes. Below are shirts that correspond almost perfectly to Carla’s above, if I do say so myself.

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1. A.P.C. Western Plaid Shirt. 2. River Island Pink Check Contrast Denim Pocket Shirt. 3. Woolrich Heirloom Plaid Flannel Shirt in Oak Leaf. 4. Boy by Band of Outsiders Madras Plaid Shirt. 5. Uniqlo Cotton Linen Madras Check 3/4 Sleeve Shirt. 6. Marni Duck Check Shirt. 7. Uniqlo Lawn Check Long Sleeve Shirt. 8. Burberry Brit Nova Check Loose Fit Shirt. 9. Ladakh North Country Cutie Top.

Here’s to Carla!
Thanks for reading!
Cheers,

Chloe

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Carla’s Nikes #3: Blue

For installation #3 of the Carla’s Nikes series, we’re focusing on blue. Looks good even when she’s pregnant, which is most of the time.

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Nike still makes an Oceania in blue, but all the top fashion houses are jumping on the blue sneakers bandwagon as well.

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1. Prada Cap Toe Low Top Sneaker. 2. Balenciaga Low Top Trainer. 3. Bottega Veneta Lace-Up Sneaker. 4. Stuart Weitzman Chaser Mesh Slip-On Sneaker. 5. Nike Oceania Trainers. 6. Puma Low Top Trainers. 7. Lanvin Low Sneaker. 8. Lanvin Bi-Colour Sneaker. 9. Philippe Model Tonal Trainer.

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S1: Diane in Silks

Though she appears stiff in comparison to Carla’s loose tongue and tomboyish style, Diane’s wardrobe is a testament to her character and, in a way, bravery. Who of us would continue to wear silk “pussy bow” blouses despite their hideous name (and look)? Who of us would dare wear granny sweater vests and pilgrim shirts?

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Sometimes, though, she reeled it in, trading her signature over-the-top prudishness and girliness for a simple silk shirt. Phew.

dianesilkmod1. Diane von Furstenberg Hayden Pleated Silk Crepe De Chine Blouse. 2. Richard Nicoll Ruffle-Collar Silk-Crepe Blouse. 3. Equipment Signature Sheer Blouse. 4. Equipment Major Blouse.

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Sam’s Women: The Understudy

In the Season 1 finale, Diane takes off with Sam’s wunderkind brother, Derek. Understandably, it incites Sam’s jealous side:

Diane: Derek wants to fly me out to Martha’s vineyard tonight.
Sam: On a plane or on his back?

So when Diane goes for Derek, Sam does what he always does in emotional turmoil. Makes a late-night call to a dependable understudy.

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Debbie slips quietly into the bar after closing time with long eyelashes, a killer body, and an easygoing (emphasis on easy) attitude:

Sam: Hi Debbie. Boy am I glad you could make it tonight. I didn’t feel like being alone tonight.
Debbie: Well it really isn’t very fair of you to call me at the last minute like that. It’s a good thing my boyfriend’s a heavy sleeper.

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1. Vince Suede Tunic Dress. 2. Antonia Zander Blue Heather Silk-Cashmere Bishop Sleeve Turtleneck. 3. Halston Wrap Tuck Dress. 4. T by Alexander Wang Melange Sweater. 5. Diane Von Furstenberg Haley Snake Belt. 6. Bernhard Willhelm Acid Wash Loose Fit Dress. 7. Alice + Olivia Shira Chunky Turtleneck. 8. Levis Bright Skinny Belt in Blue. 9. Adidas Slvr Scarf Dress. 10. Ashtiani Wool Peplum Dress. 11. Lacoste Long Sleeve Dress. 12. People Tree Nina Fleece Dress in Dark Blue.

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