Category Archives: Carla Tortelli

S2E9: Carla, Palm Tree Print

Carla barely stands still long enough in this episode to grab a screen shot of this sweater, but when she does, it’s magic.

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Palm print everything.

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1. Boutique by Jaeger Palm Tree Tailored Pants. 2. Humor Palm Tree Socks. 3. Joie Alexsa Sweater in Jungle Green. 4. Delano Palm Tree Necklace from Plumo. 5. Juicy Couture Palm Leaf iPhone 5 Case. 6. Anthropologie Waving Palm iPhone 5 Case. 7. Markus Lupfer Palm Tree Intarsia Sweater. 8. Madewell Sidewalk Skimmer in Jungle. 9. Ganni Woven Tee Dress in Palm Print with Patent Leather Belt.

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S2E8: Carla, Bandana Print

I haven’t worn a bandana since I built a Habitat for Humanity house in high school. And since that was over a decade ago, I’m feeling pretty bad about my philanthropic side right now. But enough about volunteering for good causes, right? Let’s distract ourselves by talking about buying overpriced clothes. And later on, when said clothes arrive in the mail, perhaps the guilt will inspire you to donate to a non-profit. (Cheers to Carla: Where Everybody Knows Your Charity’s Name?) But back to the point: It would never occur to me to wear a bandana print.

But Carla wore one:

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And thus, so shall we:

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1. Freak of Nature Hazzard County Dress in Bandana Print. 2. Will Leather Goods Bandana Carry All Canvas Tote Bag.  3. Ecote Quilted Bandana Backpack. 4. AG Adriano Goldschmied Legging Ankle Jeans in Navy Bandana Print. 5. Keds Champion Bandana Sneakers. 6. Fred Perry for the Amy Winehouse Foundation Bandana Print Shirt. 7. River Island Osprey Bandana Print Dungaree. 8. OBEY Dazed Front Knot Cropped Top in Bandana Print.

Fittingly, #6 comes the Fred Perry for the Amy Winehouse Foundation line. The Amy Winehouse Foundation has been set up in Amy’s memory to support charitable activities in both the UK and abroad that provide help, support or care for young people in need. In continued support of The Amy Winehouse FoundationFred Perry released a fitting tribute to the singer’s iconic style; a love of ‘50s Americana is seen across leopard print polo shirts, gingham check skirts and polo dresses, with royalties and fees from the collection donated to The Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Here’s to the union of good causes and buying clothes!

Cheers,

Chloe

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S2E8: Carla, Hawaiian Prints (Again)

Having grown up on Kauai with a hula teacher mom and ukulele-collecting dad, I am a sucker for anything Hawaiian kitsch. So imagine my pleasure when Carla pulls out yet another Hawaiian print shirt in Season 2.

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It’s a given that nothing beats a vintage Hawaiian shirt. But these aren’t too shabby:

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1. BB Dakota Palm Frond Print Shirt. 2. Stella Jean Parrot Print Hawaiian Shirt. 3. Whit Silk Swing Dress from Madewell. 4. American Vintage Lincoln Silk Hawaiian Shirt. 5. Equipment Signature Silk Shirt in Hawaii Khaki.

And while on the subject, some of the most  incredible Hawaiian print apparel and accessories are being sold at the Oakland Surf Club. Check them out on Instragam immediately.

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S2E5: Carla, Colorblock Sweatshirt

The 1980s, a golden era for colorblocking. Case in point: Carla’s superb colorblock sweatshirt.

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I believe that if Carla Tortelli were a character of today, and she had more than a 1980s cocktail waitress’ salary, that she’d be pretty into these sweatshirts:

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1. Kenzo Contrast Geometric Hoodie. 2. Joie Emani Sweater. 3. Stella McCartney Printed Sweatshirt. 4. Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Leather Shoulder Sweatshirt. 5. Opening Ceremony Diamond Knit Hoodie.

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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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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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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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S1E18: Carla in Pink

As I said in the last Carla’s Nikes post, when Carla wears pink she manages to suck out all of the color’s girliness. Here’s a closer look at one of the pink Nikes outfits, and a few modern choices to get the look yourself.

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Clockwise from top left: 1. American Apparel Unisex Plaid Short Sleeve Button-Down with Pocket. 2. Levis Made & Crafted Empire Skinny Jeans available at Mill Mercantile. 3. Hansel from Basel Silk Rib Crew Socks in Red. 4. House of Holland Superga Polka Dot Trainers.

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S1E19: Carla, Hawaiian Prints

One of my all-time favorites (again). Having grown up on Kauai, I am biased towards anything in Hawaiian print, the kitchier the better. So this look is right up my alley.

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(In the bottom picture, Carla is hanging out at the bar watching Diane reading a bartending manual and laboriously attempting to make a Bloody Mary from scratch. Sam asks Carla why she’s torturing Diane, pointing out to the poor old sap that they have Bloody Mary mix in the refrigerator. Carla replies, “I wanted to see her try to make vodka.”)

An assortment of modern Hawaiian prints:

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1. Maarten Van Der Horst for Lulu & Co Ruffle Back Mini Skirt. 2. Maarten Van Der Horst for Lulu & Co Ruffle Back Shirt. 3. Equipment Leandra Hawaiian Stripe Silk Shirt. 4. Ganni Shirt in Palm Print. 5. Preview: Vans “Aloha Camo” Authentic and Chukka Boot for Spring/Summer 2013. 6. Full Tilt Ambrosia Sunglasses. 7. Ganni Pants in Palm Print. 8. Therapy Tropical Bralet. 9. Karen Walker Hawaiian Cuff Shorts. 10. ASOS Hawaiian High Waisted Denim Knicker Shorts. 11. Warehouse Hula Floral Tie Front Shirt.

And, in honor of Carla’s visor (yes, she can even make visors look good!), some Hawaiian-print hats (you’ll need to use eBay for these):

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Clockwise from bottom left: 1. Huf Hawaiian Print 5 Panel Camp Cap from Summer 2012. 2. Karen Walker floral hat look from Spring 2012 runway. 3. Supreme Floral Suede Camp Cap from Spring/Sumer 2012. 4. Norse Projects Hektor Hawaii Cap from Winter 2011. 5. Brixton Henshaw Luau Hat (available at Oakland Surf Club).

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Carla’s Nikes #2: Pink

We’ve seen Carla’s white Nikes (and the list of eBay keywords for finding the vintage Nikes Carla may have actually worn). This is installation #2 of the Carla’s Nikes series. And I’ve seen every episode ever made, so I can tell you now, that there are going to be plenty of these, spanning over ten years of Nike production.

When Carla does pink, it’s not in the silky pastel-y lacy frilly girly way that Diane prefers. Nah, when Carla does pink, it’s pink Nikes.

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Nike still makes a pink Oceania and a pink Cortez, two of the shoes that Carla possibly wore. Don’t blame me, 80s shows on Netflix are pretty pixellated. But a bunch of other companies are making pink kicks today too.

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1. Nike Oceania Bright Pink Sneakers. 2. Nike Cortez Pink Sneakers. 3. Topshop Tuscany Floral Sneaker. 4. Superga Floral Print Canvas Trainers. 5. Maison Martin Margiela Line 22 Replica Sneaker. 6. Gola Sneakers in Neon Pink. 7. Veja Taua Peach Leather Sneakers. 8. Keds Low Top Trainer.

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S1E14: Carla’s “Diane” Sweater

A few of the outfits seen in the white Nikes post are worth revisiting. For example:

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Sure, it’s a simple sweater-and-jeans outfit. But The best part of the modern outfit is that Rag & Bone make a “Diane Sweater.” I would have loved to see Carla’s reaction to that. Barely an episode goes by without Carla expressing her feelings of disgust towards Diane.

Carla: Ya know I am sick of hearing about her! Ever since Lady Dye-Job arrived she gets all the attention. Nobody cares about me anymore.
Cliff: Carla, c’mon now, be fair. We weren’t that interested in your life before she got here.
 -from S1E13

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1. Madewell Skinny Ankle Jeans in Black Frost Wash. 2. Madewell Skinny High Riser Jeans in Black Frost Wash. 3. Rag & Bone “Diane” Sweater. 4. Iris & Ink Seamed Cashmere Sweater.

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Carla Retort-elli

The best part of Cheers is Carla and Diane shooting disparaging one-liners at each other. Or, rather, Diane saying something innocent and Carla shooting back an inappropriate retort.

Diane: Last night I was up until two in the morning finishing off Kierkegaard.
Carla: I hope he thanked you for it.
-from S1E19

The other best part is watching Carla laugh at Diane’s many small misfortunes.

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Achieve Carla’s three looks here:

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1. Lauren Jeans Co. Plaid Shirt. 2. Oasis Swan Print Ruffle Blouse. 3. Zara Striped Crossover Blouse.

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In Honor of Valentine’s Day Part II: Maternity Wear, Carla-Style

Happy Valentine’s Day, all! Did you know that on average, 11,000 babies are conceived each year on Valentine’s Day? (That’s in part because of silly things like the lingerie featured in the last post). In honor of that, let’s take a look at Carla’s many maternity outfits.

When Cheers begins, Carla Tortelli has four children. By the end of the series, she has eight. The first pregnancy occurs in Season 1, when Carla is knocked up by her smarmy ex-husband Nick.

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Diane: Carla, I don’t think you should be engaging in strenuous activities when you are with child.
Carla: If I didn’t do things with child, I’d never leave the house. The only thing I ever did without child resulted in one.

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Of course I love Carla’s maternity wear, but for those who want to look less like a pregnant lady in a dive bar, Mama NYC, Hatch, and Asos make some beautiful pieces:

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1. ASOS Maternity Midi Body Conscious Dress in Floral. 2. Hatch Night Out Leggings. 3. Hatch Cape. 4. ASOS Maternity Swing Dress in Floral. 5. Mama NYC Laura Shirt. 6. Mama NYC Kathryn Dress. 7. Mama NYC Maggie Vest. 8. Hatch Sweatshirt Dress. 9. ASOS Maternity Blouse with Peter Pan Collar and Balloon Sleeve. 10. Hatch Boyfriend Sweater.

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Carla’s Nikes #1: White

Carla Tortelli always wears Nikes. First up to bat, white.

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Disclaimer: I am neither a sneaker collector nor a Nike expert. While I will admit that I bought a pair of Nike dunks once in college “because all the cool kids were doing it,” I will also admit that every time I wore them I felt like the fraud I was.

Circa 2006 (dont judge):

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Now that I have proven my utter lack of good Nike judgment, you can rest assured that the following research on Carla’s Nikes comes from a few more habitual sneaker wearers who have kindly lent their expert opinion.

If you are looking for a modern alternative, scroll down. If you would like to get your hands on a pair of Nikes just like Carla’s, your best bet will be Ebay, Etsy, and other sneaker nerd sites that I know nothing about. Remember, these could be from any year before 1982. Here are a few keywords you can search to find styles similar to Carla’s:

Nike Oceania
Nike Cortez
Nike Waffle Trainer or Racer (sometimes mistaken for the Cortez)
Nike Electra
Nike Diablo
Nike Montreal Racers
Nike Rio
Nike Mieka
Nike Long Jump II

And finally, some new white sneakers:

white sneakersClockwise from top left: 1. Keds x Madewell Diamond Duo Sneakers. 2. Prada Captoe Lace-up Platform Sneaker. 3. Victoria Inglesa Elastico. 4. Lacoste Ramer White Sneakers. 5. Comme Des Garcons Play Cream Low-top Canvas Sneakers. 6. Superga Crochet Sneakers.

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S1E9: Carla, Oxblood and…Piglet?

I keep saying that each new Carla outfit is my favorite, but this one’s modern alternatives are so darling, I can’t help it. It’s my favorite.

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If the color of these sweaters is known as oxblood, then the color of the blouses must be…piglet. And yes, that is a leather t-shirt.

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1. Topshop Textured Knit Sweater. 2. ASOS Leather T-Shirt. 3. Forever 21 Pointed Collar Chiffon Shirt in Peach/Hot Pink. 4. Acne Patti Tape Pink.

As a longtime vegan and sister to Ruby Roth, author and illustrator of “That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals,” there are a million things wrong with this post. First, I love the leather shirt. I’m sorry! It’s incredible. It’s not like I’m personally buying or selling it, nor did I invent the color name “oxblood,” nor did I refer to the pink color as pork chop (though I did used to watch reruns of Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop as a child), but rather “piglet.” But I digress. Don’t buy the shirt. Or do, I might get a commission. But really, don’t. Do it. Don’t do it…

(I do realize that there is much hypocrisy present here, seeing as I have, and probably will continue to, post leather shoes. There’s just something about it being on a shirt that makes it more…leathery. And I’ll leave it at that, as I’ve now probably lost any readers I had by mentioning the word “vegan.”)

Here’s to the ever-present issue of fashion’s moral compass!

Cheers,

Chloe, lapsed vegan, traitor to my love of cows, soon-to-be-recipient of my sister’s scorn

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S1E8 (follow-up 2): Carla, Fire Truck Red, & A Truce is Called

In Part III of Season 1, Episode 8, Sam forces Carla to spend an evening with Diane to see if they can make amends. Two things happen. 1) Carla gets Diane drunk and makes a fool of her (but eventually they see eye-to-eye and call a truce…for the time being). 2) Carla wears another fantastic outfit.

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According to Pantone, those pants would be considered “Fire Truck Red,” or in Carla’s case, the color of rage. Thanks to Band of Outsiders, Current/Elliott, Keds, Madewell, A.L.C., and Carven, there are plenty of reds raging in today’s newest lines:

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1. Boy by Band of Outsiders Easy Shirt.  2. Keds x Madewell Sungarden Sneakers.  3. Current/Elliott Skinny Trouser.  4. Eileen Fisher ‘Step’ Oxford.  5. A.L.C. Relaxed Trousers. Far right: preview of Carven’s Summer ’13 line.

Here’s to making peace with your enemies (especially if that enemy is the color red)!

Cheers,

Chloe

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S1E8 (follow-up): The Fight

A follow-up to the last post: It’s no secret that there was no love lost between Carla Tortelli and Diane Chambers. Name-calling, verbal spats, and practical jokes were a common occurrence between the two close-knit enemies. But on the day that Carla wore that perfect geometric tee, things got physical.

It started innocently enough:

Carla: Listen, Pencil-Neck, you’re startin’ to get on my nerves.
Diane: Please don’t call me Pencil-Neck. I am not a pencil-neck.
Carla: I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to call you Pencil-Neck, Gozzle-Head.
Diane: Name-calling. The last refuge of the mono-syllabic.
Carla: I don’t know what that means but I heard “slob” in there.

But later on, more insults were exchanged and tensions heightened:

Carla: You wanna be my friend? Let your hair down!
Diane: How about I take your hair and scour the sink with it?
Carla: Is that a brillo shot?
Diane: Only if it offends you.
Carla: You sound like a lady who is getting tired of her teeth!
Diane: I’m tired of your teeth and all the vermicelli in between!

And thus…

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At no more than five feet tall, the little spitfire, the beloved namesake of this blog, Carla had to be restrained. Gotta love her!

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S1E8: Carla, Geometric Prints, Mary Meyer Clothing

On rare occasions we are privileged enough to catch a glimpse of Carla Tortelli’s shoes (always Nike, always color-coordinated with her outfit). But the rest of the time, our view is frustratingly obstructed. Either wearing an apron or standing behind the bar, Carla is relegated mostly to waist-up shots. So she makes sure to always wear a killer shirt. Case in point, this geometric gem:

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The most consistent modern alternative is Brooklyn (via Northern California) designer Mary Meyer, whose line of equally killer geometric-print clothing I was introduced to at Mira Mira in San Francisco.

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Valentine’s Day: Carla vs. Diane

It’s easy to imagine what Diane Chambers – the eternal optimist, the feminine lace-and-puff-sleeve-loving, purple-and-pink-wearing aspiring poetess, the highfalutin Shakespeare-reading romantic – might wear on Valentine’s day (if she could ever get her unrequited love Sam Malone to commit).

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Diane tends towards the delicate, the pastel, the classic black and white – anything to draw Sam’s attention away from the common hussy at the bar and towards her more refined (read: stuffy), hard-to-get (read: frigid), subtle (read: prudish) ways.

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1. Rachel Comey Loveless Atlat Top.  2. Dior Junior Vintage Round Sunglasses.  3. Equipment Femme Mina Black/Nude Heart Print Sleeveless Shirt.  4. Anya Hindmarch Joss Heart Studded Purse.  5. Moschino Vintage Heart Dress.  6. Robert Clergerie Jonas Loafer.  7. Vanrycke Heart Necklace.  8. Forever 21 Heart Print Scarf.  9. Asos Peplum Dress in Heart Print.

On the other hand, there’s Carla Tortelli – the eternal pessimist, the diehard Boston Red Sox fan, the aggressive and foul-mouthed single mother of four (or five or six…I know she ends up with eight but to which season each pregnancy belongs is a bit hazy), the Nike-wearing tomboy. What might she have worn on Valentine’s day if any of the three fathers of her raggamuffin brood showed up with flowers in hand?

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Find Carla a Valentine’s Day-themed sneaker, sweatshirt, hair clip, diaper bag, or a heart-shaped ring that could leave a dent in a rude customer’s face, and she might just be willing to play along.

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1. Vintage Needlepoint Hearts Vans (This is the real thing. Carla might actually have worn these on the show. Ebay will be your best bet to find ones like these).  2. Chinti and Parker Heart Sweater.  3. Moschino Round Frame Sunglasses.  4. Tobi Meeting Hearts Ring.  5. ban.do Cross My Heart Gold Plated Bobbi Pin.  6. Two-Sided Heart Tote.  7. Lauren Moffatt Love Pocket Top.

Here’s to Sam and Diane, Carla and…well, whoever can afford a dinner for two!

Cheers,

Chloe

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S1E6: Carla, Dual Stripes

Season 1, Episode 6. Carla is wearing one of the most incredible shirts ever. Maybe that’s a bit hyperbolic but, it’s good. Real good:

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Dual stripes! And if you notice her right shoulder in the top photo, you can see that the back of the shirt is the opposite–AMAZING. I don’t know anything about football, and am eternally grateful that I will be on an airplane during the Super Bowl and its ensuing hysteria (read: rioting) in San Francisco, but admittedly, she looks almost like a (very well-dressed) referee. So I say, reluctantly, Go 49ers?

I thought this look would be impossible to replicate. Thankfully, ASOS, Antipodium, and House of Holland see the merit in mixed stripe patterns:

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1. ASOS Top with Spots and Stripes.  2. House of Holland V Stripe Oversized T-Shirt.  3. Antipodium Syntax T-Shirt in Patchwork Stripe.  4. Nasty Gal Straight Up Blouse.  5. Antipodium Syntax Striped Tee.  6. Marni Stripe Shopping Bag.  7. ASOS Shirt in Cutabout Stripe Print.  8. Theory ‘Caslyn’ Cotton Skort.  9. House of Holland Striped Denim Skirt.  10. Marni Stripe Silk Twill Top.

And yes, that’s a skort on the bottom left. Like most trends of the 80s and 90s, I am a proponent of bringing them back. Clearly.

Here’s to dual stripes. And the 49ers. I guess.

Cheers,

Chloe

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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: 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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