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S2E10: Diane’s DTR Outfit

In Episode 10 of Season 2, “How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Call You Back,” Sam and Diane dance circles around the eternal dating question: “What are we doing” aka “Where are we going?” aka “Do you love me?” (of course, it’s Diane’s idea to discuss it in the first place). In one of the rare times that we see Diane’s unbottoned side, if you will, Sam goes to Diane’s apartment to find her a few wine bottles deep.

Sam: “Wow! You’re drunk!”
Diane: “Wow! You’re stupid! I’ll be sober in the morning.”
Sam: “You’re upset about my not thinking about our relationship. I will start thinking about our relationship. Maybe we should take some time off, not see each other for a while. That way I’ll just have one thing on my mind the whole time.”
Diane: “That’s one more than you usually have.”

After pointing out his lack of intelligence a few more times, they decide to meet back up in a week and have the talk. The DTR (“Define the Relationship”), as my friends and I have always called it. Throughout the episode Diane wears a few short-sleeve knit sweaters.

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Of course, Sam mucks the whole thing up because he keeps choking on the word “love.” If you’ve dated a dude in San Francisco, this might sound familiar:

Sam: “Obviously the only reason that I’m with you is that I luh–”
Diane: “What, Sam?”
Sam: “I said the reason that I’m with you is that I luh.”
Diane: “You luh?”
Sam: “You know what I mean.”
Diane: “Well what’s the matter? Can’t you say it?”
Sam: “Of course I can. I luh–I luh–I luh.”

But of course it ends wtih a Carla Tortelli gem.

Diane, gushing: “Hey everybody! Sam can’t say he loves me!”
Carla: “Who can?”

Just go watch it on Netflix already. Here is Dian’es wonderfully un-Diane outfit: chunky sweater, grey pleated bomber jacket, and drawstring pants. So good.

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And a few modern options:

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1. Iro Fabiola Biker Jacket. 2. Yoon Colorblock Sailing Sweater, Anthropologie. 3. sir sir by correll correll Alva Chrome Top, Anthropologie. 4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Anarchy Striped Cotton-Blend Sweater. 5. Paige Drawstring Trouser. 6. Sparrow Sunstrip Pullover, Anthropologie. 7. Paul & Joe Argovie Cotton-Blend Honeycomb-Knit Sweater.

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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: Sam, White Stripes

We’ve seen what Carla and Diane were wearing in Episode 5 of Season 2. Now it’s Sam’s turn.

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1. Shades Of Grey By Micah Cohen Sailor Striped Crewneck Sweater.

Nearly identical. Further proof that fashion is rarely new, mostly just recycled.

Here’s to changing the minds of skeptics who think Cheers’ fashion is outdated!

Cheers,

Chloe

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S2E5: Diane’s Little White Dress

If you recall from the Pilot: Diane Chambers post (or from the pilot episode itself), Diane first appeared at Cheers when she was quite literally dumped on the way to the altar by her fiance (and professor), Sumner Sloan. In Season 2, Episode 5, Sloan returns to try to win Diane back. Only by this point, she’s dating Sam Malone. Perhaps a not-so-subtle nod to the wedding that never took place, Diane wears a white dress.

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The pompous Sloan tries to convince Diane that she belongs more in his (highbrow) world than in Sam’s (lowbrow) bar. Ever loyal to her dream of getting rid of Diane for good, Carla offers to help:

Carla: Hey Sammy, how ’bout I throw the scuzzball outta here?
Sam: No, Diane would be furious.
Carla: I was talking about Diane.

That disco cut — flowy sleeves, cinched waist, full skirt — isn’t easy to find these days. And the ones that do exist aren’t exactly easy on your bank account. But here are a few modern-day options:

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1. Viktor & Rolf Crepe and Georgette Silk Dress. 2. J. Mendel Long Sleeve Dress. 3. L’Wren Scott Silk Chiffon and Crepe Dress. 4. Whistles Leyla Drawstring Dress. 5. Chloe Ruffle-Sleeve Grosgrain Dress. 6. Alice + Olivia Tavi Pintuck Dress.

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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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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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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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Diane Chambers De-Girlified

As you can see from the last few posts about Diane (Valentine’s Day, Pilgrim Shirts, and Sweaters), her wardrobe is often an explosion of ineffectual femininity: pastel pinks and purples (the weakest colors on the wheel), kitten heels (the most useless type of heel there is), sweater vests (I honestly don’t remember the last time I saw a woman wearing a sweater vest), and pussy bow blouses (the name is so vile I can’t even bring myself to say it out loud). She might as well be wearing hearts and rainbows and unicorns and actual vaginas on her person. I don’t even want to find modern alternatives.

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However, when Diane deviates from the safety of her cable knits, as with her oft-repeated go-to of silk shirts paired with vests, it is easy to imagine a less girly version. A touch of masculinity could go a long way for Diane. (Then again, a touch of femininity could do wonders for dear old Carla.) Diane Chambers, de-girlified:

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1. L’agence Silk Blouse. 2. Anke Blouse. 3. Ganni Black Waistcoat. 4. Madewell Billie Boot. 5. Jeffrey Campbell Fontane. 6. Nasty Gal Runaway Stud Vest.

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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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S1E7: Carla, Striped Sweater

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One of the many reasons I love Carla so much is that I relate to her misanthropic attitude toward’s life’s many frivolities. For example, that is exactly the face I would be making if I had to hold up a limbo stick at a toga party too.

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1. Wool Blend Scoop Neckline Stripe Sweater.  2. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Block Sweater with V Neck.  3. Minkpink Primary Education Crew Neck Stripe Tunic Jumper.  4. Marc Jacobs Stripe Sweater in Multi.

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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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