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S2E8: Diane, B&W

So often wearing pale pastels, it’s a relief to see Diane in a black and white outfit. Finally, she’s come to embrace the possibilities of the 1980s: oversized sweaters, monochrome palettes, and colorblocking. Compared to Carla’s overt bitterness, Diane’s hard edge can be hard to locate.

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Especially when she’s being an uptite little obsessive compuslive. Above, Diane points to her apron and delivers the following monologue:

“I had a small obsession myself until I got some help. I was obsessive compulsive about neatness. I demanded that everything be in its proper place. But now look at the laissez faire attitude I have about my apron. In the old days I would have insisted that it be pencil, pen, pencil, pen, pad. Well now it doesn’t matter if it’s pen, pencil, pen, pencil, pad, or pencil, pencil, pen, pen, pad, or even pencil, pen, pad, pencil, pen. But there’s one thing I cannot have and that’s this: pad, pen, pen, pencil, pencil. That’s just irritating.”

Below, Zara sets the (desaturated) tone:

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1. Zara Captain Style T-Shirt. 2. Zara Combined Faux Leather T-Shirt. 3. Zara Tricolour Dress. 4. Neil Barrett Walnut Box Knit Pullover. 5. Tsumori Chisato Doll Cashmere Pullover. 6. Dusan Two Tone Sweater.

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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: 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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