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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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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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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’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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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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