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S2E8: Diane, Kimono Top

Damn, I miss Carla. But unfortunately, Season 2 is primarily centered around the relationship between Sam and Diane. So, we get more of Diane. More pastels, more lace, more priggish high-neck sweaters, more boring shin-length skirts. But once in a while she finds a little sartorial backbone. As with this kimono sleeve sweater and oversized pendant.

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Once again, we find that even Diane, in 1983, could pass for a modern woman. As evidenced by Zara and Bottica:

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1. Zara Kimono Sleeve Top in Washed Blue. 2. Zara Combination Denim Top. 3. Zara Kimoni Sleeve Top in Blue. 4. Hawthorn Black Opticians Test Lens. 5. Becky Dockree Jewelry Spiral Orb Pendant. 6. Elena Canter Mosul Pendant.

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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Here’s to changing the minds of skeptics who think Cheers’ fashion is outdated!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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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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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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S1E20: Diane’s Ugliest Outfit Still a Winner

The beauty of interpretation is that even Diane Chambers’ ugliest outfit can be salvaged. Jump forward 30 years and a patterned blouse, green skirt, red necklace, and red purse can come together to make a nice version of something that was probably considered chic in its own time but now appears dowdy and outdated.

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1. Club Monaco Sophie Shirt. 2. Free People Vintage 1980s Beaded Lariat Necklace. 3. T by Alexander Wang Knitted Mini Skirt. 4. Peter Jensen Knotted Belt. 5. Rebecca Minkoff Flirty Bag in Lipstick.

*In this episode, Diane’s mother comes to the bar to announce that, according to her dead husband’s will, if Diane doesn’t marry someone by a certain impending date, she will lose her inheritance. Carla takes the opportunity to out Diane’s crush on Sam:

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S1: Rugby Shirts

Like polo shirts, I thought rugby shirts had no place in my life. I’m the least athletic person I know. Asthma (Judaism) pretty much took care of that. But Sam Malone makes them look not half bad. And, like Carla and her Nike sneakers, Sam is a devoted Nike rugby shirt fan.

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As it turns out, there are more than a few palatable options of rugby shirts being made today:

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1. Lauren Moffatt Louisa Stripe Sweater. 2. Equipment Rugby Stripe Silk Top. 3. Forever 21 Rugby Striped Raglan Sweater. 4. Joie Jalene Rugby Stripe Sweater. 5. Comme Des Garcons Contrast Sweater. 6. Thakoon Addition Mohair Sweater. 7. Lacoste L!ve Long Sleeve Rugby Stripe Polo. 8. Lacoste L!ve Long Sleeve Cropped Stripe Woven Shirt in Cake Flour White. 9. Lacoste L!ve Long Sleeve Rugby Stripe Polo in Brackish Green.

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S1E13: Sam Malone, Feminized

In Season 1, Episode 13, it isn’t Carla or Diane who has the best outfit. It’s Sam.

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Wide-leg denim trousers, pink plaid shirt, boat shoes, and a bomber jacket. Sometimes you gotta borrow from the boys. Sam Malone, feminized:

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1. J. Crew Boy Shirt in Mint Strawberry Plaid. 2. Bed Stu Aunt Blanche Boat Shoes. 3. Henry & Belle Sailor Jean. 4. ASOS Leather Bomber Jacket.

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Sam’s Women: The Blonde Bombshell

If you recall from the first Sam’s Women post about Season 1, Episode 2, Diane believes that Sam only dates big-breasted airheads. This is the blonde bombshell (in a cashmere sweater dress) that leads her to that conclusion:

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Sam: Do you think there’s a chance you and I could go somewhere and laugh together?
Brandee (“with two e’s,” she said): My mother told me to watch out for guys in bars.
Sam: Well then let’s get out of this bar so you don’t have to work.

(Apparently that was a good line in 1982.)

What my mother always told me, wherever I was headed, and especially if I was wearing a dress, was to “bring a sweater.” Thus, the sweater dress:

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1. MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela Jumper Dress. 2. Lanvin Wool-Cashmere Sweater Dress. 3. Labour Of Love Multicolour Wool Sweater Dress. 4. Designers Remix Sweater Dress. 5. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Sweater Dress.

Here’s to mom’s advice!

Cheers,

Chloe

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Sam’s Women: The Nerd

In Season 1, Episode 6, Diane’s nerdy friend from college, Rebecca, comes to town “vulnerable and looking for a man to give her an afternoon of unbridled passion.” Even with her granny glasses and goody-goody blouse, Sam doesn’t discriminate.

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Get the look with vintage frames and neck-bow button-ups.

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1. Cazal Vintage Glasses at Farfetch. 2. Oasis Pussy Bow Check Shirt. 3. River Island Dolly Shirt at Asos.

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Sam’s Women: The Ex-Wife

This is the first installation of what I have named the “Sam’s Women” series. Coincidentally, when I went back to find out which episode his ex-wife appeared in, it turns out Season 1, Episode 2 was actually called “Sam’s Women.” True story.

If you don’t know, Sam “Mayday” Malone is the owner of the Cheers bar and an ex-Red Sox relief pitcher. But those two titles pale in comparison to his status as a busy Boston bachelor. Woman after woman, he is cheered on by all his Cheers regulars and staff except for Diane, who is, against her own will, in love with him. In this episode, Diane believes that Sam only dates big-breasted airheads, so Sam tries to prove he can date intelligent women by asking his ex-wife to pretend they went to a play. A clip:

Sam’s ex-wife:

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You might think that turquoise and pink dip-dye ombré effects and flutter-sleeve dresses would not exist today in any form you’d want to wear. But you might be wrong:

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1. Toms Ombré Wool Cordones in Rose Powder. 2. Acne Biddi Long Dip Dye Dress. 3. Ombré Gina Shift Dress. 4. Calypso St. Barth Ombré Scarf. 5. Label Lab Dip Dye Short Sleeve Swing Dress. 6. Cutler and Gross Round-frame Ombré Acetate Sunglasses. 7. Warehouse Ombré Western Silk Blouse. 8. Jonathan Aston Lilac and Pink Ombré Tights. 9. Woolrich Cedar Run Wool Tote in Blue Ombré. 10. Purls Hand Woven Yarn Necklace in Pastel Blue.

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