I watched the new Sherlock Holmes tv show “Elementary” last night. The bright spot of the show is the Dr. Watson character, played by Lucy Liu. Sadly, the rest of the show is not as good as I was hoping for, but Watson makes up for it. She’s a compelling character AND she’s a role model for the stylish urban woman of a certain type. If you like simple, graphic, architectural style and have a linear, H-shaped body (straight up and down) you will probably like her clothes.
Watson is a genuinely complicated female character, which is a nice change from the usual bland women we see on tv, and the complexity comes through in her clothes. Every look Watson wears has the same bold simplicity, and you see at first glance that there’s nothing boring about the clothes (and you infer that the woman is equally compelling—which is why we are trying to learn from how she dresses). The red plaid, the drapey cardigan, and the necklace in the first image are pieces you won’t see on every woman you pass. They’re unusual. They are close to things we see in every store, but each one has it’s own twist. That’s the lesson: if you want to look interesting, find unique pieces and wear a few in each outfit.
The look in the second and third images is more at the avant garde end of the bold urban simplicity scale but is still in keeping with her character. I love this outfit, because unlike many avant garde styles, these pieces would fit into my life without attracting stares of the “what is she wearing” variety. Look at the lines created by the unusual asymmetrical skirt and the draping of the coat, and the short sleeves over the longer sleeves. Look at the texture of the sweater. Actually it looks like the one Neo wore in “The Matrix“; the thousand dollar sweatshirt look. She blends in perfectly in a New York setting but also would stand out in any crowd of urbanites. Isn’t that what we all want, to blend in enough to be able to fit into our niche but also to stand out so that we show our unique beauty?
I love the necklace so much I want to buy it.
The last image is great because it’s such a standard NYC outfit but has cool touches that make it stand out. It looks a lot like how I would look standing on a street corner, with the black trench and the cross-body gray bag with the silver chain. But look at her shoes. They’re actually platform sneakers. And you can’t see it in this photo but the collar of her shirt is yellow and ruffled, which adds a piece of whimsy to an otherwise plain color scheme.
So for those of us who like this style of clothing, “Elementary” is clearly going to offer some inspiration…