There’s only so much fashion advice up with which Lynn will put, and to prove it, she invokes the name of someone who might scare the Rigidly Tasteful among us:
To be honest, a character I greatly admire for her fashion choices is Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds. I guess her flamboyant style is supposed to be a joke but I actually think some of her outfits look really good but mostly I like that she wears what she likes and doesn’t try to be proper or fashionable.
Asked about the character’s flamboyance, Kirsten Vangsness, who plays Garcia, responded thusly: “I think Garcia is a fashion genius. I think I’m a fashion… eccentric… I dress like a 7 year old pirate from space.”
So apparently the style is no joke: “We both like to express ourselves with clothes, we both like to let our freak flag fly, we both have a healthy shopping addiction, we both are obsessed with Nanette Lepore, we both love color.”
For the sake of completeness, I took a look at some recent Nanette Lepore collections, and to me at least, there’s at least something resembling justification for such an obsession. I actually gave out with a Wow. The spring stuff is, of necessity, jazzier than the fall offerings, but still: wow.
Here’s that interview, complete with lotsa photos, including the one you see to the left, which I had to throw in here simply because it looks to me like she had an enormous amount of fun with this outfit — okay, it’s not Nanette Lepore, but what the hell — and I persist in thinking that if you look like you’re having fun, by definition you look better.