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Puccini’s Chronicles STYLE: Dapper Detectives

Good morning! I noticed that we haven’t had a PCS entry in a while, so here we are! Since this month is themed to great mystery stories, what better way to kick it off than by examining the signature looks of some fictional detectives? Period, of course- the ones in the modern world just wear suits. Lol.

The Great Mouse Detective

I think I like Basil’s outfit best out of the three shown. The titular Great Mouse Detective, Basil looks ready for adventure in a delightfully purple neckerchief and emerald green trench-coat with matching hat. I have wanted to watch this movie for the sole reason that Basil’s character is just so visually appealing. You too can channel your inner mouse detective (did I really just say that?) with a stylish scarf for the winter paired with a draping coat- maybe not green but black or grey. And don’t forget to arm yourself with a golden accessory!

Yes, this incarnation of Nancy Drew is a modern girl, but she still dressed old fashioned. And regardless of how you felt about this 2007 movie, you can’t deny that Emma Roberts got to sport some really cute outfits in it. I chose to show her in this yellow and purple jumper because it was my favorite of all the costumes I saw from the film. Plaid works best when it is in dark colors- black, red, and also this shade of purple. But you don’t want to look dreary, which is why the pop of yellow in the top is so important. The costume designer for Nancy Drew made a smart choice by making the shirt a solid color; too much plaid isn’t all that flattering.

Finally, we have Dr. Watson, as portrayed by Jude Law in the newest cinematic models of Sherlock Holmes. Here’s something interesting- a friend of mine recently pointed out that Law is the only actor to correctly play Watson, at least from a physical point of view. Too many times, she said, he has been portrayed as a bumbling older gentleman, and that’s simply not the way Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote him in the original books. So here we have the REAL Dr. Watson, looking mighty sharp in a timeless fedora (I’m actually wearing one as I write this…) and a subdued beige overcoat. Not a fan of bright colors? Try emulating the classy scheme of this crime-solving sidekick.



"I am a seagull, I am an actress." -Anton Chekhov (And sometimes I like to write stuff, too.)

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