7.9.13

Dress like...Phyllis in the Mary Tyler Moore Show

British audiences won't be as familiar with the Mary Tyler Moore Show as American ones. But anyone who has seen talking heads discussing significant shows in the history of American TV will have come across it. It was the first show to feature an independent, single, working woman as the main character, and many shows owe a lot to this (ahem, Sex and the City). Many modern shows also owe a lot to the structure and tone of the show. It wasn't uncommon for the show to focus on the minutiae of life and relationships, and to essentially be about nothing, with characters not really learning a lesson by the end, or changing much. Sound familiar? If you are a fan of Seinfeld or Friends, it should. And then there were the pushy, sort of crazy neighbours who were often more interesting and entertaining than the star (does this sound like Will and Grace? It should!)

Phyllis (Cloris Leachman) was one of Mary's neighbours. A bit flighty and self centred, Phyllis would breeze in and out of Mary's flat, imposing on Mary's excessive kindness. I was re-watching old episodes when this outfit jumped off the screen at me:
I don't know where (or even if) you can get those great sweaters with the big circle-pull zips at the neck, which were so ubiquitous in the 1970s. You would probably have to go vintage I guess. You can create an outfit similar to the one Phyllis is wearing with these items:

Jumper, Fendi at Yoox
Andres wool blend wide-leg pants, Tory Burch at the Outnet
Bette patent loafer, Whistles

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