Normally on Thursdays I post a workplace outfit idea with some high-end and low-end pieces. Today, however, I’m dedicating this style post to Kyra Sedgwick’s character in The Closer in honor of the new season.
No one could deny that Sedgwick’s character, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson of the LAPD, makes some bold wardrobe choices. But we can all learn a thing or two from this tough cookie’s style.
1. A classic trench coat is everyone’s friend.
Regardless of your occupation — be it lawyer, HR consultant, caterer, or bit player of private investigators in movies — a trench coat will serve you well. They defy limitation to a particular season, gender, age, weather condition, or formality level; basically, a solid trench coat is suitable for any purpose, any time of year (supported by warm layers underneath in the winter, of course).
2. A well-tailored jacket broadcasts your authority and competence.
It’s hard not to take a woman in a perfectly fitting navy blazer seriously. The show’s stylist, Greg LaVoi, said he had this vintage jacket tailored to fit Kyra Sedgwick like a glove. An ill-fitting jacket is distracting, but one that fits the way it should tells everybody who’s in charge (or, at least, who knows how to dress).
3. A retro sweater twinset is part of the modern woman’s wardrobe.
That favorite of 1950s housewives, a twinset consisting of a cardigan and shell, works for today’s working women. It’s a great alternative to a suit jacket when paired with a nice pencil skirt or pair of trousers. Getting one in a modern color like dove gray ups the “now” factor.
4. Don’t be afraid of femininity.
In most situations in this modern day and age, women don’t have to rebut notions that being female means a lack of competence, confidence, authority, or skill. Women can embrace their femininity without fear that doing so will undermine their efforts. So, wear a flouncy dress and a pink cardigan if it makes you happy. Brenda Leigh Johnson sure would.
5. Play with color.
Okay, maybe not necessarily these colors, together, but the point is a valid one. Brenda’s no wallflower, and neither must you be. Go ahead and wear the oranges, purples, blues, yellows, and greens that you deviously used to fingerpaint the hallway as a child.