Casey Cartwright from 'Greek'
Today, at least according to the fashionable Casey Cartwright on ABC Family's Monday comedy Greek, a coed needs much more -- especially when she's a sorority leader. Still, creator Patrick Sean Smith and costumer Mandi Line were determined that Casey be "the girl everyone can relate to," Line says. "She's very relatable, very real. When you look at Casey, she's got things that every girl can acquire, but it's the way she puts them together."
"She can do the corduroys and skirts," Line says. "She is very real, relatable and soft and kind of like a natural girl without being boring."
Spencer Grammer says she sees her character as "being very girlie sorority to moderately a hippie. She keeps Casey in florals and anything with a tie in it."
Line says she's cognizant of the influence television shows have on viewers.
"There are so many TV shows out there, and you have the girl sitting on the couch and working parents, and you look at Gossip Girl," Line says, referring to that show's expensive designer duds. "The specialness about Greek is that people can do this."
Sorority presidents must dress appropriately for parties, so when Casey needs a fancy dress, Line turns to Cynthia Vincent's 12th Street brand.
"It's higher-end, but it's not unobtainable, if someone wanted to save up and go to a party," Line says.
"The funny thing with Spencer is she can never, ever wear flats," Line says. "I put her in tennis shoes sometimes, but because I want to get so much out of the outfit I constantly put her in wedges. Give me a nighttime party, and I can do skinny jeans and heels."
Though Grammer likens her own style to Annie Hall more than Casey Cartwright, she loves her character's sundresses and has, on occasion, borrowed some.
"It's kind of like a library," she says. "You have to check them out. ABC Family owns the clothes. We can't take them. It might be a year till return, but there are no late fees in this library of fashion."