TV Fashion: Shirley Schmidt from 'Boston Legal' (ABC)
No doubt there's a lot of Bergen in Schmidt with her taste, grace and spark going a long way toward defining her likability. But Emmy-winning costume supervisor Loree Parral also had a big hand in creating Schmidt's signature look. "When you get a script that's written by
The key to the look is to do the unexpected. Take a good, classic black pantsuit, "something every woman should have in their closet," says Parral, and mix it with an unexpected shirt, perhaps with a lace cuff, or go without a shirt altogether if you are in a business that allows for something a little sexier. As for jewelry, go for something that wouldn't immediately come to mind. Think foreign, think ethnic, think eclectic.
"Where there are some rather strong dress code rules, (Schmidt) doesn't necessarily break them," says Parral, "but rather turns left where everybody else is turning right. I think that is what makes her distinct - she doesn't wear the uniform ... she doesn't have to and she wouldn't want to."
As a senior partner in a Boston law firm, clearly Schmidt can afford to start with high-end classics and does;
"And then we add
Then accessorize with something personal.
"It has to have some history and some emotional tie," adds Parral. "I think that is the key because then there is a story behind it. I think that is what people react to."
Personal and professional. No wonder Schmidt made partner.