*359 weeks ago
PREVIOUSLY ON THINGS CARRIE WORE THIS WEEK: Carrie wears a skirt, an almost-chambray shirt, a definitely chambray shirt, and bedroom eyes for Brody.
So as I watching “Blind Spot” (which, guys, this episode is so good and the original Carrie Mathison Appreciation Episode) I was getting kind of nervous because Carrie basically wears the same thing the entire episode. The episode takes place over two days, and Carrie doesn’t change because she’s minding Hamid overnight while Saul further proves how undeserving of Mira he is. And, while I can spin off 4000 words about an oversized plaid or an ~iconic~ pink blouse, her outfit choice–black pantsuit, black sleeveless blouse–isn’t that inspiring.
It doesn’t look bad. In fact, Claire Danes can pull off an all-black ensemble better than most (it seems like this is not that hard, but I have seen some bad all-black ensembles in my day).
Here’s that sleeveless blouse. It’s pretty ugly. I don’t get the lapels at all. I get that they’re filming in Charlotte in the middle of the summer and as a person who grew up in the South I totally understand how godawful hot it is. But in reality this scene should be taking place some time in November.
I got this wider shot to note that the pant length is actually quite appropriate. The hems aren’t dragging on the floor and they’re also not half a foot from the ground. All-around solid.
I additionally noticed the earrings she wears during this episode. They’re more than just basic studs. It’s difficult to get a good picture of them, but they’re kind of like silver (or gold, I actually can’t tell) knot studs – see here.
Oh here are some more bedroom eyes Carrie wore for Brody. Girl, wyd???
Still the same earrings the next day when she tells Saul to fuck off….
And below we have the scene where she is taking down her Brody board and has a bit of an anxiety attack…
NEW EARRINGS!! Mind you, this scene takes place the same day as the previous one with Saul, likely just an hour or so later.
Now she’s got these greenish dangly ones on. I don’t know about you, but when I’ve just quit my job and told off my longtime mentor, I ALWAYS go home and change out my earrings. I feel like a new woman!
And then when I go to my sister’s because the thought of being alone is too crushing and I think I might actually hyperventilate, I ALWAYS take the time to change back into the earrings I was wearing before. Too much change makes me uncomfortable!!
And thus we have what I’m dubbing The Great Earring Change Conundrum. I’ll just take a second to say that I’ve watched this episode probably ten or so times over the years (remember: the original Carrie Mathison Appreciation Episode) and have never noticed this. It was the NEED FOR CONTENT for this wonderful post series that drove those eagle eyes into gear.
(Also, TGECC can likely be solved through the very easy explanation that they filmed that scene with the bulletin board much later than the rest of the scenes and thus the continuity was fudged…. but it kinda begs the question: what happened to those earrings? Did someone lose them? Did they forget to take photos of Claire’s outfit or look at the dailies from the episode to make sure the entire outfit matched up? Or did they just think: fuck it! it’s not like anyone would actually notice this! If the last, they were right… for 359 weeks. But your guess is as good as mine.)
Up top I said Carrie basically wears the same thing the entire episode, because she does switch into pajamas at the very end. I think Carrie must have a set of pajamas permanently at Maggie’s, because this is her exact pajama situation (she must have left the second t-shirt at home though). Those pajama pants are the same ones she wears after stair sex with Ginger McNotBrody in season three…
Claire does an excellent hungover face.
IN CONCLUSION: THE GREAT EARRING CHANGE CONUNDRUM. I’VE SEEN THOSE PANTS BEFORE. AND NOW, IN GIF FORM:
“You really wanna know the truth? I’ve been on my own for a while now.”
↳ Carrie Mathison in every episode | “Blind Spot”
*360 weeks ago
PREVIOUSLY ON THINGS CARRIE WORE THIS WEEK: An ~ICONIC~ pink shirt in “Clean Skin” and peak Carrie hair.
Ok so my favorite part of revisiting season one via this series is that I’m discovering SO MANY things Carrie wore that I had never noticed before. That’ll make sense in a few minutes.
This is Carrie’s first outfit of the episode and, true to form, she enjoys a muffin (that we never see her eating) and some melon while watching Brody shower. Not that that’s creepy or anything….
If this was a director’s chair post or any form of serious commentary I would talk about how it was kind of amazing that they jumped ahead like three weeks in the timeline since that’s something that we’ve never seen in-season before. But it’s not! We are just looking at her shirt. And those stud earrings. Season one was really the season of Carrie wearing ear jewelry.
Here is Carrie at the CIA in her typical “hands-in-pocket” pose. I love this woman. This jacket on the other hand!! What is up with this jacket and that single gold button? She looks like she should be pledging a fraternity at an SEC school. I don’t understand that navy blazer with the single gold button. Combined with the collarless shirt underneath that has a hint of chambray…. I don’t know man. I mean, I can’t say she looks bad. She looks actually quite good (again, grading on the Carrie Mathison curve).
(In case you are wondering and were fooled by the first photo in which a similarly hint-of-chambray shirt looks to have an actual collar, these actually ARE the same shirt. It’s just a collapsed placket in the first photo. Thank you for your attention to detail.)
I’m decidedly less into this outfit. Standard dark grey or black suit. The shoes are awful (though at least a heel). I really don’t like the shirt.
Here’s a better close-up. She looks better in this light, away from the wood paneling of the Brody family home. Then I remember it’s actually a SUNDAY and now she gets an A+ for even putting on pants with a zipper (Estes just wore jeans and a polo like a normal human).
So Carrie sneaks away to go spy on the Brody family because she’s like an addict in need of a fix. And…. IS…. THIS…. A…. CHAMBRAY…. SHIRT??????
I would like to say that I would have made less of a big deal of Carrie’s chambray in season seven if I’d known she’d already worn one in SEASON ONE, but that is a lie.
Here she is wearing it AGAIN, the next day!!
This is the only other angle we get of her chambray ensemble. I can’t tell if she’s wearing jeans (again, this looks sorta like her formal jean from the last episode?) or what pants those are. It also looks like she’s wearing this chambray shirt as an overshirt, because the sides look open. But we never see anything else.
Despite my general criticism of her chambray shirt deployment in season seven, I still have to give it to Chambray #2 (there are so many more overshirts and overSIZED shirts to come on this show and when all is said and done you can damn diddly bet I will do an Official Ranking).
Here is Carrie at the bar with Estes wearing more actual jewelry than I’ve ever seen her wear. Her earrings are DANGLY and her bracelets are PLURAL. AS IN MORE THAN ONE.
Ok real talk I love this scene so much. It’s one of my favorites of the entire season. What a waste killing Estes. There was so much more story to tell between him and Carrie and their intriguing backstory (first alluded to in this scene). I would watch at least 50 episodes of a prequel series detailing Carrie’s early years in the CIA where the season one finale was him chasing her up to New York City (though maybe that’s like a season two or three finale?).
Look at this ensemble that Carrie threw together for a night at the bar (why didn’t she just keep chambray on?). This is like…. shockingly cute for her. She looks amazing!! The purse is cute and goes, the skirt is adorable. SHE TUCKED IN HER SHIRT.
Ok, while we’re on the topic I brought up…. Carrie never tucks in her shirt (except here). You’d think at least in season one days, when she was, like, a legitimate professional at Langley, she would have. Not that that’s at all a requirement, but she’s generally wearing blouses that would probably look better tucked in. I’m not sure if this an actual character comment on Carrie and her sense of fashion, or something Claire prefers or actually what the dealio is here.
All of which is to say, the blouse looks great tucked in here.
Here’s a better angle where you can see (ever so slightly) her shoes in the reflection of the slider. To me it looks like nude pumps which means she kind of whatever’d the shoe choice. But this should not detract at all from probably the best-looking thing she’s ever worn on this show.
Now we are back to grey suit, hands in pockets, untucked collarless blouse. It’s literally her first outfit of the episode, but with all the color leeched out of it. Her earrings are still dangly.
Nevertheless, this outfit remains iconic simply because of the scene it was in. Homegirl finally gets her fix.
IN CONCLUSION: THE ORIGINAL CHAMBRAY. PLURAL JEWELRY. CARRIE AND ESTES: THE EARLY YEARS.
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*360 weeks ago
PREVIOUSLY ON THINGS CARRIE WORE THIS WEEK: Wow Carrie wears so many things in “Grace” including a thermal henley and a navy trench!!! Also a PURPLE SHIRT.
My attempt at a full series rewatch before the eighth season premiere was temporarily derailed by my magnum opus. But now that that’s out of the way, time to get back to it with “Clean Skin.”
This is a REALLY good episode and Carrie wears many things, most of which are decidedly NOT terrible.
THE PINK SHIRT. I was thinking about what I’d say about this pink blouse with the cowl neck and my first thought was “iconic” but then I was wondering whether something can be considered iconic if it’s only considered iconic by one human (me). This is a such a ~look.
Here’s the full shot. So, as we can see there is an honest to god heel. She even wears earrings. *jvn voice* CAN YOU BELIEVE?
This episode is peak Carrie hair. Her hair looks freaking incredible here. A+. Also look at that subtle arched brow!!
Day two is decidedly less on the mark, but at least we have her classic grey pantsuit. I have no idea what that v-neck blouse is under it but thankfully she never removes her jacket in this episode for us to see. It looks kind of hideous. We do have an earring and there is also a heel here (I promise), so I give Carrie an A for effort, B overall. And yes, we are grading on a curve!
So Carrie gets home from work and puts on her “I’m just really exhausted after work” outfit and it’s… this. It’s hard to tell from this pic but she is wearing what I assume for her are formal jeans? They are dark-washed and you can’t see the seams and like??? Why is this what she wears? I realize it’s because she then has to RUSH out the door to
attempt to save Lynne Reed’s life but I don’t believe for 4 milliseconds that Carrie’s “I’m just really exhausted after work” outfit is not sweatpants.
Her ever-just-so-thrown-on leather jacket does look pretty great and this is the totally weird thing about Carrie’s “style.” It’s 100% ever-just-so-thrown-on (as in, she literally just walks into her closet and walks out with three things and this is all she wears–speaking collectively, over time) but not in the dreamy, Parisian woman way we’d think about when we think about capital-s Style. So when she puts on something like this leather jacket or that pink cowl neck blouse and looks freaking amazing in them it’s just because she’s Carrie Freaking Mathison and if NOTHING else homie knows how to rock a leather jacket.
Even in the poor lighting of Virgil’s van that jacket looks amazing on her. Also I think this is the first time we see Carrie’s leather jacket (well, one of several). That item certainly deserves an ode–one day.
This is the final thing Carrie wears in this episode. This is an actually very nice v-neck. It’s grey, to go with a black pantsuit, not like we were surprised by the monochromatic color scheme or anything. The only thing with color Carrie wears this episode is the pink cowl neck blouse (I’m telling you it is deserving of ICON STATUS). But this looks really great. A few months ago I talked about how Carrie’s go-to professional style should be blazers over sweaters and this is a good warmer-weather substitute. I know those damn pocketed sleeveless blouses (certainly deserving of ~icon status) became her go-to in later seasons but this looks so much better on her. Also. Her hair!! The incredulous look!! She wears it so well.
IN CONCLUSION: PINK COWL NECK. INTRODUCING LEATHER JACKET. WHAT IS AN ICON? HAIR.