*350 weeks ago
PREVIOUSLY ON THINGS CARRIE WORE THIS WEEK: Oh my God she wore just so many things in the pilot! Including a HAT and a SKIRT and ATHLEISURE WEAR.
This week we are looking at “Grace” and y’all!!! She continues to wear so many things. Also, an editing mistake!
Carrie’s pajamas. I will allow the fact that she is wearing a cardigan to bed for some reason solely because I suspect she just fell asleep on the couch probably by accident while watching her favorite reality show: Keeping Up With the Brodys. Also what’s up with that camel v-neck? Those grey sweatpants were a staple in her pajama wardrobe for a few seasons.
Ok, here’s the continuity error. This is Carrie observing Brody a few minutes after he’s woken up and is huddled in the corner of his bedroom. Note she’s wearing some darker colored grey sweatpants and also a black thermal (!!!) henley. Also note the muffin. I know, I know, there is no way Carrie is eating that muffin.
Now here is Carrie a few scenes later, post-shower and wearing that same thermal t-shirt and grabbing the muffin from the fridge! Anyhoozles, Carrie either is eating a second muffin and changed speedy quick after Brody woke only to get back into the same clothes post-shower… or they inserted that earlier scene out of order. It only took me six years to figure this shiz out. *bows*
Also, Carrie’s hair looks amazing here. I have nothing to say clothing-wise except I’m lol’ing at this black thermal henley. And also the idea that Carrie would have that muffin in her fridge…
…because, as Saul points out, her apartment is a fucking mess and she does not eat real food! Look at this place. I have to say that rug is pretty ugly and so is that black chair. The amount of takeout food boxes on her coffee table is also giving me anxiety.
Here is her work attire. I love the fact that Carrie’s day doesn’t get started until noon when she has to meet Lynne at the spa. I guess working at the CIA is not really one of those 9-to-5-type jobs. Anyway, this top is kinda ugly! What is that pattern and texture? Her earrings are also kinda strange, but in a cute way. They are like two studs welded together.
Here is Carrie and Lynne and y’all, after our recent discussions about Carrie being bisexual, I have to say I watched these scenes with Lynne from a new perspective. I thought there was a bit of sexual tension. Also I interpreted that line where Lynne asks Melissa Benoist in that earlier scene whether she enjoyed sex with other women in a new light. Time and distance, man! P.S. is that the Origins logo on Carrie’s robe?
The timeline of the early seasons, which were filmed during the summer in Charlotte but meant to take place in autumn, is kinda weird (both from a wardrobe and location perspective). Howevuh!!! This navy trench coat is super cute. The bag is ugly though. Luckily Carrie has upgraded her crossbody game in recent years.
Altogether I give Carrie a B+ for this whole ensemble. Too bad the top was so ugly. It’s strange to think that Carrie used to dress this way in a professional work environment. She actually looks pretty great! Maybe they were going for something more conventional in the first season because Carrie was essentially demoted to that Langley office life and needed to dress accordingly. If you think about it, season one is really the only season where she’s, like, at Langley. I’m trying to assign meaning to something that doesn’t seem to make much sense, which could be the subtitle of this blog 50% of the time.
WHAT IN GOD’S GREEN EARTH IS THIS OVERSIZED STRIPED SHIRT BUSINESS???? She looks like a cute lil’ green bean here. What is the story behind this shirt though? An ex-boyfriend’s? Or did she really go to the men’s section and buy that for sleeping? (Side note but I think it’s a little strange that Carrie slept on one side of the couch the previous night and tonight she’s sleeping on the opposite side. Maybe it’s me and the habits of every single person I’ve ever observed in life but people usually have a side of the bed and a side of the couch they prefer to sleep on.)
Here’s that navy trench and Carrie looking her most dumbly beautiful. I just want to take a moment to observe how beautiful she looks when she smiles. It’s kinda strange to watch these episodes after seven seasons, and I wish I could remember what I thought of Carrie this early on. I feel like we never really saw Carrie as… peaceful? happy?… as she was here. Maybe it’s superficial, maybe it’s just Claire. It’s hard to picture Carrie looking like this anytime post-season one, isn’t it?
Back to the clothing… I don’t know if we ever see the navy trench again, but it really does look so great on her. Also last time I said Carrie had only worn two skirts but I was wrong. She wears three. This ensemble is pretty cute but my head canon is that she was dressing up for Lynne. Also so much grey… I analyzed what that meant here.
In my post about Carrie Mathison’s season one style I also commented on the way she wore pieces with military-like embellishments as a way to mirror Brody, but I never picked up on this outfit. It has the belt with the buckle at the waist and also those shoulder straps.
Also her bag here is pretty cute and I also think never seen again. This episode is wild, y’all.
We open with pajamas and close with pajamas. She’s wearing that grey cardigan from the pilot and… two shirts. Two shirts to bed. That’s a grey camisole underneath the purple (!!) shirt. I didn’t realize the two shirts to bed thing started this early. No one can satisfactorily explain to me why Carrie does this. She’s wearing not one, not two, but THREE layers to bed!! Girl, please.
IN CONCLUSION: OUT OF PLACE MUFFIN. NAVY TRENCH. BOYFRIEND SHIRT. TWO LAYERS OF CONFUSION.
“Everyone’s not me.”
↳ Carrie Mathison in every episode | “Grace”
*349 weeks ago
Well, folks…. it’s started. I just decided to watch the pilot this weekend. We’ll see if this actually materializes into something… y’know… consistent. But! I thought, while I was at it, I might as well catalogue all the VERY MANY things Carrie wears in the pilot. If nothing else, this will provide some context for just how far we’ve fallen.
I believe my exact words upon taking this screenshot were “she is a banana!” That’s all. Cute lil’ banana.
For realsies, this shot is iconique and I love all the color. Carrie doesn’t really wear this much color anymore. The jacket looks great with her hair color and the scarf is very pretty. Another thing I thought while composing this is someone should catalogue all the scarves of Carrie Mathison, the same way I catalogue the many hats of Homeland. Homie is almost never without a scarf when she’s also wearing a coat.
OK OK OK flash forward ten months. This outfit is quite something. First, that peacoat. I feel like Carrie hasn’t worn a coat that feminine (save the cream wrap coat from 7.10)…. basically ever since. Also, that bag! That’s a fancy little crossbody (of course, crossbody).
One of the things I love about this show (and about my need to chronicle said love through this blog) is that I almost always pick up something new when I watch. Even with an episode like this, which I’ve probably seen 6-10 times. LOOK AT HER EARRINGS!!! I’d never noticed before. Those are some capital-E earrings if I ever saw ‘em. Damn, girl.
I think this is one of two skirts Carrie has ever worn on this show. Full disclozh when I was watching I kinda sorta ~forgot that she came home from the one night stand (and the whore’s bath etc. etc.). Like… I didn’t forget but I was like “oh! oh my god! this happened!” Anyway that’s a pretty outfit and it is, in true Carrie Mathison style, completely devoid of color!
Work Outfit #1. Please note Carrie’s work colleague to her right who shows up later in season seven as a completely different human.
I LOVE THIS HAT. I love how Carrie and Saul are both wearing hats. Anyhoozles, this ensemble is typically black and grey. That hat, though. It is perfect.
THERE IS THAT HAT AGAIN. Also, this jacket which I’d never really given a second thought, which is kinda cute. It’s got a weird little neck/collar though. What’s going on there? It’s like a cowl neck?? This is kinda like her “Marine One” jacket which means I automatically adore it.
Underneath the hat and kinda-but-not-really “Marine One” jacket is Carrie in some dark wash denim and what I am just choosing to believe is a lululemon pullover. Carrie Mathison in athleisure. It is canon.
Pajamas. These are actually acceptable pajamas. Note just the one shirt. I believe that a 32-year-old woman wears this on a quiet night spent illegally surveilling strangers. That sweater (is it a duster?) is cute.
That shirt is actually green. A smidge of color. I also chose this shot because a) I think I used to have that couch and b) I don’t believe that a Carrie Mathison who can’t unpack her shit for 10 months has an indoor plant and has also hung those two pictures perfectly centered above her couch. Sorry. Don’t buy it. (That pop of orange color on the end table is cute though. But also unbelievable.)
(I realize that 349 weeks ago some of this shit would have been TOTALLY believable, which is part of what makes watching this after seven seasons such a trip. So, yeah, I’m using my seven-seasons-later hindsight here. I think in the year 2011 we maybe believed Carrie was a bit more put together… to a point.)
Chosen a) for the facial expression and b) because of the blue scarf. That’s a cute scarf! Someone get on this!!
This is the full-length shot of Work Outfit #2. We are not talking about what transpires 30 seconds later. I will note Carrie matched three shades of grey/black together here. Good for you, Carrie!
The scene where Carrie goes through a few outfit choices and has basically a full-on panic attack in her closet is one of my favorite ever scenes of this show and my favorite in the pilot. Did you know it wasn’t originally in the pilot? You can tell it was shot later, as Claire’s hair is a bit less layered and bit blonder here. Originally, the Carrie/Brody debrief scene ended with Carrie a lot more distressed and she had a breakdown on one of the Langley rooftops. They decided to have Carrie become less frazzled by Brody’s brazen stonewalling and lying in the debrief and took out the rooftop panic attack (which they later basically replicated in “Beirut Is Back”) and replaced it with this. I fully support this change!
ALSO I think this is the top that Carrie wears in “State of Independence.” I appreciate that kind of continuity.
I’m glad she took off this top–sorry, threw it on the ground in a huff. Girl, that’s not your top.
Let’s take a gander at her closet. Once again, I do not buy ON ANY LEVEL that this is Carrie’s closet. I don’t buy that it would be this neatly organized (something we haven’t really talked about is how nice Carrie’s apartment/townhome is… I get that she’s the kind of person who doesn’t care about this shit, so she probably just bought the first thing she could find, but doesn’t it just seem… too nice at times?). I don’t buy that there would be TWO articles of red clothing. And MULTIPLE PATTERNS!! Look at that black/white one on the left. And then behind it that beige-ish striped thing? No way. Nice try, show.
She ends up wearing ANOTHER cowl neck-y thing. It’s actually kinda cute on her. Also the bracelet! I don’t think Carrie Mathison has worn one since!
IJLTP and Carrie is a BUTTON.
Blue scarf and peacoat AGAIN and a cute lil’ baby. Cute earrings.
What happened, Carrie??!!
IN CONCLUSION: SKIRT. HAT. COWL NECK. FAKE CLOSET. BUTTON BANANA BABY.
“Everyone’s not me.”
↳ Carrie Mathison in every episode | “Pilot”