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Friday, June 17, 2011

Working Girl

Confidence. That is a key fashion piece. Seriously. I was re-watching the 80's movie Working Girl with Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford (who looks damn hot), and Sigourney Weaver. 

Melanie Griffith plays a secretary trying to make it in the business world and when she goes to her boss about an idea, her boss, Sigourney Weaver, attempts to steal it. When Sigourney Weaver breaks her leg on a vacation, Melanie Griffith discovers the subterfuge and pretends she has Sigourney's job to put her idea into reality which leads to working alongside the young-looking Harrison Ford.

There is certainly some interesting fashion in this movie, as it is an 80's movies. This movie also takes place in a time when more women are working on wall street. The style for women in the office is kinda manish. It's very covered-up, a lot of knee-lenght skirts, blazers, and yes, bow ties.

The colors of the clothing all blend together into a sea of gray. Literally. Scenes at work parties the men and women just blend together. Then there is Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith. Both reveal their own kind of confidence. Sigourney Weaver's character is very up front with her confidence (a little too much in some instances). She is often in the color red, popping in the crowd of gray. Which I love. Color is a good idea. But if you don't want to rock an entire outfit in such a bright color, try something small. I like to try and wear one thing that pops a little, whether it is my nail polish (like the neons) or a piece of jewelry, or a tank top that peeks out beneath a sweater or shirt. Want something a little more wild? I really like to wear colored nylons with skirts. It covers when it's a little chilly out and adds a punch of color.

Then there is Melanie Griffith who plays the quiet-spoken secretary Tess. She is not in-your-face-arrogant like her boss, but she certainly has a quiet confidence in evidence in the scene when she first meets Harrison Ford. At some sort of business function, she gets a little tipsy and emits the line that still makes me cringe in embarrassment for some reason: "I have a head for business and a bod for sin, is that so bad?" Boom, yeah. Harrison, is of course, hooked. He also points out how she is dressed differently from all the other women there, like a woman, not like a woman trying to dress like a man and think like a man (watch the movie. The real line Harrison says is way better).  She is in a cute, off the shoulder, little black dress. Always classy, always in style, the LBD. This may not pop quite like the red that Sigourney sports, but it certainly draws the eye. The dress reveals her quiet confidence, a good kind of confidence that is always in style as well. I still have to find a good little black dress, but it is always something good to have in your closet for...well...anything. Find one that fits well, and complements your body shape (which is all about balance).

There is one last fashion trend that I want to mention about the movie. I don't even know if this was a real trend at the time because I have never seen it in any other 80's movie. The secretaries, often bright and colorful, with big hair and piles of jewelry, sport an odd mix of eye shadow. Instead of eye shadow applied horizontally, it is applied, in two stripes vertically. Yep, vertically from eyebrow to lash line. Not something I am willing to attempt. Or should ever be attempted. It draws the eye, the eye.

The business women use their make-up subtly, whereas the secretaries are loud about everything, their hair, make-up, clothes, even the parties they throw. It is a very interesting contrast and I wonder if the eye shadow is to make that contrast more in-your-face like Sigourney Weaver's red outfits.

Anyway, check out the movie, work the confidence wether that is in conservative gray work outfits or a bright red dress. And go get a little black dress if you don't have one. Please don't forget the confidence, you have to stand up straight and shine in those little dresses.

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