Editor’s Note: This awesome fashion post comes from GeekMom Blogger, Sophie Brown. If you have a Scully Chic recommendation, you can contact Sophie with the info after the jump.
When I was growing up, my role model in practically everything was Agent Dana Scully from The X-Files. Now I’m an adult and I still look to Scully as my role model in many areas, however one thing I don’t take her advice on is fashion. The outfits inflicted upon Gillian Anderson in the early seasons of the show are often just a few short steps away from human rights abuse, there’s even a blog dedicated to taking apart these wardrobe atrocities. However I started wondering if, with a few changes here and there, it would be possible to create stylish, functional outfits based on her originals; outfits that keep the feel of Scully but that you might actually consider wearing.
My rules were simple:
The outfits must keep to the spirit of the original outfit, sticking where possible to the colors, patterns and cuts used on the show
The outfits must be practical for the scene in which she wore it; most often that means office-wear which would also be suitable out in the field on investigations. My exception to this rule is shoes. What I consider practical footwear for an FBI agent and what was considered OK on the show are two wildly different ideas, for footwear I’ll be sticking with the show’s ideals so five inch stiletto heels are acceptable.
To kick off this column I’m starting with one of Scully’s outfits from the Pilot. The original look was a symphony in neutral tones with a beige pencil skirt, plain white top and a plaid jacket in shades of grey that ended only a few inches above her knees.
For me the key elements here is the jacket so I hunted down this stunning (if a little pricey) blazer by Vivienne Westwood that keeps the grey plaid pattern but features a much more feminine cut that cinches in the waist. The large ruffled lapels make the jacket trendy but are subtle enough to be suitable for the office, and it’s a statement piece that will liven up even the simplest black pants and shirt outfit. For someone who spends so much of her life having to look professional in a suit, she could possibly justify the cost.
I kept the pencil skirt but moved away from the grey/brown tone to a classic black with an asymmetric cut to contrast against the jacket.
The original white top had a neckline practically at Scully’s chin; a simple white blouse opens up the neckline and shows off her ubiquitous gold cross necklace.
These Jayson Brunsdon heels coordinate with the jacket and are much more striking than the plain beige style she wore on the show.
Adding a thin belt that continues the plaid pattern allows her to keep her outfit coordinated when she takes her jacket off, and it also draws attention to the waist.
A large bag gives her space to keep all the important paperwork and evidence she has to carry around, but this one matches the dark blue in the plaid to keep coordinated. Navy is a great neutral and this would go well with many different looks making sure she doesn’t have to switch bags each day.
Get Agent Scully’s Awesome Look:
Mexx White Button Down (Similar Here - $18)
Jayson Brundson Heel - Sold Out (Similar Here - $39.94)
Dior Bolsa Grande Bag (Similar Here - $214)
Sophie Brown is one of the core contributors over at GeekMom and so far the only Brit, which sometimes makes her feel guilty for not being a bigger fan of Doctor Who and Sherlock.
She is a die-hard X-Phile who loves cross stitching and baking cupcakes whilst marathoning sci-fi shows on Netflix. She is also an occasional cosplayer, spends far too many hours reading and writing X-Files fanfiction, and is attempting to learn Latin this year. You can email her at email@example.com, especially about anything X-Files related, but be prepared for a very long answer.
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