You’re Gonna Make It After All

I want all of these dresses!

I recently got the hankering to watch The Mary Tyler Moore Show. I had seen a few episodes here and there in the past, but never really watched the show or knew much about it. I ventured off to the library to find they had seasons 1 -3. The library turns out to not only be the quiet sanctuary filled with lovely smelling books, but you can check out DVDs for a $1. Even though these contained multiple DVDs, they’re still only a dollar and you get to keep them for three weeks. Just another reason to love the library!

Love the skirts!

I started watching and immediately knew I liked it. The show was quite cutting edge for its time. Not only did it feature the first single woman with a career, looking to make it on her own without the help of a man, but it also changed the sitcom. It focused on a more realistic view of the characters’ lives, other than an idealized portrayal of life. It also introduced supporting characters who were important and focused on more than just the main character.

I desperately want the third dress with the red trim!

This show is an example of great casting and the kind of chemistry between characters that keep a show on the air for many seasons. More than anything the writing was really great. There are episodes that are pretty common and not too consciously jarring, but there are other times they take the opportunity to address issues and highlight problems of the time. The Mary Tyler Moore Show, though being over forty years old, doesn’t seem too dated. While there are a few things that point to its age, it stands up quite well in our contemporary times.

Such great colors.

The show itself is great, and I’m only through seasons 1 and 2, and itching to get my hands on more seasons (why don’t you have them library?!) but I will admit one of my favorite parts of the show is Mary’s wardrobe. That probably seems a bit superficial, but I’m a dress girl, especially those vintage and retro styles. I was surprised by how fabulous her clothes were. The series started in 1970, so I guess my surprise comes from not ever being too impressed with 70s fashion. It’s just not usually my favorite or preferred decade for fashion.

Never thought I'd be coveting pants from the 1970s.

Once I’m able to see more seasons and they progress into the 70s, my opinion of her wardrobe may change, but the first two seasons are by far drool worthy and a gold mine of style inspiration. I even was envious of some the pants and belts she was wearing. So clean and chic looking.

I also love how simple her clothing is. She pairs basic zip up shirts or plain turtle necks with a pair of leg lengthening pants or patterned skirts. Her accessories are few, but her hair is always immaculate and the best way she tops of each outfit.

These three are to die for. . .*drool*

And this may seem strange, but I also adore how she wears the same outfits episode after episode. This is not like Sex and the City where they never (except for maybe once) repeated any outfits. Mary Richards mixes and matches her pieces and she repeats dresses, just like you or me would. Another way the show stuck to the reality of the character and her life. Her friends and supporting characters also wore repeat outfits. I’m not crazy about Rhoda’s clothing (though she is hilarious), but Phyllis had some gems in her closet as well.

All of the photos I’ve posted of her outfits are ones I want, and it’s hard to choose a favorite, but this is definitely one of my favorites. It’s a simple red skirt with a navy and red polka dot blouse, cinched with a navy belt. It’s fun and fresh, but takes such little effort. Just what a perfect outfit should be.

I will say, though I’m not much of a shoe person, her shoes leave a lot to be desired. While simplicity is a huge draw for me in many areas, her shoes are quite dull and frankly, unfortunate to me. Perhaps that is another symptom of the 1970s fashion. In the grand scheme of it though, her outfits don’t need the oomph of a noticeable pair of shoes. The outfits themselves are the pop, and the attention grabbing part. Though I’m sure I could find plenty of simple yet adorable shoes to pair with any of these outfits in the photographs.

Fabulous scarf, fabulous boots!

When I start on season 3, I will try and focus on the show and their ideas, and not be too distracted by the clothes. However I find myself daydreaming about so many of these clothes, it’s difficult to keep my attention on the actual show. I find myself wanting to scour ebay for similar dresses, or see if ModCloth, my favorite online store, has any “Mary Tyler Moore-esque” pieces. In fact, I secretly wish and hope for a Mary Tyler Moore Show Shoppe (along with the Rosemary’s Baby Shoppe – future post!) where I can easily find dresses, pants, shirts, and skirts to mimic my favorite ensembles worn on the show. A girl can dream.

About lovelyshadesofnostalgia

I wear my 1950s inspired dress drinking out of fingerbowl champagne glasses while listening to Perry Como records. I watch Rita Hayworth movies, Fred Astaire makes me want to get up and dance, and think Robert Redford must be the most attractive man to have graced the planet. I love a variety of eras, from the 1920s through the 1960s, even some inspirations from the 1970s and 1980s. I believe in courtship, words like "swell" and "swoon," privacy over publicity, dressing up each day, mystery, quality over quantity, manners, and sentiment. I still utilize a Polaroid camera at times, type on my 1960s Remington typewriter, wear one piece swimsuits, sit and sort through my vinyls, and peruse antique and vintage shoppes. I read ferociously. Real books. Because I love the feel, the weight, the smell, and the sound of a book. I paint. I take photographs. I bake from scratch.
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3 Responses to You’re Gonna Make It After All

  1. i guess she liked red as much as i do!

  2. Mary Tyler Moore was one of the few TV stars to have two mega-hits in Dick Van Dyke and the Mary Tyler Moore Show. I haven’t seen a Mary Tyler Moore rerun in years.

  3. Curly Carly says:

    Long-time-no-see! Love this post and I love these dresses!

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