all photos from The Good Wife courtesy CBS.com
Okay, I suppose if you want to get technical about it, it is a fictional character accessory crush, but a crush is a crush if you ask me. Much attention has been paid to costume designer Daniel Lawson's very successful ability to create covetable, chic working wardrobes for the female characters on American network CBS's The Good Wife, while avoiding the typical Hollywood temptation to overly-sexualize them. I mean, come on. Can you imagine making your closing arguments for the big Sweeny murder trail in front of a judge in clompy, 6-inch covered platforms? No? Exactly. It can't be done (and this from a girl who wears pointy rhinestone-encrusted stilettos too....but there is a time and a place). That is perhaps the key to the show's success in seducing us as grown-up women. It's Anti McBeal.
But that is not what this is about. I want to focus on the talented Christine Baranski's character, Diane Lockhart. Specifically, I want to look at her necklaces. In a word, they're epic.
My research leads me to believe that the previous two examples are from a company called PONO, who make some truly unique and creative pieces that I am ashamed to admit I only just discovered purely out of research for this post. Their specialty appears to be chain-link necklaces, as pictured on Baranksi, and in all manner of materials. Truly music to the ears of anyone who, like me, has a bit of a thing for pieces with a nautical influence. A perfect way to mix something classic in an unexpected material into a professional work wardrobe, without tipping the scales too far into craft project gypsy territory. I realize now that my accessory wardrobe has a few holes in it that must be filled. Immediately.
They also say (that elusive "they" committee, whomever they are) that a woman's pearls increase in size with age and success. Although I am not a great believer in any of the old fashion adages, preferring to create my own path with results ranging from great to side-splittingly hilarious, I do agree with this old nugget of advice. And apparently so does Diane Lockhart, whose incredible Tahitian South Sea strands (of the 9mm and above variety) not only take control of the space around her, but likely cost more than the collected souls of all of the junior associates at the firm combined.
Don't have an extra 30 grand sitting-around for a strand of Tahitians? Can't bring yourself to spend over a hundred bucks on costume jewellery? Me neither. I am a big believer in precious metals and pearls, but there are some statement pieces in life that are just as well bought on the cheap. Don't spend a fortune on costume jewellery. Look at your secondhand shops first. Look at the sale racks of your favourite retailers. Visit that teenager shop at the mall that you haven't been in in like, four-hundred years. It may surprise you. And they make a lot of really nice, affordable freshwater pearl necklaces these days so that you can achieve that big successful pearl look without having to sell a kidney on the internet to afford it. Here are some nice alternatives for those of us who are still somewhere in the middle of that Age/Success Accessory Ladder.
Make it happen.