I don't particularly care for Kalinda's style. It always fits beautifully and the colors and cuts always suit Archie wonderfully. I just don't like the style. I don't care if she's not a lawyer. Neither are the secretaries and assistants. But they work in a law firm and are expected to dress to suit the environment they work in. It annoys me that Kalinda gets to constantly be the exception to the professional dress rules.
I don't understand that at all. There are no "professional dress rules" for law firm employees to be an exception to
. There are just norms that have been perpetuated over the course of decades that some law firms adhere to more than others, and have different expectations for different employees. In some law firms - like Quinn Emmanuel - the associates can wear shorts
to work and just have to have proper clothes for court to be ready to change into. Lockhart Gardner obviously isn't quite like that, and yes it would be a huge faux pas for a new associate to walk into Wachtell Lipton in Daisy Dukes, but Kalinda isn't some magical exception because she's so special. It's her job to go all out and use whatever she needs to get things done. It's for the law firm. The character was originally based on the best investigator the Kings had heard of: a woman who used her sexuality and appearance to get information. When you wear professional clothing people think of you professionally; Kalinda needs people to think of her as unprofessionally as possible so that they underestimate her and sexualize her and she can take advantage of that. And it works. Kalinda also goes out of the office nearly every day so she has to be ready to look that way at the drop of a dime; I think the firm would much rather she be dressed for the work that makes them money, the ground work, than for the office where clients usually don't see her anyway because she's off doing research.
It doesn't matter that you don't care that she's not a lawyer; that doesn't mean she's violating rules. What matters is that the other characters do allow her to wear what she wants because she's not a lawyer and because it helps her do her job.
Personally, I think it also goes towards her maintaining her personal integrity and wearing she wants. I think there's something empowering in that.
Honestly, and this doesn't have anything to do with L Star since I know she hasn't ever really liked Kalinda, but I do wonder if some of the negative reaction to Kalinda and her boots isn't just hype backlash at this point. She and the boots were so ubiquitous and popular in the early time of the show I guess it's inevitable that there'd be a sort of backlash. But I don't think it'd be right for Superman or Wonderwoman to suddenly switch up their costumes for Brooks Brothers garb and I think the same applies to Kalinda; the clothes really form and inform the persona and the superhero elements. Combined with the origin story bubbling under the surface, the magical sexual powers, and her living in this operatic world with evil arch nemeses like Blake, it all creates a sort of comic book-y, super heroine type elevated world that I think works.
It's a color problem for me. She needs color around her face. They can get by with cream or black but NOT tan. I can't even remember how many times last season she walked around with tan all the way up to her chin and looked awful. It doesn't suit her skin tone at all and makes her makeup really obvious.
I knew there was something about her make up that I did not like, I just couldn't put my finger on it.
Edited by karicola88, Aug 28, 2012 @ 3:53 PM.