Welcome back to our exploration of Francine’s fashions. We’ve seen Francine at her worst in the first post on Francine’s fashions. In this second post about Francine, I’ll be showing you how beautiful Francine is in the right outfit and, for a bit of fun, I’ve found some animal-themed outfits that Francine. Just a little bit of Learjet craziness .
Francine looks fetching
She is looking lovely in this blue dress with silver jewellery (Dead Ringer)
– the silver sets off her colouring much better than gold.
I’d say this is a great work outfit (The Artful Dodger)…
…if it weren’t for that strange clip/ pin/ brooch/ ornament (thanks to KC for this last suggestion) on her left shoulder. (Is it a not-so-hidden instrument of torture?) The blue and black look good; the shoulder pads are built in and very discreet. Even Francine looks surprised, in a defensive kind of way.
I love this outfit of Francine’s at the close of Waiting for Godorsky. Yes, the necklace is too busy with the dress but otherwise I love it. Minijet two says that it’s weird. And “her hair looks weird. Even her face looks weird”. I disagree – I think this highlights MS’s lovely bone structure. Are you with me or Minijet two?
Not my favourite outfit but I like these red-themed outfits from A Little Sex, A Little Scandal (KC will tell us what colour this is – kind of deep pinkish red?) and DOA (maroon? Burgundy?).
Actually, I like Francine in a cowl neck. Including this little number (also from A Little Sex, A Little Scandal). Why the sceptical face, Francine?
And more blue – she wouldn’t stop moving her head in this. I even quite like the accessories.
Also from Life of the Party – Francine’s interview outfit for becoming an undercover maid.
And finally, in black and looking very professional and not a bit ridiculous (from Burn Out) – bottle green top with flare at the bottom black skirt (not wild about jewellery).
Does anyone remember “Color Me Beautiful” by Carole Jackson (1987)? Each person was categorised as season according to hair, skin and eye colour. Did you have your colours done? My mother did and was diagnosed as a “winter”. I had the make-up book and – didn’t get round to using it. Was Francine a “spring”? “Your coloration is bright and sunny. Select colors that look as if they are bathed in sunlight. Your best color will mirror the color of your eyes. You receive compliments in bright shades: turquoise, watermelon, salmon” (from http://www.colormebeautiful.com/ )
Animal themed Francine
“Always there but not doing much. Pleasant, unassuming. Easy to overlook! Loyal, faithful…” (Spiderweb). No, Francine is not, as Amanda astutely comments, referring to the family dog but to Amanda . And dog-like characteristics are evidently not something that Francine admires. So it’s surprising that Francine shows a previously undocumented affinity for animals. Or at least for clothing with an animal theme.
The first animal moment was unintentional.
Amanda introduced her to Dotty as the owner of the chimpanzee which Amanda cared for as part of her pets and plants business (Saved by the Bells). She succeeded in charming Dotty and irritating Amanda.
And, as we will discover, Francine does seem to like birds…
The Galah (Eolophus Roseicapilla, a small cockatoo from
Australia, seems to have inspired Francine more than any other. Galahs apparently mate for life and can learn to talk .
In Fearless Dotty and Waiting for Godorsky, she wears her first Galah-like outfit.
And in Vigilante Mothers, she varies the feather colours a bit (note the matching feather ear-rings) .
Was Francine a particular fan of Australian birds? Her next choice (Ship of Spies) suggests that she may have been inspired by the Grey Cockatoo but she’s much brighter (in more ways than one). And she has matching ear-rings too…
A bold choice (Fearless Dotty) was her zebra look. “Inspector Shamba” was later inspired to use this for his luggage (The Wrong Way Home).
In Odds on a Dead Pigeon, she appears to been inspired by a snake’s pattern
That’s all on Francine. Have I missed anything out? Am I being too charitable (or not charitable enough) about Francine’s fashion choices? Should she be confined for fashion felonies? I’d love to hear what you think !
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