Welcome back to our exploration of Amanda’s outfits in seasons one and two. In this post, we leave behind our fantasies of accompanying Lee in a tux to an embassy party, looking as good as Amanda in one of her evening gowns, and focus on the less formal wear. Fortunately, even Amanda can
make some bad fashion choices . The hair don’t will be touched on (mercifully) briefly as well.
IMO, Amanda spend a lot of time in OK but not great non-formal outfits (unlike Francine and Lee who can look spectacularly bad or amazingly good), so this is a very subjective selection according to Learjet (because I can ) . Amanda does seem to favour pink so we’ll start there.
Let’s face it, Amanda looks fabulous in a pair of jeans. You may not like the high waistline (v. eighties) but, unlike some of the shapeless sacks she wears, they make the most of her slim figure. Some might say that Lee could learn a thing about snug jeans from Amanda.
Moving on before I descend so far into the gutter that I can’t climb out later, I love this pale pink blouse (not too fussy) with jeans in (The Long Christmas Eve).
but Amanda looks sweet (sorry, couldn’t resist it) in this candy striped jumper.
Before Amanda got whisked away to the Cumberland (Weekend), she was looking good in this black and white plaid shirt. The dreaded high-waisted jeans are in evidence, but when you consider what other people were wearing in the 80s….(pauses to gag ).
This is possibly may time favourite Amanda casual look (yes, ladies, Lee wasn’t the only person to look good in Europe – The Times they are a Changin’). The colours are just lovely on her especially that graduated blue scarf. And she hasn’t folded her jacket sleeves higher than her blouse.
A tad shapeless – yes – but gorgeous light aquamarine colour makes up for that (Double Agent)
I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that often Amanda looks better at home than when she changes into her “work” clothes. Especially those granny white heels . She looks nice (I won’t go further than that) in this creamy suit in the Bullpen (Fearless Dotty).
She kind of looks like Lee’s twin in this outfit while she waits for her Chili Dog (I am Not Now Nor Will I Ever Be a Spy) Like the colours; not so sure about the suit-matching handkerchief (à la Lee in a tux) but I like the red. She does look like she has a party hat on the right side of her head though .
And back to Europe (To Catch a Mongoose). She wears this outfit a few times. One of the rare occasions that we see Amanda in navy. I would prefer something a little more tailored but it’s very tasteful for the time…
This is a great full length coat (A Relative Situation) which Amanda wears to meet “the Colonel” as Lee’s “girlfriend”. Being of a practical turn of mind, I find myself wondering how she kept a creamy, white coat like that clean in a house with two rumbustious young boys (but, when it comes to Amanda’s evening wear, SMK requires suspension of disbelief.)
1) Her hair is growing out.
2) The ear-buttons are discreet and less button-like.
3) The white heels are largely hidden by the lectern
4) The gilet isn’t fluffy.
5) That green is a good colour.
Five reasons why this outfit isn’t too bad.
And on with Amanda’s less tasteful, but more memorable, fashion moments
One of our first sightings of the dreaded Amanda Band is when Princess Penny visits Amanda and Dotty for tea.Princess Penny is such a lady that she maintains her polite smile despite this snake-like accessory:
This is a – um – good example of why the Amanda Band should never have passed editing (Remembrance of Things Past). It has the additional (dubious) merit of showcasing a personal bugbear of mine – the polo neck with the blouse (or jacket) folded shorter than the blouse. The fact that I have a bit of a weakness for gingham doesn’t overcome my dislike of this nonsemble.
Next in “the head” we have (brace yourselves, SMK fans) that double whammy that hit us late in the second season: the hair don’t and the ear-buttons. It appears that KJ had a holiday in the sun before this was filmed (or the make-up artist went a bit heavy on the bronzer!).
Two examples of this double disaster from A Little Sex, a Little Scandal.
Now on to the garments that went wrong:
Firstly: the fluffy granny cardigan. A prime example of fluffiness – with the added crime of being a mishmash of nondescript colours – is on display in Car Wars .
Another example (Murder Between Friends) – a bit of cable knitting on display and another yucky “colour”.
Some oversized 80’s lapels were on display in The Three Faces of Emily.
Then two examples of the oversized warm jacket which makes a moderately busted woman look flat-chested. First one from DOA – the over supply of powder doesn’t help the jacket.
And the white one, with the pale but enormous ear-buttons (You Only Die Twice) .
Next is Amanda’s answer to Lee’s strange necklined cream shirts from season one – and it’s quilted (shudder)
IMO, Francine’s season three example will always win the woman’s tasteless tie competition, but this early example from Amanda is made worse because it’s cream.so…you don’t realise she’s wearing it…and then….it hits you (Burn Out and Vigilante Mothers).
The sight of this shoulder-padded monstrosity from Murder Between Friends drew this (blunt) comment comment from Minijet number two: “She looks disgusting in that”. She also wore it under this overlarge jacket (with matchy-matchy ear-buttons) in A Little Sex, A little Scandal.
The last bad jacket is from Vigilante Mothers qualifies as awful on several counts: the shoulder pads and puffed sleeves (they may have worked for Anne Shirley, but they don’t do it for me), the strangely rolled cuffs, the pale blue colour/bronzer clash. Fortunately, Lee probably couldn’t see her very well, and was probably more worried about his sprinkler system than her jacket.
Amanda’s fashion felonies tend to be repeat offences. I invite you to vote on your particular unfavourite:
Do you like Amanda’s casual outfits? Do you think she looks good in pastels? Or do you think she should wear darker colours? Do tell….!