The only other (currently being made) American shows that I watch are Bones and 30 Rock, which are funny but not a lot of vintage aesthetics to look at. And the only Canadian shows that I watch are the same political satires that I've been watching since I was five. I do watch a number of BBC shows (and by watch, I mean torrent them because the BBC have refused my offer to pay the license fee so that I may watch the iPlayer) but the only vintage related ones are usually the odd mini-series and Poirot (whenever they decide to show a new one). However, I do like the brightly coloured jackets, shirts and ties that Stephen Fry wears on QI (the best show currently on television).
Then along came Glee. More specifically Emma Pillsbury, the germaphobic guidance counselor. I didn't watch Glee when it first came out because I didn't really want to get into a show about the soap opera-ish story lines of high school students who can all sing like they're on Broadway. But then I saw some pictures from it and wanted to see more of Emma's retro outfits. So I watch all 13 episodes from the fall in a row and I wasn't disappointed. With her brightly coloured cardigans, monochrome outfits, multi-coloured shoes, bows, plastic necklaces, flower brooches and sweater guards, Emma Pillsbury is one of the best dressed characters currently on television. I may have only recognized five of the songs used, but I can't wait until Glee is back on the air in April. Until then, I urge you to watch the 13 episodes, either from the repeats, DVD or download them (either legally or not, I don't judge) because Emma's style and Jane Lynch as the crazy cheerleading coach make the show worth it to sit through the addicting melodramatic story lines and popular songs.
Here are some of my favourite outfits:
Does anyone in the States know if this cardigan can actually be bought in a store?
Remember to keep an eye out for her accessories. Just look at the cute owls on this sweater guard.
There are already two blogs devoted to her style, in case you want some further reading.