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In the 360 Review, Corporette examines a “professional woman”s” attire and critiques it from all perspectives: underling, boss, friend.
Dr. Lisa Cuddy (of FOX’s House) is one of the most interesting dressers among TV’s set of professional women. If you don’t watch the show, her character is the Dean of Medicine and hospital administrator of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital General. She’s a doctor by trade (darn good one, too) but her job now runs the gamut: supervising nurses, doctors, janitors; comforting grieving families; wining and dining investors. As such, she’s wearing a suit or business casual outfit about as often as she’s wearing a doctor’s coat or scrubs. In her personal life, she’s ready to be a parent, and a lot of her plot lines revolve around her having problems with fertility treatments and choosing a sperm donor. While in the plot she’s obviously single (and is occasionally portrayed as being on a date), she’s always 100% professional at the hospital. (She’s played by actress Lisa Edelstein, who is beautiful and in stunning shape.)
The Good: Cuddy knows which colors work on her, and goes with a steady wardrobe of black, taupe, and grey, mixed with red and pink. She’s daring sometimes — mixing prints with prints. Her long hair is always neat and professional, whether it’s worn down or up in a French twist or bun. In terms of brands we suspect she gravitates towards Nanette Lepore, DKNY, and other brands that are classic yet feminine. She uses color wisely, and she occasionally draws from menswear in an inspired way.
The Bad: Cuddy’s choice of clothes is stellar, but girlfriend could use a size or two bigger. She’s a petite woman and in great shape, yet frequently her jackets pull at the buttons and her skirts and pants make that dreaded “smile” — they’re so tight that they pull across her body, the fabric wrinkling into a smile. She also makes some poor choices in terms of blouses: they’re often unbuttoned down to mid-chest level. To make matters worse, she wears small, choker-type necklaces that only emphasize the distance between her neck and the vast expanse of clavicle she’s exposing.
Our take: Cuddy looks great 50% of the time, but dresses in inappropriate attire way too often for a woman of her stature. Yes, she’s smoking hot, but come on, button it up a little. It would be hard for people below her to respect her — those tight skirts! that cleavage! — because she dresses like sex is on her mind 24/7 (even if her character doesn’t act that way). If we were her superiors at the office, we would be reluctant to promote her — her outfits would interfere with most of her present job’s duties. If we were friends with her we’d steer her towards some great camisoles, or even some longer necklaces to raise the eye level a bit and fill the gap. We might also recommend a tailor to help with some of her size issues.
It’s hard to mix print with print, but she does it well.
Nice use of a button-down shirt and sweater vest. Note that here, the collar is necessary to keep the eye from going directly to her bust.
You’re kidding us with this, right? Come on.
Very nice look with the pocket-square. She’s stealing a page from men’s fashion, but looking feminine and beautiful while doing it. She’s also mixing prints again, which we love.
The acceptability of a brightly colored suit depends heavily on where you live — it’s just out of vogue in some places (New York) whereas in others it’s completely acceptable (Washington, D.C.).
Ballsy, Dr. Cuddy. Very ballsy. We’re undecided on whether this works or doesn’t, but if it does it’s because you look great in hot pink.
It must have been “Dress like Queen Amidala” day at the hospital.
Love this look — the puff sleeves and lightness of the white shirt are so pretty and feminine and soft, but the sweater vest makes it professional and businesslike.
Yeah, see how your skirt is pulling across your body like that? That’s a sign you should have gotten the 0, not the 00, in the skirt.
See supra — the jacket should not be pulling like that.
Anything reminiscent of lingerie or negligees is hard to pull off at the office. See, e.g., here — it’s a perfectly acceptable top but the sheer sleeves give it a bedroom feel that’s inappropriate for the office.
OK, who else was bawling from the last episode of House?
Unrelated, but if you’re a fan of the show, check out this video.