Let's Shop in Penelope Garcia's (Virtual) Closet!
What's In Penelope's Closet? (Kirsten Vangsness)
Are you a huge fan of Penelope Garcia's character on the CBS TV crime drama, "Criminal Minds?" I sure am! Penelope is a technical analyst for the B.A.U. team which seeks out serial killers. Her dramatic and flamboyant personal style is in stark contrast to the grim reality of her work.
In Season 10 of Criminal Minds, Kirsten Vangsness playing Ms. Penelope is looking sharp. Have you noticed she has grown her hair longer, which gives her even more hairstyle options.
It would be worth tuning in to Criminal Minds just to see what Penelope is wearing any given episode! But I have to admit, I do love the whole show anyway. Later in this article you'll find an awesome YouTube interview with Kirsten Vangsness, discussing her Penelope character, along with a few of her other recent interviews.
You may have noticed Kirsten Vangsness has lost a lot of weight - rumored to be 75 pounds! Congratulations, girl! You look amazing.
Let's look at some of Penelope's fabulously dramatic outfits and see what we can learn from them! You might just want to borrow an idea or two from "Penelope's Closet!" I'll even show you where to find them.
I'll show you some of the great image tricks Kirsten uses, where to find awesome glasses similar to Penelope's, and my picks for some great outfits Penelope might love to wear! I'll even show you a link to Kirsten's own website so you can find out what she is up to lately!
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A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness and Jeanne Tripplehorn Interview - Kirsten As Superwoman!
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Ms. Penelope As Her Bad Former Self In The "Black Queen" Episode!
Oh, I was in eye candy heaven at all of Ms. Vangsness' amazing outfits in this episode, "The Black Queen." She pulled off an outstanding rendition of her former bad self, hacker extraordinaire.
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I'd Love To See Penelope's Jewelry Selection!
What You'll Find In Penelope's Closet - Ideas you can borrow and experiment with!
- Color, color, COLOR! Brights are a very hot fashion trend this season, especially the neon brights. In most of Penelope's outfits, you see the main outfit in a solid color with accessories providing the color interest. This is very smart, because you can change the same outfit hundreds of ways just using different accessories!
- Scarves, used in interesting ways. I've seen her do scarves in her hair, as a belt, etc.
- One single accessory that is totally out of character to the rest of the outfit, often in a very bright color. Take, for example, the neon green handcuff earrings with the very conservative business outfit in the photo above! It keeps people from figuring you out. Makes them wonder what you're up to! And hey, it gives them something to talk about at the watercooler!
- Color blocking. She wears it very well, and often. Notice that when she wears colors, she wears her best colors close to her face and the least flattering colors the furthest away. This is a very good idea. If you've never had your colors done, why not? You can even have it done free. If you'd like to know how, just email and I'lll point you in the right direction.
- Hair Ornaments that tie to or coordinate with her outfit. One of the least expensive, and highest impact accessories one can wear.
- Eyeglasses as Fashion statements! She practically wears new frames with every new outfit! I think this is a great idea. In fact, did it myself!
- Temporary Hair Color Streaks or Sections
While a bit adventurous for most of us for everyday, it's fun to experiment with for a weekend or special occasion! You can get colors that wash out with one shampoo or colors that last through several shampoos.
Where DOES She Find These Accessories!
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My Favorite Scarves On eBay! - These Chiffon Scarves Are Beautiful, Versatile & Inexpensive!
I toss on these scarves over leggings, jeans, dressy skirts, whatever! Hand washable, line dry. I get compliments every time I wear one!
Even though these look like different scarves in the photos, they are all the same design! They are basically two scarves put together with real coconut tiny butons. You can wear it folded and draped, or toss it on poncho-style (my favorite). No matter what you do, you'll look amazing!
It's Fun To Look A Little Crazy!
Kirsten's Red Carpet Look - Featuring Jorge Adeler Earrings! - Link to The Backstory Just Below!
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Attitude, Not Size, Matters!
Kirsten, like me, is not a tiny woman – we all know that. But do we care? Not one bit! Why? Because she embraces her size with attitude and a flawless sense of style!
As an image consultant, many plus size women I've worked with thought they needed to dress quietly because of their size –dark monochromatic outfits and understated accessories. What I'd love for them and YOU to know is that it's OK to love and wear color and pretty accessories! Being a larger size does not sentence you to drab.
Would You Dare To Dress Like Penelope? - Are you that brave?
Would you ever go out "Penelope Style?" What would be your favorite accessory?
Use Glasses As Fashion Accessories!
Penelope changes her eyeglasses with almost every new outfit! For most of us who wear prescription glasses, this isn't too affordable. But you can choose dramatic frames! I've bought the same pair of Vogue frames in 3 different colors so that down the road, I can change.back and forth.
Don't Wear Glasses? Try wearing clear glass ones just for fun!
Now This Is A Put-Together Look!
Dress Like Penelope Day! Celebrate Kirsten's Birthday!
Let's celebrate Kirsten's birthday on July 7 by having a first annual "Dress Like Penelope" Day! Yes, I'm creating my very own wacky holiday just in Kirsten's honor!
Dress in your finest "Penelope," take a photo, email me thru the contact form here. I'll post the photos here and the world can vote on their favorite!
Oh and hey... I'll be participating too!
Kirsten Vangsness starred, along with Joe Mantegna and Shemar Moore, her Criminal Minds cohorts, in the 2013 comedy, "Kill Me, Deadly". It's the story of the 1947 Bengal Diamond Case in Hollywood.
"Swan... One Man's Journey" (2010)
"LAX: Pilot (#1.1)" (2004) (Look for ticket agent #1)
"Sometimes Santa's Gotta Get Whacked" (1998) (the Tooth Fairy!)
It Takes Work To Be Beautiful!
My Other Favorite Scarf - The DKNY Scarf Vest!
I fell in love with this DKNY Scarf Vest when it hit the stores in Spring 2012. I finally own it now, after months of waiting for a good bargain to show up online! It is absolute heaven to wear - it just floats and flows. I've never owned anything like it!
Made of 100% silk and hand washable, it is THE perfect accessory to dress up any solid top/bottom combo or dress. You could wear it on its own belted, too. It feels absolutely amazing! And hey, animal print too, which is a forever investment for your wardrobe! On top of all that, this is right at half price off retail!
"Reminds Me Of Penelope" Sightings! - As I See Them, I'll Add Them Here!
Penelope Gives A Whole New Dimension To The Word, "Accessorize!"