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Let's Shop In Penelope Garcia's (Virtual) Closet!

Updated on August 31, 2015
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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!

Video Collage - Dozens Of Kirsten's Fabulous Looks!

Kirsten After 75 Pound Weight Loss As Of December 2013 - WOW!

I'm Betting Penelope Would Love This!

A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness and Jeanne Tripplehorn Interview - Kirsten As Superwoman!

Kirsten & Shemar Working On Season 10 Episode!

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Kirsten On Her New Movie & CM Season 10 On "The Couch!"

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!

I'd Love To See Penelope's Jewelry Selection!
I'd Love To See Penelope's Jewelry Selection!

What You'll Find In Penelope's Closet - Ideas you can borrow and experiment with!

  1. 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!
  2. Scarves, used in interesting ways. I've seen her do scarves in her hair, as a belt, etc.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. Hair Ornaments that tie to or coordinate with her outfit. One of the least expensive, and highest impact accessories one can wear.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!

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?

YES! Tell you what I'd wear...

YES! Tell you what I'd wear...

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    • Belle 2 months ago

      I basically already am like Penelope and I basically am quirky with her and wear dresses!

    • Lynn 20 months ago

      Definitely!! I already dress querky. I would love to find all the glasses she wears.

    • suzi 2 years ago

      What was the reddish orange lipstick she wore in the episode where the copycat killer was after the whole team?

    • Sheila 3 years ago from Omaha, NE

      @anonymous: Oh, everywhere! Everywhere from Goodwill stores to Younkers, QVC, HSN,, and anywhere else I find something wonderful! If you want to know about a specific item I'd be glad to tell you where i found it!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I would but where do you shop for your clothes?

      I love all the bright colors

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      If I had the opportunity to dress like Penelope I definitely would! However, the problem lies in trying to find clothes like hers... ,

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I always dress in bright bold colours! They make me happy! I have been told I look a lot like Garcia. I love that coz I love that character & I love Kirsten.

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Fascinators! I already have two!

    • Sheila 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

      @anonymous: Me too, LOL!! You go, girl!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I dressed like that before Criminal Minds was ever on the air.

    • Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Sure...why not; Penelope's Style rocks!

    • anonymous 4 years ago is so feminine yet quirky and allows for individuality.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I love hoe she dressedgigglr

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes bring it on! The day would be guarantee fun ! I have the body just need the outfit!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I would wear her bright clothes.....But my fav accessory would be her ever-changing hair color!!!!!:D

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i applaud anyone with a firm sense of style. i'd wear her most of her goodies - but my sweet DH just wouldn't 'get it'!

    • Palomina 4 years ago

      i love her hair flowers and makeup.I just don't have the courage to go all out like her but i wish i did

    • Stacy Birch 4 years ago

      I could go for a flower in the hair.

    No way, but I enjoy seeing her all dressed up!

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      • Mika 17 months ago

        YES, I'm actually planning to cosplay as her for a few pop culture expos! I have the hair and glasses downpat, I just need the outfit :)

      • Nicole 2 years ago

        A lot of my students think I look her. I wish. You rock!

      • anonymous 2 years ago

        hair accessories and glasses or (readers)

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        love the bumbo bee earings , where did they come from?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I just enjoy it.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I appreciate her style but I probably won't try it.

      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 Sightings!

      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!"

      My Favorite Chiffon Scarf on eBay! - I get compliments every time I toss one of these on, over jeans or whatever!

      I have bought them for friends who fell in love with mine, also! These are so versatile.Toss on over just about anything and you'll look amazing!

      Please Stop & Say Hello! - Love To Meet My Visitors!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I actually really like this character on criminal minds, funny how she talks with the military dude as they flirt back and forth. gave your lens a 'thumbs up'.

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          gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

          I like this show and when there is time I watch. The character Penelope (or 'Baby girl' as one of the guys call her) is really cute and a favorite of mine as well. Thanks for the reminder. See you around the galaxy...

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Love Criminal Minds. Penelope is an interesting character. Her style reminds me of how I dressed in the 80s...too much color. My favorite character is Paget Brewster and (oh, my, I like the men (LOL).

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          JoshK47 5 years ago

          What a fun lens! Thanks for sharing! :)

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          Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

          I haven't watched Penelope or Criminal Minds yet!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          It's fun to watch Penelope in Criminal Minds. She's smart.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I dress like her all the time. It's my Own style yet it is so similar to kristen's (Penelope) style :)

          Luv her

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          Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

          I love the confidence of her character; love the way she dresses!

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          Stacy Birch 4 years ago

          Nice lens.

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          Skin-Health 4 years ago

          I love Garcia, the character from Criminal Minds. She is unique, beautiful, and smart. You gotta love her!

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          mytopbestreviews 4 years ago

          Garcia is my fave character on Criminal Minds! Love the way her character interacts with the Derek Morgan character.

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          loveanime22 4 years ago

          great lens

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          This lens is funny & interesting. I like this dress but don't like to put it myself.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          This lens is funny & interesting. I like this dress but don't like to put it myself.

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          smorse28 lm 4 years ago

          I always like Penelope's hair accessories. I would totally sport one of those.

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          dellgirl 4 years ago

          I am a fan of Penelope's too, gotta love her boldness to sport this style. I enjoyed your lens. Nice work.

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          CoolFool83 4 years ago

          This is a really cool lense!

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          Vikki 4 years ago from US

          Fun lens! We love checking out Penelope's style each week. Always something to talk about! Love her hair accessories the most.

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          WindyWintersHubs 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

          Her style seems to suit her but is a probably a bit much for the average gal. :)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Key word is unique. I love it!

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          ian-patrick-716 4 years ago

          I wonder if that really her style or is she still playing her part?

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          Sheila 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

          @ian-patrick-716: I'm betting it's a bit of both... check out some of her YouTube interviews!

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          Sheila 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

          @gina1209: Thank you so much! I love her too! Did you see the one on Derek?

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          EpicEra 3 years ago

          She's awesome!

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          HosieryQueen 3 years ago

          I love how she looks... Somehow different, totally cute, sometimes even funny, but in general she always looks interesting.... And, by the way, you have a nice lens here, great job! :)

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          Sheila 3 years ago from Omaha, NE

          @HosieryQueen: Me too! She looks really great this season too, looks like she's lost a lot of weight! Thanks for your nice comment!

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          KathyZ1 3 years ago

          Great lens, enjoy it.

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          NoCanDo 3 years ago

          I would love to know who made the dress she wears on the cover of season 9!

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          Lisa Jones 2 years ago

          Fantastic Blog Sheila! I've been a fan of Garcia since the first season! I'm responsible for making many of the hair flowers (particularly those worn in the 200th episode and the Season 9 finale) and I'm pleased to say Garcia will be wearing more of my hair flowers in Season 10!! You can find me 'Off With Her Head Millinery' here... or on facebook at

          Can't wait for Season 10 to air over here in the UK!

          Lisa x

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          Chris Beckman 22 months ago

          I love all her looks. I like to dress crazy and different too. I would like to know if she has one brand of glasses that she wears. Just by accident I had purchased a pair of chartreuse green glasses she wore in the early seasons. I bought these completely by accident. I was watching the show and realized hey those are just like mine. These are by LaFont. Anybody know any of the other brands she wears.

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          Skye Graham 11 months ago

          Okay, I love all of her outfits, but I'm planning on going as her for a Halloween party in a few months. The problem is I'm going as her during her auburn hair phase and I can't find anything that shows exactly what she's wearing. Can I get any suggestions?

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