I’m on season 3 of Criminal Minds (only a decade behind!) and in love with Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) and Dr. Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) like everyone else. Specifically: GARCIA’S STYLE. While the rest of her team looks like they’re perpetually on their way to a funeral (which…they sort of are?), Garcia wears florals, colorful glasses, and funky jewelry. Her fashion sense reflects her playful sexiness and quick wit. She’s 100% delightful (especially since Kirsten Vangsness herself is “as queer as a purple unicorn singing Madonna”).
So you wanna dress like Garcia? DON’T WE ALL! Here’s how:
- Embrace your curves. Garcia often wears wrap dresses or scoop-neck tops that show off her amazing boobs. Fit-and-flare dresses or a-line skirts, too. (Yay for non-skinny people on TV!)
- Wear bright, summery colors. While her team wears neutrals, Garcia’s palette is warm, ~*SenSuAL*~ berry tones like red/purple/pink, as well as happy yellows/oranges and vibrant teal.
- Add a zany cardigan or blazer to a solid-colored top, or vice versa.
- PATTERNS! Paisley, polka dots, stars, plaid, you name it.
- Channel ’50s pinup girl meets garden party or punk rawk.
- Accessorize with novelty earrings, statement necklaces, and chunky bracelets. Also glitter. Glitter’s an accessory, right?
- Wear a multicolored headband, barrettes, fake daisy, or feathers in your hair.
- Shiny lip gloss. Heels, if u want.
- MORE IS MORE!
Sounds cheesy, but Garcia’s aesthetic has an empowering subtext: You can be sexy and smart. You can be feminine and professional. You can be vivacious and whimsical and amazing at your job. You don’t have to sacrifice color or style or silliness to be successful. That shouldn’t be revolutionary, but pop culture loves its stereotypes (“blondes are airheads”), and thanks to sexism, women feel pressure to dress and act like men to succeed at work:
One in four women dress in a more masculine way – discarding high heels and dresses for trouser suits – acting under the belief they should look like their male colleagues to be treated seriously. A further quarter wear less makeup at work, partly to dispel the notion that all women must ‘look pretty,’ the survey of 2,000 working women showed.
All of the standards of appearance being pushed on employees in office environments are, essentially, strongholds of white male standards of power.
FUCK THAT. Express your personality! Stand out! Be a Garcia! (Ahem. I got excited.)
Looking forward to 10 more seasons of her fantastic style. Stay wonderful, tech kitten. 🦄