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TV Fashion Recap: Leverage and Perception


TV Fashion Recap is a biweekly column featuring the best of TV fashion. Every other week, we recreate our favorite outfits from the most recent episodes of all of the hottest shows. Stay tuned; we may feature your favorite show next!

TV Fashion Recap
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Every other week, I break down the best of TV fashion, featuring my favorite looks from the last two weeks. This week, I was inspired by TNT’s Leverage and the new hit show, Perception. Read on to check out the outfits!

1.  Leverage (Season 5, Episode 4): Parker’s Preppy Cardigan 

Leverage's Parker in a Preppy Cardigan
(Photo Credit – Screencap)

Even though it is well into its fifth season, TNT’s Leverage is still going strong thanks to its mix of dramatic subplots, geeky jokes, action, and explosions. The show focuses on a Robin Hood-like group of thieves and conmen as they try to help average citizens who have been wronged by large companies. In this episode, the gang tries to take down a wealthy restaurant owner who uses his cooking school as a front for smuggling.

Parker is a gorgeous thief. Her hobbies revolve solely around jumping off of buildings and cracking safes.  Because of her troubled childhood, she has trouble expressing emotion and connecting to others. Though her primary skill is stealing, she is often required to participate in the cons by impersonating someone else.  Though Parker favors a bungee jumping harness as her go-to accessory, when she is dressed for a con, her clothes are preppy and sophisticated.

Outfit Inspiration

Outfit inspired by Parker from Leverage
(Product Information: Jeans – Topshop, Cardigan – H&M, Bustier – Topshop, Purse – Debenhams, Scarf – Modcloth, Ring – Dorothy Perkins, Necklaces – Dillard’s)

To recreate Parker’s outfit, slip on a demure cardigan. Her outfit has a French vibe, and the white trim and delicate buttons of this cardigan from H&M capture that feeling. A simple tank or bustier, like this jean one, gives the outfit a youthful, flirty appeal. Dark skinny jeans in a gorgeous burgundy add color to the outfit without overpowering the cardigan.

Tie a scarf in a bow around your neck to mimic the neckline of Parker’s feminine cardigan and slip on some delicate jewelry. Parker’s look is all about subtle sophistication, so small gold jewelry like this necklace from Dillard’s is perfect!  Finish with a large, sophisticated leather satchel, and slip on a pair of nice patent heels or ballet flats in a darker jewel tone for an extra pop of color.

2.  Perception (Season 1, Episode 5): Daniel’s Wool Jacket and Messenger Bag

Daniel's Fall Fashion Inspiration from Perception
(Photo Credit – Screencap)

TNT’s new smash hit Perception focuses on a neuroscientist, Dr. Daniel Pierce, with paranoid schizophrenia. He is called in to consult with his former student, FBI Agent Kate Moretti, on special cases. His hallucinations, though terrifying and traumatizing, often help him to make connections that his conscious mind can’t see yet.

In this episode, Daniel and Kate investigate the murder of a young cult member, while an infuriated Daniel tries to disprove the claim that one of the cult leaders is a messenger of God.

Daniel is extremely abrupt and anti-social (think Hugh Laurie from House). He doesn’t tolerate lying or bureaucratic red tape and frequently sympathizes with suspects about oppression from “The Man.” He is frequently overwhelmed in social situations, and tries to focus on puzzles to overcome the paranoia and fear that swamps him in public places. Daniel is a brilliant young professor, and he favors the very comfortable collegiate prep look.

Outfit Inspiration:

Outfit inspired by Daniel from Perception
(Product Information: Shirt – Abercrombie, Coat – Delia’s, Scarf – Modcloth, Ring – Lord and Taylor, Pants – House of Fraser, Boots – Modcloth, Messenger Bag – Topman, Watch – JC Penny, Earrings – Debenhams)

To recreate Daniel’s comfortable and casually sophisticated outfit, start with a nice button up shirt. This plaid one from Abercrombie is perfect because of its tailored fit and trendy oxblood hue. Pair it with nice pants and a light coat to recreate Daniel’s layered look. This coat from Delia’s is perfect because the gold button details and belted waist highlight your shape.

Casual layering is all about playing with patterns and textures. Try a chunky knit scarf for added visual interest. Because the focus is on the different fabrics, keep your jewelry simple and predominantly neutral. Don’t forget a pair of leather knee-high boots to pull the preppy ensemble together! The final touch is a nice leather messenger bag – this one from Topman is perfect it’s both classic and big enough to hold all your textbooks.

Your thoughts?

What do you think of these looks? Which one is your favorite? Did we miss any amazing outfits from the past week of TV? Which shows do you think deserve a spot on the next TV Fashion Recap post?  Leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

Posted on on August 19, 2012 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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16 Responses to “TV Fashion Recap: Leverage and Perception”

  1. 1
    August 19th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    These are two of my favorite shows! Thanks for this.

  2. 2
    August 19th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Yay! A perception post!

    It looks really cute, and I’m so excited that you got to this show. It’s my new favorite, now that House is off the air and Sherlock is on hiatus.

  3. 3
    August 20th, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I love these shows! Triple thanks.

  4. 4
    August 20th, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Love this! Leverage is one of my favorite shows and I just warned that episode on demand and also loved her look. Great post!

  5. 5
    August 20th, 2012 at 1:28 am

    You guys should do a fashion inspired by leverage post, that would be awesome

  6. 6
    August 20th, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Y’all should do a post on The Newsroom; I would love to own any of Mac’s fabulous blouses!

  7. 7
    August 20th, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Lovely outfits!

  8. 8
    August 20th, 2012 at 6:22 am

    You should do a whole post on Leverage and everyones different looks!

  9. 9
    August 20th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I like how Parker’s hair and makeup look fierce and edgy, but the cardigan is dainty and demure. It’s a neat contrast.

  10. 10
    August 20th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I am loving the “Perception” outfit. Perception is one of my new favourite shows.

  11. 11
    July 21st, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Hi, do you know the brand of Dr Pierce’s coat?

  12. 12
    August 14th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Perception Season 2 Episode 9. At the very end, Natalie has on a sweater that has just one sleeve. The other shoulder is covered with what is shaped like a very short poncho. Looked like maybe cashmere. Truly elegant sweater. Any chance of finding the designer? Thanks!

  13. 13
    August 19th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I would also like to know the designer for the sweater poncho worn on Perception, mentioned by Joyce Laurie

  14. 14
    January 25th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I would like to know the brand of the blue striped scarf Daniel wears in the show. Thanks.

  15. 15
    February 17th, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Does anyone remember the crazy button shirt/jacket parker wears in season1 episode 4 the miracle job, its grey and has buttons all over the front in random places. Anyone know the brand name of that or where to find?

  16. 16
    February 28th, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Would love to know what brand/name of bag the character Daniel is carrying around in Perception. It’s beautiful bridle-looking leather, and he’s literally hugging it like a security blanket… !

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