Tvfashw419 When actors wear a relatively simple

outfit, say a plain suit and tailored blouse, it’s not as if they reached into

the closet and threw on whatever was handy. Costumers and actors discuss

outfits, and a small staff checks the tightness of each button, the sharpness

of each crease.

On ABC’s The Unusuals, Wednesdays, Amber

Tamblyn’s character, Casey Shraeger, could be wearing haute couture as the

daughter of an extraordinarily wealthy family. Instead, Shraeger is a


In the pilot, her mom (Joanna Gleason)

tells her that she looks “like a lesbian.”

“I’m not sure what a lesbian looks like,”

Tamblyn says while cameras move behind her. “It’s just real generic suits,” she

says. “She enjoys the simplicity of a suit, practical shoes. Even in scenes

where she’s off duty, she’ll wear a cardigan sweater and Converse. She doesn’t

have anything very luxurious.”

Shraeger’s closet — characters on shows

have closets from which their outfits are chosen — is in the wardrobe trailer

on the show’s set. There, a few Gap tags hang from shirts in cramped but

perfectly organized rows. Plain button-down blouses hang next to unobtrusive

blouses in muted colors.

“We are dealing with detectives here,” says

Victoria Farrell, the show’s costume designer. “It’s not a fashion thing; it’s

a little more relaxed.”

Farrell describes Shraeger’s look as “a bit

softer. I looked at real detectives to get a good idea. She has good suits — a little

better than most detectives would buy.”

Shraeger’s suits are from Theory.

“I like their fabrics and the cut,” Farrell

says. “They are cuts that work, a longer jacket and a shorter jacket. They also

stretch; they’re beautiful fabrics that hold their shape.”

She also wears suits from Zara and Esprit.

Beautiful as they are, the linings of

Shraeger’s suits are filled with nicks, tears and runs — from her badge.

Her coats are from Banana Republic, Kenneth

Cole and Zara. She has some scarves from Portolano.

Farrell, a Canadian, describes the show’s

palette as “New York for everybody — blacks, grays, blues, navy blues, plum.”

Many of Shraeger’s tops are from James

Perse, where the T-shirts drape beautifully. The costumer favors Madewell for

layering under the suits.

Farrell shops at Bloomingdales and Saks.

She buys the character’s shoes at Steve Madden.

“I try to sneak Aerosoles in there as much

as possible,” she says of the comfy footwear.

Shraeger’s jewelry is subtle. Her chain is

a rose-gold vintage charm of the number 13 by the jeweler Hannah Clark.

Farrell laughs as she ticks off all the

shopping she does, then points to her own tattered shoelaces, which her dog had

gnawed on. That was going to be her shopping spree — a pair of shoelaces. But

first she was off to find new duds for Shraeger.

Posted by:Jacqueline Cutler