Grace. Beauty. Chuck.
Lonely tourist Charlotte Charles (Chuck or undead girl to her friends) and Anna Friel, the actress who portrayed her, possess a lovely, nostalgic grace and she (or the show stylist) a wonderful taste in retro and vintage-inspired attire.
While the tale and story-telling of "Pushing Daisies" made it a whimsical, off-kilter and completely enjoyable show to watch, one could easily view the sometimes comedy, sometimes dark comedy just for its fantastic sets and costumes. Offering incredibly strong visuals, they still always seemed to balance not overpower the plot lines.
Friel may or may not have worn this dress on the show. Whether wardrobe or simply costume for a publicity shot, it is one more outfit that epitomizes and highlights the femininity and natural beauty of Friel...and Chuck.
Soft makeup with pouty lips and subtle but directed attention to the eyes make the look both natural and dramatic. Therefore, a color palette of pinks, peaches, light tans and cream or off-white is a perfectly appropriate choice with a mascara that creates long, fat lashes.
The dress is yet another great representation of Chuck's vintage taste, also emphasizing all her most flattering figure features. It contains a signature color for the show (red) but gets there softly flowing from cream to peachy-pink first. The plaid/checkered sash at the waist is a fun nod to the classic restaurant decor that is captured in the show's Pie Hole set dressings.
Although not identical, the Truly Yours Strawberry Dress from Modcloth comes mighty close with graduated colors in soft ruffles with an equally bust-flattering cut of the neckline. To pay homage to the table linens represented at the waist of the original, a pair of fanciful red and white checkered shoes from DSW will do nicely.
The accessories selected are intended to round out an outfit since none are included in the show photos. Friel's glowing skin and ample tresses appear to be the only accouterments this tasteful outfit needs. So, I added my own imagined touches.
The vintage-inspired handbag with classical floral accent and antique gold chain would work well as an evening bag for the lovely Charlotte Charles. In the real world today, one might have a smartphone in our bag loaded with photos of her beloved…but in the fairytale world of Chuck, a photograph of her prince charming, Ned, is more likely to be tucked in her purse along with cab fare and cherry lipgloss.
Dainty floral bobbypins add just a little something to her undo. Subtle but stunning earrings picking up on the rosy red throughout the ensemble add a hint of shiny up near those sparkling eyes of hers. A pair of pretty rings pick up on colors and the floral motif added elsewhere in the outfit.
And, of course, Chuck needs old-style gloves to protect her from Ned's loving but regrettably deadly touch.