I LOVE Cagney and Lacey. And Cagney and Lacey style!
For those of you not familiar, they were a pair of female NYPD detectives, operating out of the 14th Precinct, and on our TV screens, in the 1980s to the early 1990s. They’re currently showing re-runs on BBC2 in the afternoons (3pm weekdays, if you’re interested), and I’m hooked all over again.
But mainly for the fashion, not that the show isn’t great. But as I’ve been watching the repeats, I’ve noticed how autumn winter 2014 the Cagney and Lacey style is! Forget the legwarmers and shellsuits version of the 1980s, this is style from that decade that has stood the test of time, and we’re all embracing again.
Early 1980s fashions still had a hint of the 1970s about them, and Cagney and Lacey style in the early days reminds me of Ali McGraw in Love Story. There’s another one to Google if you don’t know it!
Cagney and Lacey style was all about style and comfort. Pockets in skirts for payphone change, slouchy bags big enough to carry all female cop essentials – lipstick, ID card, gun! Big wrap coats to keep out the winter chill (New York winters are COLD!), boots with a small heel, but not too high – they had to run in them, remember. Puff sleeve or pussybow blouses, thin leather belts. You get the idea.
Christine Cagney – played by Sharon Gless – was the single, hard-talking blonde, whose favourite colour was red, and who probably had the better wardrobe.
But Tyne Daly’s Mary-Beth Lacey – mother of two (later three), wife to Harvey, and softer than her partner – had some excellent outfits.
And, Cagney and Lacey style is easy to achieve at the moment. The shops are full of midi-length skirts. It’s winter – the perfect time for wraps coats or raincoats, knee high boots and chunky knits, no?
Clockwise, from top left: Raincoat, £165, French Connection, chunky boots, £105, Red or Dead exclusive @ Schuh, crystal studded jumper, £32, Collection @ Debenhams, teal midi skirt, £24.99, H&M, satchel, £12.99, New Look, leopard print wool beret, £55, Debenhams
Bold red is on trend this winter, as is plaid – or tartan. Christine Cagney would be loving this look! She clashed her reds – true Cagney and Lacey style gurus would do the same!
Clockwise, from top left: Red wrap coat, £99.99, H&M, black fedora, £12.99, H&M, red pleated midi skirt, £25, BHS, plaid pleated skirt, £45, JOY, knee high boots, £30, BHS, cable knit jumper, £34.99, H&M
Softer pastels and pinks look great with grey – a fab winter alternative to black. Cagney and Lacey style showcased a lot of jumpers, Christine loved a cowl neck. Be more 2014 with a roll neck or a turtle neck.
Clockwise, from top left: Pink mittens, £14, John Rocha @ Debenhams, grey jumper, £17.99, New Look, black boots, £195, grey bag, £199, both French Connection, pink bobble hat, £16, John Rocha @ Debenhams, grey check skirt, £55, JOY
Oh yeah, and don’t forget your watch with this retro look – there were no mobile phones to check the time on back in the early 1980s! A key item is a slouchy bag, White Stuff have loads of fab tan leather versions.
Clockwise, from top left: Navy midi skirt, £110, chunky cardigan, £95, both French Connection, chunky knee high boots, £120, Hush Puppies @ Schuh, tan bag, £37.50, White Stuff, neck detail blouse, £29.99, H&M, watch, £60, Komono @ JOY
Big chunky blanket wraps are the winter version of the kimono – time to add one to your winter wardrobe! Team with skinny jeans and a jumper, or a midi skirt and blouse for this Cagney and Lacey style.
The winter floral is a big trend. Make the most of a full floral midi during the day with a chunky knit, fantastic boots, and a cute blouse for when you’re in the station, er, inside!
Clockwise, from top left: Two tone boots, £110, Schuh, roll neck sweater, £34.99, H&M, floral midi skirt, £24.99, New Look, tan bag, £75, White Stuff, blouse, £49, French Connection, belt, £22.50, White Stuff
How will you wear your Cagney and Lacey style?!
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