Of course, Impossible Dream immediately came to mind given that it was another time Shane experienced man trouble. I wondered how, if at all, her wardrobe varied as she navigated the space between her feelings for Oliver and any lingering feelings for Steve. Suffice it to say, there was definitely a story to tell.
We've already established previously that wardrobe coordination between Shane and Oliver is an indicator of the health of their relationship, and the more complicated the color coordination the better! Here, their relationship is in the best state possible, particularly given that Oliver asks Shane out to dinner for some one-on-one time. Her confidence in that regard is reflected in the bright orange dress we've all been obsessed with since it appeared in this installment.
Not to mention that fact that Shane's cobalt blue skirt seems to perfectly capture the cobalt blue in Steve's tie, indicating Shane is fighting a subconscious battle between these two men. She is definitely trying to get attention--whether she realizes it or not---even when it's clear all eyes are already on her!
Shane's interaction with both Steve and Oliver at the Pentagon further serves to reinforce her struggle, as one minute she's taking Oliver's side about the letter being under their jurisdiction, but the next she's clearly caving to Steve's flirtations over the Department of Agriculture being "clandestine."
As Shane, Oliver, Steve and company appear before Senate Subcommittee, the color scheme has a red, white and blue bias. But the wardrobe dilemma finds Shane slowly leaning back exclusively in Oliver's direction, as her black blazer and blue dress match his black suit and patriotic pocket square. At the same time, Steve's blue shades hint at a lingering, but fading, connection between he and Shane.
On the tarmac during their final hours in D.C., Shane's black and grey floral print dress with bright red skinny belt and expertly matched shoes seems to share a most obvious connection to Steve. Steve's black suit and grey and white striped tie are practically a perfect visual match. Notice how he is also standing between Shane and Oliver, a physical representation of his status as an obstacle current obstacle between the two.
While we knew deep down in our hearts where Shane's heart would ultimately go, the work Shane's wardrobe does in Impossible Dream to compliment, and even emphasize, Shane's struggle to choose between Steve and Oliver is incredibly satisfying to recognize and dissect.
Had you caught on to this wardrobe story, POstables? Let me know in the comments!
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