Little (Blue &) Black Dress
We haven't talked much about Shane's post-From The Heart wardrobe, mostly because One In A Million took place over the course of a day with the time jump to Curly's retirement party near the end. But Shane's wardrobe throughout From The Heart, One In A Million and Lost Without You is actually on a continuum of sorts. The Lost Without You segment of the continuum begins with Shane wearing what looks like a black dress at the Mailbox Grille. But look a little harder and you might be able to pick up the dress is actually navy blue and black.
If we've seen it once, we've seen it a thousand times---when Shane becomes estranged from Oliver, especially as a result of her own internal turmoil, her wardrobe begins to shift further and further away from his. That was especially evident on Tuesday, after Dale re-entered the picture. Shane's bold, modern, long sleeved dress stood in stark contrast to Oliver's suit, and its structure---the teal, black and cream material in particular---reminded me of a shield in some respects. Not coincidentally, Shane is awkwardly distant from Oliver and leaves promptly when given the chance.
The Saturday/Sunday Shift
Among the other noteworthy aspects of Shane's weekend wardrobe is her return to pants. Since From Paris With Love, and even before sporadically, Shane was moving from pants to pencil skirts to the dresses we've seen her in as of late.
By Monday morning the colors Shane donned over the weekend are simultaneously and inextricably woven into her jacket, worn over a black jumper with a silver belt at the waist. In a sense it's a look that blends the best of she and Oliver in terms of wardrobe. It's a classic look with little bit of edge that's just perfect for Shane.
Similarly, she finds herself in a position of leadership that day making a variety of important "calls," all of which Oliver would have likely made if in the same position. Not only is she sort of dressed like him, she seems to truly embody some of his traits. And this is no more completely evident than as she sits alone in the chapel. Her wardrobe and peaceful demeanor, born of her spiritual transformation, serve to visually represent this change.
Shane's wardrobe reflected the emotional and even spiritual journey she experienced throughout the most recent installment. From her confusion of where she stood on faith and with Oliver as seen in the dark hues and modern cuts of her clothing, to the isolation of working alone in the DLO over the course of the weekend that shed Shane of the noise and confusion as her clothing and heart transitioned to reveal that which was most important to her, everything pointed back to Oliver and clarity.