But almost a year earlier, something similar occurred in the face of Holly’s return as well. In From Paris With Love, from the time Oliver’s letter resurfaces, the hues in Shane’s clothing fade from a deep purple ultimately back into her trademark blue and leather accented armor as her insecurity grows.
Shane starts this film in a deep purple blouse and even a purple coat that Oliver, the gentleman he is, steps up to help her remove in the opening minutes, resulting in that swoon-worthy moment when they locked eyes. While it's unclear how it connects with Oliver's wardrobe, one wonders if it’s even necessary given the fact Shane not only seemed to captivate his attention, but also a space on his coat rack!
Shane's purple leather gloves worn to Rita's event are a subtle connection to Oliver's wardrobe through his tie, as seen above. The color connection is reduced to his tie to reflect Shane's growing guilt and concern over sending Oliver's letter, and the fact that she's keeping it from him.
Once the fate of Oliver's letter is revealed, the next time Shane is seen in her coat, the gloves are absent, completely severing their wardrobe connection. Let's not forget this is also the same scene in which their argument on the street occurs. On or off, the gloves are a visual representation of the distance that only continues to grow between the pair from this point on.
The day of Holly's return, paired with Shane's leather skirt, is that pale purple blouse. Much like her presence, Holly overpowers Shane during their initial meeting in both personality and wardrobe. From this point on, as her insecurity grows, Shane, much like her blouse, begins to fade into the background.
Further evidence of this is the fact that once he achieved clarity, the first thing Oliver did was seek out Shane. During even this encounter Shane continues to try and pull away both emotionally and physically, the pair ending up on opposite sides of the porch for a time. It was only Oliver's reality check and admission that his marriage to Holly was over that proved strong enough to snap Shane out of it.
Over time, Shane's wardrobe has been a consistent and accurate indicator of her emotional and relational state, particularly when it comes to Oliver. In From Paris With Love, Shane's growing insecurity and the perception of growing distance between she and Oliver found her wardrobe fading from deep purple to self-defense driven blue and leather accents, an outward reflection of her internal conflict.
Though, if Shane had the ability to see the wardrobe situation from the perspective of an audience, she would have seen that her connection to Oliver, and his feelings towards her, never truly faltered. It was, in fact, Shane herself who created the distance as an act of emotional self-defense that only a frank discussion with Oliver corrected.
And that, POstables, is the magic of wardrobe!
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