Far be it from me to look to cartoon cats for fashion inspiration, but I think we can all agree that the Pink Panther was on to something: Head-to-toe pink can be purrfectly divine. As for more recent proof (the original Pink Panther film is from 1963), Ainsley Howard, Rebecca Rittenhouse’s character on the delightfully cheesy Mindy Kaling–produced Four Weddings and a Funeral series, demonstrated the power of all-pink everything with aplomb. I’ve been obsessed with the show—a remake of the classic ’90s rom-com—from the get-go, but this look from Episode 2 really put me over the edge.
Her look is but one of the cast’s many bold, colorful outfits masterminded by longtime Kaling collaborator, costume designer Salvador Pérez. He was the genius behind Dr. Mindy Lahiri’s fabulous wardrobe on The Mindy Project, and he brought that same verve to the set of Four Weddings—as well as his close collaboration with Kaling. Indeed, as Pérez told Shondaland in an interview, “Everything I pick goes to Mindy for approval. Everything.”
With these two heading up the costume department, success was all but a given, but I was still a bit bowled over by how many outfits I wanted to snatch off the screen. Since the show is set in London, Perez chose to focus on British designers like Temperly London, Whistles, Shrimps, and more, and (please excuse my attempt at British slang) everything he chose was bang-on.
But an American line made its way into the mix once or twice—notably that pink jumpsuit that somehow makes dressing like a bottle of Pepto seem totally appealing and normal. It’s by Staud, the Los Angeles–based It brand we all know and love. Fans of the show will be as excited to get to some of my favorite looks from the show below as I am to show you.
And if you haven’t watched yet, what are you waiting for? Head over to Hulu as soon as you’re done reading the below. Keep scrolling for the fall looks I’ll be copying from Four Weddings and a Funeral.
According to Pérez, Rittenhouse’s character Ainsley, an interior decorator, is a “polished diva.” She has the confidence to pull off head-to-toe pink and make everyone want to try it too. For some reason, I’ve spent a lot of my life being scared of wearing pink—it’s too juvenile, too obvious—but this look changed my mind. Thanks for the inspo, Ains.
Playing Maya, an American who works in politics, Nathalie Emmanuel’s looks are decidedly more buttoned-up in comparison to Ainsley’s fashion-forward extravagance, but that doesn’t mean she misses out on the fun. In fact, suits are making a comeback this fall, and Maya’s grown-up blue suit with a printed blouse is giving us all a lesson in professional dressing for the alive and well. (Corporate zombies can stay asleep at their desks and miss all the sales.) This mature shade of blue is but one exciting color option—don’t sleep on pistachio and grape either.
Non-Boring Sweaters for the Probably Bored Bourgeoisie
No shade to the upper crust, be ennui just isn’t cute. You know what is cute? Maya’s Chinti & Parker ruffle-sleeve sweater above. Whether you identify more with Maya’s American vibes or a Gemma (below in animal print and played with icy, brilliant precision by Zoe Boyle) and her aristocratic grace, snooze-worthy sweaters are out of the question. It’s absolutely possible to inject a bit of restrained personality into the pared-back bourgeoisie trend that’s set to take over this fall, be it with animal print, which at this point is basically a neutral, or refined ruffles, stripes, or neckties. See below for some prime examples, and don’t forget to pair them appropriately: with a glass of Scotch.