I don’t know who made the decision to cast Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick as a woman and a sophisticated fashionista at that, but s/he deserves a lot of credit. Created by Robert Doherty (now I need to check out his other works), Elementary was a fresh and wonderful spin on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales of Sherlock Holmes. And Joan Watson‘s style, as worn by 5’3″ Lucy Liu, is petite style that’s not short on creativity.
For your work wardrobe, here’s how to take inspiration from the most stylish TV detective:
Wear above the knee or knee-length
The more legs you show, the longer yours will look. Joan wears tights when she wears shorter hems and mostly wear dresses and skirts that are knee-length. It also obeys the rule of thirds that makes petites look thinner and well proportioned.
Wear well-tailored pieces
The number one tip for any stylish fashionista is a good fit and for petite women, the fit is even more crucial. Joan’s fitted styles look better on smaller frames because they remove the bulk.
Wear interesting details
Joan wears clothes with subtle but striking details, especially around the neckline. For Spring 2020, the collar as the focal point of your entire outfit is a hot look that designers like Tory Burch, Prada (as usual) and others were showing at New York Fashion Week. When you shop, look for pieces with details like cutouts, feminine bow-ties, Peter Pan collars, and graphic prints.
Pro tip: Get a capelet or collar to add the feature to outfits you already own. A one-and-half-inch or two-inch-thick cloth ribbon that you rope around your shirt and tie into a bow is also an easy add-on.
Accessorize with simple jewelry and fab heels
For the same reasons you skip the bulky silhouette in your wardrobe, your petite style will look more polished when pulled together with simple jewelry. Peggy Li carries quite a few Joan-inspired jewelry and pieces from the show, as does a few Etsy shops. Joan Watson is a fan of delicate looking gold-tone jewelry and watches with leather (not metal) bands.
As for footwear, chunky heels will give you a more comfortable lift than stilettos and they happen to be Joan’s go-to style. Wedges and platforms are another way to get comfortable in your heels.
Wear black and white (or monochromatic colors)
Joan wears a lot of black-and-white outfits. Wearing either that classic color-combo or a monochromatic palette is a great way to elongate your petite frame.
Since we’re talking petite style, you must have noticed that Joan’s pants always stop at the ankle. It’s a great way to show off all those fabulous shoes and it’s also a better cut for petite women. If your pants and jeans are too long, cuff them. Do the same for the sleeves of casual tops by pulling them up to your elbows. Cuffing sleeves and pant legs is another way to give your look proportion… and not to mention, it looks cool.
Moka is an aspiring Psychologist and yoga teacher living in New York where having a big exuberant personality like hers comes in handy.