Now in its fourth season, Drop Dead Diva is the hit TV show about a plus-size lawyer whose body is inhabited by the soul of a fashion model. April Bowlby plays Stacy Barrett, a ditzy-but-sweet, aspiring model — and our lawyer heroine’s best friend. An L.A. girl at heart, Stacy strives for glamour that’s laid-back and down-to-earth, and deploys playful pieces to reflect her sunny personality. Here’s how you can inject some of Stacy’s California cool into your wardrobe. Image of April Bowlby as Stacy Barrett via IMDB.com.
1. Ruffled sundress
Stacy’s signature, on-screen look includes lots of soft, feminine dresses with ruffle details that highlight April’s small frame — like this stunning coral frock by Modcloth. Ideal for a summer date night, you can easily throw on a cardigan or light-colored blazer when you need to cover up.
2. Bright cardigan
You can never have too many cardigans. Stacy often sports a brightly colored cardigan over a delicate shirt or sundress. Keep your shoulders warm while you’re in the midst of chilly air-conditioning this summer in a cute coral-colored cardigan like this one by Fat Face.
3. Printed floral tank
Stacy loves soft, feminine tops, like this silky floral tank by Glamorous. A whimsical silk tank looks right at home paired with your favorite pair of shorts for the day, or with form-fitting skinnies and heels for a night of drinks with friends.
4. Skinny Denim
April plays up her mile-long legs in skinnies, like these light grey, zippered, detailed jeans by Selected Femme (available at Nelly). Throw on a dressy tank and some heels, and you have the perfect outfit for a casting call or brunch with the girls.
5. Straw tote bag
A sophisticated, crocheted straw tote with leather trim and bamboo accents — like this one by Milly (available at Piperlime) — will add a beachy, California feel to a summer outfit. The stylish details on the bag make it a versatile piece that you can carry to work or the beach.
6. Peace sign T-shirt
A vintage-inspired T-shirt that promotes peace and love — like this one by Ringspun (available at Bank Fashion) — is perfect for Stacy’s sunny, optimistic personality. Throw it on with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans, or pair it with your workout wear for an extra dose of positivity during your next run or hike.
7. Brown platform dress sandals
A pair of earthy, glam-brown platform sandals — like these ones by LC Lauren Conrad (available at Kohls) — are a summer staple. Perfect for pairing with delicate summer dresses; or, try wearing them with your favourite pair of jeans, to make your legs look miles long.
8. Chandelier earrings
Never one to go overboard on the accessories, Stacy favours subtle, ultra-feminine jewelry. Finish your outfit with an ethereal accent, like these Luiz Palacios “Arco Asis” Swarovski–embellished chandelier earrings (available at Endless).
Simone Paget is a freelance writer and the author of Skinny Dip, a cheeky blog about love, sex, relationships and everything in between. When she’s not writing her heart out, she loves wandering around her city, large cup of coffee in hand, in search of the next great story.