The Wish List: Joan Watson’s Dresses on Elementary

7 Apr

Joan Watson joins the TV Ate My Wardrobe amazing coat club as Elementary is both set and shot in New York City, where for a substantial amount of the year good quality outerwear is a must. Having recently caught up on the show which I had previously dipped in and out of (getting season 1 on DVD at Christmas prompted this catch up), I wanted to write something about Joan’s impeccable style.

The coats were my first port of call, but hey it’s spring and there has been far too much winter wear on here over the past few months. Joan also has an incredible selection of boots, but that’s a feature including Alana Bloom and Elizabeth Jennings for the future, plus that fits into the whole brr cold thing. Joan’s around the house clothes rival Jess Day and Mindy Lahiri, but this can also wait for another occasion. Instead, we will be taking a look at some of the recent dresses Joan has worn and where you can get them from.

Elementary 2.18In “The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville” Joan’s penchant for an oversized shift dress is on display. First with this blush pink Club Monaco Iva Blocked frock (currently half off) and Joan’s style moves beyond the usual criminal investigation costuming trappings thanks to her role as consulting detective, rather than actual detective. There’s no need to have her in the usual blouse/pants uniform of female detectives as you tend to see on any of the Law & Order incarnations or even Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The consulting role sets both Sherlock and Joan apart; they can move between worlds as their clothing doesn’t scream police. Joan’s costuming is both feminine and modern without undermining her abilities; it contrasts to the always buttoned up Sherlock.

Elementary 2.19This All Saints dress if from the same episode and the printed image has been manipulated to look like a floral x-ray, which seems perfectly apt for Elementary. It also looks a bit wing like and as with a lot of what happens on this show, sometimes one thing can look a whole lot like something else on the surface. It’s another in the oversized Joan Watson collection; pairing it with tights and ankle booties is the perfect winter to spring transition.

Joan Watson dressSwitching the styling up slightly with a more fitted Alice + Olivia dress that Joan wore a couple of episodes ago (“Ears to You”). It’s red plaid so I’m predisposed to love it, but it’s a plaid dress with a twist as it has leather side panels and a semi-sheer back section. There’s more to this dress than first appearances, how very Elementary of it.

5 Responses to “The Wish List: Joan Watson’s Dresses on Elementary”


  1. The Wish List: More Joan Watson Dresses on Elementary | TV Ate My Wardrobe - April 15, 2014

    […] only recently caught up on Elementary, it’s only fair to dedicate another post to the wonderful wardrobe of Joan Watson and two of the delightful dresses she wore in the most […]

  2. Out of the Box: Look of the Week | TV Ate My Wardrobe - June 6, 2014

    […] a silhouette that works incredibly well on Liu and it is a dramatic change from the looser fitting shift dresses she tends to wears […]

  3. Dressing Elementary’s Joan Watson from London Fashion Week | TV Ate My Wardrobe - September 16, 2014

    […] more on Joan Watson’s costuming head here and […]

  4. The Wish List: A Gift for Joan on Elementary – Breakfast and Couture | TV Ate My Wardrobe - February 6, 2015

    […] more Joan Watson Wish List ideas head here and […]

  5. The Wish List: Joan’s Pajamas on Elementary | TV Ate My Wardrobe - January 19, 2016

    […] her at home relaxed (okay also on duty) attire. Generally when we do Joan Wish List posts we focus on her eclectic range of dresses and while we do have one of these planned in the not too distant future […]

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