If you missed AMC’s miniseries The Night Manager, find it A.S.A.P. Not only is it an engaging six-part thriller that’ll leave you sad once it ends, but the exotic locales and costume design will make you want to Airbnb in the south of Spain for the summer.
Based on John le Carre’ s novel of the same name, Tom Hiddleston (Thor, The Avengers) plays the eponymous hotel employee/hero who goes from arranging wake up calls to living a James Bond-esque existence. His target is the “worst man in the world”, Richard Roper, played by Hugh Laurie (House). Of course, any good spy movie needs a gorgeous, well-dressed girl. In this case it’s Roper’s girlfriend, Jed (Elizabeth Debicki of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Great Gatsby), who has an enviable wardrobe full of light, floaty dresses that’s giving us serious vacation envy. Jed goes from the frigid slopes of Switzerland to a palatial retreat in Mallorca to the sandy heat of Cairo—all looking flawless and unaffected by weather extremes.
How else to make an entrance but with a colorful fur coat and sumptuous turtleneck dress? When you’d rather lounge around the chalet than ski, why not look good doing it.
This white column dress that Jed wears in Mallorca is kind of my favorite. It looks simple but the draping and the overlay of the top piece makes it perfection. And instead of your usual pareo or dress to cover up your swimsuit, how about a kimono? It’s still lightweight but adds an extra level of style to your poolside game.
Jed seems to favor fairly monochrome looks like this off-white halter dress with keyhole detail and one-shoulder black number. The advantage of a simplified vacation wardrobe is that you can change it up with accessories.
Of course, what’s summer without a palazzo pant jumpsuit? It’s almost like these sandals are the only pair Jed wears throughout the series. They are dressy enough for an evening out, and I think there’s something refreshing about wearing flats for evening. Of course, Elizabeth Debicki is 6 foot 3 inches tall, so wearing flats doesn’t affect the line of the clothes she wears. Us vertically-challenged girls might need a little bit more help. One solution is to get dresses and pants hemmed by a tailor to make sure they just skim the heel so that the hem doesn’t pool or drag and make you look like you borrowed your taller friend’s clothing.
Even in what looks like a military camp, Jed considers a green knit dress camouflage gear. A white jacket can dress it up and make her stand out from all that olive. There’s something so chic about a jacket over a maxi dress for me, a cool cross between masculine and feminine.
To go sightseeing, a simple v-neck blouse and drawstring skirt keep Jed cool in the hot African sun. This girl does not schlep around with a guide book and DSLR. If that skirt has pockets in it, though, I’m sold. All you need is an equally stylish sun hat and you’re good to go.
If you did watch it, what were your impressions of The Night Manager? Now that we’re in summer reruns, I’m going through a little bit of withdrawal from my favorite shows. Hopefully there will be more miniseries like this in the future.