What Mindy Wore to Stay at Home

Determined to be the world’s greatest stay-at-home mom, Mindy channels her inner Donna Reed for the best outfit montage yet this season. But when she and Danny switch places for a day, she realizes that she’s much happier at work than at home. Unfortunately, Danny might not be ready to hear that.

Mindy starts her new career as a stay-at-home mom ready to kick back in style.

Shades? Check. Comfy socks? Check. Fuzzy one-size-fits-all garment of indeterminate shape and a color that will withstand cheese stains? Check.

 

Danny, however, thinks that a stay-at-home mom should do non-sitting-on-the-couch stuff during the day—like, you know, cooking and cleaning and doing chores. So Mindy decides to read up on stay-at-home mom duties in yet another one of her blue pajama sets with blue piping.

I would say this is more evidence of the style rut that started last week, but on the other hand she is rocking a teal cat’s eye while she’s still in her pajamas, so girlfriend isn’t too bored yet. She also brought back the braid o’ extensions, despite the fact that we gave her flippy new lob the YKYLF seal of approval last week.

 

Mindy learns from the internet that stay-at-home moms should be sure to wear their Donna Reed best at all times, and her face lights up because she has been preparing for this moment her entire life.

Stepford Wife on acid. Only Mindy could look this demure in both lime green and hot pink. And get those pearl earrings! Mindy knows Donna Reed always made sure to vacuum in pearls.

 

Of course, unlike Donna Reed, Mindy lives with a real baby who is ready to spit up on even the cutest of housewife ensembles.

Luckily, Mindy’s wardrobe is never-ending. Look how she makes sure that her apron and her dress are always complimentary colors! This outfit is a little less color-saturated than the last one, so she compensates with that bold statement necklace.

The apron matches the shoes, too.

 

Danny is delighted with this turn of events, so Mindy launches herself into a full-on Donna Reed montage. This must be what the wardrobe department was saving up for in the first few episodes.

Demure in pearls.

 

The floral print of the blouse ties the watermelon apron and pine-green skirt together without getting Christmas-y.

 

More pearls, this time used to quiet down a busy fuchsia print.

 

Towards the end of the montage Mindy’s having to dig into her clubbing wardrobe, but pearls and a floral apron will make even the hottest of hot pink sequins Donna Reed-approved.

 

The Donna Reed on acid look is fun, but I have to admit I was pretty excited to see Mindy break out her old mod-inflected work wardrobe when she headed back to the office for the day.

Mindy’s just not being Mindy if she doesn’t have the chance to rock a hound’s-tooth coat and a borderline-inappropriate mini skirt at work.

 

Aw, look how happy and relaxed she is in her scrubs!

Mindy was born to be a doctor, stay-at-home mom wardrobe be damned.

 

And she knows it, too, which is why she is breaking out of her blue pajama set rut into a green pajama set. Very different, obvs. This one doesn’t even have any piping!

But before she can tell Danny the truth, he has to run off to take care of his own dead-beat dad, who just had a heart attack. So we’re postponing this fight to the midseason finale.

 

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