By this point, we’re all so used to the nonstop fashion parade that is The Mindy Project, it can become almost easy to take it for granted. This week, though, Ms. Lahiri’s power to mix and match unlikely patterns with deadly appropriate earrings and cross-body bags cannot be denied. Also something with dating Ben, and something with hiring a new doctor, and something with Jeremy in a wheelchair? But come on, we’re here to dish on her looks and boys and girls, we have a lot to cover. #MarryMeSalvadorPerez
So, as it so frequently does, the episode kicks off with a large meeting of the practice’s mystifyingly large staff of extras and the seven people who get actual dialogue. Mindy is, as she so frequently is, radiating the sort of glamor that must surely necessitate waking up at the crack of dawn. We’ve got a sheer-ish white button-down with what looks to be filigreed pineapple (?) print, layered with a pink-gold-and-black sweater vest and pink and purple (?) patterned skirt. The piece de resistance? That canary yellow mani, which she sports all episode.
If you thought a yellow mani doesn’t go with everything, Mindy Lahiri is here to prove you wrong. After channeling her inner “You’ve Got Mail” Meg Ryan with an ode to fall fashion (blazers and cardigans and hot chocolate oh my!) we see her in a cozy-yet-polished Mom date outfit. Her puffer vest collection is starting to rival her Chanel bag collection and I am… not sure what I think about that, really? Girlfriend is pulling off this vest-over-pinky-orange-polka-dot sweater look, and a vest is certainly the best way to flaunt those cute sleeves. The woolly tights are a perfect fall addition and I’ve always loved her in a casual ponytail. If you have to ask if her bag and earrings and shoes match the sweater, then you must be new. #PolkaDotBooties
Our gal always wears a lab coat like it just happens to be a very long white blazer, here using it to accent, rather than detract from, her patterned dress (and yellow belt with jewel buckle detail). Yellow earring, still the yellow nails. Is yellow her new power color, you guys?
Gah, this is a fantastic episode for outfits. This green shift is definitely in my top 10 Mindy looks ever. The swingy Megan Draper-ish silhouette hugs her in all the right ways, while the pocket and front detail lend it all a sort of Margot Tenenbaum flair and now I’m just throwing all of my money at Diane von Furstenberg.
How cute is this dress worn with a coordinated green coat? How cute is the children’s hospital kitty cat mural just behind her? How did she know when she woke up that she would be walking down this green-accented hallway later on so she could coordinate so perfectly? #MindyMagic
Back on the job, she pairs another patterned dress with her well-tailored lab coat for some job interview realness. Coming off of the high of the green dots I’m a little overwhelmed? But this is like how you play a slow song between club bangers, or taste a little gelato between courses at a meal: one must cleanse one’s palette to best appreciate the artistry in front of one.
Oh, for various plot reasons, Mindy arranges to have Dr. Anna come in for an interview. She has the flat affect of April Ludgate with the professionalism of Diane Lockhart and the perfect bob of an Anna Wintour. Her style is classic, tidy, and ladylike from her shift dress to her statement necklace to that Giant Ass Bag and I. Love. Her.
So do the other doctors! Dr. Anna, welcome to the team.
For contrast, Mindy is at her most girlish and colorful, with her loose hair in a hairband, sporting this twee bird-and-flower sweater. Lose the Chanel cross-body bag and we could have Sally Draper pre-boarding school.
Post-New-Jersey-overnight-date, she returns to the city in a little something I like to call Daisy Realness. The yellow coat is everything to me right now, and I’m really into her #GirlOnTheTrain lewk (with bonus actual coffee in her cup, not secret vodka like in the movie!)
… Oh, but the thing is, she accidentally got on the direct shuttle to Philly, not to Manhattan, and winds up being an hour and a half late to work. Unruffled by her unplanned train trip, she arrives with nary a wrinkle on this Dolce & Gabbana. I am all about this sleeve length – somewhere between three-quarter and half length, with a little volume at the cuff.
Either the writers got a look at the shoes Salvador Perez had in mind or he saw the script note that the shoes got a close-up because These Shoes Though. Like, we are looking at 5-inch strappy heels with DAISIES LITERALLY ON THEM. If you need to ask if she’s hiding matching daisy earrings behind those ombre waves, again, you must be new. Welcome!
The titular misogyny comes into play when Dr. Anna helps Mindy’s fav patient and is revealed to be BFFs with Oprah’s NFF, Nate Berkus. Mindy flips out from jealousy, while I’m flippig out over Anna’s cropped plaid cigarette pants like: marry me, Dr. Anna. Also? Nate, looking good, boo.
Flipping from the A plot to the B plot, of which she is also the central character, Mindy heads over to visit her beau at the children’s hospital. It’s rare to see her in a cozy sweater like this, and the long sleeves look so comfy I want to wrap myself in this immediately. Did I mention I love fall fashion maybe as much as Mindy does? Because let me just set down my half-sweet pumpkin spice latte and tell you all about it.
Mindy’s final look – and remember this is a half-hour show so we’re averaging like 1 look every 2 minutes – is a custom Salvador Perez that’s giving me serious Christina Applegate in Anchorman vibes, in the best possible 1970s way. It’s like she caught wind of Dr. Anna’s totes profesh demeanour and is doing her best to be a little more business-y.
Of course, Dr. Anna is here in a steely navy blue (?) pantsuit and subtle necklace with her ridiculously symmetrical bob and is not here for any of Mindy’s shenanigans. At this point I’m just thinking, can I be Dr. Anna when I grow up?
Plot A resolved, in the sense that both lady doctors are staying on at Shulman & Associates, it’s time for Mindy to tie down Plot B. She pops back over to New Jersey in a puffer jacket over a cute star sweater (with little sparkley beads for accent because: are you new?).
So she’s got a new work frenemy and has apparently decided against her two-episodes-ago pledge to fly solo for a bit, but Ben is hella cute and scruffy so I’ll allow it. For now.