Sunday, May 4, 2008
Dressing a Detective
So I found this video on the New York Times website this morning. It's about the custom-made suits that New York City police detectives purchase to wear on the job. Most of the information won't come as any surprise if you've read Kiki Strike.
According to the video, the special suits are cut so that detectives can move about freely, whether they're chasing bad guys or throwing punches. They're made a bit wider in order to hide the tools a detective needs on the job--including a gun. A nice suit also demands respect when a detective goes to interview witnesses who wouldn't take him seriously if he were wearing a pair of jeans or khakis.
But what do lady police detectives do? The answers to that question could make a much more interesting video. For instance . . .
Where do they find shoes that look fashionable--but won't slow them down in a chase?
How do they style their hair? (Long hair could be a serious problem in a fight.)
Do they ever wear skirts?
How do they hide their guns without looking lumpy around the middle?
Sports bra or no sports bra? (These questions must be asked!)
Handbag or no handbag?