Style Muse: Mary Tyler Moore

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In light of the recent sad passing of Mary Tyler Moore, I thought it only fitting to add her to the Style Muse series. I've long been an admirer of her style (especially in The Dick Van Dyke Show) and hadn't got around to sharing this on the blog. 

Mary was born in Brooklyn, New York but moved to LA when she was eight year old and started her career in show business as a dancer at the age of 17. Her first tv appearance was in a Hotpoint advert in the 1950s where she was dressed as an elf.

Her parts soon grew in size and in 1961 she landed the role of Laura Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Show. She later starred in her own self-titled sitcom which ran for seven seasons from 1970 to 1977, it was named by Time Magazine as one of 17 shows that "changed television". With her modern trousers and Jackie Kennedy style hair, and playing a single woman living on her own chasing a career, Mary challenged the stereotype of women playing the traditional housewife character in front of millions of viewers.

Her stylish trouser and jumper combo is a look I often sport and is such a classic. Mary, you will be missed!


Sources: BBCGuardian


  1. Hi, Sarah!

    Thank you for remembering MTM. Mary took her breakthrough role on The Dick Van Dyke Show just before I reached age 12 and I was awe struck by her beauty and style all through my teenage years. It's ironic because, only a few days before Mary's death, I had done some research into "clam-diggers" (aka capri pants, three quarter pants, capris, crop pants, pedal pushers, flood pants, jams, highwaters, culottes, or toreador pants). I discovered on Wiki that Mary, during her years playing Laura Petrie, "caused a fashion sensation – and some mild controversy – by wearing snug-fitting capri pants during the show's run."

    As you mentioned, Mary's 70s series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, about a single working woman's life, was groundbreaking.

    If you haven't seen Mary's 1980 film Ordinary People, I highly recommend it.

    Thank you again, dear friend Sarah, for paying tribute to the late great Mary Tyler Moore.

  2. I love Mary Tyler Moore, especially in the Dick Van Dyke Show--she had such fabulous style and her comic timing is so perfect. She really lights up a room.

  3. There is a good summary of Mary Tyler Moore's account of her decision to wear trousers (mostly capri pants) as a TV housewife in the 60's at
    While Mary was wearing them on TV, I couldn't cross my college campus in them unless they were covered with a coat.


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