How Mary Tyler Moore Changed Fashion
January 30, 2017
She had us at the hat toss.
Mary Richards was a modest Midwestern girl, to be sure, but she had style, and she had spunk, as her new boss, Lou Grant, pointed out the day she walked into the WJM-TV newsroom in her white go-go boots, a pleated miniskirt and those impeccable manners.
When she threw her tam in the air during the show’s opening credits, we knew she was thrilled to be single and on her own in the big city of Minneapolis. But as the series unfolded, and we watched Mary Tyler Moore’s most famous character dress for work in the uniform of career women all over the country — the clingy knit dresses, the matching color-block pantsuits, the Evan Picone separates — she showed us her heart was in that newsroom.