If you are familiar with the show United States of Tara, you might expect this post to be about Alice, Tara’s 1950s housewife-type alternate personality. But it’s not. Surprisingly, Alice is my least favorite alter, even though I do admire her lipstick and baking abilities. I certainly love some of her dresses too, but she’s somehow less real than Tara’s other personalities.
Instead, I’d like to introduce you to Petula, Marshall’s friend and high school classmate. Petula has sass for days and style for miles. This girl knows how to wear a cardigan. And those glasses? Be still my heart, and curse my 20-20 vision!
Petula, played by Hayley McFarland, is only on three episodes of the show, but perhaps as a karmic reward for her vintage awesomeness, she recently appeared on an episode of Mad Men. Keep living the dream, McFarland!
Petula and I even share a distaste for the musical Grease.
She’s just perfect. Her outfits are both femme and serious as hell. If I had any clothing money to speak of, I would dress just like her as often as possible. Despite her character’s sartorial perfection, Petula disappears from the show by the end of the first season. She’s supposed to be Marshall’s best friend, but apparently Marshall is the world’s worst bff. He hasn’t talked to Petula in seasons.