10/18/2011

Lara Croft Endorses the Classic White Shirt

I used the television to distract myself at the gym the other day, occasionally checking to see what Angelina Jolie was up to in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.  Once her costume switched to this classic white shirt and riding pants, the movie held my undivided attention.  Of course I added it to my Netflix queue right away.

This scene unfolds exactly as I had hoped. Lara returns from target practice (all bull's eyes from atop her galloping horse) to find two MI6 agents waiting for her at the mansion.  England needs her help.  She agrees to track down their villain, but only on her terms. 

Why do I love this scene so much?

The white shirt of course.  If the costume designer had put Angelina in anything else, it would be hard to take her seriously.  Lingerie would have over-sexualized her role.  A dress would have over-feminized it.  If she'd worn all black, she would have blended in too much. 

She's the only woman in the room, leading a group of men in suits.  What item of clothing speaks power and authority to that dress code?  A classic white button front shirt.