True style has always been about the
individual who can take a standard item such as a navy pleated skirt, pair it
with a bowling shirt and look fabulous. Such risks are for those who love
standing apart from the crowd.
However, what if the goal is to blend in?
And to blend in so much that one is no different from the walls? Such is the
case with the blandest man on television, Knit Knots, a bizarre character on
the Disney Channel series Imagination Movers.
Broadway vet Douglas Fisher brings Knit
Knots to life, but not too much life; that would be out of character. He's
phobic about color and zest and lives in an entirely beige world.
"Beige is very boring," costumer Linda
Gardar says. "You ask people what their favorite color is, and nobody says
Few people would likely go to this
character's all-beige, all-the-time extreme, even if they were on the lam. But
for those who have been told they need to tone down their personal style (and
if you have ever been called into human resources and someone talked to you
about microminis and animal prints), a bit of Knit Knots' sartorial sobriety
could be helpful.
"The idea they gave me to begin with is he
is cardboard, the color of cardboard boxes," says Gardar, formerly in a punk
band and able to eke out the fun in the bland.
"I was lucky enough to find his suits in
the department store, but they were quite different from what they look like
now," she says. "I made them more cartoony."
She bought four beige suits from JC Penney and found shirts at Dillard's. She made
Those seeking completely boring anonymity
must follow one rule. "They have to dress in a way nobody would notice them;
they must be completely bland," Gardar says. "Of course they could not wear
that bow tie! You would definitely notice that, but the color of the suit is
something that would blend in, and people might not notice at all. It's so
bland, especially in summer time."
His look is even more milquetoast compared
to the Imagination Movers who wear bright blue jumpsuits, which Gardar buys
And Nina, Knit Knots' niece, wears colorful
outfits from Sears and Forever 21.
Yet if one needs to be anonymous -- say the
Witness Protection Program is your new savior -- Fisher advises not following
Knit Knots' lead in one area.
"He wouldn't be too anonymous for too long
because the bow tie would give him away," Fisher says. "Perhaps if he sat in a
beige office he would certainly disappear. There is not one ounce of color in
the room. There are beige pictures on the wall, beige paper clips, chewing gum
-- beige chewing gum!"