Once the tertiary man in a threesome (and for awhile foursome) of bumbling dummies living in a loft in Los Angeles (like you do), Lamorne Morris’s Winston has finally found his groove, settling into his job at the LAPD and letting his cat-loving freak flag fly. Along these lines, his style has truly blossomed, as demonstrated by this exhaustive exploration of every excitedly patterned shirt he wore during Season 5 of New Girl, which has its finale Tuesday night.
While Winston has been wearing cool shirts for some time now, they really popped this season, perhaps a decision on the costume designer’s part to juxtapose his boring cop uniform with the kook(ier), at-home side of his personality. Of the New Girl cast, Jessica Day’s clothing might get the most praise and attention, but Winston’s style is frankly the most on-point—and pretty easily accessible.
In Episode 8, we see nothing more than a boring LAPD sweatshirt.
It’s during Episode 10 that Winston makes a profound statement that applies both to his sartorial choices and his outlook on life:
When I look into my suggestion box, it is full. People have a lot to say about how I live my life. But there is only one comment card that I pay attention to. And you know what that card says? It says great job and keep it up. And you know who filled out that card? Me. You know how I know? Because I recognize my mother freakin’ handwriting.
Episode 11 and 12 featured no fancy shirts.
Episode 18 focused only on Jess and Cece, and Episode 19 featured no shirts of note.
And this is where we left it: with an episode that fully addressed and celebrated Winston’s shirts, as he tries to gift Jess’s boyfriend Sam with “a bird shirt,” only to be rejected.
“It’s a bird shirt,” Winston says. “Nothing says ‘this bird is dope’ like a muther flippin finch am I right.”
You are indeed.
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