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Making a Murderer's Dean Strang is a fashion icon

Making a Murderer's Dean Strang is a fashion icon

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There are two ways to react to Netflix's true crime sensation Making a Murderer — one being abject horror at incompetency and moral bankruptcy running amok in the US justice system. The other — for the dreamers, the lovers, the rainbow chasers — is with a renewed sense of hope and belief in goodness, elicited by the stunning performances of Avery's defense lawyers, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting.

Both seemed like truly decent, extremely intelligent people — 21st century Atticus Finches with only very slightly updated eyewear. But Strang — with his reedy but calming voice and his Kyle Chandler eyes — is the break-out star. He is a mascot of goodness, and I love him.

He's got Kyle Chandler eyes

Most of the series' footage is from 2005, but there isn't an item in Strang's wardrobe that was conceivably purchased after 1993. He might have been made fun of at the time, but oddly the airing of the series couldn't have come at a better time for Strang. Seinfeld-era fashion blandness is back, lovingly redubbed "normcore." Strang is all but a normcore icon.

A Tumblr to that effect, called "StrangCore," is dedicated to cataloging all of Strang's signature looks. Follow this blog right now, if you believe in angels.

So true. Argyle socks are a classic, and I'm going to wear them whenever I feel like making the world a better place.

Did you forget about doing light layers by removing the fleece insert of a winter jacket and wearing it as its own thing? What a great trick. I know the term "life hack" probably doesn't mean anything to Dean Strang, for whom the internet is just a funny thing you use to access library catalogs, but he should consider a DIY blog.

You're only ever as prepared as your pockets are roomy, am I right?

In conclusion, here is an excellent loving ode that someone wrote to Strang, thoughtfully using a song I am certain he is familiar with: Vanessa Carlton's 2001 chart-topper "A Thousand Miles."