Debra McGuire loves collaborating with her latest talent, she says

By Kate Hogan
Updated March 20, 2012 07:00 PM

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Forget quirky: Zooey Deschanel is straight up adorable. At least New Girl costumer Debra McGuire thinks so.

“Everything is so darn cute on her,” McGuire tells PEOPLE. “The hair, the face, the eyes … every time she puts something on it just sparkles.”

McGuire says the initial idea behind Deschanel’s character Jess’s wardrobe was to “do something that we hadn’t seen on TV before,” she says. “I thought the best thing for Jess was to do primary colors — there’s something about those that I thought really worked for the character. So she’s sort of a mix of Crayola crayons.”

Perfect examples are the Chromatic Gallerie shoes Jess often wears on the show. “They’re all in primary colors, so I mix and match those with her outfits,” McGuire explains. “I’ll pair a purple dress and green shoes, for example. We’re not playing it safe with color.”

Though Jess’s wardrobe isn’t the most adventurous — she’s a schoolteacher just re-entering the dating world — it is maturing a bit, McGuire says. “There’s constantly a slight evolution, though it’s very script-driven,” she explains. “I just follow the lead of the writers.”

And luckily, the costumer has a good partner in Deschanel; McGuire says the two are “pretty much on the same wavelength. I haven’t had a situation where she didn’t want to wear something, or didn’t like something. I don’t put her in anything that’s not a favorite.”

That must mean that an upcoming, slightly skimpy ensemble got a thumbs-up from both parties. “Recently I fitted her in a bathing suit, for a future episode,” McGuire reveals. “And it just doesn’t get better.” Tell us: Are you a fan of the New Girl‘s style?