a teenage girl growing up in the 90′s with really bad bangs. which at some point morphed from fluffy to a single roll across the forehead. remember that look? this girl’s life consisted mostly of: 1) sports- basketball, track, cross-country, cheerleading. 2) fashion- plaid, mary janes, Calvin Klein. 3) music- No Doubt all day, every day. 4) boys- what a waste of time.
look familiar? i think this was taken in the 8th grade (1996ish?) and i think it was before i ever put artificial color in my hair. so the whole *happy redhead* thing isn’t a complete lie. there’s a little red in there.
so that girl you just saw…she loved clothes and dreamed of working in the fashion industry someday. however, there’s not too many fashion influences in a small Texas town of only a few thousand people. i was always super proud of my outfits from Target though…still am, actually! let’s just say that i was not very exposed to the world. which in hindsight was probably such a good thing. anyway, i did the best i could and tried to stay on trend, but i think we can all agree that i definitely missed the mark on the hair. sheesh.
so where does an adolescent girl go to be exposed to all things teenager-y? the movies, of course! basically, my main goal in life was to look like i walked straight off the set of Clueless or Empire Records.
this is what i actually looked like…
ha! welp, i tried. i did okay on the knee-highs, i think. and the purple plaid skirt is pretty rad. short, too! i must have had to beg my parents for that one. my sales skills must go waaaay back.
anyways, i especially hoped that someday, somewhere, somehow my mornings would be similar to those of Cher Horowitz from Clueless. i would sit in my undies at my touch screen computer and digitally select the perfect designer outfit all with just the push of a button. oh, and David Bowie would be singing to me in the backgroud…
“fash-ion, turn to the left. fash-ion, turn to the right. oooo-oooo fash-ion.”
if you have forgotten that particular scene (*gasp* how could you?) please do yourself a favor and watch the first minute and a half of the clip below.
instead, i had one of those closets with sliding wooden doors and a single rod across. every now and then, the rod would get so heavy that it would come crashing down in the middle of the night. why then i wonder? always at nighttime. i, of course, would run screaming for my dad because the monster in my closet had definitely decided to eat me. and now i share a closet with a boy. a man-boy! it’s chock full of Nike, Under Armour, The North Face, and a sneaker for every occasion.
not so glamorous, right?
even though my life still might not resemble Cher’s, technology is better than i could have predicted as a naive pre-teen. i just so happen to have access to devices such as the iPad and iPhone that allow me to shop online, read fashion blogs, look at Pinterest, etc…all with just the push of a button! while, i should add, simultaneously listening to the crooning of David Bowie in the background via iTunes. fashion is more accessible now than ever. i guess the only negative is that i don’t quite have the budget that Cher had. as if! (sorry, i had to)
by no means do i deem myself to be a fashionista, but i do like to have fun with fashion and take some risks with it. and i must do this on a budget. one income here, y’all. so, without spending a ton-o-money, i’m in the process of ramping up my wardrobe again. i kind of let it slide the past few years. most of our disposable income seemed to get sucked down the vortex that is home ownership. i think i’ve done a decent job adding in some new pieces while mixing with old and i thought it might be fun to share some of this with you. maybe if i find something particularly good. or weird. i ask B if i look weird all the time but he never really knows what to say. or maybe he’s just too smart to get involved…very likely, ha!
so, this entire long post delving into 90′s fashion to demonstrate ‘what i wore’ was really just a lead-in to my new feature called ‘what i’m wearing.’ i think i’ll start with work wear. i’ve found some really great, reasonable pieces lately. i will make a point to let you know where i found them and price points. and be a pal, would ya? if you’ve found a bargain recently, do tell. i’m all ears. we are past that whole accusatory “she copied my look!” thing, aren’t we? i plan to post installment 1: ‘what i’m wearing- work edition’, next week.
but for now, can we just stop and take this moment in? why, you ask? because 90′s fashion is back, people! i’m seeing lots of plaid. the chunky lace-up boots over fall/winter were totally reminiscent of Doc Martins. and then…Doc Martins themselves seem to have made a comeback, big time. that gives me hope. crop tops, floral prints, platform sneakers. squeeeee! i’m just so happy. however, i haven’t seen any knee-high socks with black mary janes yet. we should work on that.
i can’t be the only one celebrating the resurgence of the 90′s grunge look? please say you’re with me on this one. arise, 90′s!
with or without you, i’m getting on this bandwagon. for a second time. and i’m sure i will have some fashion fails. for a second time. but unlike the first time, they will be documented on the internet for all the world to see. eeek! whatever. i’m off to listen to Nirvana and not wash my hair. all weekend. dang, i’m good at this adolescent angst stuff.
happiness is…a comeback.