You know what’s overrated? Dressing like a grownup.
I went through a brief period of Trying To Look Professional (coinciding with a certain job). You know, blazers, flattering colors, and all that. Now that I work from home or in a casual coworking space, I’m back to Looking Like a Goddamn Hot Mess. J/k, I still try to look presentable…but in an Eccentric Glamour kind of way.
Enter DRESSING LIKE A CHILD.
Why are all the fun clothes made for kids? I swear:
SOMEone (ahem, serious fashion designers) decided women only wanted to wear olive green and navy and black and white. When REALLY some of us want to wear neon rainbows and watermelons all the time, and preferably not in polyester, thankyouverymuch. (Thankfully, Lazy Oaf and Gorman seem to realize this, though they’re pretty spendy.)
Lately, I’ve been embracing my inner child by ordering some pink cotton bike shorts to wear under mini dresses and wearing t-shirts under strappy/cleavage-y sundresses. To hell with looking chic or sophisticated! It’s not like I spend my free time slinking around jazz bars, martini in hand. More like taking long naps and running down the street to catch the bus.
Is subtlety only for the borings? Will my therapist have a field day analyzing what this means about my maturity level and comfort with my SEXUALITY and WOMANHOOD? Tune in next time! J/k, we’ll probably talk about butterscotch pudding next time. SORRRRREEEEE!
Is any fictional character more beloved for her personal style than CLAUDIA KISHI?
Unquestionably the best member of The Babysitters Club books (a ’90s-child staple), Claudia was *~the artsy one~* and the most relatable (for me, at least). Claud is known for her terrible spelling, candy addiction, and FUNKY FRESH wardrobe, which author Ann M. Martin (and her ghostwriters) describe in deliciously painstaking detail in every book. While struggling with school and comparisons to her genius sister, Janine, Claudia expressed her creativity through amazing thrifted mish-mash outfits. They revolve around a few key staples:
- Cowboy boots
- CRAZY PRINTS & PATTERNS!!!
- Hoops or novelty earrings
- Long funky necklaces
- High ponytails with scrunchies
So much yes.
Claud was the original hipster, but in an unpretentious way (she was cool because she was messy and had her own phone line, not because she listened to the “right” bands). She wasn’t self-obsessed. She mostly cared about babysitting, painting, reading Nancy Drew mysteries, being a good friend, and hanging out with her grandma, Mimi. She lacked the snobby narcissism of Stacey, the mousy spinelessness of Mary Anne, and the controlling type-A-ness of Kristy. (Wow, I guess I didn’t like the other characters much!)
And of any of the characters, Claudia left the biggest mark on pop culture, inspiring a comic, a fashion blog, and countless style posts (including this one!). Half Japanese, she was also a role model for Asian-American readers (although writers did focus on her “exotic”-ness and “almond-shaped eyes” too much).
So eat a doughnut, hit up your favorite thrift store, and twirl the cord of your landline around your finger! ❤ u 4ever, Claudia.
Never listened to Garbage much beyond their singles, but feelin’ some ’90s nostalgia for eternal badass Shirley Manson:
Ignore the shirtless juggalo:
Happy Angsty weekend 🙂
currently on repeat:
unrelatedly, MYSTICAL GIRLIE HIPPIE RAINBOWZ:
sourcez: 1 2 3 4 5 6
*~ladeez of the canyon~*
Etro (aren’t they missing an R? har har) is delightfully Claudia-Kishi-circa-1970 this fall. Inspo: sheepskin, thrift-store scarves, bubblegum Joni Mitchell??? All the hot pink/floral/lime green/leopard print, plz.
photos via WWD
Aaaa! Are your eyes overwhelmed too? Quick, look at this water:
PALETTE CLEANSER! Whew. OK, ready for more?
How about Giamba, which one can only assume is inspired by Black Swan, grandma’s old nighties, and tarot cards:
Photos via WWD
Suggested taglines: Saccharine with a side of evil. Or maybe More cookies, Skeletor? SOMEone discovered pastel goth! X-P
All right, that’s all we’ve got for Holly Pretends To Be A Fashion Person While Clearly Being Woefully Undereducated. Tune in next time for styles inspired by The Wild West meets gummi vitamins.
The other day, I innocently searched the internets for “Scully gif” and BAM:
I MEAN. What’s a girl to do but make a pink sparkly alien-inspired moodboard? (Also, the gif-maker KNOWS this is Mulder and not Scully, right? Did they even WATCH THE SHOW? #kidsthesedays)
Puttin’ the “extra” in extraterrestrial. Wop waaaaa!