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How to dress like Claudia Kishi

ūüĆľupdated August 2020ūüĆľ

Is any fictional character more beloved for her personal style than CLAUDIA KISHI?

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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:

  • Leggings
  • Vests
  • Cowboy boots
  • CRAZY PRINTS & PATTERNS!!!
  • Hoops or novelty earrings
  • Long funky necklaces
  • High ponytails with scrunchies

So much yes.

claudia kishi outfits fashion

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.

Update, August 2020! Um could the Netflix reboot of the Baby-Sitters’ Club BE any more heartwarming?! I’ve watched it twice so far and LOVE the costume design for Claud! The show inspired me to go back through the 130+ book covers in search of even more outfit inspo:

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The show did NOT disappoint: bright colors, oversized knits, and overalls/jumpsuits to die for. I’m inspired to seek out more orange, purple, and YELLOW PLAID clothes. It’s hard to pick a fave ~lewk~ but I think this mustard-yellow jumpsuit, bomber jacket, daisy ring combo takes the cake:

Brb, gotta finish watching it for the third time ūüėČ

Pitch Perfect and attachment theory

I love¬†Pitch Perfect. It has plenty of problems¬†with race. But it also has a cast full of talented, awesome women (Rebel Wilson, pre-Super Fun Night…those were the days), a female writer, and a female producer. And Beca (Anna Kendrick), its main character, has a really refreshing take on relationships.

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attached-bookLet’s back up. Have you read the book¬†Attached (subtitle:¬†The New Science of Adult Attachment and¬†How It Can Help You Find — And Keep — Love)? Kelly leant it to me a while back and it’s no exaggeration that it changed my life. Basically, the book’s authors use attachment theory to trace how childhood experiences with your parents (did they give you enough love/attention?) shape your adult dating life. To sum it up, which of these three examples from U of Illinois is closest to how you act in relationships?

  1. I get a bit uncomfortable being close to others; it’s hard to trust them completely or allow myself to depend on them. I feel nervous when anyone gets too close.
  2. It’s fairly easy for me to get close to others, and I’m comfortable when we depend on each other. I don’t worry about being abandoned or about someone getting too close to me.
  3. Love interests are reluctant to get as close as I’d like. I often worry that my partner doesn’t really love me or won’t want to stay with me. I want to get very close to my partner, and this sometimes scares people away.

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