A light dusting of snow on Wednesday (which melted as soon as it hit the ground), combined with the near-constant rain and sleet of the past several days, made outdoor photography just a little too slushy for my liking this week. The good news is, the sun came out just long enough to make indoor photography doable, once I found the right spot in my house. And what better way to spend a cold, wet afternoon than to throw a little fashion show in your living room, right?
When Beth, aka Bethie the Boo, offered us a ride in her time machine, I knew just which decade I wanted to visit. I will always look back fondly on the fads of my youth (well, some of them), and as a 90s teen, that means floral dresses, denim, chunky boots, plaid. And as luck would have it, all these things are making a comeback recently. I've always heard that fashion is cyclical, but as I age, I'm learning this lesson first-hand. On the one hand, seeing more and more trends for the second time makes me feel old. And yet, sometimes nostalgia gets the better of me.
So in the spirit of nostalgia, I threw together a few outfits inspired by 90s fashion, though perhaps tempered by my adult sensibilities.
For the first look, I paired a refashioned floral dress with my $5 thrifted denim jacket and $16 thrifted leather boots. Nothing that screams 90s, but it certainly casts a nod in that direction.
Outfit #2 was quite similar, but with a slightly stronger 90s slant. The free denim vest, left over from someone's garage sale, is definitely a little more... vintage, shall we say? Also, the pastel dress (refashioned) and the black leather boots ($30 clearance at Target, originally $60) are in such high contrast to one another, a less subtle call-out to the genuine combat boots (army surplus!) I wore back in the day.
Lastly, in an even more obvious homage to the 90s, I tried the grunge look on for size. I started with a base of black skinny jeans (refashioned) and a used-to-be black Foreigner tee from my husband's closet. I also snagged his black high-top Chucks while I was in there (let's pretend they aren't two sizes too big for me), and added in one of my dad's plaid flannel shirts, borrowed at least 15 years ago and never returned (sorry, Dad!). That shirt spent many an afternoon tied around my waist in junior high school.
I topped it all off with my recently completed, hand-knit Howlcat. It's basically a big tube, half one color and half another, that can be folded with either color toward the outside, making it reversible. Then you can wear it in tube form as a cowl or put a twist in it before folding in half and it becomes a hat. That's four different ways to wear it! I used the yarn I brought back from my trip to Hawaii a couple years ago. The grey is sourced from alpacas local to the Big Island, and the green is a luscious cashmere, hand-dyed in Hawaii.
Sadly, this last outfit had the opposite effect as desired, accentuating the "old" in my mind, rather than the Good Old Days. I'm not sure I could get away with wearing this combination out in public anymore. But hey, it was fun to reminisce!
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