Sunday, August 10, 2008

Seriously, what’s with all of the Overalls? A Journey through Kelly’s Closet - Part 1

Recently I have been in the mood the clean and organize. Sometimes I just get a bug up my butt to sort, arrange and purge my belongings. My latest venture has been to organize the closet in my office that is overwhelmingly overrun with quilt batting, unused stationery, and several incomplete projects. I have stacks of Rubbermade tubs containing fabric, art supplies, and photos. Tons of photos.

I spent hours pouring through pictures from high school Mexico trips and various college activities. I smiled when I saw old friends … and cringed when I saw myself. Now that I am 32 years old and those days have long passed, I look back and see a simple, naïve, and unsure girl … with a really bad sense of style!

So, journey with me through my fashions of the 90s (I’ll skip high school as this is embarrassing enough!) and see the good, the bad, and those “what were you thinking?” moments.

My wardrobe staples of the decade:
Oversized t-shirts and sweatshirts



I bought this behemoth of a sweatshirt when I was a freshman at George Fox University. In those days I weighed 115 pounds. For some reason I thought it looked good with cuffed jean shorts and white Keds. I still have the shirt somewhere.

Here I am in jean shorts, white socks and Keds again. This time I am sporting an oversized t-shirt on my tiny frame. At least I think my hair looks pretty.


My collage of stripes. Also pictured: Keds and overalls. Are you detecting a pattern here?


Ah, what a lovely pair of shortalls. At least my t-shirt is more fitted here. I wish I still had those black t-strap sandals.

More overalls! this photo is from the summer of 1997. These overalls were three years old and I still wore them. I don't know what my style statement was here, but I wish someone would have sat me down and told me how ridiculous I looked!


Not everything I wore from that decade was hideous. In fact there are a few moments where I looked pretty good.

Here I am in a church talent show. I still like the fun 60s style shift dresses (both were mine), and my haircut was cute too.

Taken in the late summer of 1997, I was only 21 years old. A simple black wrap top and long straight skirt made me look sophisticated. I admit that I felt pretty in this picture.

Audrey Hepburn. Yes this is a costume I wore to a Halloween party, but you can't go wrong taking a cue from Ms. Hepburn's style.

After seeing me in my Breakfast at Tiffany's ensemble, I was pursued by the man who eventually became my husband. Can you blame him? Who wouldn't fall in love with Audrey?

There you have it. A brief visual display of my fashion choices of the 1990s. I am nothing if not consistent. Why did I display such comical moments you might ask? Why not. I can laugh at myself, embrace my inner dork, and learn from such blunders. What are the good things I have learned from this experience? I really look good in sunglasses; black is always a good choice; and maybe I should start wearing red lipstick again.

1 comment:

heather said...

I don't think you were uniquely dorky, I think you were just wearing what everyone else, at the time, was wearing too. I recall my overall days and my oversize t-shirt days and my white keds. Now that all looks bad, but at the time, I think it was pretty normal.

But you are right, go with the classics! I think women "our age" start to go that direction because we look back at our clothes from the past and don't want to make those mistakes again!=)

A good pair of sunglasses is a must-nothing dates a person faster than outdated sunglasses. A good, current pair is instant hip! And black is always classy. If you are looking for a good red lipstick (and, if you love lipstick, who isn't looking for a good red =), I suggest the new one from Mary Kay. A friend of mine, not a make up wearer, ended up doing a Mary Kay party (after trying to get out of it) and I bought their new red lipstick-love it!