One of my favorite pastimes when I was in junior high was speculating and imagining what I would be like when I grew older. I used to write letters to my older self on my birthday (to be opened a year later), filled with questions and suppositions (confession, I totally stole that idea from a book but I can’t remember which one).
I also used to draw pictures of how I imagined I would look one, two, five, 10 years into the future. My hair was always longer (and awesome-looking), I always had a better figure and, of course, I had a killer wardrobe.
Something about this look got me thinking about how my teenage self — who totally would have rocked this outfit, by the way, substituting Doc Martens for these booties — would view my style today. Goodness knows a lot has changed; I’ve got a much better sense of the silhouettes that I prefer, and I’ve learned to differentiate between clothes that I like on the hanger, and clothes that I like on my body. (That one is still a struggle sometimes!)
But I also think in some ways, I’ve become more conservative. I can see my 16-year-old self, with her ripped fishnets, turquoise hair, sparkly purple lipstick and 70s platform shoes sneering at my polo shirts, khakis and white loafers. But I think she would approve of this outfit — the mix of prints, the moody palette and the mix of feminine and edgy.
I often have to remind myself that taking a fashion “risk” is really very little of a risk at all. Sure, you might get some odd looks or people might raise an eyebrow — but, so what? If I could handle that when I was 16 (and, you better believe there were plenty of raised eyebrows), I surely should be able to handle it as a grown woman!
Thanks, Kristina, for letting me borrow this adorable cherry-print dress and get all nostalgic!