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LTP: 8/16/11

Tuesday! A weekend shopping trip that yielded some really adorable but truly basic office wear (cute skirt with buttons, nice blouse with a little hint of crochet on it, a sweet pair of suede loafers) made me reflect on the kinds of clothing I bought for myself when I was first doing my own shopping.

The year was 1996, and I was entering the 7th grade. Mom handed me my $40 for back-to-school clothes (or however much it was) and told me to try to get enough things I could actually wear. Like maybe some jeans. I am pretty sure I ended up with suede vests, scrunchy vibrant colored turtlenecks, and a lot of stretchy leggings. Needless to say it was like Blossom and the Babysitters’ Club’s Claudia Kishi ran into each other in a bad ’90s sitcom and threw up all over each other. 

Which begs the question: what was your most awkward phase of dressing? What’s the most embarrassing or questionable thing you remember wearing?

By Meghan Young Krogh

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9 replies on “LTP: 8/16/11”

I went to Catholic school until 8th grade, so was super removed from what was cool. I came home every day and put on stretch pants (with stirrups), a turtle neck and a sweatshirt over the turtleneck that was from Arizona State University (I was convinced I was going to be a Sundevil because my godmother was).

The one day I was at Target and noticed these other “cool” girls wearing big baggy jeans that dragged on the ground and it was SO COOL how long their pants were and they got dirty! So when I went shopping, I bought a pair of pants that was way too big for me… probably 3 or 4 sizes too big. From Christopher and Banks. Super cool, me. Also a sweater vest that I wore with it. Oh god, I’m cringing in horror just thinking about it.

Well, for starters, I went to middle school in the 80’s. Let your imagination just run with that for a minute.

Actually, the only awkward phase I remember was when I was in 7th or 8th grade someone pointed out that everything I wore was blue. Somehow I had not realized until that very moment that all my clothing was blue. Ever since I’ve been very conscious about doing a mental closet check before I buy something new to make sure I don’t already have too much stuff in any one color.

I could also probably add the men’s pajama phase I went through about the time I started college. I didn’t go around in just pajamas all day, I would wear the bottoms with a t-shirt or the tops with jeans. As far as I can remember, it wasn’t any kind of local trend or anything, I just did a lot of thrift store shopping at the time and thought it would be cool.

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