Now I was in Topshop the other day, taking full advantage of the freedom sale, where necklaces that are usually the ludicrous price of £14 for about £3. Wandering around, I saw these AMAZING oversized rainbow lurid sunglasses, possibly the best sunglasses I had ever seen, which I showed my friend and she just rolled her eyes. It was then I questioned myself, why on earth do I want to wear things that look like a mish mash of unicorn rainbow vomit over 80's staples like leggings and slouch socks and massive earrings? Then I realised, all of my style icons, from my impressionable young age were Claudia Kishi, Anastasia Krupnik, Clarissa Darling and Tia and Tamara.
I always wanted my ears pierced like Claudia and Stacey, one of which had two in one lobe and one in the other, so she could wear a monkey earring and a banana earring directly on top of it. How amazing and innovative is that?! When I worked in Claires, I pierced my ears loads of times and bought loads of little earrings to try and recreate this, but I think I ended up looking like a walking talking Claires advert, the type of person who bought loads of chocolate flavoured chapstick and lip balm shaped in the style of a cupcake HOW CUTE AND ~QUIRKY~!
My sister Alex rocking amazing boots, high waisted shorts with tucked in t shirt and a hat that we used to fight over
Clarissa was renowned for wearing crazy outfits, I think my favourite was this yellow dungarees get up, and always with coloured converse that you could not get in England. I remember when I found that buffalo did pink converse in the early 2000’s, I was looking online and I saw them, overcome with joy I rang up their Camden branch about 4 o clock, they had my size in stock, so I made the trip from the home counties to the store in a record 35 minutes. I wore those things to death, with footless tights (as leggings at this point were very very hard to find) denims skirts and Mickey Mouse hoodies, with bright pink sweat bands.
I really loved a hat and I am envious of my own long blonde hair
In the 90’s I wore a lot of velvet, and hats and leggings and tights. Always with slouch socks over the top of my boots or shoes. Failing that I wanted to look like Sarah from the Labyrinth, her flowey white hippy shirt over jeans a loafers, she always looked effortless and stylish despite running through a Labyrinth towards David Bowie in a panic. As I couldn’t really ever get my hands on the clothes I would have liked to wear, I used to express my fashion desires through Barbies. My sister and I also used to play barbies every single day. Looking back now, I have no idea why we always made the story lines so gritty and hard edged, but a few that come to mind were, Stacie and Ken sneaking out for some sexual encounter at the make out point (the top of our stairs) in my red Ferrari Testarossa hand break came off and them plummeting to their deaths, or if they were lucky paralysis from the neck down, teen pregnancy resulting in them becoming homeless, and countless affairs that broke home up. I think we watched Biker Grove too much to be honest. We had so many barbies, but the arguments always came down to what clothes they wore. Never did they don ball gowns or bikinis, we wanted to achieve a grungey/Clarissa look, and we only had one lumberjack shirt and one pair of baggy jeans, and the Robbie Williams doll had small feet, so we could get our barbies into his big boyband lace up boots. I think I punched my sister over those jeans once. I look now and those big manga eyes bratz dolls wear every type of style you could imagine. I think my sister and I would have died and gone to heaven if we could have got a kilt and Dr Martins on our barbies.
from left to right: Alex my sister, my mum and me rocking slouchy socks, chunky knit and bomber jacket
On twitter someone linked me an utterly hilarious tumblr, called Incredulous Kristy. The head babysitter from the babysitters club books. In the same format as advice dog, insanity wolf and paranoid parrot, these memes are hilarious, but really only going to be that funny for those of you that read these books as much as I did. Linked on the website, is a fashion blog called What Claudia wore, where the blogger has recreated outfits that Claudia wore. I am totally in love with this blog, and if money was no object, I would be scouting through those books right now trying to recreate those outfits. I am glad that clearly, other people feel the same way about the way these eighties/nineties kids dressed and how I try and recreate it on a day to day basis, in some tiny way.
Just a quick plug for my friend Blair's blog over at Blair on a Budget, she is having a christmas give away, to enter you just have to follow her amazing fashion blog and or retweet her!