During a recent trip to my parents’ house, I found myself rummaging through boxes of forgotten things — it seriously felt like an archaeological dig back to 1990. I unearthed the black combat boots my classmates thought were cool and the furry zebra print coat they all made fun of. I even discovered a packet of the rhinestones I used to stick in my hair.
These survivors from my school days’ wardrobe triggered vivid memories, marking a period when I felt comfortable being noticed. Even sky-blue lipstick wasn’t out of the question for me on a Tuesday afternoon. Taking this trip into my past made me realize how much our high school wardrobes reflected the way we felt about ourselves and held the clues to what we wanted so desperately to express.
Pretty Pretty Princess
[1. Simple modern stud earrings by ChristinaPauls; 2. Vintage pink blouse from ichigovintage; 3. “Our Old Houses and Childhood Memories” notebook by MosseryCo; 4. Tiny heart necklace by ItsCalledJewelry; 5. Vintage floral turnlock bag from REBOOTVINTAGE; 6. Pastel brogues by goodbyefolk; 7. Colorblock iPad case by Pamplemouss.]
Golden accessories and an abundance of pink have an assertively feminine edge.
Rebel Without a Clue
[1. Vintage lace-up boots from theindustry; 2. Round vintage glasses from saltwatergypsy; 3. Wolverine ring by whitemetal; 4. Silver spike earrings by paperfacestudio; 5. Cotton fabric headband by nanoutriko; 6. ANIMAL clutch by GiftShopBrooklyn; 7. Studded leather bag by SABRINATACH.]
Defiant spikes and animal print still signal wild-child style.
[1. Vintage glasses from MODvintageshop; 2. The Colmar clutch by deroucheau; 3. Vintage bowling shoes from thisvintagething; 4. Shield charm necklace by DeuceFashion; 5. Lined Paper laptop case by pilosale.]
A witty play of unexpected textures and tones create a scholarly look that goes straight to head of the class.
That Artsy Kid
Intellectual whimsicality via eye-catching graphics speak to artful ambitions.