Every now and then, I end up putting together an outfit that would have utterly delight my middle school self.
This is one such outfit — it gives Avril Lavigne in the aughts, and I’m 100% here for it.
Never mind that I’m in my late 30’s — all of my past selves still exists within me, and I love to give them little nods and winks every now and then.
Weaving threads of nostalgia into my current style gives me so much joy. It makes fashion feel personal and playful.
The process of taking an old piece and filtering it through my current style lens is a way I can connect with my personal history, while celebrating my own style evolution.
And this only seems to get more fun with the passing of time — after all, the older you get, the more eras you have to draw from.
So, back to this outfit. The general silhouette of this outfit harkens to the early aughts — fitted top, low rise baggy bottoms. But the finishing is distinctly current — clean lines, neutral colors, quiet makeup and styling, elevated bag, and Adidas sambas (arguably the it shoe of the early ’20s). Love the mix, and love how it turned out!
Tell me, do you ever add a dose of nostalgia to your daily outfits? What nostalgic pieces (or icons) are you drawn to right now?
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This outfit looks fantastic!!! Well done!!
I was a teenager in the 80s, and I have incorporated that nostalgia HARD into my look–off-the-shoulder tees and sweaters, stacked bracelets, and even for work, Prince and Madonna tees under blazers with slacks or nice jeans and slouchy boots. It seems like a sweet way to honor that girl who, at the time, never felt like she looked quite right. Now I just look like me, and I love it!
Thank you for this post.
I was in my later teen in the 80s too but have revived 2 pair of 90s high waisted, wider leg jeans. I don’t even know how I still had them because I clean out my closet regularly! Anyway, I cut them off to ankle length, and they look very stylish. I’ve had several people ask where I bought them and I always say they are vintage. Who says old styles never come back!