I think this was around my birthday in 1986. I wore this outfit A LOT:
Guess jeans (the tapered ones with the zippers at the hem)
Bass Weejuns (the most perfect classic loafer IMO)
I’m perplexed by the white stockings/socks – I guess they must have been a thing…
We were in Atlanta over the weekend for my nephew’s bris (welcome Joshua Reiter!!) and as you may have noticed, I didn’t “work” while we were there. I just enjoyed being around my family for a few days.
We stayed with my mom, and for some reason I ended up going through photo albums one night and my step-son, who was very impressed by my previous ability to wear color, suggested that I should share some photos and discuss my “style over the years.” So here you go.
I don’t know that I can say anything meaningful about the “evolution” of my style over the years, but I can remember a few things about my wardrobe and shopping that have stayed with me through the years:
- My mother made quite a lot of my “special” clothes up until high school. While my parents were married, she was a seamstress, as she used to be called, for a local clothing shop part-time. I remember picking out patterns and fabrics and was really excited about the new outfit.
- My mother was also very brand-aware, we would shop at Jacobsen’s, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Loehman’s,etc., but for specific brands. Hers was Liz Claiborne petites. I wore Esprit primarily, I think.
- I don’t remember wearing black much at all until I started working at Starbucks during graduate school and then in an office. I don’t exactly remember when or how my wardrobe transitioned to mostly black. I think it was within the last five years?
- I didn’t ever have a lot of clothes growing up: I had two pair of Guess jeans, this pair I’m wearing above, and a black pair, a few tops, and wore one or two pairs of shoes into the ground. We didn’t shop very often, and I was never taken in by chain stores like the Gap or Forever21, etc. As I said, my mother always shopped with us at department stores, or discount stores that carry name brands. So we had very good quality clothing that we usually bought on sale, and it lasted for a long time.
- I honestly don’t remember thinking much about clothes for most of my life until I was in my 20’s. Interestingly, I think it was my sister’s moving to Dallas in the mid-90’s and my Aunt’s designer shopping influence that got me started on that. I probably owned everything Armani Exchange ever made for a few years straight, or whatever I could fit into, because from high school on, I was very heavy, with up and down periods up until 4 years ago.
- My father is also very brand-conscious, he has a pair of Versace jeans and some Gucci and Ralph Lauren loafers he’s had for decades that he still wears
So, if you were wondering where my brand loyalty comes from, there you go! As you can see, both my parents were heavy influences in that regard, and I’ve actually always appreciated that. I am a firm believer in finding a brand/designer who works for you, then purchasing mostly from that brand, adding in other pieces here and there. Obviously for me, that “main” brand is James Perse, and I would say the “other” brands are Elizabeth Suzann, Acne Studios, and 6397.
More photos for your entertainment:
my sister and I in 1978 or 1979? It’s one of my favorite pictures of us
1984 or 1985? color coordination FTW
(please notice my earrings match the stripes on my socks)
I think this was 1982 – I’m stunned by how long my legs look…
and yes, those shoes are basically rags
A better look at my mullet. OMG.
How has your style evolved, or completely changed since you were younger? What were your major influences?