I have always loved fashion even as a little girl. I have to admit fashion was an escape. My family didn’t have a lot of money, they both worked hard. Even though I didn’t come from a rich family, I was always drawn to clothing with bright colors, fun patterns, different textures, shine, and glitter. I especially loved mixing patterns. I remember instead of playing in the dirt (ew!) I hung out with the adults in my family. During the summers, I was hanging out with my grandmother Maxine (she was a super classy lady who always wore red lipstick) she would take me to garage sales to show me how to get a good bargain. I loved that she wasn’t just the typical homemaker- she was social, fashionable, and she kept everyone connected. It was hard when she passed away. As an adult, there is a small part of me that wishes I would have played in the dirt, but I digress! Flash forward to the early ’90s, when I was about 10 or 11, I was reading high fashion magazines. One of my favorite magazines was Harper’s Bazaar.
I was always trying to recreate high fashion looks. Below is one of my pulled together fashion looks.
Okay, the shirt is iffy but remember folks, I grew up in a very conservative river town in western IL. I think I was pretty fashion forward for the region. Anyway, I don’t know if anyone remembers this, but for a short while in the ’90s, it was reported that bell bottoms were back IN! I know some of you are like: “What bell bottoms?!” In the small town I grew up in the latest fashion trends took a while to arrive. Anyway, I found these really cool black bell bottom leggings on the clearance rack at Bergner’s the local fashion inspiration go to spot! I paired it with a light denim chambray shirt tied up in the front, which screamed the ’90s.
My point is to use what you’ve got and flaunt it.
All my best,
P.S. Please share your fashion beginnings down below, don’t be shy!