I don't really remember much about the nineties, and no I wasn't drunk or stoned. It was a time of my life when I was immersed in establishing a career and having a child. Needless to say I was very busy. A teaching career did not require a fashionable wardrobe so I wasn't really very up on the latest looks and I didn't feel great about my post baby body so I was inclined to just cover it up with baggy, lumpy things. I wasn't very well tuned into the pop culture of the times and it was more about Thomas the Tank and The Magic School Bus at our house, but I do remember watching Seinfeld sometimes. Although Elaine Benes was perhaps of questionable character, I really liked her style. I wanted to look just like her, which is rather impossible given I'd have to suddenly be tiny with really big hair instead of really big with tiny hair.
I suppose her look was a 90s version of preppy. I did love the floral dresses of the nineties and even had a couple. As they are popping up in the local thrifts shops I try them on but some of the styles suit me better than others and I can live without the collars some of the dresses had. I'm not a fan of collars and the heavily shoulder padded jackets Elaine wore, while I love the look on her, don't really work for me. I loved a chunky, over-sized cardigan and the chunky shoes. I'll pass on the lacy ankle socks.
Another look I remember seeing then but can't find anywhere on Google Images was a skirt suit with a fingertip length narrow jacket or vest over a pleated skirt that hit just above the knee. I admired it on some of my colleagues while I admire a more grunge look on other colleagues. Nearly anything goes in teaching!
So, inspired by Elaine, as well as Bella at Citizen Rosebud here is my 90s look, dress and shoes thrifted, cardigan Target. Elaine's dresses often hit just above the ankle and on her this floral dress might do that. Not on me, it doesn't! So I took my thrifted 90s dress and layered it over one of my long black jersey skirts. I used textured tights (which don't really show up in the picture) to emulate the lacy socks and dug out my most sensible shoes. I added the slouchy cardigan since I don't have any over-sized shoulder padded blazers. So I hope I achieved a grungy-preppy look. I also made an attempt at bigger hair and pulled it back Elaine style.
It turned out to be too warm today for this outfit, and so I didn't keep it on. The floral dress on it's own feels a bit more formal than what I required for today so I changed completely and dug out more new-to-me clothes in the form of some colourful striped capris. As with another pair of striped capris I recently found at the thrift shop, I don't think these are meant to be short. The label says petite. So on me petite pants are capris with a little bit of a rolled cuff.
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