i randomly came across a recent interview of Andrew McCarthy (that Blane from Pretty in Pink) last week, which got me thinking about high school, coming-of-age, and the clothes we wore that defined us when we began to think about what that meant. and i don't mean that in the worst, popular-kids-screwing-with-your-self-esteem kind of way.
one of the items on my wardrobe planning list this season is a denim/chambray shirt. i was looking around online earlier today when i realized – the slightly oversized, light-blue chambray shirt on my list is pretty much the same one that i wore all the time back in high school and college. unfortunately, i got rid of it when i graduated and moved.
this is how i'd wear it these days. something about the denim shirt has stuck with me after all these years. oddly enough, i find it to be as timelessly versatile now as it was a decade ago, or even twenty years ago. it seems there's been an iconic version of the denim shirt every decade from the 1950s on. when i first wore one as a teen, i remembered feeling comfortable in my own skin. it was a kind of small epiphany that made me understand for the first time how i always wanted to feel with my clothes, style, and personality. it's comfortable and stylish and comforting in its versatility, and definitely a wardrobe classic, then and now.
and speaking of late '90s flashbacks - anyone remember California Dreams?
but back to the present. i'll close this time-warp post with the inimitable Gaia Repossi, rocking a denim shirt in her characteristic minimalist style:
via quite confidential
was there one thing that you wore as a teen that was integral to your style uniform? do you still wear it now?
p.s.: Andrew McCarthy is as handsome as ever (more so now i think than in his '80s acting heyday), and apparently has become an award-winning travel writer for National Geographic! :)