Thursday, June 13, 2013

burgundy velvet...if you please

The other day I was messing around on Facebook and saw the single greatest thing ever witnessed by my rods and cones; someone reposted this Tumblr called "Hipsters that dress like Jackie from Roseanne." It was so spot-on and perfect! For the last year or so, I have seen every early-mid 90's trend swing back into relevence. [Tangent: Even the horribly unsavory ones. I was at a show last week and a girl in front of me was moving and grooving in a white sunflower emblazoned babydoll dress. OMG! I HAD THAT DRESS IN 7th GRADE! (only I had the courtesy to have matching scrunchy, dammit!) Constantly, I am baffled and I am just waiting for Jnco jeans to make a resurgence. ] I have come to realize that today's hip young thing is basically dressing like Kimmie circa 1994 and that worries me...because good god, I was not a snazzy dresser back in the day.

Don't believe me? Oh, don't worry- I have photographic proof that I was ahead of the curve. On the left is me in my beloved stretch burgundy velour dress that I wore to my 7th grade dance, and on the right is a similar model I saw today in the Junior's department. [Tangent: OK, to be fair the dress was found at Kohl's, and I know that is not exactly the trendiest hot spot, but still! A burgundy stretch velvet dress in the summer is a burgundy stretch velvet dress in the summer. ]

[Tangent: I'm not entirely sure why my vag was basically hanging out in the picture above. I promise, although it was obviously a teench short, it was not that scandalous. Surely, my mom stopped me on my way out to the 7th grade dance and informed me that the control top on my soft black pantyhose were showing. #classact! Don't worry, I promise no boys were interested...I mean from the neck up, I was 80% braces.] I imagine this feeling of nostalgia is how my mom felt when I stole a pair of her shoes from the 70s, but I'm just in denial that I am old enough to see fashion become this cyclical. Obviously, I love fashions of the 50s and 60s because that's when fashion was classic and lovely, but some of the "comeback" fashions from the 90s just seem like errors in judgement. Courtney Love is no Jackie O.

 Today, I would never ask circa 1995 Kimmie for tips on dressing because the results wouldn't be savory. What's something you've seen come back in style that you are shocked by? Surely I am not alone on this.

20 comments:

  1. Reagan is back in style. That shocks me.

    Also, my friend Jay said, "I was looking at photos of me in elementary school, and one picture struck me. I realized I wore the exact same thing yesterday."

    Furthermore, some friends in their early 20's just started a band, and they sound like Tonic, Everclear, and the Smashing Pumpkins. They don't even know who the first two bands are.

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  2. Everything you just said is upsetting. I find it odd that children that born in 1992 can drink

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  3. I saw that same tumblr! Ugh! Why! I have a weird thing about dramatic 80's black sequined things, so I really have no room to talk, but I shudder to think of some of the 90's things coming back. WE ARE OFFICIALLY OLD, HOW?!

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    1. Oh absolutely, i am completely guilty of some 80s trends. I love me some leggings, and I did once buy a silk and lace cardigan thing that my sister said looked SUPER golden girls. But some of the 90s madness is out of control! I have been out and seen adult women dressed like straight up stephanie tanner.

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  4. Kohls is not a hot spot???!!!!! Good to know ... I guess. Oww.

    The burgundy dress looks dorky because it's crushed fake velvet. I do agree, but I sure miss wine shades of all kinds. They were lovely. They almost had a revival moment last fall for about 12 seconds, and I was hopeful. But no.

    Too soon, I think.

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    1. Haha. I should have clarified. CLearly it is my hot spot, because I got there about twice a week, but hoity toity types would disagree. I'm too cheap to be pretentious. :)

      I do not mind burgundy, but both of these items were sold during the summer, which is suspect. wine shades are autumnal, right?

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  5. Yes, for fall absolutely. Pre-fall maybe? Ye Gods and Little Fishooks, please don't tell me that fall items are already appearing!!!! Surely not. Perhaps then, a relic that did not make the winter clearance racks?
    Or, maybe it's a trend we missed.
    Nope, can't be that.

    You're adorable. Finances here are such that Kohl's seems upscale to me. I'm not cheap. I'm financially challenged. My husband is the cheap one.
    Yes, absolutely autumnal. Ooooh! I have it ... some buyer confused their autumnal and their vernal. It happens.
    Have a great week, Kimmie. You're the best thing that's happened to me all week!

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    1. I've been out of work for 6 months. Trust, I totally relate :)

      Also, thanks for the kind words.

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  6. You're never too cheap to be pretentious, girl. ;-P
    I spent my middle and high school years trying desperately to NOT look like a dork - and NOW it's the "in" thing? I'm sorry, but the whole hipster" thing borders on lazy couture (not to be confused with WalMart WTF couture).

    I love burgundy and last fall's version, oxblood, and I wear it with pride, I can't believe plaid suits are back - now in Madras - yikes!

    Spashionista (Alicia)

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    1. I am never shocked by trends anymore. For awhile, I swore all the mannequins at Forever 21 looked like rejects from the Madonna Borderline era.

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    2. Hey, I resemble that remark - at least I did 25 years ago ;-P

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    3. It's a look I thought I'd never see again

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  7. I remember cuttin off the gangster dudes off my cousin's old Jnco's to put on other stuff. I haven't said the word Jnco for at least a decade and I can promise you that this is the first time I have EVER typed the word Jnco (you are THE best)...my niece is a teen and she started off alright with this 90's resurgence last year. But lately, OMG! I have born witness to short sleeve men's western shirts with pastel vertical stripes, southwest women's button-ups that used to have shoulder pads so now the shoulder area is HUGE, of course the high wasted jeans with the legs cut off so high that it looks denim granny panties... My buddy and I went into Urban Outfitters on our recent night out and busted a gut over everything (I said "Loook! It's Blossom and Six!) I am a tad resentful that what my friend Amanda has been made fun of by her peers just a few years ago is now bein sported by the same creep chicks.... Kimmie, I wanna talk about this topic forever! I love this post and I am guilty of owning BUUUT owning and wearing some of the 90's (but literally, from my the 90's) stuff before Urban Outfitters deemed it awesome ;) And when all the overalls are being cast off next year I will be there at the resale shops to buy them all!

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    1. YES! My sister said the comment the other day, "why are girls today dressing like Blossom?"

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  8. Someone shared that Tumblr with me the other day, I LOVE it! I graduated in 94, knee deep in babydoll dresses and velvet frocks. It amuses me to no end to see these looks making a comeback. It also makes me feel bit old, heee.

    Adrienne
    What Lola Wants

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    1. I know. I'm baffled by some of the looks coming back. First it was rompers and leggings and lace tshirts and neon and now this. I wish baby doll dresses would become more popular, because I could get down in a baby doll dress

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  9. omg, I totally had 2 of these dresses!!! I have to find those pictures...what were we thinking?!?!

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    1. You need to find it. I had this one and a long sleeves purple version my mom made me that I wore for the bms Christmas dance

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  10. kimmie, you are too funny! I thrifted a stretch velvet dress last year and now wear it ALL the time as long as it's not too hot.
    ♥laura

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    1. I'm sure you pull it off. I know my limitations and am jealous of you ladies that can rock these looks flawlessly

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