“I think Playing Dress up begins at the Age of Five and Never Truly Ends,”-Kate Spade
Who is more inspiring than Kate Spade, leading entrepreneur and fashionista? I am obsessed with the vibrant, eccentric yet classy aura of the brand. So inspired that I began thinking about dress up, fashion and just costume in general. As I mentioned previously I am currently taking a course called “History of Costume” it’s incredibly interesting and it has had me thinking a lot about why we dress the way we dress, fashion revivals and the evolution of style.
I’ll be the first to admit that my personal style is constantly evolving, I love themes and costumes and as a result I go through style phases. For example-
“The Preteen Angst Phase”
In sixth and seventh grade I was a self proclaimed punk/skater (and super rebellious considering my main hobbies included reading, sleepovers and redecorating my myspace page). I listened to Nirvana, and Green Day and for Halloween I dressed up as a dead cheerleader. My nails were painted black (and constantly chipped), I told people I liked the taste of blood and I wore safety pins in my pants. I like to think of this as the “Dark Ages” in my evolution of fashion.
“The My Life is a Movie Phase”
As I moved into junior high and high school I became less obsessed with looking like a rebel and more “theme oriented”. In ninth grade I would coordinate themes for my daily outfits hence several occasions in which I wore tiaras to class (or drew a heart on my cheek with lipstick). It was a little crazy but less life consuming my preteen angst phase.
“The Totally Preppy Phase”
I finally became a little more self aware and concerned with the current fashion trends which in junior high meant Abercrombie, Hollister and American Eagle. I thought that this outfit was so grown up.
“The Flower Child Phase”
Fast forward a year or two and I was entering my super hippie phase. The hippie phase started innocently enough, a love of henna tattoos, daisies and flowy dresses but quickly progressed into something more. By the end of my junior year of high school I had dreads (okay only for two weeks but that’s more than most people can say) and was decorating my body in henna before school (keep in mind that when it started to fade it sort of looked like I had leprosy). In all fairness I also embraced a much more green lifestyle, I was genuinely passionate about the earth and nature (something I still care about today).
“The end of all Phases Phase?”
Finally as I entered college I began to slow down on the extreme phases (not to say they came to a halt). My freshman year I definitely had an ugly sweater phase and my entire sophomore year was characterized by wearing lululemon (my collection is unprecedented), I may have even been quoted as saying “Lululemon or die”, I can’t quite remember though. Now, I’m finally at a point in which I feel as if I can embrace a plethora of styles, a maxi skirt (flower child phase), a leather vest (teen angst phase), a super girly dress (my life is a movie phase), etc. without crossing the line into the “costume-y” zone, but who knows, several years from now I may look back and think “I was in the ____ phase”. Whatever the case I love looking back at old photos and laughing at all of the silly fads I embraced and (even more silly) styles I created for myself. I’m so happy I always was able to be myself and express myself through clothing (despite the fact that I looked pretty ridiculous at times).
Speaking of dress up Nicole and I totally did a mermaid photo shoot with Jeff this past weekend, I know he’s my boyfriend and I am biased and whatever but he literally takes the prettiest pictures (and he totally might be getting a job at Studio N…assisting for Nordstrom!) (I’m totally bragging right now but that just tells you how awesome he is).