Growing up, my sisters and I played a lot of dress up. We (except for my youngest sister Meredith who was randomly very athletic) were mostly indoor kids. We had forts in the woods behind our house which we LOVED, but were happiest painting, making polymer clay beads, playing dress-up, or launching various business ideas we had. I’m not kidding. One summer we picked all the berries in the garden and attempted to “sell” them to my parents. We learned the hard way that’s not how things work. Another year, we made polymer clay wizards and tried to get the local shops in town to sell them (one boutique bit – out of pity, on “consignment.”) I could wax on and on about our various business schemes but I’ll spare you and say that it’s no wonder that we’re all they way we are today. Tiny entrepreneurs.
Out of all our games, the thing we loved most was dress up (I’m getting to a point here, I swear.) Dress up was the best because we had all my mom’s old clothes from the sixties and seventies. A leather vest. A yellow leotard with a sequined bodice + layers of tulle. The most amazing pair of chunky heeled black suede pumps (I think about those pumps often as my mom and I are the same size in shoes and I would really like to have them in my closet now as an adult.) But the thing we fought over most was this rainbow t-shirt my mom had graciously donated to the pile. It was made from a stretchy jersey fabric and had a v-neck and we LOVED it. It truly was the cornerstone of our best dress-up outfits. When were were small, the t-shirt was belted as a dress, and as we grew older, it got tucked into skirts and tutus and was sometimes stuffed with a pretend (and very ample) bosom. I wish we were more responsible with those dress-up clothes (I think most of them ended up eventually being cut up and turned into crafts projects and science experiments) because my mom had some killer stuff and I’m pretty sure that those games we played instilled a life long love of fashion in all three of us. (Meredith, the PhD and scientist would probably disagree but she’s still the most fashionable scientist I’ve ever met.)
So during the Shopbop sale I wasn’t going to buy anything but then I saw this tee and stopped in my tracks immediately as it reminded me so much of the t-shirt we loved as kids. And here it is. Totally different but still makes me nostalgic!
I’m so curious, though… what piece of clothing makes you nostalgic? Did you play dress up as a kid? It’s funny how something so simple as a t-shirt can bring back SO many memories!
Outfit Details: Mackage Leather Jacket (old but similar here, here, and here) // Pam & Gela Rainbow Stripe Tee (also here + here) //Re/Done Jeans // Manolo Blahnik Pumps // Celine Sunglasses // Chanel Purse // Holst + Lee Necklace (c/o)
My friend Natalie made me this bandana necklace and I’m obsessed with it. Every time I wear it I feel a little bit cooler than I actually am. It’s perfect this time of year with easy tees and cute dresses… I’ve been wearing it nonstop! I love the white one too but it comes in so many colors.
photography by Trent Bailey.