September 18, 2010

i love the '90s

When I was in 5th grade, I desperately wanted my first pair of Dr. Martens. I saw them at my local department store (okay, at Von Maur): the tortoise shell patent leather 1460 8-eye boot. I couldn't wait until back-to-school that year so that I might beg my parents for a pair for my school shoes for the rest of the year, NAY, the rest of my life! It was a sad day, come the end of August, when they were out of my size and another pair could not be located because they were so special. They were the ones that got away.

I settled for a pair of basic black boots which I wore to death until my feet grew out of them the next year. Last week, I requited my long lost love with a pair of black patent leather boots from Zappos.

When I wear them, I feel like a more grown-up version of myself at age 10. I love that we can all take things from our childhood that meant so much to us and still make it apply to who we are now. I can't say that about many things, especially things I wore. A lot of them represent who I was in the past, and that's where they'll stay.

Some fashion trends were too cool to be a memory frozen in time. I've seen a huge resurgence of '90s-ish clothing these last couple of seasons. As a child of the '90s, naturally, I feel comforted by these trends and reminded of how simple my life was watching Nickelodeon and reading The Baby-Sitters Club. I wanted to be just like those girls from the books and Melissa Joan Hart's title character from 'Clarissa Explains It All.'

Clarissa (Melissa Joan Hart) was fearless when it came to her outfits. And, hey, look! Patent Docs! 

Claudia Kishi from The Baby-Sitters Club, as portrayed by the book cover artist.

We don't always have a picture of what Claudia is wearing, but we usually get a vivid description in the books. She has an extremely eclectic sense of style, always described as wearing things that you would never imagine to go together, but she makes it look amazing. Like Clarissa Darling, Claudia loves bright colored leggings, big earrings, vests, lots of denim, and cowboy boots. Claudia and Clarissa would've probably been friends had they gone to the same fictional junior high school. Also, they would be great thrift store shopping buddies.

In contrast to the bright colors and prints, the '90s also had its share of moodiness. Charlotte Ronson's Spring 2011 collection was inspired by Claire Danes' character on My So-Called Life (Angela) with lots of flannels, shirts tied around the waist, florals with boots, beanies, and denim shirts.

Angela was angsty and post-grunge adolescent to the max.

Seeing these trends making a comeback makes me happy. It's not even completely that I loved wearing them, but because they remind me of when I was a kid and how excited I got over everything. Life was just good. No stresses over work or school. And the TV shows? They were so good! I feel sorry for any generation that can't grow up with Nickelodeon or TGIF. Not the crap Nickelodeon has today, which is basically a pre-pubescent version of MTV, but the old stuff. It's comforting and nostalgic when you see stuff from your childhood that brings back fond memories. I'll probably have a new pair of Doc Martens when I'm in the retirement home just to make me remember those days.

Jessi Lou


  1. Hey !
    Yes I love them too !!!
    Great moments :)
    I've got a new post if you'd like to see it


  2. fantastic!!! i love my dr martens too :)
    great blog!
    loving the posts
    stop by some time xx

  3. Clarissa Explains it all was my favorite show when I was younger! And I didn't discover My So Called Life until 2003 or so, but now I love it. I'm not so much a fan of actually dressing in the 90's style, but I love it so much because it is nostalgic. I feel like growing up in the 90's was so great.

    And I really loved Charlotte Ronson's spring collection! So perfect with the shirts tied around the models' waists.

    xox Courtney Michele

  4. I love this post. Doc Martens will never go out of style.

  5. love Clarissa and love those boots! fantastic blog, lady!

    Check out this one for some Claudia love:

  6. claire lookeded so cool back them. blond hair just meleted her with others, so now she is well... pretty boring.

  7. Great post. also random that i recently wrote a 90s nostalgia post too!

    The main thing I REALLY like about 90s fashion is how comfortable and practical it was.

  8. Thank you for reminding me of one of my first fashion icons...! Love this post.

  9. Thanks for reminding me of Clarissa and My So Called Life...made me happy! I love the 90's too and am so happy they are back. They do bring back memories o when life was simple. 90's is finally the new vintage. My favs are high waisted culottes and floral anything! I just recently bought a floral romper vintage 90's Express and am about to start wearing my high waisted culottes all summer long. They make me feel so Julia Roberts Pretty Women at the polo match=) Check out my 90's stuff ( much more coming) at: