by Sally Mulligan
Wecome back to Soooo High School, where we explore the hidden fashion icons who were lurking the halls of your high school back in the day! Let us know where you fit in! Today we are bringing back the style of the girl that we all loved to hate: The Tease. With bustier tops, nosebleed platforms and body-con all back in style, The Girl With a Reputation is as stylish as she ever was. The thing to remember about the tease is that, more so than most other stereotypes we will be exploring, her look is calculated every step of the way, and yet one can never look like they are trying too hard. Every (scant) inch of clothing, every accessory is meant to titillate and, well, tease.
To make this look wearable, the key is to take a few components of this vixen’s style and discard the rest. Too much skin is never a good look. The vibe I was going for here (in an effort to not be mistaken for a hooker) is Kelly-Bundy-with-a-Lolita-twist to keep things slightly more innocent. A few young, sweet touches, like heart shaped sunglasses and floral prints keep this look fresh. Keep the hair and make-up simple so that you can still get away with sky-high shoes!
Check out the last Soooo High School post hereand be sure to check back to find out which high school stereotype we spotlight next!
Do you remember high school? Passing notes in class, all the homework you didn’t do, the questionable crushes and even more questionable fashion choices? If you’re anything like me you’re still trying to block it out, but if you can bear with me on this one, I’m taking all of those (supposed) fashion mistakes and bringing them back for your consideration. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the 80’s and 90’s are back with a vengeance. I’ve taken all of your favorite looks from adolescence and made them wearable for today and labeled them for each high school clique and stereotype just like in the old days. So put down your comb, stop teasing your hair and turn off Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, because these looks are fresh and updated using looks ripped from the runway. You don’t want to look like you’re wearing a costume.
We’re going to start today with a clique that is completely foreign to me: The Jocks. As someone who was in serious danger of failing class, I’m using trends from today as a reference. Loose-fitting crop tops, leggings, embellished sweat shirts and killer sneakers (Jeremy Scott for Adidas fits the bill) may recall those sweaty PhysEd days, so to keep these looks wearable and modern, try to keep the colors more ladylike and instead of skintight silhouettes ready for the court, try balancing out a loose top with a tighter fitting bottom, and vice versa. Ditch the Nike sweatband and towel and top your look off with a cuter duffel bag and ironic knee-or-thigh-high socks for an extra pop of color. Ta da! This look is more likely to take you to drinks with your ladies than to your Pilates class (and I wouldn’t have it any other way!)
Join us next time when we explore another hidden high school style icon!
Okay, okay, I know – it’s supposed to just be Iconic Friday, a happy end-of-the-week style icon celebration. But I couldn’t help myself. This VHS was on heavy rotation in my VCR when I was just a young girl and for the past few months, I’ve been obsessing over seeing it again.
Produced by Disney Films in 1985, actress Meredith Salenger (who plays Natty Gann) and an exquisite Wolf Huskey dog star in this period piece set in America during the great depression.
Aside from being gorgeous and outdoorsy, Natty’s main outfit throughout the film is her classic tweed newsboy cap, a buttoned wool fitted overcoat, a mens buttoned oxford, tweed slacks and loafers. And it is perfect. Apologies that there aren’t more photos floating around online – if you can find any, pretty please send them our way and we’ll post them.
As for my desire to pop some Kettle Corn and re-watch this movie, I’ve given up searching through my parent’s dusty VHS collection to find it so I’ll be logging onto Blockbuster to upgrade and buy the DVD soon.
Meredith, thank you for being one NW Portland girl’s role model. Because of you (and my pops), I’m not afraid to be grimy or independent and my love of dogs is lifelong.
XO | S.