there is life after laura ashley: learning to love fashion and myself after the ’80s

Laura-Ashley-vintage-1990

so this photo came back into my life with an abrupt, jarring text from my sister.  that is me on the left, my sister, tay, on the right; we are with some of our best friends from childhood.  the photo was taken at a wedding brunch in about 1989 (smack in the middle of my freshman year).

so, i’ve taken a hard look at this picture and asked myself what went wrong here and (maybe the same question asked differently) what have i learned about fashion and life since this picture was taken?  here are some things I think the last 25 years have taught me:

  1.  know your figure (don’t wear puff sleeves if you yearn for a slender silhouette);
  2.  don’t be a slave to the trends (or just because laura ashley makes a flocked floral, puff-sleeved dress doesn’t mean it looks good on you);

  3. if you must be a slave to the trends, also be a slave to the tailor (my dress has got some serious sloppy goin’ on);

  4. it’s best to let others stand in the front in a group picture (i think that one speaks for itself);

  5. turn slightly to one side when posing for a group picture (for a perfect example, see tay);

  6.  if you yearn for a more slender silhouette, lay off the carbs!!!!; and finally

  7. don’t let your past keep you from your full potential. own it and move on!

can I get a shout out from my other homey-fashionistas who rolled laura ashley-style back in the day?

(thank you, kyle, for the great title!)

Comments

  1. Samantha says

    8. If you yearn for blonde highlights, save your babysitting money & leave hair color to the professionals.

    9. Always grasp your cocktail with both hands. It might escape otherwise, and that would be tragic.

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