This weekend I unearthed hundreds of vintage pictures. You
know the kind we used to take on a camera that housed a film roll, which you
then removed and dropped off at CVS to develop and pick up one week later? I
scanned through these
relics pictures contemplating two decades of fashion
choices. From Gangsta Chic to Raver 1.0, Miss Steeple Chase to Bebe Goes to
Vegas, mine was a vast and varied trend trajectory.
I have always prided myself on possessing a definitive personal style but my fashion moments seemed disconnected. Unnerved, I looked closer, willing a pattern to emerge. And there it was, right on top of my head. Be it a bucket hat or a bandanna, beret or backwards visor, the only thing more prevalent than the one arm on hip pose was my enthusiasm for headwear.
Why the obsession with headdress? I pondered this. Does it convey status? Nobility? Class distinction? Nope. Simply put, I find the head the perfect place to put an accessory. Makes you look. Plus a jaunty hat has an attitude that just resonates with me.
Twenty years later, only the quality of my scarf selection has changed. I’ve upgraded the bedazzled JLo-era bandanna for a collection of Hermes twill but the attitude remains. As they say, you can take the girl out of Norfolk but you can’t take the Naughty out of the girl.
Today’s outfit reflects my 2015 style – a settled, comfortable and colorful aesthetic, accented by a baby. Of course I had to throw on a gypsy wrap for good measure.
Outfit details: Hermes scarf as headband (2008); Girls Day Out raw amethyst pendant, Charlottesville Farm Market (2015); J.Crew cardigan (2014); Tart Collections top (2014); J.Crew #2 Pencil Skirt (2012); Renvy by Gilt.com sandals (2014). On Ashby: Baby Gap onsie and bubble shorts
Raver 1.0 in fairy wings, candy necklaces and a glitter crown, 1997
Sporty spice goes to beach week in a Ralph Lauren bucket hat, 1997
Naughty by Norfolk in a classic gangsta bandanna and Tommy zip neck, 1999
Miss Bebe in a beret, 2001
Steeplechase vibes at Gold Cup, 2006
Etsy rosettes and a Cibu pin at Washington Life’s Young & the Guest List Party, 2009