Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Infantile

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works cited: ruche dress, loft cardigan; thrifted belt; steve madden boots; (in the corner bag from foyles in london, coat from h&m, scarf from etsy)

I'm not ashamed to admit that I prowl the pages of the J. Crew children's catalogue for inspiration for my fully-grown closet. I openly wish it was as fun to get dressed as an adult as it was as a kid, when my sole aims in the morning were to wear something that:
a. made me look like I belonged in a Little House on the Prairie book or
b. irritated my mother because the "colors clashed" or
c. both
The ideal outfit for fulfilling my historical-fiction-fantasies and inciting my mother's annoyance (largely a show for my gleeful benefit) was red and pink together with a makeshift "pinafore" layered over it and some really grubby black lace-up boots which I fancied were "pioneer shoes." It was magnificent, I'll tell you.
But this has gotten off-track: as I was flipping through the Crewcuts catalogue, I saw some great combinations of polka-dot dresses and bright cardigans and thought, that looks cheerful and I'm going to wear it, too. I think my 8 year-old self would agree, though she probably would have layered a pinafore over the whole get-up.

33 comments:

Katie said...

this dress is adorable!! i find myself pinning pictures of younger children that are way stylish than myself and jealous of their look and wardrobe. then I feel weird about it. : ) glad i'm not the only one.

Meghan said...

hah love this post (and the outfit)!
On Friday I was wearing what I affectionately refer to as "my prairie dress" and another grad student referred to me as Laura Ingalls. It was such a proud wardrobe moment for me!

Desiree said...

I was the SAME way with the grubby lace up boots. Seriously ... I thought I was so cool for being like Laura. Because, obviously, Laura was the best sister (and my hair is brown, so I just couldn't possibly be Mary). I absolutely loved the books when I was younger and secretly hope that my daughter feels the same way and goes through a Little House dress up stage.

Janelle said...

I still don't think I have completely grown out of my Little House phase....it has just morphed from dressing like a pioneer to trying to grown and preserve my own food and make my son's clothing.......

tasty moog said...

i was annoyed that i got yet another crewcuts catalog after cancelling it repeatedly, but this latest one is so cute! :D i've yet to toss it in the recycle bin. ;)

ThePinkMargarita said...

tangerine looks great on you! :)


xoxo,
The Pink Margarita

Nicole said...

cute! like the idea of bright and polka dots too.
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amanda said...

i wore almost this exact outfit yesterday, albeit not in the bright colors you're sporting. i am now craving cardigans in more exciting colors!

Sarah-Anne said...

the pink and the brown go SO well together!

Kathie said...

This outfit is fabulous! I love the polka dots and bright colors.

FutureLint said...

The peach and orange and brown is so cheery and fun!

Pamela said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who tries to dress like a little kid!

That sounds a lot creepier when I write it out, huh??

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@pamela---haha, only a little, but in the best possible way

Casey said...

Totally peruse the Crewcuts catalogs for that same reason! Even the prices are more manageable... LOVE the results of your inspiration :)

Terri said...

Love it! Your mother would be proud!...or furious.
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Callie said...

Oh, I really, really love this! The colors are simply perfection. And I love that Ruche dress more than I can say!

Callie @ www.coffeeandcardigans.com

Bridget said...

i'm obsessed with crewcuts. i'd love to have half the wardrobe those kids have.
ps, i gave you the sunshine award at my blog today!

Kelly said...

I hear ya. I wish I looked as cute as some of those crewcut kids. I love your orange and peachy mixing!

Natalie said...

Tania, this colour palette is just lovely (regardless of its source of inspiration! ahaha)! and I was just thinking today that I always love how effortless your outfits look!

Annnnd, the fact that you were a fellow pinafore wearer in childhood makes me adore you/this blog that much more! ahaha.. have a great week! xo

Ashley at Fancy That said...

I don't think you're off-track at all! Honestly, I would wear this any day of the week. :D

Tashia said...

That color combination is fantastic! As a kid I liked to dress like Clarissa from Clarissa Explains it all. Lots of scrunchies, flannel, floral prints and bright colors.

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Sierra said...

I get so jealous every time I see this pink polka dot dress. So cute!

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chillairandperfume said...

I adore that dress (ugh, polka dots are just so darn cute), and I love the bright cardi too. Very cute - and not childish at all :)

xo,
Hannah
www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

Angela said...

First, I've been loving that polka-dot dress of yours and I like how you've styled it today!

Second, I'm slightly embarrassed I can relate so well to this post. I was such a Laura wanna-be growing up as well. Inside I still am, though I try not to show it it my wardrobe.

I am more shy to admit I was also infatuated with the American Girls' collection for kids. I requested Felicity's blue dress from my sweet seamstress grandma. She obliged. There are still pictures to prove that I once proudly owned -- and wore -- a 1700s dress AND bonnet.

P.S. The pictures were NOT taken on Halloween.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@angela--ahh, best comment ever!! i was, too, and my mom let us buy EVERY SINGLE BOOK in the series, which we gobbled up. several years later our grandparents bought us dolls, and i had felicity. yes, we also had matching nightgowns. historical fiction was the best in the 90's!
also i wish i could share with you this picture of me dressed in my great-grandmother's dress from the 1920's when i was about 12 (she was tiny!). i wore that, and a bonnet around, all day. we are kindred spirits!

Samantha said...

CUTE!

I've noticed the lack of excitement also when picking out something to wear now then when i was little ;p I lived on a farm till I was 10 and even so I wore a skirt out into the yard with the cows and horses, they used to call me the "Grace Kelly" of the farm :) loL!

Mecole said...

You look ridiculously perfect today. I love the entire ensemble. I might have to visit me the children's J Crew catalog soon.. LOL

Rebecca said...

You look great in orange! I can not pull off that color at all...

2ndhandknowledge said...

I think this is my favorite variation with this dress yet. I like the bright orange/pale peach/brown grouping.

Alison Henry said...

When the latest J. Crew catalog arrived, I wondered aloud whether there were any kids clothes pictured. My son (who is 3.5) pointed to the Crewcuts spread and said, "Look, Mommy! There are some kids. But they're wearing grown-up clothes."

Sandy a la Mode said...

really loving your dress!!

Aliya said...

These shades look so lovely on you! Love the polka dots!!

x Aliya
www.hillsidestory.net

lynnette said...

Oh man I LOVE looking at the J.Crew catalog and I've definitely seen a lot of really adorable stuff that the kiddie models wear that I would LOVE to wear too! :D Polka dots are so great especially in bright colors too! You look great!

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