Sunday, March 26, 2006

Carnivale of Couture

The topic this week for those who read the Bag Snob and Manolo's Shoe Blog is that pivotal fashion purchase. You know, that special bag or shoe or pair of pants that really takes you back.

For me it was a pair of jeans. Not just any jeans, but a pair of vintage Yves Saint Laurent denim circa 1979 that I found at a church rummage sale. The year was 1996, when teenagers were still wearing "baggy fit" pants. Since I couldn't find any pants that suited my scrawny teenage frame, I resorted to the men's levis. Which, while preferable to baggy fit, were still baggy for me. So when I found these pants I didn't even try them on. I just saw the label, that golden YSL and my heart raced. I bought the pants, along with a burgundy polo shirt and a pair of Gloria Vanderbilt jeans circa 1979 all for the outrageous price of $1.50. God bless church rummage sales. The pants were tape hemmed about 2 inches too short, but the tape nearly disentegrated in my hands. They fit like a glove. They were the staple of my wardrobe for my junior and senior years of high school. There is in fact a picture of my in my junior yearbook wearing these pants as an example of the year's fashion, which was possibly my most fashionable moment to date. Sadly, I wore out those pants, they didn't make it to college, but I'll never forget them.


1 comment:

Christie said...

Hmmm...mine would probably have to be a pair of 9 West pointy heels. I bought them for pretty cheap, and the soon became one of the most comfortable pair of shoes I've ever owned. I could walk painfree in them, even dance all night without a problem. Unfortunately, they had many a mishap with sidewalk cracks and had to be retired. D: