October 21, 2011

Stuff I Wore: The My So-Called Life Dress


It's so weird that I've never written about My So-Called Life here before. I think that I just legitimately love it so much that it's almost hard to put into words, like when I talk about my mom or peanut butter and jelly. It's stitched tight into my past; it's become part of who I am. I know that sounds very, very dramatic, but it's true. I have never before or since had such an intense reaction to a television show or any kind of media. I know I'm not alone here, but when this show came out in 1994, I was in junior high and I related so intensely to Angela Chase that the show actually helped me feel like less of a weirdo. Her character nourished me, just like so many peanut butter and jellys. In high school I curated what I called my "Claire Danes scrapbook," where I saved every tidbit of every photo or article I could find about her or the show or any of her other movies. My friends thought it was bizarre but fascinating, and they'd pass it around homeroom to flip through the laminated pages. I didn't really care what they thought. I just felt compelled to make it. Looking back it was totally scary obsessive, but I also think it was all just part of me becoming me. And part of me is that I'm very, very enthusiastic about things that I really like. 


Another thing that I obviously really, really like is clothes. This week two of my obsessions -- My So-Called Life and clothes -- came face to face and gave each other a huge hug.  You guys! This week I was on Facebook and I came across a photo of a babydoll dress that was being sold at an adorable local shop called OMG (which stands for Old Made Good). And it wasn't just any dress. It was the very dress that Angela Chase wore in the second episode of My So-Called Life. You all know I went right over and got it, right? It makes me so happy to have this early '90s Rampage dress that is flannel and plaid and babydoll-style and 100% Angela Chase-approved. Grunge is back, and I am pretty happy about it.




25 comments:

  1. Cute!! What a lucky score for you! I'm glad grunge is back too. I missed combat boots:)

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  2. You pull that off wonderfully! I recently picked a pair of Docs up again so I'm working to bring back that era in our neck of the woods...together, we can grungify the world! ;)

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  3. JEALOUS.
    I was a sophomore when My So-Called Life came out, and I pretty much was Angela Chase. Except I didn't say "like" nearly, like, as much.

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  4. I'm so happy for you! I adored Angela too and had the soundtrack and everything...I thought I was so cool. Why the heck did it only air for one season!?

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  5. Jordan Catalano... that's all I have to say.

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  6. This is so awesome. My So-Called Life was the best. I was starting high school when it came on and just seeing the previews/commercials for it, I knew it would be amazing--and it WAS. Isn't it weird to feel so much for something that was over so quickly. Love your dress!!!!!

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  7. Yowza does My So Called Life bring back memories! The dress is awesome, what a great score! I still catch the reruns on TV and bring myself back to junior high school and the very dreamy Jordan Catalno.

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  8. i too loved that show and i'm so happy that you of all people have that dress.

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  9. LOVE this outfit! This is my kinda style, I just pinned this to my style board :)

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  10. this post seriously just made my day. maybe even my week. so awesome!

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  11. I really love that dress. So cute!

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  12. I LOVED My so called life too! me and my sis would record it and watch it over and over again. Your dress is amazing!!!
    Rachel :)
    http://yummymummysgalore.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh my Lordy... Just seeing pictures makes me fly back to my teenage angst.

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  14. Get Horizontal marathons... love. I also never liked anything Jared Leto ever did after my so-called life. It always felt cheap. Not so for Claire Danes though.

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  15. oh my GAWD. this is amazing. and ever since My So Called life was available on instant Netflix, i've reveled in the nostalgia.

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  16. Dude! That's one of the coolest scores ever! My So-Called Life shaped my early high school years.
    Was it very expensive?!

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  17. Do you know where i could possibly get a dress like yours?

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  18. who makes this dress? i would love to see if i can get my hands on one as well!

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  20. Hi, does the tag mention the brand anywhere? Was thinking about looking around for this. thanks in advance! x

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