From about the ages 2 – 12, I had one major icon: Shirley Temple. I loved her. I did Shirley Temple talent show acts at school and summer camps, I owned every one of her movies and knew all the lyrics to all the songs, I did shabby faux tap-dance routines for hours. It wasn’t just the dimples, the curls, the unfathomable cuteness… it was the clothes. The silk pajamas, the collared dresses, the little knee socks. That girl had style!
Recently I was looking at some pictures of my beloved hero, when it hit me: I dress like Shirley Temple. At 24, I am still dressing like a 1930s child star. Unbeknownst to me, my sense of style has been so incredibly ingrained in me since I was little, that my tastes and fashion expression have maintained my entire life. The prim and sweet vintage look that I desperately aspire to has been drawn from the recesses of my Temple-Obsessed brain!
While I am more than happy to rock the Shirley fashion, I was glad to discover that I am not alone – At her job recently, my best friend was told by a co-worker that she dressed like Michelle Tanner from Full House. Startled to hear the comparison of her sense of style to a 1980s Olsen twin character, she did a little google image research… She has allowed me to share this with you: