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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Back-to-school fashion brings us back



This past weekend, I had a conversation with a friend's little girl, whom I learned was going into second grade this week. I asked the first and most obvious question: What are you wearing on the first day? She brightened as she described the entire outfit down to the studded belt around the long short-sleeve jacket and the blue and gray dress underneath.

backtoschool.jpgI remember the first-day outfit being pretty much the most important part of starting a new school year, especially as I got into high school and painstakingly selected my ripped-to-shreds jeans and clunky Doc Martens or cutoff khaki corduroys, barely to the knee but meeting dress code standards. I remember the pain in my mother's eyes. "Why do you want to look poor?" she asked.

As a much younger kid, I was at the mercy of the McCall's pattern, as my mother loved to sew, and she especially loved to sew little girl's clothes. She dropped me and my Cabbage Patch Doll, Clementine, off at the school entrance in matching splatter-paint overalls, and I also recall a certain stuffed rabbit wearing my outfits, too.

I don't have a lot of childhood photos scanned, as most of them are sitting in actual photo albums at my mom's house, but I do have a few scans of some favorite homemade outfits to share. Behold, the first is a Little Orphan Annie-inspired jumper dress, which I was thrilled to wear, as you can see here:


And then there was this basic store-bought sweatsuit, great for Sears portraits, but personalized with my name embroidered on the shirt:


If any readers or fellow Deal Divas have any school outfit stories to share, please do! Or if anyone has any pics, e-mail them to ... if I get any, I'll do a gallery follow-up.

Happy Back-to-School Week!

Deal Diva Emily

Photo: Times photographer Lara Cerri; Samantha Hughes, 12, of St. Petersburg shops for jeans at the Tyrone Square Mall Sears.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 9:57am]


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