The Unexpected Style Inspiration From Childhood Photos

With 2019 in full swing, “new year, new me” is a saying that has probably crossed your mind, and if not, your Instagram feed. But when it comes to fashion, this isn’t the case. Despite emerging street styles trends like bright vivid colors that we saw in 2018, there was a recurrence of “throwback” styles that brought an old-school attitude. There was the resurrection of cheetah print, chunky dad shoes—à la Balenciaga—that was then followed by athletic footwear brands like Fila and Adidas, fanny packs, logo wear as seen on Harper’s Bazaar and Delia*s comeback collaboration with Doll’s Kill showed that 90’s and early 2000’s trends are here to stay.

Michelle and Ashley Olsen throwback look

To be fair, some of these  trends were meant to stay in the past. Yet styled the right way, some of them take on a less tacky form. But if you can’t draw inspiration from streetwear bloggers of high fashion brands, there’s an unexpected place where you can: your childhood photos. If there’s one thing that never fails to bring a vintage vibe to my closet, it’s recreating the outfits I rocked as a kid. The style my mom created for me, which consisted of white bucket hats embroidered with cartoons, Peter Pan collars, matching sets and Mary Janes with high socks, is ironically the same style I gravitate towards as I get older.

Mickey Mouse jeans

“Why dress like your 5 year-old self?” is a good question—especially since I’m  20. With my young appearance and short demeanor, having a striped shirt embroidered with fruit patches doesn’t help my case. Yet wearing this with my overalls and high top Converse is an outfit I feel entirely comfortable and confident in. If it’s any reassurance, finding inspiration from our younger selves is done by the likes of fashion icon Alexa Chung and her throwback posts, while platforms like The Man Repeller normalize the idea that age doesn’t indicate style.


When it comes to actually dressing like you did as child, thrift store trips are the most easy. But there are clothing brands that surround this reverse adulting like Lazy Oaf, a British street wear brand with playful structures and designs, (gingham pinafores and oversized babydoll dresses—need I say more?) and Unif, a Californian brand with a grunge appeal. So the next time you’re looking to get creative with your style, don’t be hesitant to go all out with your inner kid looks or mix it with modern pieces.

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