Tripp Red Plaid Skirt: $14 at Hot Topic
French Toast School Shirt: $5 at Citi Trends
Knee high High Off Brand Chuck Taylors: $12 at Citi Trends
Skull Ring: $2 Ebay
How I felt walking into school with “Tainted Love” playing through my headphones: Priceless.
What Inspired this outfit?
Besides going back to school?
I’m in my second semester of college and walking into the building each day is like an “in real life Tumblr street fashion blog.” It’s overwhelming, it’s interesting and if you’re anything like me… you don’t fit in. I wanted to make myself an imaginary entrance this semester. It was something only I knew about but it would shake my nerves and boost my confidence. Yeah, in college you may sometimes need a ego lift when attending your classes. Always remember the most important rule: I don’t even acknowledge what I’m wearing when it comes to going to class. I’m there to get my education, not my fashion sense. Knowledge is the pride I wear when it comes to “showing off.” Yet, sometimes you need a pick-me-up.
I spent a few hours contemplating what I could do to make myself feel more comfortable? That turned into a whole week of studying my favorite character entries. I mean, there are a lot! I could have came in with black wings and a beige trench coat. I could’ve Castiel’ed it. Yet, I didn’t want people coming up to me like “Oh, she thinks she’s awesome.” No, this was just for me. So it had to be subtle, awesome, and had to have a musically corresponding intro. It was a no-brainer after that. The Not Another Teen Movie “Tainted Love” approach. It was the dream. Walking into school with Marilyn Manson in your ears, it was a no brainer. In short, I was inspired by a chance to give myself confidence.
How I felt when I Put It On
I can shamelessly admit that I felt pretty sexy with the skirt and thigh length shoes on. Protip for my ladies: tuck your thumbs gently into the waistband of your bottoms when you walk. Really feel the sway of your hips. I don’t care what kind of girl you are, tall, short, big, or small.. The switch in your walk is an amazing feel. It means that you’ve got power in your step.
What is the best part of this outfit?
This one’s got a tough tie. It’s between My DIY’ed black, leather bottom Gambino Girl bag and my skull ring. I say the Gambino Girl bag because I love getting to wear my inner fan girl on my back. Last time I did a back to school ClaustroClothic, it was my Roscoe’s Wetsuit DIY vest. It doesn’t match a single thing I was even wearing in this outfit but it exists and it makes it fairly easy to use as a purse. The other thing is the skull ring I scored for two dollars. It’s cool because it matches my scarf and my bag.
What was the most expensive piece of the outfit, where did it come from, and how much was it?
The most expensive thing in the outfit was actually the scarf. The scarf isn’t actually a scarf, it’s a part of 7 yards of skull fishnet fabric. I bought it years ago in Lansing, Michigan from Hancock Fabrics. It’s surprisingly the most expensive piece of the outfit and was the last of it in the store. I’ve yet to find anything similar.
What advice can I give to anyone trying to achieve this look?
If you’re ever going to try to get a “school skirt” look, don’t buy it right now (Depending on what time of the year you’re reading this.) especially not from hot Topic. I’m an xs and their XSs are almost always gone. They’re smalls are running bigger and bigger every year. Instead, wait for the school clothes season. Hti the clearance section and even the dollar store. During the back to school season, plaid skirts and white shirts are plentiful. They’re the cheapest just a few weeks after school starts!
What did you wear to your first day of school?
No seriously, I want to know! What look were you going for? Also, stay tuned for my next ClaustroClothic where I’ll be showing off a birthday gift just in time for one of my favorite musicians to be back in town! Until then, this fashionista is hasta la vista!