I accepted a long time ago that I could never be Kelly Kapowski, and that I will definitely never look like her. Played by Tiffani (Amber) Thiessen, Kelly was Saved By The Bell's ultimate 90s teen queen (here is my Style Dissection of the show if you have no idea what I'm talking about). This lady was sporty, ambitious, sweet, kind, and beautiful in a wholesome, all-American, "perfect" way. When I was a teenager I felt like I was never good enough, had low-self esteem, and was bad at every single sport I was forced to play. But the older I get the more romantic those teen years seem. In fact I have a theory that our identity is mostly formed at one age - for me it was aged 18, the summer after I left school - and we don't really grow out of being that defining age, it's more that we grow into it. We're caught in a cycle of repetition, except it's a comforting one where we have more chances to get better at the things we weren't confident about, and can recreate those intense emotions we enjoyed experiencing for the first time.
So it's a delight to try to dress like one of my pre-teen heroes, a woman I watched week after week and admired and longed to emulate. And although I still don't know if I'd be confident to wear it in day-to-day life, it was fun to put this outfit together. Kelly wears a lot of pink, Aztec prints, and floral, so I tried to do a triple hitter and tick all three boxes in one outfit. My hair should really have been oozing hairspray, backcombed to within an inch of its follicle, but, well, I just don't know how to do that. The crop top and shoes are from ASOS, the earrings are from Gogo Philip, the bag is from WEGO in Japan, and the shorts are from Native Rose.
Kelly Kapowski, teen dream, I will never forget you. Now can someone help me convince Jeremy to dress like Zach Morris?