While I was visiting my mom in Cleveland this past weekend, I discovered this photo in a compilation album she'd put together of the 1980s and 1990s. I can't really say why my 5-year-old self decided it was a good idea to pair a swimsuit with socks and shoes, let alone why it was this specific combination. But I assume it's because I thought it was extremely chic and glamorous to do so.
That swimsuit was my absolute favorite in 1985. I wasn't even really the biggest Minnie Mouse fan, but I just absolutely adored this suit and wanted to wear it all the time. I actually even wore it as a top with jeans or leggings from time to time.
Those shoes, though? They were my piece de resistance. Not only were they patent leather, but they had a modular strap so I could wear them as Mary Janes or ballet flats. Having the ability to put the strap behind my heel made me feel SO grown up.
Kudos to my mom for letting me be an individual and make my own fashion decisions, however crazy they might have been. (Really, you ain't seen nothin' yet.)
And let's just give a quick shoutout to my thick bangs, shall we?