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Let me introduce my old chums, my Onitsuka Tigers, kickin’ it back old school. ’Cause I’m an old fool who’s so cool. [Original lyrics: "I'm taking it back to the old school..." Tag Team, Whoomp! There It Is!]
H&M Aqua Tee (bought in May 2010)
Sister Moon Jeans (bought from Marshall’s in 2007, approximately $13, and altered for length)
Asics Onitsuka Tigers (bought in March 2007 in NYC – forgot the name of the store)
Pearl Button Studs (bought in VN in 2007)
F21 Pearl Bead Necklace (bought in 2010)
Pearl Strand Necklaces (bought in the Philippines in January 2011)
I bought my Onitsuka Tigers in March of 2007. They were and are, to date, the most expensive pair of shoes I’ve ever bought–including my wedding shoes (silver Aldo d’Orsay pumps – $80), my running shoes (Asics Gel Cumulus – $70), and my Ann Taylor Perfect Pumps ($80). The Onitsuka Tigers were close to $90. I’m sure I could have gotten them for a lower price, but I was at a place in time where I just had to have them.
I’m a big sneaker wearer, even more so than flip flops. I like having my feet covered up and I like to wear socks inside shoes. Sneakers are comfortable, and can sometimes be stylish, although the way I wear them would not really be considered stylish or a statement, but more like everyday footwear. I know that flats are a good alternative to sneakers, and indeed, are a more grown up option, but given the choice between flats or sneakers, I would choose sneakers because they’ll always be more comfortable for me. I’ve worn flats before when I used to teach, but until I find a pair I really want, I’m probably not going to ever wear flats.
Sneakers, on the other hand…
I’ve sported pairs of Adidas Superstars since high school and later switched out for Stan Smiths. In college, it was back to the Superstars, aka “shell toes.” For the record, I once owned a pair of Chucks, back in sixth grade, but my feet are slightly large for my body (I’m a size 7 and I’m 5′) and wearing Chucks made my feet look abnormally large for some reason.
In 2007, my latest pair of Superstars were getting worn out, and I was looking for a new comfortable sneaker to wear. I was drawn to the Tigers for their sleek shape and design. I had finished grad school in New York, and on a return visit, ended up purchasing them in the City.
The Tigers have been my trusty companions for four years. They are the most comfortable pair of shoes I’ve ever worn, and I can walk for miles and miles on end in them.
Once my shopping ban is over, a new pair of Tigers are definitely going to be a purchase. These grey ones are cute and these off-white and blue ones could go with a lot of different outfits. When I used to be able to wear sneakers to work, I wanted to get these black ones. My wedding colors were yellow and grey, and I’m drawn to these ones. These salmon and “vanilla ice” ones are not-so-me, but they would be great for those who like a more feminine look.
These are more me: here (a little flashy), here (simple and basic), and here (colorful). The ones I have are these. Apparently, Prince William wears them as well. Coincidentally, he’s also born near the cusp of Gemini and Cancer–we’re born two days apart. [The only reason I know this is because my parents mentioned it to me when I was much younger. Really. No, seriously. I do have to admit that I'd really like to have Prince William's wardrobe. That button down + navy sweater + khaki + sneakers outfit of his is totally something I would wear.]
However, I digress from the major point of this post: the aqua tee. I love the color aqua, and I want to love this tee, but I don’t. I bought the tee in May 2010, and I’ve worn it about three times. Cost per wear isn’t too bad because the tee itself was only $8, so cost/wear equals $2.67, but at the same time, I do feel guilty, because I really thought it was a punch when I bought it. I realize now why it’s not: 1) the bands around the arms are too tight (this could be because I’ve gained weight, but still), and 2) the shirt is too long and I’m long-in-torso and short-in-legs. The latter could be fixed by my wearing the band higher up and having the tee billow a bit around my waist, but the problem is I tend to look shapeless when I do that and I actually do have a waist, so it would be nice to show that I do.
After taking 11 pictures and only selecting one suitable for this blog post (the one above), I ended up cutting my tee into this:
Ahhh, much better. I feel like I can breathe again–I don’t like to feel constricted, especially around my appendages.
The good news is the cost per wear of the aqua tee is now $2 and I have high hopes that it will get worn more now that it’s been altered Quest for Fashion Sense style. It probably won’t get worn as much as my Onitsuka Tigers, but maybe it will if Prince William begins to sport an aqua tee.