Although I never wore this outfit until I was well out of school, the whole ensemble made me think of a British Commonwealth schoolgirl. (It brought back fond memories of living in New Zealand and watching students all neatly filing into schools with their matching uniforms. Granted, I'm sure it was no fun for them, but since I never had to wear a school uniform here in the States, I found the whole look rather intriguing.) Originally I had slapped on all the layers to keep myself warm backstage during a runway show, but after hearing a few squeals of admiration from other models I decided to document what silly thing I had put together.
The setting is at one of my alma maters - East Literature Magnet School in Nashville, TN (now known as East Nashville Junior High School). I attended there for 8th, 9th, and part of 10th grade. Sadly, my desire to devour classic literature and be challenged academically there was not met in any way shape or form so I moved on to another school. But as far as this blog post goes, it makes for a great backdrop! (Sidenote: The top part that I'm standing on in the photo below was a popular spot for us more adventurous students. We'd jockey for position to get the highest spot then see who could jump off and gain the ever-coveted 'cool stunt' status. After doing this photoshoot and seeing how high up that precipice is, that has got to go down as one of the dumbest things I ever did in middle school.)
After viewing the photos mid-shoot, I realised that while the over-the-knee tights kept my legs warm (and perhaps added a bit of interest to the outfit), they made my legs look a little bit thicker than what I liked. So off they came! So in conclusion, no light-coloured socks/tights on my fencing muscles (unless fencing of course :) )!
(In college there were seven of us that all had this same Swiss Army backpack in my TV Production class. So we all agreed to put something on our backpacks that signified it being ours so there was no mix-up in picking up someone else's backpack by mistake. So while everyone else put on various band and music-related memorabilia, I flew my geek flag in the form of a Bumblebee keychain.)
Dress: Forever 21 Tights: DKNY Socks: Topshop via Ebay Shoes: Goodwill Glasses: Gifted Backpack: Swiss Army via Target
All photographs taken by © Abrea Garwood 2011. http://abreagarwood.com/