August 30, 2013

A (Stiletto-Clad) Walk Back in Time: Molly Martin

We’re taking a little stroll through the past to talk about our favorite fashion moments. Here, we walk with guest blogger Molly Martin, a stylist for a national retailer and blogger on Lovely + Rust.

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First time I remember being aware of style:

I don’t really remember a time when I wasn’t aware. Back to school shopping was always my favorite time of year, and even earlier than that, my sister and I had a giant box of dress-up clothes that included my cousin’s old prom dresses.

First pair of shoes I remember loving:

A pair of flat, lace-up, ivory ankle boots (in about the third or fourth grade)

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The thing I wouldn’t take off as a kid:

I even asked my mom about this one, and we can’t remember me having something like this. I think I was too fickle to like something for very long! I do remember a few hats: a stone washed jean hat, and a red & white checkered hat (below)… and I loved Popeye, so I always wanted my Popeye pin (right) on everything.

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Most memorable first-day-of-school outfit:

In the third grade… a black pair of stirrup pants and a pale yellow shirt dress/tunic with little black polka dots. I remember it well because stirrup pants were against the dress code, so I tried to hide they were stirrups by wearing those scrunched socks we all wore back then.  It didn’t work, and I got in trouble. (I was such a rebel.)

Must-have clothing item or style when I was in junior high:

My mom helped with this one. Apparently, I had to have a brown leather bomber jacket. I had totally forgotten about this! My sister and I both got brown leather jackets that year; it was a big deal.

What I wore in my senior pictures:

I had five to six different outfits, but the most memorable is a pair of bib overalls. I thought they were so cool.  

First piece of clothing or shoes I remember splurging on:

I think this would be my camel wool coat when I moved to Chicago right after college. I remember paying the extra money to have the Thinsulate lining for those Chicago winters. (It still wasn’t warm enough!)

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Most memorable wedding look:

I have two: my friend’s wedding in Jackson Hole—I wore a Winter Kate maxi dress that I loved. Her wedding was outside with the mountains as the backdrop (just breathtaking). And my second look would have to be my own wedding. 

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Item in my closet I’ve had the longest:

My mom’s Levi’s jean jacket. (My sister has it on in this pic!) And a GAP jean shirt I’ve had since high school.  

Items I’ve literally worn out:

My Foley + Corinna Mid City tote. I’ve lost the long shoulder strap, and I’m still carrying it.

Items I’ve bought multiples of:

Minnetonka moccasins (I currently own three pairs of mocs and three pairs of boots) and green army jackets! Both are obsessions I freely admit.

Biggest fashion miss (aka: the style moment I wish I could take back):

I grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, so let’s talk about hair. “Mall bangs.” You know, you sprayed them practically straight up with Rave hairspray (I used #3). What were we thinking?

Biggest fashion hit (aka: the style moment that made me feel most amazing):

Besides my wedding day, I’m not sure I have one that sticks out. Maybe mine is yet to come.

All-time most memorable style moment:

Maybe my first cocktail party after I moved to Chicago (post college). It was at the Art Institute on Michigan Ave, and it was the first fancy dress I bought that wasn’t for a high school dance. It was black lace with a nude slip, and I still have it. It was one of the first times I remember feeling “grown up.”

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