The Random Writings of Rachel: Teenage Fashion

Teenage Fashion

I know everyone is under the impression that I only came into existence in 2011, when this blog first began, but let me assure you, that is not the case. I was once a teenager, like most adults in the world today, and since I've been too lazy to take any outfit shots recently, and I have a hard-drive full of ancient photos, I thought I'd give you a glimpse of my style in my teen years:

 14 years old, attending a wedding reception. You've seen this dress relatively recently.

 Still 14. All packed and ready to head out on an overnight train to Thailand. Orange is really not my color. And I detest wearing athletic shoes, though they were needed on this trip.

15 years old. Deepavali party at our friends' home.

 15. Trying out Dad's unicycle. Same jeans as above, you can see. I actually only got rid of those jeans this past summer.

15. Those ugly shoes. No wonder I mostly refuse to wear athletic shoes these days...

 16 years old. We seem to have started taking more digital pictures around this age. Like my bracelet? It's obvious I do. And yes, I still have it.

 16. Cheating, because this is a costume. It was the shortest skirt I'd ever worn at this point in my life and I was rather scandalized by it.

16. I loved this dress a lot--it didn't make the cut to come to China, though.

16. Back when I could still hold my own, height-wise, with these two. I don't even remember owning that skirt, so I have a feeling it's just borrowed.

 16. I was going to a party with a competition for the person who had dressed most completely in RED. I had streaks of red paint in my hair and you can't see it, but I'd stuck individually wrapped twizzlers through my bun as if they were hair chopsticks. I was so proud of myself.

 16. This was slightly after I got my senior photos taken, I know, because I learned how to do this hairstyle from the stylist who did my hair for the photos.

 16. When I'd been back in the US a week or two. Wearing my cousin's jacket because I didn't even own one!

 16. About to go meet up with some friends and feeling pretty cool with my chunky black bracelet and chain.

 17. The last day of my first semester of college. I have a love hate relationship with sweatedresses...they're warm and cozy, but I don't love the look that much. And that jacket. It was a women's size medium. I think a women's size medium might have been wishful thinking on my part.

 17. A Christmas party, and another sweater dress--but a short-sleeved one, which creates such an enigma. I feel like I took way more serious-faced photos when I was a kid, don't you?

18 years old. Just before our engagement party. I love this photo because I love that stop-sign. I'd say that dress is more comfortable than it is flattering, but I like anything black and white.

Looking back, I don't even think my style has changed all that much. I still like blue jeans (although I no longer detest skinnies), bright colors, and black accessories. I'd say the biggest changes are that my hairstyling skills have improved, I wear tennis shoes less (and the ones I have were chosen for their cuteness), and I wear clothes that fit better (I could still improve at that. Why is finding and buying clothes that actually fit well so hard?).

46 comments:

  1. Rachel, I don't think you've aged a day since you turned 14!!! And I do like the red dress, I think it's my favourite in your "teenage" styles. :)

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  2. Pretty sure I'd laugh out loud at all my old fashion choices! Props to you for knowing who you were even back then!

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  3. Rachel, whatever you are on, I want some! ;) You didn't age, did you? You look the same from 14! Blessed!

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  4. Oh Rachel, such lovely photos. Thanks for sharing. I can only agree with Jessica that you have not aged since. xo

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  5. This is a great idea for a post. Style definitely improves with age.

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  6. I love the gorgeous purple color of the sari you're wearing! This post is so fun! I wish I had more photos of my teenage fashion years. Nice stroll down memory lane! =)

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  7. This is so neat! It's interesting to see how things swing back and forth between Asia and the USA (and I think you pull off a sweater dress in the snow just fine.) Heaven knows I'd be way too embarrassed to do a throwback fashion post even since the beginning of college...

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  8. Did you win the red competition? You definitely get points for creativity!

    I agree about sweater dresses. I like the concept but they never look right on me.

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  9. It's insane how much you look the same. I'm a little jealous. The jeans in the first few pics are so fun. I wanted ones like that so bad when I was a teen but faced the same dilemma of not finding a pair that fit.

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  10. hahaha, so cute! :D The red dress is my favorite! I have a lotttt of clothes from my childhood/teenage years that I still wear, since I apparently haven't grown since then. (There's still a pair of shoes I have from 6th grade that I'll never grow into!) You don't look like you've aged at all!

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  11. what a fun collection of photos - love that you can sense your delightful spirit even in that first pic at 14 :)

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  12. I was wondering the same thing as Kate! Did you win?! haha :)

    I recently came across photos of myself as a teenager ... too many hoodies, and way too much blue eyeshadow. Eek.

    You're so cute though! I definitely feel the same way about athletic shoes. I think I have maybe one pair, and I use them once a year when I decide I want to start running again...

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  13. What a fun post! I always look back on my teenage pictures and I'm like "What was I thinking??" but I remember thinking I looked awesome. :)

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  14. So fun to see some pics of teenage you! I have to admit - I love that you have your hair a little longer now! :) I also have such a problem with short sleeved sweater dresses. It's not like you can wear a sweater over because you are already wearing a sweater! I feel like whoever invented them never experienced a MidWest winter.

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  15. Such a fun post, reading through this made me wonder what phases I had while growing up. I think back then it was the style and no one really judged it but now it's "Did I really think that looked nice?" All I can see I know a lot has changed for me.

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  16. It is always fun to "look" back on when we were younger! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Ha! I love these pictures! It's so fun to see how some things have changed and other things have stayed the same over the years. I always laugh when I look back at my pictures from high school. I think I had that same stretchy choker necklace:)

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  18. I love that picture of you and Angel! I'm really impressed you tried out your Dad's unicycle, I've been afraid to try since I fell off my bike years ago trying to ride with no hands, bad idea! ;-)

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  19. I love all your clothes.

    Have you aged though?! You look the same as you did at 14!

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  20. yeeees! love going down your memory lane and i have to agree with 'airing my dirty laundry' you totally look similar throughout the years! i am envious of this because 14 was NOT kind to me.

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  21. Your style at 14 or 15 was actually pretty good--at least compared with mine at that age! The last photo with Angel is a good one.

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  22. I love the last picture, before your engagement party!!

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  23. I love the last picture the most. You are a classic beauty and look so happy with your sweetheart! Such a pretty, romantic pose! Thank you for sharing. God bless you!!

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  24. This is such a fun post! I love looking back at your younger style days.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  25. This was such a fun post! I love that last picture of you and Angel! :)

    -Vicki
    Vicki Grace

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  26. I loved looking back on these photos, they are so fun!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  27. I'm cringing just thinking of all my teenage outfits! Going through this post makes me want to go through my old pictures. It's always crazy to think about how much time has passed by since then! I actually really love the outfit you wore to your friends' home at 15!

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  28. I hate looking at all of my outfits when I was a teenager - Limited Too when I was in middle school was the cool thing. Now Limited Too is Justice and they have a boys line --- WHATT

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  29. That was so fun to look at! It's like "oh yeah, I remember when I wore those!" It's so funny how trends cycle because we'll probably see a few of those again before long!

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  30. This is so great! Fashion has definitely changed a good bit from those high school days. It's funny to think that one day we will look back on today's styles and laugh at them, too. :)

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  31. You had much better style as a teen than I did. I don't think I'd even want to go through my old pictures and be reminded of my style at the time. I think I remember some neon green eye shadow though... and baggy jeans, which really aren't flattering on anyone.

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  32. Hahaha I LOVE this Rachel!! It's so fun to look back on our old "style" habits... I went through a hippie stage in high school and honestly I looked pretty darn ridiculous! Also it looks like your hair has always been short! I like it :)

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  33. I Love the all purple suit and my mother would die for it!

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  34. This is awesome, how fun! You still look the exact same! I love this such a great idea!

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  35. Its neat to look back and see how our sense of style has changed over the years. Some things stay the same, some of our style does evolve over time.

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  36. It's so fun to take a look back and see how our fashions have changed as we've aged!

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  37. Here's what scares me about my teenage fashion: all of it is coming back! That's how you know you're old.

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  38. What a great post!! How fun to look back!!

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  39. It's crazy how fashion changes so quickly! But also how it seems to start to change back to older fashions! Such a fun post!

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  40. Oh, athletic shoes! Why are so many of them so bad?! At least now there's a plethora of cute ones on the market--heck, you can wear a lot of them with dresses.

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  42. Thanks for sharing your pics! I laugh out loud at my old outfit choices!

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  43. I loved looking back with you by this fashion post. You haven't changed one bit as far as aging. You still look like a teenager and that is a compliment. And past sneakers and many other everyday clothes back let's say in the late nineties to mid 2000s were horrible. Fashion has definitely improved and so have our fashion senses. Join my link-up today dear. Thanks.


    Happy 2015 beautiful! <3 Ada.

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  44. I love looking back at old photos and seeing how much my friends and I have changed (whether it is our hair, clothes or attitude in our poses!). Thank you for sharing these photos!

    Chelsea
    Ginger Side of Life

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  45. Aren't short sleeve sweater dresses just so ironic? What's the point? And I've never realized this but especially in your younger years you resemble my brother-in-laws girlfriend. I'll try to find a picture.

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