One sip of a Starbucks bottled Frappacino & I'm a freshman in college again. The scent of Bath & Body Works Country Apple Body Splash & I'm a high school sophomore. The opening cords of any song from Counting Crows August and Everything After & I'm a high school freshman again.
Truth be told, I've spent a lot of time deliberately seeking out these sensory experiences lately. I don't think it's escapism, exactly. It's nostalgia. I miss the 90s. I remember the boxy clothes. I remember the scrunchies. I remember how many of the boys in high school kept their wallets on a chain. Still, I want to go back in my mind to that time in a very visceral way.
I recently read this amazing article
It articulated much better than I can what might be pulling me back there. I remember when we didn't have the Internet. I remember when I had the Internet, but it took so long to log in that I used to come home from work, start the dial-up process, & then go & make a cup of coffee & hope it had logged on by the time I put the creamer in. Now, you don't have to commit-- you're always online, & I feel the effect it has on me sometimes.
So I get when Bath & Body Works rereleased all the smells of the mid-nineties. I get why we can all buy crushed velvet again (I loved my long sleeve, dark green crushed velvet semi-formal dress!!). I can't get on board with the bodysuit trend-- I guess there's a limit to my nostalgia, & it's wearing clothing designed exactly like a onesie-- but I get why others have. I don't want to spend too much time in the past, but I don't think there's any harm in spending your retail dollars fondly remembering the past. What brings you back to your "good old days"?
I'm an English teacher, a wife, a dog lover, a bibliophile, & a wanna-be fashionable mom. Well, I'm already a mom. Just trying to get the "fashionable" part going...