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Rugrats, But Make It Fashion

Hey, everybody! So sorry that I missed you all last week, but I’m back today with one of my all-time favorite looks! I definitely loved cartoons as a kid, and I always preferred Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon over the Disney Channel. “Rugrats” stopped airing on live TV in 2004, when I was just three years old, but having an older sister, I watched it on demand all of the time, alongside my “Spongebob” and “Crashbox.” This week’s outfit is not just inspired by “Rugrats” but it features the show’s best character. As always, take a peek below, and get acquainted with our flat lay for the week.

Right away, I’m sure you can tell what the focal point of this look is: Reptar. This Godzilla-like t-rex captured my heart as a kid. I originally saw this shirt on Depop for $11, and I was entranced. It was late at night, and I didn’t have very much money but I simply had to have it, so I purchased it immediately. After about two weeks of waiting for it to ship, I double-checked the listing, realizing it had been posted over 38 weeks before I’d bought it. Naturally, I ordered my refund, and it all went smoothly, but there was still a Reptar-shaped whole in my heart. So, I did what any rational person would do, and Googled for a few hours until I found another copy of it on Poshmark. The shop only sold it in a 2XL and 3XL, so I opted for the smaller of the two. About a week later it arrived, and I honestly can’t recall another time I’ve been that happy about a package. What ended up being one of my favorite things about this shirt is its versatility. I can wear it as a dress, tucked into a pair of pants or a skirt, or I can even wear it with sweatpants; any occasion is Reptar friendly with this shirt at your disposal!

Because I wanted to dress it up a bit, I decided to wear it as a dress (with spandex shorts on underneath, because it does end up being a little short in the back for me). I loved the idea of striped socks, and although I have green pairs and purple pairs, I thought white would really pop against the black. They also happen to be my thickest pair, so they accommodate the changing seasons flawlessly. Thanks, Hot Topic!

Quick product review! This is more of a store review, but let’s just talk about Hot Topic for a minute. I know that the store as widely considered to be cringey, but I’m not afraid to say that I think they have a lot of cool stuff … and no, I’m not just saying that because they supported me through my emo phase. Their products, while slightly expensive, last a very long time. The socks for this look were from Hot Topic, and I bought them in eighth grade. That’s what five years of wear looks like on Hot Topic socks, and that’s genuinely incredible. You guys know how much I value socks, and quality is super important to me. I remember them retailing for around $10, and that’s actually more expensive than Hot Topic’s average thigh-high socks nowadays, which go for about $8.90. Anyway, if you’ve overlooked them because of stigma, I highly recommend you check Hot Topic out. And hey, they have a website if you’re embarrassed to walk into the store!

Onto accessories! I used my trusty Target heels for this outfit. They were cheap but are comfortable and of great quality. I decided to use some puffball hair ties from Claire’s that fit the color scheme, as well as some dinosaur earrings from Dolls Kill and a white choker to match the white in the socks.

For my eye makeup, I wanted to pull the green and blue onto and above the lid and smudge magenta under the eye. Because the eyes turned out so dramatic, I decided to stay natural in the lip area. Boy, do I wish I knew how to put on fake lashes, though!

It’s that time again, everybody: the final look! Thank you all for being so patient, and I hope the length of this post makes up for last week’s hole in the schedule. Full disclosure: the outfit pictures below are slightly different; the choker is purple, the makeup isn’t the same, and my hair is blonde. The best picture I have of myself is coincidentally in this outfit, so I decided to use that picture. But hey, it’s not in my dorm, so it looks fancier! Enjoy, and I’ll see you again next week.

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