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A surprising case to dress like Lorelai Gilmore
As a child, I lived right across from my elementary school, which gave me plenty of time to watch TV directly before and after school. Before class, I would turn on the TV to watch Charmed’s reruns while I had breakfast. After the last bell, I was running home to watch Gilmore Girls. The latter, to this day, is my watch of comfort – I’ve probably seen each episode more than a dozen times. And while the show is more flawed in my 25-year-old mind than it was when I was 11, a few things about Gilmore Girls held up: (1) Jess Mariano (played by Milo Ventimiglia ) in a band’s t-shirt (preferably worn with cropped shorts) and (2) the understated sense of style of Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham). While I’ve always been a fan of Lorelai’s quirky, quirky wardrobe, I’ve only recently been struck by the number of her pieces that live in my closet – fitted graphic tees, fits and styles. cowboy boots. But whereas before combining a bandana, baseball t-shirt and sunglasses with colored glasses would have been weird for me (to wear at least in Manhattan), having spent the last year at home alone, I found myself trying new style combinations. wise, and taking more risks than I would have before the pandemic. That’s how I ended up in the ‘Laundry Day’ outfit, famously worn by Lorelai on Rory’s first day in Chilton (Season 1, Episode 2). I wasn’t intentionally copying his gaze; instead, after a day’s work, I looked at myself in the mirror and noticed how odd the sartorial resemblance was. My version featured a slightly undersized Connecticut Huskies t-shirt with denim shorts and black knee-high boots. After observing the resemblance to Lorelai’s iteration – her shirt was tie-dye pink and she wore it with a long black coat – I put on my own coat, for good measure. I was wondering if the look was recognizable to someone else, I posted it on Instagram Stories, asking my followers if it looked familiar. To my surprise, at least a dozen people responded – some even called out the exact episode she wore it in. In an attempt to determine if years of watching Gilmore Girls reruns had really left a mark on my personal style, I looked at the clothes already in my wardrobe to see if I could recreate other outfits. And, after a few days of experimenting, it was Lorelai’s weekend looks that I discovered most in tune with my own wardrobe. Shrunken t-shirts and worn jeans are my favorites for a Saturday afternoon. Seems familiar? Add a corduroy, leather, or dare I say, Juicy Couture jacket – proven choices for Lorelai – and I’m off, looking like a carbon copy of my mom on TV. (Admittedly, her choice of accessories, which often included belts, bucket hats, and headbands, was a bit too kitsch for my liking.) My attempts to recreate her Friday night dinner sets, however, have met with more success. resistance. Spaghetti strap dresses and shrugs don’t make frequent appearances in my everyday life, nor do silky blouses and pants. Still, a recent babydoll dress purchase seemed like just as good an opportunity as any to try on, so I dug out a white ’90s button that I stole from my aunt and a cup of coffee to go (obviously). Unlike the days when Lorelai had to get rid of a Buick-sized spider, my adventure into her dressier side was another surprising success. It would be naive of me to give my favorite childhood TV series all the credit for my sudden urge to wear bandanas, baby t-shirts and cuts with boots. Trends of the 2000s – trucker hats, hipster jeans, heeled thongs and more – are gaining popularity. Still, since her outfits really live rent-free in my head – years of reruns will – something about Lorelai’s trends strikes me as particularly elegant. Given that Gilmore Girls was up against cutting-edge shows like Girlfriends, Ally McBeal, and Sex and the City, Lorelai’s nonchalant, but utterly over-the-top looks never quite acquired the genre to follow her collection of t -Go-Go shirts. from the fashion world. That’s why now is the time to recognize Lorelai Gilmore as the early fashion muse that she was. I’ll wait – there’s a lot more in my closet. Like what you see? How about a little more R29 goodness, here? Sophie Turner Wore Controversial 2000s Trend Trucker Hats Making A Comeback – Yes, Really