By Suzy Gibson
On a cold November day, 1979, I stood on the playground watching the sixth-grade “popular girls” playing four-square with my coat zipped up, mitten clips and scarf doubled around my neck. Oh how I longed to be a part of that group, but I was painfully shy and awkward. Nevertheless, I was determined, and decided to enlist my one and only “popular girl” friend, Kim.
Suzy: Can you help me?
Kim: With what?
Suzy: I want to be popular but don’t know how, can you show me?
As Kim mulled this over, my heart was beating and all I could think was “oh PLEASE make me a popular girl, oh PLEASE!”
Kim: *SIGH* OK, first thing you never ever zip up your coat, no matter how cold it is, and for heaven’s sake, lose the mitten clips!
I was in! Kim was going to help me and she did. She is the reason I have a love for fashion and still have an aversion to zippers. We used to pour over Seventeen magazine looking for the latest teen trend (and Cosmopolitan when our mothers weren’t looking!). The point is, we all start somewhere with fashion, whether you love it, tolerate it or hate it. That’s OK, everyone has a relationship with clothes, and mine started on the playground in 1979, when I met my first fashion “icon.”
A Fashion Interview with Kim
Suzy: Who is your fashion icon and why?
Kim: I have two celebrity fashion icons, for two very different reasons. The traditional-realist Kim would choose Diane Keaton. She is classy, traditional and has a tailored look. Plus she can rock the “tomboy” look. The wannabe Kim would choose the fictional character, Carrie Bradshaw! Why? Because every gal has a little Carrie in her. She can be hip, adventurous, romantic and girl-next-door.
Suzy: Who is the person in your life that influenced your love of fashion?
Kim: That would be my mother and my Grannie, two of the classiest women I have ever known.
Suzy: Can you share a pivotal moment when you realized that fashion became important to you?
Kim: I can’t remember a time that fashion wasn’t important. I have always LOVED clothes and tried my best to dress fashionably. Every summer my Grannie would set me up with a back-to-school wardrobe and help me “decide” which items were deemed appropriate for a young lady.
Suzy: What would you say your style is, and why?
Kim: Probably traditional trendy. I love leggings and tunics for work; kimonos and capris with open-toed sandals when I am hanging out with my tribe. I also love a good statement piece of jewelry!
Suzy: Do you have any stories about our childhood you remember when you helped me with fashion choices?
Kim: Well, obviously the time I told you to unzip your jacket. Lol! One of my favorite outfits was the one you wore when we had one of our many “mother/daughter” birthday lunches, a white sleeveless top and black-and-white toile capris. Super cute!
Kim’s Fashion Picks
Multi Floral Print Cuffed Cardigan
Cold Shoulder Micromodal Top
Kendra Scott Rayne Long Necklace
Tasseled Mixed Bead Necklace
Tie-Sleeve Embroidered-Eyelet Contrast Border Tunic
Knit Pull-On Leggings
Boot Cut Crop Pants
Kim and Suzy Through the Ages
We started as young girls together…
Graduated high school together…
Served as Maid of Honor in each other’s wedding…
Had some questionable hair styles…
Had children together…
Celebrated every birthday together since we were nine years old…
And have consumed a whole lotta wine!
A Little Background Music
This makes me happy on so many levels. I love this little girl!