Fashion Stories Article 1: The Little Black Top
The first thing I found in my closet is a top that is no less than 11 years old. I just can't seem to quit it. I think I bought it for about $10 at a Toledo area Target in 2007. I was 22 years old, my heart had literally been shattered by someone to the extent I didn't really date anyone for years because I was so scared of it happening again. I had two of my best friends with me, who are still my best friends today, and I was enjoying being 22 and thinking the world was my oyster. I was lucky enough to graduate in December of 2007 and watch the economy collapse as I attempted to keep low paying job after low paying job. My friends and I have all had those struggles but we weren't really aware of that happening at the moment I got this Target top. I just wanted something I could wear with jeans.
Obviously, I needed a going out top for hitting the bars. My night life was quite active back then because I had no real responsibilities except for school. The other thing was that where I went to college was a a perfect college town. I lived literally a mile away from the downtown and each bar catered to a certain set of people. My favorites were a divey rock bar called Howard's, Uptown with my bestie Emily because she knew everyone and the theme nights were fun, Beckett's, and Nate and Wally's for the fishbowls. Fishbowls are literally a bunch of sugary blue liquors in a fishbowl that you share with a friend. If you wanted to get drunk cheaply- it was where you wanted to be. Since all the bars were on the same strip, you'd run into all your friends and it was generally a pretty good time. Of course, I'm looking at this through fishbowl colored glasses but it was a really good time and I wanted a going out top that said "hey world! I want to fit in!" This was the top. It's an empire-waisted tight knit tube top. It should look bad but it's lasted me this long. It works with everything and you can dress it up or down. You can wear it to baseball games. You can wear it with a cardigan. You can wear it with a cheap blazer from Forever 21 and run into your now husband on the night you reconnect. You can wear it while sharing a fishbowl while requesting Gin Blossoms songs with your best friends in college. When I think of when I got this top-I think of the perfect summers where most of the people you love the most are less than a mile away. You can meet for picnics with beer and ice cream and crushes are merely that. I remember cruising to Toledo with my friend Emily listening to Ryan Adams with the windows down. The song was "Choked Up" and it was absolutely perfect. This shirt still works maybe because I want it to. But I can't get rid of it, it still works somehow.