Oh, you don't remember Wendy? The lifeguard? And basically ten year old me's dream for my future prospects. Spoiler alert: I did not in fact grow up to look like Wendy Peffercorn. But now that I'm older, wiser, and have mastered the art of red lipstick (sort of), I planned to use this opportunity to live out my dreams of being the prettiest girl in the neighborhood.
I've just recently discovered rompers, and if you haven't gotten on board yet, you should. They're comfortable and surprisingly flattering. Besides, the red romper would work especially well here because it's reminiscent of the same basic shape of a 1960's bathing suit. I feel pretty strongly that a red dress wouldn't achieve the same overall look, nor would just an all red outfit.
Generally, I make it a rule to not buy new clothes for these. But, since I have a new found love of rompers and only one black one in my closet, I was willing to make an exception today. Except, of course, no red rompers could be found. In fact, red clothing in general is not a hot ticket item right now. Because it's spring. I did, however, find plenty of dresses that would closely match Wendy's mint green dress. It's just that I didn't want to own a mint green dress.
Don't get me wrong, I love a good short and striped shirt combo, but believe me, I wouldn't look ready to play a baseball game in my version.
There's one exception to the rule, and that's Benny. I've always admired his style, actually. Comfortable jeans, tennis shoes, and a no-nonsense shirt. He seems to switch between a plain white t-shirt (usually with a button-up on top) and baseball shirts, and a plain white t-shirt is easy enough. The problem is the baseball hat, which was always going to be a problem for me because I don't wear hats. Alas, I was unwilling to buy one for this, so of course my outfit isn't perfect.
- Cuffed jeans
- A white t-shirt or a baseball shirt with forest green sleeves
- Converse-style shoes (Benny actually wears PF Flyers)
- A hat
Do I meet all the criteria? No. Do I even sort of look like I'm trying to dress like Benny? Eh, maybe. But I think the spirit of the outfit is on point. This is an outfit I can wear for activities, including a baseball game at my local sandlot (psh, yeah right). It's something I could wear to take my son to the park or just out around the neighborhood. And, I like it.
Also, because it's simple, me and my son can match. And who doesn't want that from their casual cosplay?