RED Hearts: Dress Like A Kid, Feel Awesome

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage Girls in America Write On What Fires Up Their Lives Today. Today's RED Hearts post is from Charlotte Steinway, 21, reporting from Boston, Massachusetts, who has an unique way of dealing with graduation/real-world stress:

As a college senior only weeks away from graduation, I’ve spent much of the last month stressing about the dissipation of my youth and my all too imminent (and all too unknown) entry into the “real world.” How have I decided to deal with the stress, you may wonder?

My unwavering antidote has involved acting like I’m a high school senior -- and dressing like I’m in kindergarten. The acting like a 17-year-old part is fairly easy to describe: feign hard work while hardly working and essentially blame everything on the ‘itis.

The dressing like a five-year-old part, however, has required a little more planning. I think I really started to retrograde last year, when I developed a distinct affinity for bow hairclips. Although I purchased most of my more colorful ones at a thrift store -- I wouldn’t be surprised if they actually belonged to me in my youth -- I did get one (hello, Lady Gaga) on eBay, and my all-time favorite black bow clip at H&M.  

Usually I’ll pair a bow with an equally 90’s-themed floral dress or pair of cutoff jorts. But this weekend, I found the ultimate accompaniment: a pair of white eyelet Keds with ribbon laces.

One more stop at Am Appy for a pair of frilly socks, and I was ready for the playground. If I could re-do my elementary school days, I would have kept this look through the years, skipping that embarrassing phase involving orange Adidas Shell Toes and denim Pumas…

RED Hearts guest poster Charlotte Steinway is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which is now available in paperback. She also knows a thing or two about texting, which she shared with the Boston Globe.

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