Retro Pullovers and a Perfectly Portland Day
Some Eighties Inspo From the Weirdness Capital of the Pacific Northwest
A Simple Retro Portland Outfit:
Graphic Vintage Pullover
Oversized boxy jacket
Dec. 17, 2018
The first pull-over I ever had was purple: It had the words “hi, I’m awkward” plastered across the front.
An upperclassman gave it to me my first year of high school. Maybe she was trying to tell me something. Or maybe she’s just cool and likes pullovers. Who doesn’t?
This Splash Mountain pullover came from a very successful estate sale mom and I raided a few weeks ago. The woman who’d lived there once worked for Disney and had a whole collection of goodies for about $2 a pop.
Confession: I have never been to Splash Mountain. I know… I’ll lose a few points for that. Regardless, the graphics are cheerful and it’s been washed and lived in enough to feel so cozy! I feel no remorse.
Today I dressed it up a little with pinstripe skinnies and my beloved FRYE boots. By the time I’d added the denim jacket (I’m supposed to be altering it for Julia), I was feeling pretty blued out so I decided top top the whole thing off with my favorite contrast beanie.
When my friends, Julia and her husband, Bill, and my boyfriend, Alex, picked me up, I saw Julia was on the same outfit vibe I’d caught that day. She had on a graphic Audrey shirt, skinny jeans, boots, and a boxy retro jacket.
Julia had a gift card about to expire, so the four of us headed up to Portland to go rollerskating at Oaks Amusement Park. That’s probably what got our 80’s fashion feelers going when we woke up that morning.
The other half of the gift card was to Sizzle Pie Pizza, where 1980s heavy metal meets New York pizzeria. The slices are so big you get to fold them in half over your thumb! Brooklyn style.
I may have been more excited about the pizza than the rollerskating, but both turned out to be so much fun with three of my favorite humans on one adventure. Bill skated laps around us newbies, but there were no cracked tailbones at the end so I was proud. It was like iceskating, but without the cold!
We topped the trip off by crossing the street to Powells, where we hung out in the kids section looking at dragons and tractors and mermaids. We pretended this was because Julia is working on building her library for her 4th grade classroom, but all four of us were secretly excited to be there. Powells claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. I haven’t been in all the bookstores of the world, but so far I’m willing to believe them. You could spend weeks in that place. The art section alone would be a great weekend trip.
Every day is Retro Day in Portland, but I couldn’t help feeling like we actually were in the 80’s as we skated around and ate pizza to Metallica. Roller-skating. Heavy Metal Pizza. Books. Graphic pullovers.
My mom and Julia’s mom went to high school together in the 80’s. A little more pizaz in the hair-do department, and we could have been straight back in our parents’ glory days. Julia and I certainly have the curls for it, Bill could grow out a mullet, and I think Alex could really rock a mustache.