I’m going to be honest with you: no matter what, I am probably going to keep this Esprit Holiday 1983 catalogue. Purely for sentimental value, since it’s been a few years since any of these clothes were even available.
I remember giving this very catalogue to my stepmother when she asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I had circled numerous items and was like, “fly little bird.”
I wanted this entire outfit on the right:
Notice the four layers: a cardigan over a vest over a sweater over a collared shirt. Styled with a pair of slouchy men’s pants. The model looks like a linebacker. I wanted all of it. My stepmother did find the cardigan, and I wore that damn thing everywhere. Weddings, bar mitzvahs. I’m kidding, there weren’t any Jewish kids in Fort Worth in the early 80’s.
I also liked this ensemble:
… because we all know how flattering pant pleats were. And shorts that cut you off mid-thigh. And layers of boxy tops were. Maybe it was the old-timey toothache bow that put it over the top for me.
These pages are where most of my energy was placed:
I ranked these sassy flats in the event my stepmother found them in multiple hues. Say she’s at Sanger Harris and she sees they have the lavender and blue pairs — how does she choose? I took the guesswork out of that because I’m nice. And for the record, I still want all of these. Except the grey, yeesh, it’s at the bottom of the list for a reason, am I right?
For fun, and because this is how this blog is set up, go ahead and vote.