Since I could remember, I’ve always had the strangest habit of arbitrarily asking people “would you rather” or “if you had to” style questions that I felt would give me a better grasp of the type of person they are deep down. Usually, they tend to be pretty inane, like, “Would you rather be a Spice Girl or a Destiny’s Child?" or my recent go-to “If you had to live in any decade, which would it be?”
It's weird, I know. But trust me, you can learn a great deal about someone merely by knowing what kind of cake they like best.
The latest query I’ve been keen to pose: Who is your style icon? And why?
Now, I know this question can cause considerable anxiety for those, like me, who have a lengthy list of fashion muses (Alexa Chung, Bianca Jagger, Lauren Bacall, Chloe Sevigny, Jane Birkin, Yoko Ono and John Lennon as a duo and Severus Snape to name a few).
So let me change the question: Who is your style icon RIGHT NOW? And why?
My answer? Well, as an avid Netflix watcher and nostalgist, most of my current style crushes are former sitcom actors. Male ones.
So, as a tribute to those men and their 501’s (and in the name of science), I’ve decided to re-create wearable 2016-approved versions of their most noteworthy looks.
Let the games begin!
1. Ross Geller
I may be the only person in the history of ever who is an active fanatic of Ross Geller. But seriously, how could you not love him and his overly greasy hair? His style is so simple and comfortable that it's pretty much impossible not to want to dress like him. I was fervently tempted to go all "leather pants Ross" on y'all, but instead opted for a more everyday look that, in my opinion, epitomizes 90's casual menswear. Also, WE WERE ON A BREAK!
2. Steven Hyde
I have the biggest crush on Steven Hyde. There, I said it. His nonchalance (or "zen") and never-removing-his-sunglasses-bad-ass-ness just gets me. The Canadian tuxedo is such a staple for Hyde and many cool-girl street style stars today, which is why I thought it was the perfect look to replicate. All you need is a band-tee, retro shades, some old-school denim and you're ready to join the circle and listen to some Zeppelin.
Ayyyyy! The Fonz's look is so classic I couldn't help but add him to the list. This outfit can be worn for a night out or a Timmies date. This greaser inspired look is always going to be chic so don't feel bad about investing in some good leather (mine is faux!) and tons of baggy tees. Rock n' roll on.
Other OUTfitspos (see what I did there?) that didn't make the cut.
5. Mr. Furley
If you've never watched Three's Company you need to get off your couch right now, grab some chips (preferably Ruffles all dressed), throw on a floral neck scarf and stream that shizz! Mr. Furley's iconic ultra bright and clashingly-coordinated prints are not to be missed.
6. Cory Matthews
When I die, the autopsist will find a little chunk of my heart with the words "Boy Meets World" written on it because no words can describe how emotionally attached I am to each character. Cory Matthews' baggy sweatshirts (very Vetements, non?) and surprisingly frequent use of turtlenecks make me want to dress like a pre-teen boy every day.
Also, in case you were wondering, I'd be a Spice Girl, live in the 1970's and eat devil's food chocolate cake.