|Tara in the Plaid Skirt and Sweater Set. Preppy-tacular.|
Today we're covering the Plaid Skirt and Sweater Set, a nifty little set up released in 1999. It was also called the Perfectly Plaid Outfit, because there was a span where AG's names for things always had two names;. I'm sure this was just to confuse the shit out of me now when I'm trying to code up wiki pages. Our model today is Tara Johnson.1 The outfit had several components: a sage green sweater, a sleeveless undershirt, plaid skirt, knee socks, black loafers, and a star necklace. Retail cost was $24; that's the current running value on eBay. I got it several years ago as a birthday present to me from eBay for the cheap sum of $14.25. (The necklace, I believe, came in another bundle of clothes and things.) Damn, what a bargain!
|Sweater. Bulky and good.|
|Sleevies. Where armies are kept.|
|Cuff and Hemline. Roly poly hemline~|
|A close up of the knit work.|
The sweater gets an A-. It's comfortably bulky, just oversized enough, and it can stand alone as a piece by itself. It's a little hard to get on and off, hence the minus.
|Shirt. There are not a lot of pictures of this by itself.|
|Shirt by itself. Where's the trim, damn it?|
|The girl's shirt. Sourced from the AG Wiki.|
|Skirting the issue|
|Zipper. A rare an elusive AG thing.|
|Skirt on the ground.|
|Socks. Not much going for them.|
|Heel! Good sock.|
|I hope you weren't expecting an exciting fast paced picture of socks.|
|Shoes. Chunky and classic for black loafers.|
|Shoes alone. I accidentally tucked the side. My bad.|
|Sole of the Shoe.|
|Extreme Necklace Close Up.|
|Necklace in two pieces.|
Overall Feel: This is a very sensible, fashionable outfit. The sweater is likely one of the most versatile parts of the whole set--it can go over jeans, jean skirts, leggings, or other tops. It's going to work with almost everything. The socks are well, socks, and not the kind that won't work with other stuff. The shoes are also really awesome. The undershirt...eh. It works as an undershirt. but it's the weakest link of the whole set since it can't stand alone that much. I do love the necklace--if I was missing it, though, I wouldn't be upset. I actually thought I was until I was cleaning out my doll jewelry box and bam there it was.
Cost Value: I got this for fucking cheap at $14.25 for everything but the necklace, which came along later. I got a super bargain. If you can't get the necklace in a set that's all right--you can probably live without it, or make a unique one with a ball chain bracelet. But I would definitely get at least the sweater, skirt, and shoes in a set to buy. Maybe the undershirt. Socks can be knock off, or the outfit might work with plain white socks. Incomplete, don't pay more than $20. Complete, don't pay more than $35.
Timeliness/Datedness: Not really that dated. Sweaters and skirts don't go out of style for the most part, and A-line skirts stay awesome. Even the shoes work--they're not so chunky as to scream '90s. The necklace is a touch dated, but not so badly that it can't be used elsewhere with new pendants. However, if you're designing a historical, don't take this back too far. The 80s prep look might have a touch of this look, but I think it's way too modern for the 70s, and the necklace is not likely to work too early unless you're doing a punk aesthetic.
Mix and Match Levels: High. The only piece that doesn't mix so well is the undershirt, cause it can't stand alone. The rest is perfect to put nearly everywhere. I've put the sweater with jeans, the skirt with plain tops, and the shoes and sock with other outfits. The shoes and socks, especialy, can work great for Harry Potter cosplay. The necklace--again, a touch dated, but still can mix and match--and with the pendant off you get some punk chain looks.
Final Grade: A. The undershirt could use improvement. But it's a cute and versatile set, and can go from the time it was released back some and up to today.
1 You may think Tara is a PM Samantha. You would be rightish, in that is who she was probably before. But now with glasses, floss hair wraps, and a thoroughly modern attitude, she's not anymore.
2 One of the rules of personal pictures on the AG wiki is that mod stuff can only go on mod girls--and historicals turned moddie don't count, even with modifications. Tara is Tara, but she's enough "Samantha" that I can't use her for modern pictures. Rules is rules, and I won't break them to be lazy. After all, I mostly wrote them.