|Naomi is only wearing this shirt tucked in for the starter pic, to show off most of the stuff.|
With the launch of the American Girl of Today line, the idea--as I said previously--was to have a girl create her own modern historical, since "you're a part of history too!" And thus, the line started the way all the Historicals did--with the meet outfit and accessories, a school outfit, a holiday set, and night clothes. (I actually have all of them. Ooo.) And for the school set, we had the Blue Jean Basics, which came out the same time the moddies did. You will note that the link says "Blue Jean Basics I." This is because a second set was released in 1999 after this one retired, with different components but the same damn principle of being a jean set for the doll to wear to school to learn her math on her Apple Macintosh. Originally the set went for $22; I got it for a little less, I believe, as it generally goes for $20-30 within reasonable prices for a full set. I don't always document the costs. Naomi Kirkland, my first moddie, is showing this off.1 The set comes with a red shirt, blue jeans (hence the name), a black belt, yellow socks, and black AG high top sneakers.
Hit the cut, and get to looking.
|Naomi isn't going to make the obvious Star Trek reference.|
|Sleeve. Short and simple.|
|Less like a t-shirt, more like a mock turtle.|
|Tuck in your shirt! Actually don't. It looks funky.|
The shirt gets an A. It's plain as can be--but seeing as the set is supposed to be basic, it works. It's very versatile and can be used away from this set and with so many other components.
|Blue Jeans. Basic. And comfortable.|
|Front Pockets. The inner one isn't real, but the other two are.|
|Butt pockets. Also, belt loops.|
|To the ankles.|
I'm giving the jeans an A-. Not only are they the centerpiece of the outfit, but they look and feel realistic, like good doll clothes should. The minus is because there's no button at the fly for realism, but you gotta admit they'll work with anything you toss at em.
|Belt. To keep them around her waist, or something.|
Shoes come off for the next one.
|Socks. Bright Yellow Socks.|
|Socks off to this or something.|
|High top shoes~|
|Logo on the side.|
|Toes and bows.|
|Sole, with the AG logo stamp.|
Overall Feel: I love this outfit so much. It's made of simple components--red shirt, blue jeans, black shoes. It can work without the belt, or with it. I almost never tuck the shirt in, cause it looks stuffy and improper. The collar is a little high, and the shirt looks okay untucked. T-shirts untuck. I refuse to admit that T-shirts tuck in. Also, the yellow socks throw me off. I really wish they had been white, or some other neutral color other than bright yellow. Bright yellow socks look off.
Cost Value: I got my set for less than the original $22, but not very much less. For a full set, no one should pay more than $25 dollars. Maybe $30 for a set that's fully got everything. You can avoid the shoes, but don't. Cause they're so adorable. There's no reason to pay more than about $5 for the shirt and jeans and $10 for the shoes. The belt and socks are what bump the cost to $22.
Timeliness/Datedness: The set is not dated. Not even a little. It looks like casual clothes people wear any time nowadays, and this set is old enough to buy cigs and smut. Also, it can go back as far as the 80s. The 70s had wider legs in fashion so the jeans are out, but the shirt can go back. The shoes too. Even the socks, though um, yellow.
Mix and Match Levels: Way up the charts. Everything in this can be separated into its own component and put with other stuff--jeans with tops, shoes with all the outfits, the top under other tops or over skirts. All the matching. Even the annoying yellow socks can go with other stuff, as long as they're hidden. Or with something that is also that same yellow.
Final Grade: A. Not a plus, because: Yellow. Socks. I can't even.
1 Naomi is a rewigged moddie. When I got her as my second doll, she was my first restoration ever. She also has awesome pierced ears, long hair which makes for kickass hairstyles--she's wearing fishtail pigtails right now--and a pirate attitude. She's also half Desi.
2 Yes, aglets. It's a real word for the tips of shoelaces. Have some vocabulary.