|Ice Blue outfit on Michi for ice days.|
But enough about my ex-job flashbacks. Because it snowed today! And I react the same way every time: Oooo pretty let's go out in it oh god it's cold who told me snow was cold fuck this shit I'm going inside. Think a very excitable cat who has to be reminded physically that the white shit that falls from the sky is not sand. Today's snow didn't stick too much, and then it rained which means ice which well, fuck that. Hopefully if it sticks a good level later on, I'll put someone out there in the best winter coat set I've got and snap pictures.
Which segues into the outfit I'm doing today: the Ice Blue Outfit. This set was one of the first Mattel holiday sets, released in 2001 and not retired until 2003. The set consists of a blue wrap sweater, silver overlay circle skirt, tights, silver Mary Janes, and silver hair clips for $24. It shows up here and there on eBay and tends to get lost in the shuffle of ugly homemade blue outfits and ice skating dresses, and while there's always some dumb spikes it actually goes sensibly for less than or about original retail--the $10-25 range. I got it for $15 in that nice post holiday lull, partially because it had a couple little flaws. Seriously, you want things off eBay, start searching in that post holiday slump, when people start scaling back after blowing the end of the year loads.
This set is being shown off by Michi. Michi got here at the very start of the year. I'd wanted a girl like her in my gang for some time. I was nosing around eBay and saw her for a very low cost and in an outfit I didn't have just yet, and picked her up with no regrets. Veronica Michiru Taylor is half black and half Japanese--black mother, Japanese father. She likes to organize things, read books by Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein (absudish children books are the best), 30s and 40s era wear, traveling, and the thrill of performing the stage.
Mine was a little cheaper because it had no hair clips and some flaws that I was willing to fix up because fuck skipping broken shit I'm a seamstress. I'll point out these issues. The ponytail holders don't originally come with it. But they match so there. And while it greatly resembles the Frosty Party Outfit I reviewed earlier, remember this came first.
|Let's wrap about sweaters.|
|Wrap the front.|
|Shiny skirts are shiny.|
|We close the circle.|
|Tights game stay strong.|
|The rare doll tight crotch shot.|
|"Dance" shoes? No, AG.|
|Snap lock for cuteness.|
Hair Clips: N/A. I don't have the clear silver hair clips. I can always take my ass to Sally's and buy some knock offs.
Overall Feel: I like this set considerably more than the Frosty Party set that came after it. While the sweater seems visually uncomfortable with the trim against the skin, the trim is really what makes it look nice and holiday. As one of the rare AG tops that doesn't have a velcro closure anywhere, it definitely stands out that way. A little lace trimmed tank or panel could pull the set together a little more, but without it the sweater stands fine. The skirt--even though mine came with a tear--is exceptionally pretty and swishy--I do love circles, double layers, silver, and bias cuts. While the shoes can't go elsewhere they tie great here. The tights gotta go, though. Damn runs.
Cost Value: Originally a bargain at $24, the $15 I paid for was very nice even with the skirt tear and the run in the tights. Lucky, you can probably get it for not much more much than I did with a little patience. If it doesn't have the tights or clips, you're all right, but at least it should have the rest. There are very few times I'm going to warn against getting a set of shoes--and when I do, you'll know why. There's always someone asking double or more over face for AG stuff--a rant all its own--and you shouldn't do that. There's hardly a reason to pay more than double over face for a common older set.
Timeliness/Datedness: It's really kind of late 90s/early 2000s with the wrap sweater--too late for the 80s, slightly too dated for today. AG did like the color scheme, though, because they're done the blue and silver look more than a few times. It's clearly not "historical" like Felicity's look, but it's not dated hard like say, the culotte dress is.
Mix and Match Levels: Not very high, because of the silver and blue color and the holiday feel. However, when paired with the Frosty Party set things become a lot better, and pieces can swap back and forth between them very well.
Final Grade: B+. I like it much better that the other silver and ice blue set I have, though I will probably mix and match the set between the two. And be nice to it, or you'll wreck it, Ralph.7
1 I used to keep stable in that month of being screamed at by hoping I hit a trifecta--being told I ruined at least three holidays by January second. Giftmas was given, but it was possible to ruin New Year's parties and the occasional birthday or Kwanzaa here and there. I once ruined all eight days of Hanukkah because the first day gift--the Wii--didn't read disks and the rest of the presents were games for the system. Coping mechanics.
2 If you do the around the tree trick, you should go the other way. Here's the TED talk about it. Yes, I am telling you that most people learned to tie shoes and bows the wrong way and you should change that.
3 Fun time? Go to an anime con. Count the dead people in their kimono or yukata. I once saw fourteen.
4 I once saw someone say they were sending an outfit back because they tugged too hard and a button popped off. Bitch, get a fucking needle and thread, sew the button back on, and next time don't pull so damn hard.
5 400 BABIES. [/Powerthirst]
6 The persuasive catalog or site text that, when I'm checking wiki edits, gets on my last nerve because when they get taken down, the poster whines that it's what the catalog says. Yes, but the catalog wants to talk you into buying a $50 storage box. "Samantha's bed is fluffy and soft and elegant!" Yes, AG, you pass persuasive descriptions, here is your gold inner star.
7 "I'M GONNA WRECK IT." I love that movie.