Back to School

Me, first day of second grade, 1987. When this photo ran along with a story on back-to-school fashion inThe Kansas City Star my mom was devastated (similar to how many parents feel when their kid brings home pot or flunks Algebra) to see any part of that little pink, pleated Ralph Lauren skirt covered by my backpack. We generally spent all of August (June and July) planning outfits for the new year, so her frustration was understandible. I believe those suspenders (brown with great leather accents) came off of a pair of lederhosen (which Porter and I did actually wear -- to school)...and the shoes were boys' Bass Weejuns (the menswear obsession started somewhere).