‘By the time I grab my books and I give myself a look, I’m at the corner just in time to see the bus fly by. It’s alright coz….‘ and if you can finish the lyric; then you probably grew up watching ‘Saved by the Bell.’ After years of seeing Bayside’s shananigans on my 13 inch TV as a kid, I wondered if my high school experience would be the same as Zack and Kelly’s? Would I have a cool junk food hangout like The Max? If I had a boyfriend in high school, would he call me ‘Mama’ like AC’s awkward pet name for Jessie?
As far fetched as some of ‘Saved by the Bell’s’ story lines may have been, when I recently tried on this scoop neck French Connection bold patterened dress, my friend and I both said ‘that’s so 90’s’! and I had a major flashback of my old favorite show. And that leads us to a few ways to incorporate Bayside style. ‘Saved by the Bell‘ may have been cheesy, but we can all relate to it from high school and beyond…
Kelly Kapowski Inspired Hair ~ Skip the crazy round brush 80’s bangs, but go big with volume. Kelly’s hair was never ultra smooth and by pulling all your hair to one side, it instantly looks thicker. Then add light waves with a big curling iron and hairspray.
Mr. Belding’s Worst Nightmare ~ Can you imagine if ‘Saved by the Bell’ took place 2012? The endless ‘Screech in instagram’ pics and high-tech stunts Zack would have pulled on Mr. Belding would have landed him in detention for years. For your 90’s look, stick with mod watches, playful plastic accessories and iPads, iPhones, anything Mac chic.
How To Do Subtle 90’s ~ While this isn’t a dress I’d typically wear, it’s comfortable and adding a trendy shoe with a retro dress works. I added booties and the large black clutch to update the look and avoid looking like an extra in ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.’ Fashion risks are fine, but we never want to look dated or ‘stuck’ in an era.
Spikes are Way Cooler than AC Slater’s Hammer Pants ~ Adding a distressed denim vest and spiked hoops are easier to pull off than ultra 90’s style staples like harem pants and crop tops which made a comeback in the past few years.
Remember Jesse Spano’s ‘I’m so Excited’ Freak Out Moment? ~ When I saw that scene as a kid with Jesse spazzing out after taking too many caffeine pills, I thought ‘Wow, weird.’ Then I grew up and realize most people suffer mild cases of anxiety whether it’s caused by work, school or relationships. Pilates, steam rooms and a bff (or your mom) help if you’re ever having a moment like that.
<DETAILS by Dale> Dress ~ French Connection (recent TJMaxx), vest ~ Denim & Thread, watch ~ Croton, clutch ~random, polish ~ Sinful Colors ‘Black on Black’, bracelet ~ Stella & Dot, booties (old) ~ Qupid
After growing up watching the cast of Bayside, I still tune into interviews whenever the old cast pops up in Hollywood like Tiffany Amber Thiessan on E!’s Fashion Police recently, Mario Lopez hosting ‘Extra’ and just read that Lark Voorhies (aka Lisa Turtle) is battling mental illness after rumors of erratic behavior.
Were you a fan of ‘Saved by the Bell’ and would you add a little 90’s to your wardrobe or leave it in the past? ~xoDale