Sunday, April 08, 2007

#17: Mary Anne's Bad Luck Mystery

"Nobody, but nobody, dresses like Claudia. At least, nobody in our grade. (We used to have a friend, another member of the Baby-sitters Club, named Stacey McGill, who dressed kind of like Claudia. But Stacey moved back to New York, where she used to live. And anyway, trust me, Claudia is unique.) The best way to get this point across is to describe to you what Claudia was wearing at lunch that day. It was her vegetable blouse: an oversized white shirt with a green vegetable print all over it - cabbages and squashes and turnips and stuff. Under the blouse was a very short jean skirt, white stockings, green anklets over the stockings, and lavender sneakers, the kind boys usually wear, with a lot of rubber and big laces and the name of the manufacturer in huge letters on the sides. Wait, I'm not done. Claudia had pulled the hair on one side of her head back with a yellow clip that looked like a poodle. The hair on the other side of her head was hanging in her face. Attached to the one ear you could see was a plastic earring about the size of a jar lid.



  1. That's the one I always remember: the plastic earring the size of a jar lid.

    Wait! She's not done! Don't close the book yet!

  2. Lavender sneakers, you know, like the kind guys wear.

    Ha, awesome. I love this site.

  3. Oh my gosh, this was one of the outfits I always remembered. I remember being about 9 and describing it in detail to my mother and wanting it so very much.

    Love your blog! LOVE!

  4. Just found your blog through comments at

    Claudia is wearing STOCKINGS? Under a really short skirt? To school? Ann M Marton does not know the difference between stockings (ie the topless things held up by suspenders), pantyhose and tights. One of these things is suitable for 13yo girls.

    What jailbait.