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BIG Love

FASHION

The Season of Oversized Sweaters

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By Rachel Vallozzi Photographed by Sierra Mendoza

was the first fearless, quirky, trendsetting character I ever encountered.

You know that moment when something important from your tweenage years smacks you in the back of the head? We’ve all got parts of our awkward young selves tucked away out of mind, happily forgotten so we can go on with our comparatively dignified lives.

If you’re not familiar (or don’t remember), Claudia Kishi is a fashion-forward character from The Babysitter’s Club, the 100-plusbook cornerstone of the ‘90s tween fiction canon. This series launched a generation of dreams, middle-school business ventures, and — apparently — crushes.

I recently had a moment like this when hashing out specifics of everyone’s favorite book series about babysitters. After some shocking words spilled out of my mouth, I realized a thought that’s been hanging at the back of my brain forever: I had a crush on Claudia. I always thought I wanted to be her. No. I wanted to make out with her. I’ve never been interested in what “girls like me” were “supposed to wear.” Claudia

Exhilarated at unearthing this gem of a memory, I hit the internet to uncover more about why Claudia had affected me. Sure enough, there’s a blog — WhatClaudiaWore.com — all about my favorite babysitter’s fashion. And it’s not the only one!

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Just as I remembered, in book #28, Claudia “was wearing a long, oversized black-and-

Claudia’s style was loud and proud. Think layers, prints, leggings, and plastic accessories. Think Lady Gaga on a calm day in middle school, with long, gorgeous black hair.

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