Plaid blazer? Ralph Lauren, thrifted Boots? Sendra, Winners (similar here)
About 10 years ago I wrote a wistfully romantic poem called 'Plaid and Pinstripes' (I would link it but sadly I can't seem to find it online... EDIT: someone awesome found the poem for me! I guess it was called MisMatched ...? But it was about plaid and pinstripes. Regardless... here it is. It's kinda cute, not going to lie...). I entered the poem in a local writing contest and it won first place in my age group. It got published in the newspaper right around the time I first started dating Matt and I remember everyone asking if the poem was about Matt. It wasn't about him; I wasn't even dating Matt when I first wrote it and it was definitely more about permanently unrequited and complicated love than it was about that sweet, solid guy who would end up as the father of our three fur babies. (Ha, I just wrote that to irritate my mother who absolutely hates it when I refer to the cats as my kids. Which obviously makes me take it to the next level and force the cats to wave good bye to grandma whenever she leaves my house...)
Because of that poem, the plaid and pinstripes jokes have followed Matt and I around for years. And so now, whenever I wear a pattern mix involving plaid, I always have a little giggle at my short lived career as a poet. I must note that I've amped my pattern mixing in the last decade. It started out as plaid and pinstripes but now I'm stepping it up with two plaids and a floral print. I would write a poem about it but my poetry skills were much better as an angsty teen mourning unrequited love...
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