If you grew up reading Ann M. Martin’s indelible series of books the Baby-Sitter’s Club, you’ve probably found yourself wondering, from time to time, if you’re of the bookish type, what happened to Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey once they grew up. It’s a question that’s been posed by sites like The Hairpin, who asked The Baby-Sitters Club: Where Are They Now? You also may remember fondly the styles worn by the girls on the covers — or maybe not so fondly come to think of it. (Buzzfeed ranked them all a while back).
One fashion blogger has taken both those things to the next level. The result is The Baby-Sitter’s Fashion Club. The site, run by Brooklyn’s Ruth Barabe, finds her not only writing imaginative and speculative stories about where many of the characters are now, but also putting together outfits that correspond with each of their personalities:
I was excited to take my first crack at a Mallory look, because I’ve always felt an affinity with her. We both like to read, we’ve both had mono, and we’re both natural redheads (HA). The look I was aiming for was “gamine, studious, sensitive”. I missed the mark. Instead, I look like a 15 year old drowning in way too much sherbet colored fabric. You’d think that an outfit that baggy and shapeless would at least be comfortable, right? Wrong. The waistband of my culottes felt bunchy, and the sweater is really the kind of sweater you need to layer over a soft t-shirt, because the wool gave me some next level under-boob itching. While I didn’t hit this one out of the park, I’m still on Team Mallory, looking forward to the next time I’m up to bat. (baseball euphemisms courtesy of my inner-Kristy)
Barabe explained some of her process to Slate. “Even the direct references to their clothing in the books wouldn’t be the most useful thing in the world to me, because they’re a lot younger than I am and the fashions are dated,” she said. “I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t want to lock myself into dressing the most authentically like any given member, and getting too deep into the literature might encourage that.”
Check out more of her writing and looks here.