I don’t know how it came about that I watched Caroline In The City s01e08 on November 22, 2020, but since it happened, I might as well go with it.

When it comes to mid-90’s style, funnily enough, it’s those sidekick characters who have the real panache. I tried to complete a viewing of Ned & Stacy (no meaty torrents to be found), and from what I was able to hunt down on Dailymotion’s rubble, I was stupefied by the wardrobe of the “tough sis”.

Such ease, such exemplary realness.

The endpoint of the cardigan, where it’s so loose that anything can happen.

During the war some supreme female urge - or the lack of one - seemed to be driving the U.S college coed [female student] to look as unattractive as possible. She slouched around the campus in “Sloppy Joe” sweaters too big to do what sweaters are supposed to do for their wearers. She shod herself in dirty old saddle shoes and sometimes even ventured out of dormitories in rolled-up blue jeans and large men’s shirts with the tails out. — Life Magazine, February 1947

Too big? First of all, why did magazines stop being judgy? Taste-judgy, not justice-judgy. Second, how wonderful it is that this tidbit ends like this:

Only in or around her dormitory or sorority does she dare to dig out the old blue jeans and look like a girl who does not care whether or not she looks like a girl.