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S2E8: Carla, Bandana Print

I haven’t worn a bandana since I built a Habitat for Humanity house in high school. And since that was over a decade ago, I’m feeling pretty bad about my philanthropic side right now. But enough about volunteering for good causes, right? Let’s distract ourselves by talking about buying overpriced clothes. And later on, when said clothes arrive in the mail, perhaps the guilt will inspire you to donate to a non-profit. (Cheers to Carla: Where Everybody Knows Your Charity’s Name?) But back to the point: It would never occur to me to wear a bandana print.

But Carla wore one:

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And thus, so shall we:

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1. Freak of Nature Hazzard County Dress in Bandana Print. 2. Will Leather Goods Bandana Carry All Canvas Tote Bag.  3. Ecote Quilted Bandana Backpack. 4. AG Adriano Goldschmied Legging Ankle Jeans in Navy Bandana Print. 5. Keds Champion Bandana Sneakers. 6. Fred Perry for the Amy Winehouse Foundation Bandana Print Shirt. 7. River Island Osprey Bandana Print Dungaree. 8. OBEY Dazed Front Knot Cropped Top in Bandana Print.

Fittingly, #6 comes the Fred Perry for the Amy Winehouse Foundation line. The Amy Winehouse Foundation has been set up in Amy’s memory to support charitable activities in both the UK and abroad that provide help, support or care for young people in need. In continued support of The Amy Winehouse FoundationFred Perry released a fitting tribute to the singer’s iconic style; a love of ‘50s Americana is seen across leopard print polo shirts, gingham check skirts and polo dresses, with royalties and fees from the collection donated to The Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Here’s to the union of good causes and buying clothes!

Cheers,

Chloe

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Carla’s Nikes #3: Blue

For installation #3 of the Carla’s Nikes series, we’re focusing on blue. Looks good even when she’s pregnant, which is most of the time.

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Nike still makes an Oceania in blue, but all the top fashion houses are jumping on the blue sneakers bandwagon as well.

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1. Prada Cap Toe Low Top Sneaker. 2. Balenciaga Low Top Trainer. 3. Bottega Veneta Lace-Up Sneaker. 4. Stuart Weitzman Chaser Mesh Slip-On Sneaker. 5. Nike Oceania Trainers. 6. Puma Low Top Trainers. 7. Lanvin Low Sneaker. 8. Lanvin Bi-Colour Sneaker. 9. Philippe Model Tonal Trainer.

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S1E18: Carla in Pink

As I said in the last Carla’s Nikes post, when Carla wears pink she manages to suck out all of the color’s girliness. Here’s a closer look at one of the pink Nikes outfits, and a few modern choices to get the look yourself.

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Clockwise from top left: 1. American Apparel Unisex Plaid Short Sleeve Button-Down with Pocket. 2. Levis Made & Crafted Empire Skinny Jeans available at Mill Mercantile. 3. Hansel from Basel Silk Rib Crew Socks in Red. 4. House of Holland Superga Polka Dot Trainers.

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Carla’s Nikes #2: Pink

We’ve seen Carla’s white Nikes (and the list of eBay keywords for finding the vintage Nikes Carla may have actually worn). This is installation #2 of the Carla’s Nikes series. And I’ve seen every episode ever made, so I can tell you now, that there are going to be plenty of these, spanning over ten years of Nike production.

When Carla does pink, it’s not in the silky pastel-y lacy frilly girly way that Diane prefers. Nah, when Carla does pink, it’s pink Nikes.

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Nike still makes a pink Oceania and a pink Cortez, two of the shoes that Carla possibly wore. Don’t blame me, 80s shows on Netflix are pretty pixellated. But a bunch of other companies are making pink kicks today too.

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1. Nike Oceania Bright Pink Sneakers. 2. Nike Cortez Pink Sneakers. 3. Topshop Tuscany Floral Sneaker. 4. Superga Floral Print Canvas Trainers. 5. Maison Martin Margiela Line 22 Replica Sneaker. 6. Gola Sneakers in Neon Pink. 7. Veja Taua Peach Leather Sneakers. 8. Keds Low Top Trainer.

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Carla’s Nikes #1: White

Carla Tortelli always wears Nikes. First up to bat, white.

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Disclaimer: I am neither a sneaker collector nor a Nike expert. While I will admit that I bought a pair of Nike dunks once in college “because all the cool kids were doing it,” I will also admit that every time I wore them I felt like the fraud I was.

Circa 2006 (dont judge):

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Now that I have proven my utter lack of good Nike judgment, you can rest assured that the following research on Carla’s Nikes comes from a few more habitual sneaker wearers who have kindly lent their expert opinion.

If you are looking for a modern alternative, scroll down. If you would like to get your hands on a pair of Nikes just like Carla’s, your best bet will be Ebay, Etsy, and other sneaker nerd sites that I know nothing about. Remember, these could be from any year before 1982. Here are a few keywords you can search to find styles similar to Carla’s:

Nike Oceania
Nike Cortez
Nike Waffle Trainer or Racer (sometimes mistaken for the Cortez)
Nike Electra
Nike Diablo
Nike Montreal Racers
Nike Rio
Nike Mieka
Nike Long Jump II

And finally, some new white sneakers:

white sneakersClockwise from top left: 1. Keds x Madewell Diamond Duo Sneakers. 2. Prada Captoe Lace-up Platform Sneaker. 3. Victoria Inglesa Elastico. 4. Lacoste Ramer White Sneakers. 5. Comme Des Garcons Play Cream Low-top Canvas Sneakers. 6. Superga Crochet Sneakers.

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