I have a sister who is 3.5 years older than me and when we were growing up, I idolized her. She was older, cooler, and wore great clothes. However when we were little, we use to get in the hugest fights. One of the biggest arguments was that classic debate, Who’s Better: Clarissa or Blossom? You’re not a true 90’s baby if you didn’t watch either one of these monumental shows. In our household way before there was stupid “Team Edward” or “Team Jacob” it was Team Blossom or Team Clarissa Explains It All. This was serious stuff and lines were drawn in the sand. So let’s examine the contenders.
Although both girls were huge in the early nineties and established crazy amazing fashion looks, they are different in many ways. But they brought their own personal twist to their clothes. Which one did it better? I’m going to break it down.
First up, we have the sweet spunky and very wholesome Blossom Russo. Blossom is a high-school girl who lives with her father, grandfather and her two hot older brothers. Tony who was a bad boy growing up and a true ladies man and Joey was the dumb jock you couldn’t help but love. (I mean WHOA!) Then there was the Six, Blossom’s best bud who knew everything about everyone and talked a mile a minute.
Clarissa, on the other hand was the girl who could explain it all, using cool crafty pie wheels on why her family was strange. She lived with her mom, dad, and smart-ass little brother Ferguson. Clarissa’s best friend was the cute and sweet boy next door, Sam Anders, a grunge skateboarder.
When it comes to who was better street fam-bam, hands down, Blossom’s brothers were better dressed. Clarissa’s bother Ferguson was a total smarty-pants dweeb who was never without his high waist khaki pants and pocket protector.
Joey and Tony, on the other hand, were smokin hot. Tony wore silk vests, blue jeans and slicked back hair. Joey went for t-shirts, varsity jackets, and flannel t-shirts tied around his waist.
In the Best Friends category, we have Six Vs. Sam. (They would make such a cute couple!) Six preferred ruffled dresses, jean dresses and skintight floral printed shirts. While Sam was a skater boy in baggy ripped jeans and slightly dirty concert t-shirts, his favorite accessory was a skateboard. It’s a hard choice, but because he reminds me of the boys in Seattle, I’ve got to give it to Sam.
Now what about our leading ladies? Although she lived in a house filled with boys, or maybe because of it, Blossom keeps her style lady like. But she does mix it up with a tomboy influence.
She wore oversized grandpa cardigans, big hats with sunflowers, and my all-time favorite, a skirt made of old neckties! She also wore jumpers and crazy tights with penny loafers. It’s all simple and classy. Kind of like her predicament in this clip… Blossom was a classy broad with a reputation to uphold, stylewise and other!
But Clarissa was loud! She wore biker shorts, high ponytails, neon jewelry, and phat leather belts. She had a thing for layers of color, scarves and off the shoulders shirts. It’s so nuts, we can’t really explain it! But Clarissa can…
Both girls held it down for fashion from such different but fabulous directions that I can’t really choose. I still look to both of them for inspiration. And so should you.
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