Okay, I am about to go all high-school on you guys. I was on Pinterest today and saw a pin that immediately caught my eye. I hadn’t seen the image in more than ten years, but I would have known it anywhere. Back in 1998, Dawson’s Creek did a special collaboration with J.Crew—the whole magazine was Joey Potter, Pacey Witter, Dawson Leary and Jen Lindley, modeling J.Crew clothes and looking like they were having the time of their lives.
So, in high-school I was known for my J.Crew obsession. And my friends and I met every week to watch Dawson’s Creek. The combination of the two was like a dream come true for me. I kept my copy of the magazine for a long time, and it was so well-worn and tattered after awhile. It was like total Americana—beautiful young people playing touch football in chinos and button downs, and I ate it right up. I wanted to be the kids in that magazine. I think that makes it a successful collaboration, don’t you?
Now, I look back on the images and I am amazed that I thought these outfits were so stylish and cute. I guess that is par for the course when talking about your adolescent fashions. I mean, I used to rock flannel shirts that I never wore—only tied them around my waist, with jeans that were four sizes too big and Adidas Samba shoes. This vintage J.Crew magazine is full of the same baggy jeans and oversized sweaters—all in muted colors and masculine styles. J.Crew has come a long way since 1998 (thanks, Jenna Lyons!). Now it’s an abundance of pretty picks, bright colors, and cute costume jewelry.
There is a copy of this old issue of J.Crew that was on Ebay a couple weeks ago for over $100. I would be lying if I said I didn’t briefly entertain the idea of buying it. It’s like a tiny piece of my younger self. I mean, come on, is it any wonder I was obsessed with this show as a teenager? Pacey Witter? Dream. Boat. He still is—if you ask me.
Were you a Dawson-Joey fan or a Pacey-Joey fan?