I'm attending a Dazed and Confused–themed bachelorette party tomorrow night, and I haven't a thing to wear. It's the bride's favorite movie and guests are supposed to show up dressed as their favorite character. I hadn't seen the movie 'til last night, but I found it a delightful expression of director Richard Linklater's obsessions with time and growing older (obsessions that lead me to conclude he has an overpowering fear of death—a predicament I can sympathize with because I have an overpowering fear of death).
The movie centers on a bunch of high schoolers in Texas on the last day of classes in 1976. Now, my natural affinity, of course, is with the socially awkward geeks, represented here by Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, and Marissa Ribisi. But all of them sport complicated hairdos in the film—voluminous waves, a shoulder-length bob, and red frizz, respectively—and I don't want to wear a wig.
So I guess I'll have to play against type. My options are vulnerable freshmen, stoners, alpha-male football players, and a twentysomething creep (memorably played by Matthew McConaughey) with a thing for high school girls.
Kito has decided to recreate the look of the senior girls during a scene early in the film where they haze the incoming freshmen by making them suck on pacifiers, propose to upperclassmen, submit to getting messy foodstuffs poured over their heads, and hit the deck whenever anybody yells "air raid." During this ritual, the senior girls (Parker Posey, Joey Lauren Adams, and others) wear skimpy shorts, white knee socks, and white jerseys emblazoned with the word "Seniors" in blue.
The revealing nature of this getup does not appeal to me, though I may throw on a Seniors jersey if I get desperate (skimpy shorts, however, are a non-starter). I think my best option is to dress like Jason London's character, Randall "Pink" Floyd, who manages to fit in with all of the school's cliques, geeky, popular, pot-smoking or otherwise. For most of the movie, he wears a wide-collared purple paisley shirt, white bell bottoms, and a puka shell necklace.
Kito and I are going thrift-store shopping tonight. If I can't find the above items, I will settle for a pair of denim overalls and a fraternity paddle so that I might call to mind Don Dawson, played in the movie by Sasha Jenson, who's supposed to be 18 but looks about 40.