Style Icon: Getting Schooled in Fashion

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Skyscrapers, hot dog carts, infrared commotion – I remember none of this from my childhood trip to New York City. But the Magic School Bus I got to sit in at six years old? Now that, I remember, because Ms. Frizzle and the book series she starred in were too cool for school!

Now that I’m ‘up there in years,’ the Magic School Bus has honked its horn and rolled off my bookshelf. But, a recent hop onto the ferry of nostalgia had me reflecting upon the series, and I found a whole new reason to appreciate those old-school books: Ms. Frizzle’s stupendous style.

Wow. How could I have forgotten those frocks festooned with zany patterns and complemented with humorously coordinating accessories? Not only do Ms. Frizzle’s outfits look good (I particularly love the circulatory-system-themed one below.), but they exude a personality sparkling with fearless individuality and a good sense of humor. All this combined, and I’m ready to write my recently realized, ideal style icon a fan letter. It would read “Ms. Frizzle, I love you and your books all over again. You’re awesome. (And, can I please have your hand-me-downs?)”

Do you find Ms. Frizzle’s wardrobe as electrically awesome as I do?

18 Responses to Style Icon: Getting Schooled in Fashion

  1. Linzy 08/11/2011 at 10:08 am #

    Wow, way to take me back! I read all of The Magic School Bus books, and even watched the TV series. I always loved how her outfits matched whatever the lesson of the day was.

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  2. Evelyn 08/11/2011 at 10:11 am #

    Oddly enough, I do consider Ms. Frizzle as a style icon, she taught me to accept my big/red/curly mop.

  3. Christen (ModCloth) 08/11/2011 at 12:18 pm #

    Ahh I’m so excited about this post, Hannah! I have always loved everything about Ms. Frizzle, and now that I think of it, her style at times reminds me of yours! :)

  4. C 08/11/2011 at 12:52 pm #

    I love the way she dresses, and I love how much I learned from the books and the show. I will never forget that digestive system episode or the one with the lactic acid (same episode?).

  5. Katie 08/11/2011 at 1:12 pm #

    These books were so awesome! I loved Ms. Frizzle.

    Side note, I also remember my brother and I being bullied for reading Magic School Bus stories because they were “Dumb picture books for babies.” Now he’s a medical doctor and I’m working on my dissertation. Yeah, we were obviously the dumb kids…

  6. Grace 08/11/2011 at 1:50 pm #

    I totally forgot about Ms. Frizzle! She has some amazing dresses!

  7. Kate 08/11/2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Bahaha! I completely forgot about the Magic School Bus… Ms. Frizzle must have been a part time fashion blogger. ;)

  8. Jenn S. (Modcloth) 08/11/2011 at 4:12 pm #

    This is one incredible blog post, Hannah! Now, I’m off in search of kitschy prints…

  9. Nina 08/11/2011 at 4:22 pm #

    Wow, that one dress with the teeth is pretty perfect!

  10. Krista 08/11/2011 at 5:21 pm #

    I really, really want those telephone earrings!

  11. krystle 08/11/2011 at 7:11 pm #

    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6062/6033459973_1326503e98_z.jpg

    Susan is definitely channeling Miss Frizz!

  12. Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys 08/12/2011 at 12:43 am #

    I LOVED The Magic School bus books and I loved Miss Frizzles crazy dresses! And this really goes a long way to explaining while I still seek out novelty prints like there’s no tomorrow!

  13. Meanz 08/14/2011 at 10:39 am #

    I love Ms. Frizzle!

  14. Joy 08/15/2011 at 7:52 pm #

    Miss Frizzle is my jam.

  15. Ndidi 08/16/2011 at 9:30 pm #

    She is the reason I majored in Science.

  16. Madeira 08/30/2011 at 1:08 pm #

    I actually run a miss frizzle inspired fashion blog, hehe

  17. streakyj 09/04/2011 at 12:03 pm #

    i looooved those books when i read them with my son years ago–and the TV show was good too! there were just tantalizing little bits about ms. F’s back story/lovelife…madeira’s blog is wonderful!

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