For the first time, today’s Wild Love is dedicated to a fictional couple with amazing style: My Girl‘s Vada Sultenfuss (played by Anna Chlumsky) and her best friend, Thomas J. (played by good ol’ Home Alone-era Macaulay Culkin). It’s hard to understate how much I loved My Girl when it came out in 1991. I was only a little younger than Vada myself, and I idolized her, listening to my copy of the soundtrack in my Discman on the way to school practically every day and begging my mom to buy me overalls and cut-offs so I could imitate the same tomboy-cool style that Vada rocks. Both of them embody a summery and boyish but sweet aesthetic that reflects a dreamy time to be a kid in America.
Set in a small town in Pennsylvania in 1973, My Girl is about young Vada Sultenfuss, whose father, a widower, runs a funeral home out of their house. Her best friend, Thomas J., lives down the street and is the kind of kid that is allergic to pretty much everything. Vada and Thomas J. are partners in all kinds of typical 11-year-old adventures — from riding their bikes through garages to climbing trees to fishing at their swimming hole. Vada is bold, clever and funny, while Thomas J. is sweet, loyal and patient. Their friendship is just reaching a point when potential romantic interest can’t be ignored, as both of them start to become adolescents. Kids in the neighborhood mock their relationship, but Vada and Thomas J. are charmingly unruffled by it. Instead, Thomas J. just asks Vada to “keep him in mind” if it doesn’t work out with the teacher she has a giant crush on.
In the style of Vada and Thomas J., I made a sweet and simple bouquet to represent their relationship. After the jump, I’ll tell you how I made it and why I chose the flowers I did, and I’ll show you my favorite, sweet scene from My Girl. — Mary Kathryn
The full post and instructions are after the jump…
Vada and Thomas J.’s style is representative of a simpler time in America, a time when kids had fewer sneakers to choose from and fewer places to buy their jeans. While many kids of the 1970s chose to follow suit with bright, garish colors and the flower-power feel, Vada and Thomas J.’s style is about classic basics: Converse sneakers, simple t-shirts in muted tones and perfectly worn denim in long cut-off shorts or overalls. It’s practically the uniform of the American tomboy.
I wanted this bouquet to feel like it could have been scavenged by Vada and Thomas J. in their neighborhood or at their local swimming hole. Sunny yellow ranunculus reflect the cheer and optimism of Vada and Thomas J.’s friendship, while tiny feverfew pull in a hint of the 1970s flower-power aesthetic that was on the verge of taking over. Queen Anne’s lace and veronica add a woodland feel that makes the bouquet somewhat wild and sweet. Lastly, blue forget-me-nots are both tiny and sweet while also hearkening back to the great scene in which Vada tries out blue eyeshadow for the first time and crows to Thomas J., “A girl can never have too much eyeshadow.”