The music video for the Smashing Pumpkins 1979 doesn’t need to take place in 1979—it’s an embodiment of being a teenager in any decade. The video plays out like a movie: a group of kids spend their day spinning each other inside of tires, doing donuts in muscle cars, flipping off their town from a hillside, pissing of neighbors at a house party, pool hopping, destroying a convenient store. You know the story, we don’t have to tell it in detail again. With youth comes boredom, and with boredom comes trouble—not serious trouble, just enough to laugh about later. Go watch Paranoid Park and you’ll get the same great vibe.
There’s something distinctly early ’90s about these kids’ lazy-skater look: brightly striped shirts are paired with oversized windbreakers and track jackets. They all wear dark pants and cheap tennis shoes, two things teenagers are bound to get dirty and ripped. It’s real vintage, the kind of clothes you wore growing up and wished you still had. Below, we’ve listed some pieces that might help you capture what’s left of your teenage angst.
Gant Cotton Sport Cardigan
Uniqlo Cashmere Turtle Neck Sweater
Norse Projects Hak Suede Jacket
Band of Outsiders Classic Chino
Adidas Firebird Track Top
Norse Projects Multi Stripe Tee
A.P.C. U.S.A Sweatshirt