Once I made it to junior high, I became more clothes-conscious. I remember I began to like dressing up, and for some reason arbitrarily chose that I would wear dresses every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This set me apart a little, but I’ve never minded doing my own thing. I wore lots of wrap skirts, peasant skirts, and the like.
During my teenage years, I got my first pair of tennis shoes that I can remember (I had only a few pairs of shoes at any time as a child, in contrast to my children who now have many). They weren’t Nikes, but were a non-name brand and were blue.
High school saw my first purchase of jeans – and I only got them because a science field trip to sane a swamp required jeans (hmmmm … I totally remember that phrase “sane a swamp,” although is it “sane?” Is that spelled right? We were basically taking a net out there to get all the plants and critters we could). So, I bought a pair at JCPenney and waded into the swamp wearing them. I remember they had a label on the rear pocket with a rainbow on it – I just loved them.
In high school during the ’80s, it was the height of the “preppy” era. “Cowl” necklines were in.
…so were pieces of ribbon tied around the neck, pink and green, pink and gray (this is reminding me of a house where I lived with a group of girls while doing an internship during the 1980s. The bathroom was done in peach and light blue, and I thought it was the most beautiful thing).
You saw lots of legwarmers. Fair aisle sweaters were all the rage. I wore a similar sweater for my senior pictures, thinking that it was a timeless, classic look. Well, you have to admit – it’s a better choice than a lot of things that were out there at the time.
I was also a fan of heels, tottering down the halls of the junior high and high school on 3″ heels.
What do you remember of the clothes of your childhood?