Tonight’s question is “What kind of clothing did you wear when you were a teenager? What were the trends at the time?
And the answer was that at the beginning of my teen years from 1974-1976 mini-skirts were still the rule. I had a couple of dresses called sizzlers. They were really short dresses with matching cover to wear underneath. Not unlike the outfits often used to dress baby girls. The colors were one of two ways. They were either cut down in a v or they were tight around the next. Of course we girls wore chokers. And like many girls I had long straight hair. I wore my skirts with white boots that went up to almost my knees. The jeans were bell bottoms and usually sported a patch or two. T-Shirts often sported a slogan or some kind of advertisement. We girls loved to wear our dad’s old jackets. My dad’s was white and had a very soft texture. I loved that jacket. Then suddenly as I left junior high and moved to high school fashion underwent a major shift. Suddenly skirts were below the knee. Dresses were softer with layers of ruffle. Prairie dresses were very popular. I got a major hair cut and when from long, straight, and one length; to short and layered. The legs of the jeans started getting straighter and thin lined cords in a rainbow of colors became popular. My favorite were a pair of aqua cords. I had a purple and aqua plaid shirt with silver threads running through it that went with those pants and I just loved that outfit. We went from boots that pinched to earth shoes. By the time I started graduated from high school in 1980 the fashion was shifting once again. Preppy was in and although I never fully embraced it I did have button down oxfords in different colors. Jeans became straight legged and button fly came out as if it was something new. It wasn’t long after this that I really lost touch with what was in. Truthfully, I never really worried about what was in but found what I liked from what was available. I was always more about comfort and seemed to choose things that were more tailored for the most part. I think that coming into my teen years at the end of one clothing era and the beginning of another kept me from really looking at any kind of fashion and saying that was my style. My clothes seemed to evolve along with what was available. A lot of it I don’t miss all that much and some of it I would never wear again but I do like my jeans straighter, I kind of liked those oxford shirts, and I would love to have more of those great cords.