Friday, April 2, 2010

Flashback Friday: Fashion Memories

Here are Mocha with Linda's questions for this week:
The flashback this week surrounds our fashion memories. You may elaborate on your childhood Easter fashionsand/or share about styles in general. What fashions were popular when you were growing up? (Any time from birth to high school graduation) What did you beg to wear? What style did you happily embrace that you now look back and think, "Ugh! Whatever possessed me to wear that? ( Of course, pictures would be great - the more hideous embarrassing, the better!) Have any of these come back into style? What have you worn that you vowed you never would? (You can also include hairstyles in your walk down Memorial Fashions Lane!)
I am away from home this week so I thought I wouldn't have any photos to share, but I discovered a couple in previous posts way back.

My mother made my outfits when I was very young. This wool coat and hat are turquoise with velvet brown trim. I wonder if she used patterns or was such a talented seamstress. I wish I had photos of all the cute dresses she sewed for me, and the sweaters she knitted.

Attending school in Argentina I was not concerned about dressing fashionably because we wore uniforms--white starched pleated dress-like cover-alls, long-sleeved, buttoned cuffs, round collars, buttoned and tied in the back. (If I were home I could post a cute picture.)

Anyway, when I went to 8th grade in the US, I could not believe how many clothes were necessary to survive school in reasonable fashion. Those were the days of poodle skirts, saddle shoes, bobby socks, plenty of petticoats (What were they called, those ruffly, starchy, scratchy monstruosities?) I cannot say that I "happily embraced" any of that, which only added to my feeling like I didn't belong in the country of my birth.
BTW, that was the year Elvis visited our small-town school! (He was about 10 years older than me.)

So, I never was a fashion expert, just do my best to not stand out as odd or too extravagant
Here's the outfit my granddaughter helped me select for my birthday last year.

I am wearing it today on this beautifully sunny day in Tennessee!
And  that will be my contribution for today.
Have a grrrrrrreat week!


Mocha with Linda said...

I enjoyed reading your memories. Yeah, the petticoats. I think I had one that was a hand-me-down from my sisters, and I remember the netting was really scratchy!

Kim said...

Such a cutie! You need to remember to ask mother if she had patterns or not. Patterns are not a common thing here at all (in fact, I've never seen one) but maybe she brought them from the U.S.?

K did good helping you pick out an outfit! I like taking Tina with me when I go clothes shopping because she actually has taste -- something I can't say for myself. LOL But fashion or no, something has to be comfortable before I buy it!

rita said...

I called Mother...the answer to your question: NO, she did NOT used patterns! Such talent!