You know you’re getting old when you start seeing clothes that were popular when you were in high school become popular again. Yesterday I was cutting through JC Penney when I saw this display:
Apparently, the 80s are back with a vengeance. I shutter to think of all the neon that will hit area high schools this spring. When I was in high school (yeah, I sound really old now) I was very preppy. I had a closet full of plaid skirts with matching monogrammed sweaters, Bermuda shorts and my beloved Topsiders and penny loafers. Special occasion gowns were by Gunne Sax or at least styled that way. I attempted to “feather” my hair, but never could get the two feathers to meet in the back. My mom never had to worry about me showing off my midriff, wearing low-cut tops or short shorts. It just wasn’t part of the preppy look. Fast forward to college where I started off preppy but quickly turned to vintage clothing. I worked at an upscale clothing store throughout college where all the cool prepsters bought their pinpoint oxford shirts and wide-wale corduroy pants, but I came to work in a vintage smoking jacket with a white tuxedo shirt under it. I really did. Needless to say, I got a lot of grief from my coworkers (mainly the guys) for my fashion choices. Still, it did not stop me from pairing my peach brocade jacket with black (like the Prince song) or showing off my vintage grey mouton coat.
I had fun with my clothes, but I just can’t believe some of this crap has come around again. I mean seriously, neon?! This must be the way my mom feels when I talk about clothing styles I love from the 60s and 70s. I still wish she’d kept that pair of Frye Campus boots!