14 January 2008

What (not) to wear

I'm hopelessly sentimental. In addition to a lot of other stuff, I have kept nearly all of my papers from kindergarten through graduate school. This legal pad is one of the more interesting things I've kept.

This pad is filled with day after day of what I planned to wear to school when I was a sophomore or junior in high school in the late 70's, just about the same age Daughter is right now. I remember writing all of this out so that *gasp* I wouldn't repeat an outfit without letting sufficient time pass.

It's a real kick for me to read this, since I remember most of these clothes (and actually still have a few of the items packed away). The "black gypsy dress" was particularly stylish. And how about those cowl necks? I hated them then and still do. "Gabs" refers to gabardine pants. I'm thinking those were kind of stretchy. (We're not going to dwell on that.) And Gunny Sacs smocks...remember those?

The stars referred to PE days. On those days, I'd have to wear something that I could easily remove without completely messing up my Farrah Fawcett hair. Mind you, it took at least an hour every morning to style it.

Now, as dramatic as it gets around here with a teenage daughter in the house, I have to pity my poor parents trying to survive their only child's list-making teenage years. Methinks this was a little extreme.

Thankfully, I've relaxed just a tad. These days, I no longer have to let sufficient time pass between outfit wearings. In fact, I'd pretty much wear the same thing every day if I could get away with it.

Jeans or shorts, sweatshirt, Born shoes or sandals. A short, short list.

Oh, and no PE.

11 comments:

Lynn said...

Hi Janet, I just love your blast from the past! I never really cared about what I wore. I was more of a tomboy. I would just throw on a pair of jeans and some kind of shirt and be out of there. In my school we had PE everyday so it didn't really matter what I wore.

I do remember those "gypsy dresses" they were cute but not for me. That was my best friend.

Hope everything is going well with you. I've been out of the loop for awhile and trying to catch up. Have a great day.

Sarah C. said...

LOL What a find! We worried a bit more about style at that age, didn't we? I'm with you now - I'd be happy in something casual & comfy everyday. :)

The Scrappy Bee... said...

Now THAT is really funny! I'm amazed that you've kept your lists. I used to do the same thing and I'd love to still have my lists to look at!

Staci said...

What a great list! Wish I was that organized!

Linda said...

This cracked me up because I did the same thing in HS only I didn't think to make a list, I just tried to keep track in my head.

Darcey said...

How Funny! I would be happy wearing pajamas all day:)

toners said...

Love it!!! How much fun that you kept it! :)

:: gingerkitty :: said...

This is hilarious. The things we did.

Sharon said...

Stamp that pad with the "prepare to be amazed" stamp. You do hang on to lists and things. You wore a brown suit to school. Was it for a special occasion of some sort? I pretty much wore what was clean.

Cheri said...

I made lists of the "Top 10 at 10" songs on the pop radio station, and still have those:)

jp said...

Lynn-Good to see you back! Gosh, I would not have survived having PE every day. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out ways to get out of it!

Sarah and Darcey-Yep, I'm all for comfort these days! I must not have cared about it back then!

Scrappy Bee-How funny that you kept lists, too! I thought I was the only one! ;-)

Staci-I am certainly not that organized now! It was a brief passing phase!;-)

Linda-I don't think I would have been able to keep track of that in my head. I still can't fathom that clothes were so important to me. They are totally at the bottom of my list now, if on the list at all!

Toni and Gingerkitty-Yep, it's one of my favorite keepsakes, goofy as it is. :-)

Sharon-Nope, the brown suit was an everyday thing. I think it was corduroy. I never wear suits these days!

Cheri-Would be fun to see your Top Ten song lists! :-) Songs really take you back!

Thx for stopping by and reminiscing with me! Janet