Fashion flashbacks from About readers
Do you remember your favorite back-to-school outfit? Maybe it was a special first-day pair of acid wash jeans. Or brand new Doc Martens. Celebrate your inner child by submitting your fashion flashback today to appear on this page. Add yours today!
In 1965 in 9th grade I had a dress I loved: it was lime green and teal blue. It was an A-line dress with a seam below the bust; the top part was in polka dots, and the bottom was stripes. It had tie backs and a round neck. I wore it with black Mary Jane shoes, and black fish net hose. I thought I was the height of Carnaby Street fashion! And I wore it with white shiny liquid eyeliner by Max Factor, and frosty pink lipstick. - Janis
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The back to school outfit that I remember is the classic sweater with the matching box pleat skirt (circa 1960), and of course you had to have pearls or "virgin pin". - Christiana
My favorite back to school outfit in high school was a white, silk poets shirt and black jeans. I also went through a gasp, yes, GRUNGE period. - Erin
I learned how to sew one summer and made an elastic-waist long skirt in a yellow sunflower fabric on a black background. I also made a white cotton peasant blouse to go with it. It was 1970 and our school would not allow us to wear pants, jeans or shorts of any kind. All skirts had to be 2 inches above the middle of the knee (they used a dollar bill to measure). - Vicky
We wore brushed cotton split knee bell bottoms, sometimes with the portion below the seam at the knee a different color than that above with "bubble" blouses (tight fitting blouses...totally see-through....that looked similar to bubble wrap). 1971 - April Brezina
Because I wore a school uniform all through school, 1-12, we expressed ourselves in our accessories. One of the most unusual things wore was a pair of red stretchy overshoes, "rubbers". They were made by Red Ball Jets, (they also made sneakers)and stretched over my weejuns, they were actually made for children but I could fit in the X-large size. It caused quite a stir at the time and soon all the girls in my crowd were wearing "rubbers". - Donna
Once, when I was at band camp, I wore Izod t-shirts and Jordache jeans. - Ang
Remember "Pooh Corner"? Every Sears used to
have one and our local branch was no exception;It featured children's clothes as well as
shoes, underwear (even training bras!) Circa 1973, this was THE place to get clothes for
school, from the skin out..
My mom and I would have my dad drop us off because she did'nt drive then. We would open the double doors and scent of new clothes and popcorn (they had a snack bar) would hit your nostrils. I still always associate those two smells with new school clothes to this day..
Then the shopping -- we'd look for the giant stuffed Winnie and then start scrambling through the racks. Some dresses, that my mom would pick out and I grudgingly agreed to, while I favored(or rather my peers) a more simple look (translation: shirt and slacks or jeans) So the dresses would end up shoved to the back of the closet after the first few weeks of school. I was enchanted with them at first: I remember bringing them home,draping them across the sofa and scanning them with a kind of excitement,Ok,maybe they weren't THAT bad
Then the shoes. One year mom, out of nostalgia for her old school clothes, bought me saddle shoes. God,were the those things uncomfortable! I finally got tired of limping in pain and so walking home from school one day I tossed them in someone's front yard,where I hoped some lucky dog would chew them to bits..!
Now that I'm in college, new clothes for school aren't such an issue, but maybe I'll hop over to Target or Clothestime or maybe even Sears and buy something new for old times sake.. -- Robyn Markow