Do you remember some of the outfits you wore when you were younger? Do you wish you still had them? I do. Even though some clothes were hideous, I thought they were cool at the time, and they defined my style — and the decade. Interestingly, the essence of my style hasn’t changed as much as I thought. Frightening, isn’t it?
Yes, I’m so old that I wore a school uniform, and my school looked like a prison. The uniform consisted of a black or dark navy blue box pleated tunic, worn with a white short or long sleeved blouse and a sash or belt. I wore tights or knee socks with my black leather oxfords. On important occasions a school tie was worn also. On gym days the girls wore a pair of ‘bloomers’, which actually looked like navy blue underpants.
Just for the record, I didn’t think this uniform was cool. I simply had no choice but to wear it, since kids didn’t have much of a voice in those days. I was aware even back then that there is nothing stylish about a black, box-pleated tunic and white blouse.
I grew up in Montreal, at a time when Montreal was an amazing city. Now it’s a shadow of its former self. I can say that since I was born there.
I thought my Cat’s Eye glasses were pretty cool. Later on they became hideous, but I think they’re actually back in style, or soon will be. If you wait long enough, everything old is new again.
An interesting note about my elementary school above. Same school that William Shatner a.k.a. Captain Kirk attended. Pretty cool, huh? I LOVED Star Trek even before it really caught on. The only thing that got me through Wednesday’s piano lessons was knowing Star Trek was on Wednesday nights and I would get to see Captain Kirk, my very first crush.