...with my beautiful balloons. Hey! Get yer mind out of the gutter.
I'm 99% certain I owned this novelty sweater in the late 70's. I don't remember if I bought it, or my sister but I'm pretty sure one of us had it. I think it was in a blue colourway. As 70's novelty sweaters go, it was much better than the one that read, "Hug Me." Mum bought that one. I was always tempted to add, "At your own risk" with some fabric paint. Anyway, I was happy to see it hanging at Hand-Me-Ups looking for someone to take it home.
Coil Age Man (great name) 70's sweater-Hand-Me-Ups
1970's Picket-N-Post blazer (part of a suit)-Goodwill
1970's suede shoulder bag-Goodwill
Lady Devon 1970's polyester pleated skirt-Goodwill
Earrings-Can't remember, had 'em at least 30 years
Enamel duck brooch-Hand-Me-Ups
I've been revisiting the clothes I wore in the 80's as well. I didn't own this particular dress, but I had so many like it, I'll consider it the same. I'd been watching this Leslie Fay paisley number for a few months knowing it wouldn't sell at $5.99. It finally ended up in the .99 cent room, and I flug it into the basket as fast as I could. I don't mind spending $5.99 on a dress, but not something I wore 30 years ago to work. Leslie Fay made nice clothes-I have a few earlier pieces that I treasure, but by the 80's they just weren't all that interesting. I ripped the gigantic shoulder pads out, and I am going to shorten the hem by a good four inches, but otherwise this is still a wearable dress. The colours are great, and the material is in good condition (no pilling or snags) so it was well worth the wait, and .99 cents.
Yeah, that's a men's belt. Originally this dress would have had a matching belt, and when I hem it I might salvage enough fabric to make one.
1980's Leslie Fay dress-Hand-Me-Ups
Green ring-Hobby Lobby
Gold vintage Napier ring-Garage sale
I must admit, it is strange seeing my older self in clothes I wore when young. I think I wear them more creatively now as I'm not saddled with the hair and makeup of the time. That page-boy haircut I sported from about 1976-1979 wasn't doing my round face any favours, and it detracted from anything interesting I might have been wearing. My 80's hair wasn't much better, but it did defy gravity!
In a way, it feels like going back in time to warn my younger self about the perils of robin's egg blue eye shadow, and Tigress cologne. I get a chance to do it over, and wear the clothes in a better way. I wouldn't want to re-live my life (I'm really hoping the Catholics are wrong, and Purgatory isn't real) but I do think there's something to be gained from revisiting the styles of decades past with a critical eye.
I laugh a bit at the advice not to wear anything you wore the first time around. Live long enough, and you'll run out of things to wear! They styles keep being recycled anyway, so if you fancy wearing culottes, do it. And screw anyone that tells you otherwise.