Genealogists and family historians get a lot of satisfaction from chasing their ancestors’ stories. Finding a diary, a message on a postcard, or a photo with a name attached is like the sun coming out after a storm. One day we will be somebody’s ancestor. We need to leave our descendants a little bit of sunshine too. So here is my story told alphabetically, not chronologically: Growing Up in Cradock.
When I think of fashion in the 1960s, I think of Go-Go boots, tie-dye and psychedelic patterns, and bell-bottom pants. Twiggy’s fashion sense turned the world upside down with the mini-skirt and shift dresses.
But fashion in Cradock High School was far more conservative than that. Girls tried to go mini, but there were strict guidelines about where that hemline could fall. I’m sure our skirts were considered short at the time, but they look more than respectable today.
Let’s look back at the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Actually, let’s get “Bad and Ugly” out of the way in one fashion trend:
|Wendy, Lynnette, Lynn, Pat|
8th grade trip to Washington DC
How did Pat NOT have a scarf? Smart girl!
What were we thinking? We looked like we were collecting alms for the poor.
The rest is actually pretty Good (or maybe I just THINK it looks good because it was MY fashion past).
Plaid jumpers, plaid skirts, plaid shirts and blouses - we loved plaid.
|Wendy and Guy "American Gothic"|
Obviously we had time to kill
taking silly pictures.
|Moi on the left wearing plaid skirt and sweater|
(pretty sure that's my charm bracelet too!)
|Me in a London Fog coat 1965|
London Fog coats with a Chesterfield collar appealed to a lot of us who thought it was pretty cool to be able to zip the lining in or out according to the weather.
Oooh that was a desirable label! His preppy line popularized the plaid A-line skirt and cardigan. A blouse with Peter Pan collar completed the look. The label was pricey, so if I owned the real deal, it was because my grandmother bought it for Christmas. Otherwise I wore plenty of homemade knock-offs thanks to my talented seamstress mother.
|Momma and Moi in our Villager skirt |
and pintuck blouse KNOCK-OFFS
This was another desirable label that rarely made it into my closet except through my mother’s skill at copying the popular look. Villager was known for its pastel print dresses, and pastel print A-line skirts with matching pintuck blouses. Villager also made the wool skirt and sweater sets similar to the John Meyer look.
Bass Weejuns were the rage, and the NAME mattered. Most of my friends wore the penny-loafer style, but I chose the ones with the kiltie tassel. Mine were not considered as cool.
Baby doll shoes and T-straps were also very popular.
|scanned from my yearbook|
Can you spot which shoes were baby dolls, T-straps,
and Weejuns? HINT: I wore baby dolls.
|My charm bracelet|
Just about every girl had a charm bracelet. It was fun collecting meaningful charms although I have a few that are just charms with no special significance.
The large flower pin centered on a blouse, dress or jumper was a must, especially on summer dresses. They were part of that quirky Mod style of bold and bright graphic design.
|Judy and Moi sporting a flower pin|
The circle pin was the expected adornment on any John Meyer or Villager blouse. Circle pins varied in design: some were just metal rings, some were flat disks, and some came with an added design element like a pearl or flower. If you had the money, you bought a circle pin and had it monogrammed.
|My monogrammed circle pin|
|A good summary of the 1960s fashions at Cradock High School|
Villager print dress, lots of plaid, John Meyer-style skirt and sweater,
Peter Pan collars, and 4 circle pins!
If you have withstood my wily and whimsical wheedling, then wallow in the wanderlust of more waggish writings and witticisms wafting your way at the A to Z April Challenge.