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gURL.comI took the "Retro Runway" quiz on gURL.com
My fashion is inspired by...
the '60s

Are you constantly looking for a new way to express yourself through your clothes? Do you value fashion over function? If so, then the 1960s is your era. During this decade, the abstract began to make its appearance in everyday wear.Read more...

Which fashion era do you belong in?




Well, that's surprising...yet maybe not. I was of course born in the 60s, so perhaps some of its fashion sense has rubbed off and stayed with me all these years. Though I must admit I was never a great fan of 60s and 70s fashion while I was growing up and having to wear it.

I remember my first favourite outfit. It was a dark green two piece of a pleated skirt and jacket with 3/4 length sleeves, a small rounded collar, and a big green button. I wore it with a short-sleeved white lace round neck top that did up at the back with lovely iridescent mother-of-pearl buttons. It was made out of one of my mother's dresses, and I wore it to playschool the day the photographer came round to snap my first school picture.

Another favourite piece from those days was a white skirt with a Chinese dragon, in reds and blues, going all the way round on it. Again, it was made out of one of my mother's dresses from the previous decade.

My mum used to make all of mine and my sister's clothes in the 60s and 70s, and the three of us had very definite ideas about what we liked. We mostly took our inspiration from Mum's old movie star scrapbooks, that she'd compiled as a teenager in the 40s and 50s; which meant that my sister and I were perfectly happy wearing petticoats to school in the late 60s (and again in the 80s when I revived that look for myself). We were always just a little bit out of step -fashionwise- with the rest of our peers, who teased us sometimes but mostly just accepted our sartorial eccentricities.

I wore zouave trousers way before MC Hammer (in '78-'79, actually). I wore slacks and bolero jackets, and brushed my long hair back into a single thick high plait decorated with scarves and flowers long before Sade made that look instantly recognisable to my school chums.

Nowadays, I dress slightly more conservatively; partly for comfort but mostly because I seem to have lost my knack and my nerve along with my figure. I'm in my mid-40s now, my boobs have gotten bigger, my upper arms have gotten flabbier, and everything else seems to have gone south a bit...a good look is so much harder to achieve when you're constantly having to worry about the flaws in your physique that need covering up.

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( 7 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
bogwitch
Jun. 9th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
I got 60's too. Hmm.

I like the sound of the Chinese Dragon skirt.
gamiila
Jun. 9th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, it was beyootiful! Sadly, I ripped it on a tree branch when I was 6, and it couldn't be mended.
bogwitch
Jun. 11th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
:(
curiouswombat
Jun. 9th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
I got the 80s - which probably was my best era fashion wise - I was working so I could afford clothes, and was a size that at least some fashionable clothes came in!
gamiila
Jun. 10th, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
I was expecting to get the 80s, too (it was the era in which I really started to care about clothes, after all) -- and then I got the 60s instead!
kassto
Jun. 10th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
How interesting. Sounds like your Mum and you had a great sense of style. And school friends can be terribly conservative and conformist about what is stylish.

I'm the same age as you and my Mum made our clothes too, partly because we couldn't afford to have bought clothes. I remember for the school social at age 12 (it was 1973) she made me a great little outfit that was very chic for the day — a fitted shirt and matching hotpants (my legs were VERY good at age 12) and a little contrasting flared mini-skirt worn over the top of the hotpants that was worn unbuttoned down the front so you could see the hotpants underneath.

And like you, I feel I had a really individual quirky sense of style that I have found hard to maintain in middle age due to tiredness and fatness. It's harder to look stylish when the body isn't looking as good. But we can but try!
gamiila
Jun. 10th, 2007 09:38 am (UTC)
school friends can be terribly conservative and conformist about what is stylish.

So I gather, from stories of bullying and peer pressure in today's papers. Luckily, things weren't that bad in my schooldays, and our chums would only snigger on those rare occasions we were wearing some truly experimentally preposterous outfits. For instance, a pair of snowwhite coveralls, that made us look like jobbing housepainters...

a fitted shirt and matching hotpants (my legs were VERY good at age 12) and a little contrasting flared mini-skirt worn over the top of the hotpants that was worn unbuttoned down the front so you could see the hotpants underneath.

I'm so jealous. Not only because it sounds like it was a lovely outfit, but also because I wanted to wear hotpants, and Mum wouldn't let me. She thought they were trashy and I couldn't make her change her mind.
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