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Clothes – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History
January 17th, 2012 by Jessica

Week #24 – Clothes. What types of clothes did you wear as a child? What was “in fashion” and did your style compare? What types of clothes did you wear as a child? What was “in fashion” and did your style compare?

Clothes and fashion – two words that didn’t go together in my vocabulary.  Clothes were to keep you at the right temperature and make sure your legs didn’t chafe.  Clothes kept you dry when it was raining and warm when the snow was falling.  Clothes fostered swimming in the summer, and long arms on shirts kept you from getting poison ivy in the ditch.

Clothes are for comfort and purpose, not aesthetics.  That’s my Mom talking right there, let me tell you.  My sister is the exact opposite.

All of my friends wore Nike shoes with neon laces and Adidas jackets.  They sported ten Swatch watches on one arm and a thousand jelly and bangle bracelets.  They wore jean jackets with buttons featuring New Kids on the Block.  They wore Wrangler jeans with the legs rolled up.  Their hair was perfect with those late 80′s sky-high bangs or elaborate french braids with half a can of Aqua Net holding it in place even during a tornado.

I’ve never had a sense of fashion or the concept of style. I’m sure more than a few of my classmates laughed at my simple unstylish clothes throughout my life, but I didn’t care.  Even today, I wear plain old blue jeans and a t-shirt every chance I get.  I hate carrying a purse.  I’d rather use a men’s wallet or just throw my license and some cash in my pocket.  If I can’t go barefoot, then tennis shoes will do.   I don’t do heels – EVER.  (I wore ballet slippers down the aisle when we got married.)

I never do my hair; I never wear make-up.  I just wake up and rip a comb through my hair to get the snarls out and that is it.  A true tomboy, through and through.

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