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'60s family photos
THE FASHION STATEMENT OF THE 1960'S
I wore the little red dress with a white lace smock on my first day of elementary school. I remember how pretty I felt wearing the outfit with white knee-highs and dress shoes. I was in first grade and was so excited to attend the elementary school my brother already attended the last three years.
Most of the time, I really enjoyed dressing up as a child of the 1960’s. However, I remember a certain 1960’s article of clothing that mortified me when I was in third or fourth grade. My mom was quite the homemaker in the 1960's. She taught me how to cook and sew when I was very young. When I was around ten years old, she helped me design and create my first article of clothing. I made a skort. Most kids today would not even know what a skort was, but it was shorts with a skirt flap sewn in the front. I was so proud of myself to design my own article of clothing that I begged my mom to allow me to wear it to school. We knew shorts were highly inappropriate to wear to school, but my mom wore shorts with a matching wraparound skirt when she was in high school, so she assumed a skort would be permissible. She was wrong. As soon as I arrived at school in my homemade skort, my teacher was offended by my “shorts” and sent me straight to the principal’s office. She said I was wearing “revealing” clothing. Girls were not allowed to wear shorts, so the visible shorts in the back of my skort, violated the dress code. I was sent home from school mortified and totally humiliated because I created an outfit considered “inappropriate” for school. Fortunately, after my mom explained to the principal that a skort was more modest then the playsuits she used to wear to school and that I made the outfit myself, the dress code was relaxed a bit to allow girls to wear "skorts" to school. I was later allowed to wear my outfit to school.
Growing up in the 1960’s was definitely a fashion statement in the works with modest matching outfits and updos, but I prefer the more relaxed look of jeans and sneakers today.