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    Posted April 15, 2014 by
    BrendaOlson
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    '60s family photos

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    THE FASHION STATEMENT OF THE 1960'S

     
    When I was growing up in the 1960’s, girls wore polyester playsuits, dresses with smocking, and modest matching outfits. It was customary for girls with very long hair to style it with curls, hair ribbons and bows. I was no exception. My mom spent hours brushing my hair and used all sorts of hair products to keep my baby fine hair from tangling. Many nights I wore curlers to bed in order to style my hair with curls and bows the next morning. When I attended a special event or when I was performing a dance routine, I actually went to the hair salon to have my hair strategically styled into a bun on the top of my head with ringlets flowing over my ears. Those were the days!

    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.

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