Isn’t it strange that what we see now as being weird was completely normal back in the day. The clothes I proudly wore in the 70s and 80s wouldn’t look out of place on a modern day clown. I bought a purple wooden peaked cap to copy the one Donny wore in a poster in Teen Beat and, strangest of all, I got my mom to crochet me a poncho – remember them? So you think that all sounds weird, well, read on.
1. Bold Baggy Sweaters
These were from the Sears Christmas Catalogue in 1986. Bold and bright, we thought we looked so cool in them, even though they were totally unflattering. We usually wore them with stirrup, stretchy pants, again another weird fashion. These tops were often made in a very thin material and, for wearing them for a couple of hours, they looked like we had slept in them.
2. Charm Necklace
A tacky, plastic necklace which had anything and everything attached to it. There was even a matching bracelet if you were so inclined. The charms included mini crayons (?), a whistle, a tiny comb, a plastic frog of course – and many other bizarre items, each one more useless than the last but looking strangely fashionable around the neck.
3. Winnie The Poo Music Box TV
I got this exact one when I was 4 years old. I played it constantly whilst dancing in my bedroom until one day, I over-wound it, the knob broke off and I danced no more – that is until mom got me the Fisher Price toy record player. Life was worth living again as I paraded around the carpet to a new set of nursery rhymes.
4. Kissing Koolers
The late 80s saw these lip smacking products. Peppermint was my favorite and I slapped it on about 10 times a day! Kissing Koolers replaced Maybelline Kissing Potions and my sister had them in every flavor. The advert on TV advises that we should use a different flavor for every guy we kissed. I was very shy, even well into my teens and I never got past strawberry!
5. Friendship Pins
These safety pins were really cool. I’d use the gold colored pins and load them with tiny beads, Then I’d attach them to backpacks and purses. They became friendship pins when you gave them to, or traded them with, friends and classmates. I gave away many, many more than I ever received so I worked out that the more I made and handed out, then surely someone would reciprocate.