What are/were the fashion statements of your generation?As a 21st century educator I recently scolded two students for their choice of clothing for school (the low-low pants, untied and over-sized...

What are/were the fashion statements of your generation?

As a 21st century educator I recently scolded two students for their choice of clothing for school (the low-low pants, untied and over-sized sneakers, et al).

Yet, I remember being their age as a teenager in the 1990's attempting to go to school with ripped jeans, a Metallica shirt, crazy black-blue hair, and black lipstick. Of course, my parents would not allow it. Yet, parents are different these days.

What were the fashion statements of your generation?


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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I was born in 1950.  So the fashions of the fifties, sixties, and seventies were those of my youth.  What I remember most from the fifties were poodle skirts.  In the sixties, there were Ben Casey blouses, something called "angel blouses," which were a bit of a scandal because they looked like maternity tops.  There was also a preppy look I liked, pastel blouses with round collars, made by "Lady Bug," and the blouses came with a little ladybug pin. ""Villager" was a big name, too, as was "Jeune Lique," all of these being very preppy lines of clothing.  Moving on to the late sixties and early seventies, we wore bell-bottomed jeans, wraparound skirts, mini-skirts, and the jewelry I remember was peace signs and love beads.  As I got a little older, Diane von Furstenburg dresses were all the rage.  I wish I still had one.  They're coming back! 

pacorz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I went to high school in the 1970s, and many of us wore love beads and headbands. Everybody had their hair long and straight and parted in the middle, regardless of gender. Jeans were bell-bottoms, and were considered more fashionable if they had been well worn and patched; the best patches were fancy embroidered ones. The guys usually wore tee shirts or flannel shirts, while the girls tended toward floaty peasant tops. Tie dye and prints from India were big, and baths and showers weren't.

I usually don't say too much to students about their attire unless they are wearing a shirt with an offensive slogan or are showing too much anatomical detail. Our youthful years are a time of character formation, and I think learning to express yourself through your clothing is a normal part of growing up.


stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I, too, am a child of the 1960s and 1970s, born in 1952. In elementary school, my poodle skirt was turquoise blue. It was a huge change when, in ninth grade, we were allowed to wear pant suits to school-this meant a coordinated set of a top and slacks, not any sweater and whatever pair of pants we wanted to wear. I didn't wear jeans to class until I got to college, so that was a big deal!

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Eighties UK seemed to be day glo colors everywhere! I loved my fingerless gloves and leg warmers. Makeup was bold with electric blue eyeliner, Iced Champink lipstick and purple mascara. Boys wore jackets with the sleeves rolled up like their heroes from Miami Vice, and they spent way too long blowdrying their streaked hair! 

wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I used to drive my mother crazy wearing Jyncos.  They were a particular brand of very baggy pants.  These pants fit in the waist but became bigger and bigger as they approached the ankle.  I also wore walet chains, colored hair, and black nail polish.  Looking back on it, we all looked pretty silly.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Greaser girl with teased hair, black eyeliner, sunglasses, mini-skirts with knee-high socks, bell-bottom hiphuggers. Never any headbands or peace signs, though. On school days--uniforms! Later on, paisley was de rigeur and huge hair still with long, dark (not black, though) fingernails. 

readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When I was a kid in the 80s, people used to roll up their pants and make the fold tight. They liked the tapered look when it came to pants. Also many people liked to wear only black clothing. When I was in high school wearing no socks also became a fad for a while. 

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When I was growing up in Micronesia, people liked to cut the side seams on their shirts up to the armpits.  Then they cut each side into strips and tie the strips together.  So up their sides it looked like the rungs of a ladder.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When I was a kid, boys would gel their hair so that it stood up in front like a duck-spit. That was a bit silly. 

When I was very young, velcro shoes were in fashion. I kind of wish that would come back. How convenient!

rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I grew up in the 80s, and in my neck of the woods enormous hair for girls and mullets for boys were the order of the day. Moving into the early nineties, it was acid washed jeans. Good times.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
My mother loves to tell me the story of how she got sent home on her last day of high school for wearing pants!
samiha1998 | Student

I'm still 12-years-old, and I've been taught how modernized our world is today. But something really popular I've noticed in the current trends, are the whole Justin Bieber glasses type things, skinny jeans even for boys, and a bunch of other things. I hear a lot of comments from others about this topic and some don't like the trends, while others always try to keep up with them.

I guess im in the middle, since I don't have much thoughts about it, but the dramatic change throughout history and now is certainly interesting. :\

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