Any of you remember this look??

A really good, lifelong friend of mine (Kim Gannon) emailed me this picture just for grins yesterday. (Her daughter, Shannon, is well into her college years if that tells you how old the picture is.) It not only made me laugh. It also made me smile, if you know what I mean. There’s a difference between something making you laugh and something making you just-plain-old-smile. I thought it was kinda sweet. That’s why I smiled. That’s one very subtle way to bear the Name, isn’t it? But, of course, now I’m wanting to laugh about it again. It’s too bad you can’t see the jeans underneath. I bet anything they came all the way to the waist where they were tightly cinched by a narrow band then did a very unflattering, pleated poof right around the tummy. They were hideous.That’s my house, by the way. It’s terrifying that I stood that close to an open flame with all that hairspray. My courage knew no end.

Do any of you older Siestas remember when we used to make these kinds of Christmas sweatshirts?? This one was amazingly understated compared to the others. (Kim made these for both of us as I recall.) Some of mine had so many 3-dimensional trinkets sown and glue-gunned onto them that I couldn’t even wash them. I just stunk for Christmas. Surely some of you remember the applique days. They certainly were not limited to Christmas but they were overwhelmingly thematic. You know how we put out decorations on our doors and in our houses throughout the seasons of the year? This was a way of actually wearing them on your person.

You young women on here have no idea what your big sisters have been through.It’s a wonder we don’t have to take medication to talk about it.

So, here’s a fun question: What do we (or you) wear today that you think we’re going to mock and scorn ourselves for later??


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  1. 1
    Tammy says:

    Beth, the sad thing is I’m still wearing those jeans that come up to the waist with a pleated poof!!

  2. 2
    Leah Adams says:

    Hip huggers and bell bottoms….again. I did not look good in them 25 years ago and I don’t now. Platform shoes, too. I had several of those sweat shirts. Lord, have mercy, I hope rabbit fur coats don’t come back in style.

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    Stacy Rains says:

    Feathers in the hair!

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    hilary says:

    Plaid. No doubt about it.



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    Betsy Roberts says:

    Oh do I remember the sweatshirts … but most of all, I LOVE the hair – especially the poofy bangs!! Been there and done that!! I’m just a couple years your junior … so I am TOTALLY re-living the moment!! LOL!!! The items that will haunt several in the future are the “skinny” jeans and “jeggings” … they’re gonna wonder what in the world were they thinking?!?! But … at least they’re not wearing them with an oversized sweater and a 4″ belt adorning their waist like we did! Ah, what a great laugh … needed that trip down memory lane today!!

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    cjl says:

    Keen shoes…in bright colors

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    Leah says:

    They are too many to count: skinny jeans, massive infinity scarves, crazy boots, headbands with massive plumes and flowers, and the list goes on. That won’t stop me from wearing all those things though. πŸ™‚

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    Vicki says:

    Leggings. I think we will look back at leggings and shudder…

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    Kate says:

    Well *I* totally think everyone is going to shake their heads in disbelief that women ever wore these ridiculous low rise jeans!!! At least those jeans you think you wore in that picture were probably comfortable!! At least you didn’t have to worry about ‘muffin top’! At least you didn’t have to constantly tug your shirt down to make sure you weren’t exposing yourself!! At least you didn’t have to buy special low rise underwear to wear underneath!

    Seriously, I do NOT understand this low rise phenomenon!!! They are SO uncomfortable! I’m not saying pants have to be hiked up to your armpits, but I do not understand why anyone ever decided that pants should go below the natural waist that God gave us…the spot so clearly designed for a waistband!

    • 9.1
      Hilary says:

      Some of us do not have that natural waist of which you speak. πŸ˜€

    • 9.2
      ChellΓ© says:

      From your mouth to God’s ears, Kate! πŸ˜‰

      Just this morning at Bible Study one of the girls commented similarly regarding this fashion. She said, “We all should have known we were in for trouble the day it was recommended we purchase different underwear in order to wear the low rise jeans” Yup!! Soon enough there will be mocking and scorning. Bahahahaha!!!

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    Michele says:

    Mama, I was thinking that very thing this morning! On my walk this am wore what’s left of a 25-year old sweatshirt – sleeves are cut off half-way and it has a large hole on the side where my dog ate it. It’s red and I wore my comfy pink shorts. (I did put on my Michigan jacket that can’t unzip so no one would see my pink & red outfit)

    Usually I wear my jeans that are split wide open on both knees, frayed everywhere and ready to fall completely apart. They are so comfortable!

    Course those are not my fancy clothes. I have a pair of pretty new jeans I got for $10 and they almost fit! πŸ˜‰

    My wardrobe needs serious help. I don’t know hardly anything about fashion. I can do electrical wiring but I don’t know clothes or jewelry. OceanMommy is going to go shopping with me someday! So thankful to now have Siesters that help me with those type of things!

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    Marina says:

    I have no idea what you mean. I think I look timeless and lovely every day (ha ha ha ha!). NOT! πŸ™‚
    I haven’t yet mustered the courage to wear a pair (I’m sure I’ll work up to it just after it goes out of style), but skinny jeans… I just can’t imagine that trend will avoid the scorn of future fashionistas. Additionally, leggings – which I do wear. I know better than to wear them as pants (only with skirts, etc for me), but I can’t quite shake the feeling they’re a tad ridiculous! Fun question & fun pic! Thanks for sharing!

  12. 12

    I haven’t succumbed to it myself — too old thank goodness πŸ™‚ — but I have a feeling the tattoo craze is going to haunt a lot of today’s younger gals one day πŸ™‚

    • 12.1
      Lynn says:

      I agree Cheryl, think of those tatoos when they are wrinkled and have shifted somewhat downward! Many of todays styles are re-runs from my youth, leggings have been here before, platform shoes have been around at least twice before that I remember.I tell my daughter if I wore it the first time, not doing it the second time around!! lol

    • 12.2
      Angel says:

      I have a large tattoo of stars down my right ankle and foot. My mom gave me grief about how it would look when I was old, but I told her not to worry. I was already looking forward to seeing my star tattoo transform into an asteroid tattoo. πŸ˜‰

    • 12.3
      Sarah S. says:

      Oh, Cheryl, you are speaking wisdom and truth right there! It was music to my ears to hear my daughter look around and say, “My generation will be the grossest old people with their sagging tattoos.” No kidding!

  13. 13
    Janice Parent says:

    The Hair!! Definitely the HAIR. Short in the back, longer in the front…every woman seems to wear a version of it in some way or another in the last couple of years. In fact, I have it now, and I can already hear my grandchildren looking at “old” pics a few years from now and asking “Grandma!! What were you thinking?”

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    Amy says:

    I love a good legging but the silhouettes some tunic/legging combinations make can be quite scary. Ugg boots. Crocs.

    • 14.1
      NurseRae says:

      My Mom was all about glue-guns and iron-ons to make my sisters and I (and herself) some totally awesome shirts. I would proudly wear mine all over town–only now (in my 20s) do I actually question my fashion sense back then.

      I wish my Dad would question his fashion statement of white crew socks and keen sandles. Or cowboy boots, shorts, and a topless look—oh boy!

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    Kathleen says:

    Oh I was just looking at my 1989 high school year book and THE HAIR! The 2 story, teased, frizzed out, AQUA Net coated hairdo, Thank you Jesus for the chi straightener……

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    jeanette Dahm says:

    I think the leggings, jeggings, skinny jeans, might be a look we won’t like to look back on. It’s ok if the top I wear goes down to my knees but if the waist to knees shows, not always a flattering style.

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    Kim says:

    I laughed right out loud with you! I have done the over-appliqued sweatshirts and the oh-so-corny matching shirts with my spouse (BEFORE we were married).

    I hesitate to say this, but Crocs. Kind of like those faithful saddle shoes we wore for cheerleading . . .

    • 17.1
      MK says:

      Yep, loved those saddle shoes! πŸ˜‰ Every cheerleader and cheer team wore them. It’s funny now to see my girls love them – only in high heels!

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    fuzzytop says:

    You look so cute in this photo Beth! And the sweatshirts are darling…

    There have been SO MANY awful fashion fads, but if I had to pick something that I think we will scorn ourselves for in the future, I would say skinny jeans. I mean, who really looks good in those? Seriously! And crocs. They may be comfy, but I think they look hideous…


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    Jane Munoz says:

    The “pants on the ground” trend – pull those pants up! I do not want to see your underwear!

    Crocs – I cannot get myself to understand how hard plastic shoes can be comfortable and they look so strange!

    Low rise, skinny jeans IF you do not have the body for it, which 95% of the population does not, including me!

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    holly smith says:

    Oh and remember the “dots” paint? I still have it in a craft drawer somewhere OR the stitch witchery (sp?). I have to say, I just embrace it and tuck it away as a time away and apart πŸ™‚ I am loving the styles right now–flowy shirts and dresses. And with Melanie’s help at dotMOM in her Fashion for Moms session, I think I need to sit under her wisdom longer, before I am safe to fly.

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    Kathy B says:

    A couple of years ago I was cleaning out my closet around Christmas time and found a matching sweater/skirt set that was Christmas “themed”, if you know what I mean. Pleased as punch that it still fit, I proceeded to don it for a Christmas party. Upon decending the stairs, my resident fashion police (aka teen daughters), simultaneously jumped from the couch and shrieked in utter horror. No kidding. They marched me straight back up the stairs and issued a citation that I was never EVER to wear that again. In fact, I think they made me hand over said offensive attire just in case they weren’t on patrol next time I got such a criminal inkling. Just exactly when did Cute go out of style? I must’ve been busy carpooling.

    • 22.1
      Michele says:

      Hey Kathy – 3 years ago when I lost my job, I took all my shirts that had the company logo out of my closet and thru them in a box.

      Stood back and looked – pretty much the only things left all said MICHIGAN!! hahaha

      GO BLUE!!!!

      • Kathy B says:

        Love it! Easily, my best loved and rattiest sweatshirts are U of M. I’ve been known to slip into church in one following a big win. Albeit, discreetly hidden beneath a cute blazer.

  23. 23
    Cheri-Beri says:

    You do not even want to know how many t-shirts and sweatshirts I made like those. I had a gigantic box full of every conceivable shade of the rainbow of fabric paints.

    Everyone here has done a good job of future scorn-worthy items. My personal downfall right now is huge chunky necklaces. Can’t wait to hear what the grandkids will say about my pictures one day.

  24. 24
    Joyce Watson says:

    Oh my goodness, this takes me back a few years! Today, there are some funny looking shoes with funny heels and straps that go up the leg, and cute winter hats that have monkey,or another animal faces on them.
    I might be wearing some of those old things still, maybe should check my closet and drawers. I will never forget I had a shirt and pants with alittle red, yellow and yellow green…then had shoes to match. Yuck!
    You should looked sweet and cute back then, Ms.Beth!

  25. 25
    christy beth says:

    Things I wear, or wore, and will probably come to regret in photos:
    anything with sequins

    • 25.1
      Redeemed says:

      At least you weren’t wearing all this at once…as in, a pair of sequined culotte-length overalls with a pair of crocs!
      That just makes me giggle to think about!

  26. 26
    Joyce Watson says:

    You notice my picture from way back…no one wears those gloves, black patent-leather shoes and carries a purse like that any more and a hat cannot believe it!…LOL!

  27. 27
    Angel says:

    In Arizona, plenty of girls wear Ugg boots with cut off shorts. I already don’t understand it, so I imagine it will seem really crazy in the future. Also, messy hair and ponytails will probably be pretty funny.

  28. 28
    Cheryl Hinerman says:

    I remember those sweatshirts. How fun! I was just thinking that if Amanda wants to know what she’d look like wearing one, she just needs to look at her beautiful mother. = o)

  29. 29
    Mary R says:

    I remember THOSE sweat shirts! Oh My! I had one that had a crocheted collar on it — who ever thought that was a good look?
    Anyway, on to today — Crocs, Uggs, capris (at least on me).. not a good look as it chops me up and makes me look … well, not good!

  30. 30
    ULCARDSFAN says:

    Beth, Please indulge me and let me answer a different question. Those sweatshirts reminded me of an outfit I wore in the 7th grade. My sweet mother made me a black felt skirt and sewed small green felt Christmas trees all along the hem and them made one LARGE green Christmas tree, decorated with shiney ornaments for the focal point. The thing is I wore that skirt proudly to school…don’t think any of the young Siestas on here would have been caught dead in it at school but those were different times. Thanks for letting me “bend” the question rules.
    Love, Linda ( 5 months away from 60! YIKES!!)

  31. 31
    vanessa says:

    Ankle Boots!!..I am not feeling them now and I think we wont be later on either.

  32. 32
    ChellΓ© says:

    So you’re saying that I SHOULDN’T still be wearing three dimensional themed appliqued sweatshirts?? Hmpf!! I suppose the bedazzled fall 3D appliqued leaf sweatshirt I’m wearing today is what I think I will mock and scorn myself for later… Later today that is πŸ˜‰

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    Judy Cole says:

    I definitely think the tattoos are not going to look quite so cool when gravity takes over and the skin starts drying out and sagging!

    I wonder what hairdresser you went to for the picture because I think we used the exact same one!!! My hair looked exactly like yours! As far as the sweatshirts, my daughter asked one day if she could wear one of my Christmas sweaters or sweatshirts to school. I was so honored and excited until she told me it was “Ugly Christmas Shirt Day” and I had several items that would be perfect!

  34. 34
    Lindsee says:

    I think in five years we will regret skinny jeans. But maybe not.

    However, I MUST say, between this and my own mother’s closet, I have places to “shop” now for the next Tacky Sweater Christmas party. I’m just sayin’. : ) But know that I still love y’all. This is priceless.

  35. 35
    Sarah says:

    I REMEMBER sweaters & sweater vests and jeans like that! πŸ™‚ I can’t think of anything as far as modern-day but I’m not really into fashion. I’ll be interested to see what other young ones (20’s and 30’s) say, though! πŸ™‚ Thanks for making me smile, too!

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    Heather says:

    Oh, I remember those applique sweatshirts. My sister made everyone in our family one and we wore them for our Christmas picture. It was probably 1986 or 87. Now, it’s framed in mom and dad’s house so the applique sweatshirts live on! πŸ™‚ I think people will look back and laugh at the “bump it” and the feathers in the hair.

  37. 37
    Leah Atha says:

    Skinny jeans & leggings. We regretted them the first time around & we’ll regret them again. As a bonus, we get the guilt of letting this trend happen again! :). Some of us are letting it happen to our daughters!

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    beckyjomama says:

    I am almost SURE that we will look back with horror at the sad fact that we did not learn the lesson the first time and the leggings were brought back.

    And they STILL did not come with the warning tag stating “CAUTION: You will be seen from the backside when wearing this garment. Wear with caution!”

    so very sad. ;-P

  39. 39
    Rachel says:

    Jeggings and leggings – our kids one day will be horrified that we went pantsless and instead wore a slightly baggy shirt over tights

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    Diana A. says:


    Those things seem to go everywhere…I don’t know why…they were made for the beach and now they have sequins and bedazzled jewelry and that is considered dressy.

    No foot support, there will be a generation of women with fallenarches and turned in feet – oooooh I’m sounding just like my grandmother used to πŸ˜‰

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    Stephanie says:

    I’m sure I’ll regret my skinny jeans and tunics someday, but I love wearing them now!

  42. 42
    Rachel says:

    Justin Bieber hair!!!! I don’t get the bangs in the face thing…or the constant hair-flipping. πŸ™‚ I’m afraid there will be a lot of boys who grow up to be men and look back on that hairstyle choice and shudder.

  43. 43
    Jen says:

    Definitely Ugg boots! lol

  44. 44
    Jeannie says:

    I think we will look back on the blouse-y maternity looking tops and dresses and think “what in the world?” I think the capri pant is also going to date itself as well as flip flops worn with everything from jeans to dresses (even dressy dresses). I think the hair claw clips will eventually go back to being used only by hairstylists as a tool while cutting hair. I think the high heels with jeans may go down as a fad as well. Now, keep in mind, I sport all of these looks, but I know I will look back and wonder what I was thinking.

    BTW, Beth, Amanda looks so much like you in that picture! Beautiful ladies regardless of what you are wearing!

  45. 45
    Warm in Alaska says:

    Jeggings get my vote. Really? We think skin tight tights is a good look? Maybe under a skirt – but all the way up to our waist? Yowza. Help us.

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    Tatia Cook says:

    My teenage girls (15 and 13) gather the excess of their shirts and use a rubberband or a silly band (there’s one we’ll regret!) and make a tail-like thing on the back of their shirts. Why??? I’ve asked and I’m told, “It makes my shirt look better.” How??? Sometimes the ‘tail’ is only an inch long!! I don’t get it now, so I’m sure we won’t get it later πŸ™‚

    • 46.1
      Sarah S. says:

      My main regret about silly bands is that I didn’t invent them! Can you imagine? Wish I had a penny for every one sold!

    • 46.2
      Alison says:

      Well I’m 32 and when I was about 10-12 years wore my t-shirts with the tail on my side…by using a bow! So I’m guess I thought it made my shirt look better! LOL!

  47. 47
    christina says:

    “Older”?? Sigh. Yes.

    Amen to those ahead of me on the low-rise jeans. I’m thinking “jeggings” will be mocked in plenty. (No, I do not dare to wear them.)

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    Tanya Hoffman says:

    you all have come up with all the good ones, but I have to shout an ernest Amen or at least “Speak it Sister” about the skinny jeans, crocs, and leggings. Do I own them: YES. Do I wear them; YES. Will I one day look back in horror? DEFINATELY!!!

  49. 49
    Kristin says:

    I had the same hairstyle and some similar shirts. I have to admit that I still have them in my closet, because my mom made them for me. My kids think they are hilarious! πŸ™‚

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    Diane Bailey says:

    The High Heeled Platform Shoes! I wear them, but I am tongue in cheek the whole time because I know they are hilarious looking! The other is the sharply pointed shoes. My husband says they are great for killing roaches in the corner of the room. ( I know…GROSS!) But, I am Petite in height and they keep me from having to hem all my clothes and the second is supose to give me a taller look as well! Do you think that maybe they are tricking us just so we will buy new stuff???

    Laughing with you. ~Di

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