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. 51
    Warm in Alaska says:

    Sorry Beth – for posting twice. But I just took a closer gander at that picture and was mostly intrigued with your bevy of Christmas figurines on the mantel. That’s Santa to the far right, yes? And then — who is in the middle, surrounded by the wreath? Mrs. Santa? It’s a wee confusing. But the one I’m most interested in learning the identity of is the chap next to Santa. Who, pray tell, is that? It looks like maybe Father Time – ? Or, to be quite honest it looks like a statue of a character from the Lord of the Rings trilogy (not sure of their names) — but this picture was loonnggg before those movies came out…. I give up – who is that? An angel? An unusually tall Mary?

  2. 52

    Trends- the magic of “trends” is that what our grandmothers wore with all their dignity is coming back into style- and what we may dare to wear- in twenty years or more will be the daily trend- It is a cycle- this thing we call fashion- However NEVER EVER WEAR CHRISTMAS SWEATERS AND SWEATSHIRTS that are big-bulky and tacky- they have forever been a fashion “No No” especially the homemade ones with the “Iron-on’s.” Now you can find fashionable seasonal attire- just don’t trip over yourselves finding the “trend of the week” the point is- the trends change as soon as in item is “out of stock-” If you want bulky Halloween and Christmas sweatshirts- head down to Salvation Army- they may be selling the ones you used to have styling on your beautiful selves– And DO NOT EVER wear- those sweaters with little JINGLE BELLS- NEVER-

    So- I am just half-serious- Wear what you Dare- and be comfortable in your own beautiful skin~ Just don’t ask, “What Not to Wear- or How Do I Look?” My cookie cutter remark is, “Oh Girl- You are the bomb!” ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 53
    Heather says:

    I love love love wearing my boots over my jeans…(not with jeggings, but with real jeans). ๐Ÿ™‚ But I kind of think it may be a look that dates us soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 54
    Ashley says:

    I know one day capris will go out, and THAT is when I’ll need medication. I love them. LOVE them.

    Mama Beth, at the first LPL I ever attended, you said something about seeing a bunch of girls walking toward the arena, and that you had decided the best identifying marks of a Christian woman were a Bible in one hand, a bottled water in the other, and capris. Will never forget that. You are precious.

    • 54.1
      Genevieve says:

      I don’t think capris will go out in Texas. It is too hot here and these are great when a person is modest and does not want to wear shorts. I’m one of those people. I love capris too.

  5. 55
    Donielle says:

    Without a doubt….low rise, bell bottom jeans! I also think the faux fur collars will get a few chuckles a couple of years from now.

  6. 56

    Heavens to Betsy!! I do remember those days in the 80’s for sure! I wish we could post our own similar pics, but that would probably make this blog site crash. :o)
    I think our current “craze” which will be mocked later is all the BLING, BLING, BLING!! No worries from me, though. I will never regret (or apologize) for all my BLING. :o)

  7. 57
    Yvonne says:

    You all are making me laugh! Since I don’t have a sense of style…I can’t begin to predict what will be mocked. I do have to say early 90’s hairstyles can enjoy staying in the 90’s.

    Siestas, you brighten my day!

  8. 58
    Sharae Crouch says:

    I worry that it will be my beloved hair highlights!!! I love them so, and yet wonder about my trendy choice when my young daughter refers to my hair as, “rainbow” hair because of the blond highlights on top of the natural brown!

  9. 59
    Tessa T says:

    “Wife beaters” Why do we as a society get away with that term?? I love a white tank-top and jeans, but I wonder what we’re going to think looking back…

    Great post (and sweet sweater)!

  10. 60
    Kelly S says:

    WOW Amanda looks like you!
    That shirt is really cute. Matter of fact, with all the hoopla over “Merry Christmas” thats a perfect answer. A shirt with JESUS ๐Ÿ™‚

    My mom used to make those sweatshirts all the time, and they were ususally FARM ANIMALS. Im not kidding. I had one in high school that had a pig face on the front and a pig’s rear on the back complete with pink pipecleaner screw tail. And yes, I wore it and thought I was cute????? LOL

  11. 61
    Michelle says:

    Just saw that CARGO SKINNY JEANS are a “must have” for the Fall…what? As if we really needed cargo pockets at all – Also, thinking of things I torture my two year old daughter with — TUTUS! I think all these little girls are going to ask us why oh why we had a tutu for every occasion – but, for now, I am going to enjoy putting her in one on every major holiday and her birthday – ; )

  12. 62
    Steadfast and Faithful says:

    Ditto on the Skinny jeans! Thankful to the Lord for allowing me to bear children before the outbreak, and henceforth never had the figure for them! Somebody shout Amen for God’s providence!

  13. 63
    Candice F. says:

    My mom and I had matching sweatshirts like these! My sweet mother-in-law is still wearing them. She tries to say that she only wears them for the 2nd graders she teaches, but we think she just can’t let go. Hahaha she is too funny!

  14. 64
    Janell Taylor says:

    These scarves we wrap around our necks and shirts that stick out underneath the tops we wear over them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. 65
    Beth Herring says:

    My kids still cringe in horror when they look at old pictures with my 3 girls wearing matching sweatshirts all decked out like that! And usually I had one to match!

    I think that crocs are one day gonna come back to haunt us big time!

  16. 66
    Deb says:

    Feathers lol

  17. 67
    Leah says:

    does anyone remember stirrup pants?
    I’m only 25 and i remember the outfits my mother would put me in that she ordered from a company called Kelly’s Kids. Stirrup pants and a sweatshirt with applique on it. Then she would make a hairbow to match and bows to go on my Keds canvas shoes that matched the outfit also.

    • 67.1
      heather says:

      oh my gosh!!! stir-up pants..made me laugh…i remember ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 67.2
      Kristen Keeling says:

      Stirrup pants are making a comeback. I am not joking. I saw some recently in Dillard’s. Dillard’s of all places!!!! I’m tempted to pick up the tradition. I’m only 30 and feel like I didn’t get to live out the 80’s era to it’s fullest.

    • 67.3
      theharbormom says:

      I saw stir-ups in the girls section of Target. I’m not going back.

    • 67.4
      Lisa says:

      I have a picture (taken by a friend) of the very moment my husband (boyfriend at the time) got down on one knee and proposed to me. It was taken in 1994 – I am wearing stirrup pants, with an over-sized sweater and have my hand over my mouth doing the “Oh my gosh! I can’t believe it!” pose – priceless!!

  18. 68
    Julie Reynolds says:

    Oh wow, I so remember those sweatshirts, and the poofy bangs!! But I am sure that our children will look back on skinny jeans, jeggings, crocs, in much the same way.

    What about those huge tunic shirts, with leggings underneath and flats – do you really think those are flattering to anyone? and toning shoes? I think we will all look back and wonder about those and 4 inch heels.

  19. 69

    One word: CROCS!! I love shoes. No, I mean I LOVE them. They are my biggest vice and the shoe department flat out makes me happy. However, Crocs should be outlawed…I would suggest not looking directly at them, for retina damage may soon follow. Sadly, my kids all own a pair because they begged for them, and no matter what logic I used…including your retinas may fall out from looking at them…they still wanted a pair of them and swear they are the most comfortable shoes every made. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    As a side note: I must admit to loving leggings!

    • 69.1
      Carol says:

      I wholeheartedly agree with you. Crocs are hideous! I also do not understand the fascination with flip-flops (or thongs as they were called in my teen days).

    • 69.2
      Kristin says:

      Crocs are comfy – but seriously ugly – even the ones they’re trying to make “cute”. I will only wear them around the house. I will say I think the little kids ones are cute though…like age 5 and under. :o))

  20. 70
    Julie Anne says:

    Oh, I had just as much fun going through the comments as reading your post!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh the memories!

    definitely agree with the skinny jeans … and crocs!

  21. 71
    Shawna says:

    Skinny jeans! Leggings (again)! Strappy sandals that look like Julius Casear would have worn them.

    • 71.1
      Melissa says:

      HA! My daughter calls those her “jail shoes” — as in, the make your feet look they are in jail! I think they look ridiculous!!!

  22. 72
    Elisabeth says:

    1.) animal print! Everyone’s into it & our kids are gonna say how dumb it looked!
    2.) those feathers everyone’s wearing in their hair nowadays.
    3.) I’m a Zumba instructor and our Zumbawear is SOOOO early 90s (bright neon and all!). When I get all decked out for a large class or event I feel like I stepped straight out of an episode of The Fresh Prince!

  23. 73
    Ashley says:

    Current trends we may look back and laugh on: flat hair, pale lips and tight pants. (Although most Texans may need not apply for the flat hair trend…):)

    Isn’t “fashion” constantly repeating itself, though? For example, I’m seeing more neon colors and side pony tails than I may have chosen to resurrect from the 1980’s… I’m sure we’ll constantly be looking back and laughing, just *knowing* we have got it right this time!

    Blessings, legggings & Ugg boots, sweet Siestas!

  24. 74
    Jessica says:

    Ug boots…My darling husband has no eye for fashion whatsoever (I have his closet arranged by what shirts go with what suits go with what ties) makes the following joke every time he sees a pair of Ugs…(elbowing me) “You know why they’re called Ug boots?” (Me rolling my eyes) “Why?” ” Because they’re uggggggggly!” While I don’t laugh at his joke anymore as to not encourage him to continue on with it, I absolutely have to agree!

  25. 75
    Colette says:

    I wasn’t living for Jesus back in the 80’s so I had a big bright colored clown on my shirt!! Haha! I think a lot of people will regret their face piercings and all the tattoos too! I guess I am getting old!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. 76
    Janet says:

    Skinny jeans – we are going to live to regret that!

  27. 77
    Sarah says:


  28. 78
    dede says:

    Leggings — What are we thinking!

    I had several of these same sweatshirts – one of mine had little wooden Christmas ornaments that were pinned on (took all day to take off for washing and then put back on!!)

    I pray God’s blessings for you and your family, Beth! I pray you come back to Birmingham, Alabama soon. We have some Alabama Power going on — Our Lord Jesus Christ!!!

    In His Sweet Name,


  29. 79
    Kari Schmitt says:

    I think Ugg boots could be questionable – although I LOVE them!

  30. 80
    Lee Ann Lee says:

    I had to laugh….and smile! I used to MAKE those sweatshirts! I was just telling a friend how I “used to be crafty”…..after seeing the picture, I have to retract that statement! I’m not sure that can truly be called “crafty” anymore!

    As for now…..maybe the capris and Toms? I don’t know. I think I really like the looks of today…but then again…. I liked the trinket and appliqued shirts back in the day – what do I know???? ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. 81
    Michayila says:

    I like wearing a flowing, colorful scarf with my tops…and I may mock myself later as much as I really enjoy them now.

  32. 82
    Julie Elrod says:

    I think it will be Crocs! Also, I’m already looking back to the early 90s when the MC Hammer pants were in style. You know the ones with the crotch that hung down low?? I can’t imagine why we thought those were cool!!!

  33. 83
    CJ says:

    Too funny. Anyone of your ‘era’, myself included would be very familiar with those sweatshirts. I think it is funny when we look back at old pictures (especially with our children present)and LOL! Well of course we were wearing our hair like that, our pants like that our glasses like that – it was the fashion of the day! If we weren’t wearing those things it would have been strange!
    I think someone in the future is going to say – what is WITH all the scarves? Scarves in the summer, scarves in the spring, scarves all year ’round with ANY and ALL outfits. Don’t get me wrong, right now I love ’em but someday, you mark my word. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. 84
    Tara G. says:

    Uggs. I lived in CA and laughed everytime I saw someone wearing them when it was 70 degrees out!

  35. 85
    Sharon says:

    Probably everything! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m 55 so I’m watching some of it go through the 2nd time….scary stuff….they just rename it. Can’t wait to hear you in Baltimore!

  36. 86
    Bobbi says:

    Graphic t-shirts – honestly what seems so hip now will be beyond lame in a decade.

    The other day my 12 year-old daughter did something my husband would never do, took a full length picture of me from behind…ulp. Anyhoo, I no longer wear skinny jeans.

  37. 87
    Volleyball Ginger says:

    For me, I think it will probably be my sassy spiky hair! Right now though, I love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wetumpka, AL

  38. 88
    Valarie says:

    Ya know I certainly mean no offense as I too have adorned my fair share of appliqued sweatshirts and bangs that were as tall as the length of my hand – however, I hate to say that we will look back on Sperry’s with great disdain!! I love a great shoe but those…..ugh…..oh and Ugg’s as well….sorry girls!

  39. 89
    Kara says:

    I’ve seen some facial air on some dads that I know will foster a few laughs in the future.

  40. 90
    Alison says:

    My grandmother used to make my sister and I shorts out of big flowery material and then get a matching color t-shirt and applique on one of the big flowers and then use the glittery glue pens around the applique. Oh my word!!
    Fashion from today that will be regretted later is going to be the extremely high heels! We are certainly going to need more podiatrists in about 10 years. LOL!
    What a fun trip down memory lane!

  41. 91
    Tisha says:

    I still have an applique sweatshirt with my son’s baby pictures on it and I can’t bear to throw it out. How about leg warmers? Anyone remember wearing those? And jelly shoes? I had a pair in every color and adored them. By the way, I love your and Kim’s hair in the pic. I still like to fix my hair like that!

  42. 92
    Kierstan says:

    Oh I love reading everyone’s post! and I agree with them all.

    I agree, women with tattoo’s will hurt more in 20 years then they did the first day. =)

    Kind of like looking at high school photos (1986) of bright lip gloss and long red hair. And don’t forget the bangs 2 inches high…and sprayed to a fine lacquer finish!



  43. 93
    Sandy Bowers says:

    Oh my goodness Beth…. You make me laugh and you make me cry. I did that applique thingy for Christmas too. Mine was reindeer antlers, holly leaves and jingle bells (fabric bells — not the real thing) though. Cut out pictures from fabric, glue it down, then outline with puff paint or glitter paint. I hate to say it, but I think it’s still in my closet….buried where no daylight will find it along with the stirrup pants I wore with it. And BTW, even though you may have used alot of hair spray, I think you are adorable in that picture… included! It doesn’t look like “Texas hair” at all.

    In answer to your fun question, I think my 14 year old daughter already makes fun of what I wear — just not to my face thankfully. Fashionista I. am. not. Thanks again for the chuckle and the trip down memory lane. Oh and BTW, I guess I need to admit that I now fall into the “older Siesta”. Funny though, in my mind I’m not older. Hugs and blessings for an awesome event this weekend. Wish I could be there.

  44. 94
    Sarah says:

    Am with the majority with skinny jeans and leggings. I bought a pair of legging capris this summer to go with the tank top and one look at the expression my husbands face had me in the return line. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love his honesty!!! Am so glad I will not have to shake my head at the pictures in the future!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the smile today Momma Siesta!

  45. 95
    Redeemed says:

    1. Ugg boots.
    2. Crocs. (especially orange ones!)
    3. Those low rise jeans that give you the “muffin top” and the “plumber’s behind” (ahem!* cough!* you know what I’m referring to)
    And finally….
    4. Have you seen those shoes that look like gloves on your feet? I hear they’re comfortable but I can’t get past the look of them!

    But dear Beth, your Christmas sweatshirts were adorable, and I MISS BIG HAIR!

    • 95.1
      Jill says:

      One birthday, I was given a pair of electric blue Uggs and orange crocs. NO JOKE. My husband made me promise to never wear either in public. His verdict was that I looked like I was wearing safety cones on my feet, or been attacked by a smurf.

      I kept my promise to my husband, but any time I walked in the house those ugly shoes were on my feet. I have now worn them out, and will probably replace them only in a more neutral color. Maybe I will go for the glove shoes…

    • 95.2
      Ashley says:

      Oh those toe-shoes! Can’t see those catching on & definitely see those as becoming regrettable! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good one!

  46. 96
    Kristina in Phoenix says:

    I wonder if this persistent trend of tattooing will be a something to be regretted later…

    • 96.1
      Robin in New Jersey says:

      Most definitely. My father was in the navy in 1958-1960. He got a tatoo on his forearm. He always told us to never get a tatoo, that he regretted it. I tell my kids all the time to never do anything permanent now, that you may really regret it later. Unfortunately two of my boys have not listened. ๐Ÿ™

  47. 97
    Margaret says:

    Jeans with sequined back pockets, or big flaps with buttons……. I wonder what percentage of us need to highlight our toosh. (Except for you slender young things) : )

  48. 98
    Yanna Westmoreland says:

    Alas, I am not wearing them, but I think the younger women are going to regret hip hugging jeans, at least we wore something that showed off our waist and tucked our shirts in before we no longer had a waist and I would not tuck a shirt in if you paid me today. What a “waste” of valuable waist time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. 99
    Katherine Sloan says:

    I have to agree with the majority that some will think “why did I wear skinny jeans?” I actually think about this often and wonder what my grandkids will laugh about. It will be fun to see ~

  50. 100
    Robin in New Jersey says:

    I think maybe we will all look back at the capris and wonder “what was I thinking?”

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