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. 101
    Susan F says:

    I love reading everyone else’s posts. Too funny! I think everyone will wonder what they were thinking with Ugg boots and feathers in their hair. And I agree that those who got tattoos will be in pain 20 years from now.
    I love your posts Beth! You cheered up my day!!!

  2. 102
    heather says:

    Oh my…this was hilarious…i agree with crocs. I am not super old yet but remember my grandmother would wear these sweatshirts with birds on them. I remember my sister and I having hand muffler’s to wear to church with our fancy dresses and always black patened leather shoes ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 103
    Laura Beth says:

    What a fun post…I’ve enjoyed reading the comments. I personally think that big hair and animal prints are trends that are classic and will never go out of style ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Guess time will tell…

  4. 104
    Charity says:

    My mom use to wear these sweatshirts that she would make- very similar. One Christmas she made earrings out of those outdoor Christmas lights- they were HUGE. I wanted to crawl under a rock when she dropped me off at school during the month of December. We still give her a hard time about it. Oh and she had a giant Christmas watch that sang the tune “We wish you a Merry Christmas” Oh dear!

  5. 105
    Beth S. says:

    I’m one of the young women (22) and I remember that trend a bit. Specifically, I remember my mom made me a Christmas vest in 3rd grade that on one side said “Ho Ho Ho” and on the other had a santa and Christmas tree. For some reason I wore it for that year’s school picture. Another trend I remember was ‘clogs’. I was never privileged to own any but I remember a lot of people had them when I was in elementary school.

  6. 106
    Sandy says:

    Skinny jeans… thongs, ah, the underwear kind not the kind we wear on our feet (now that’s dating oneself) and hairdos (short) that stick straight out in the back like it’s been sucked out by a fan!

  7. 107
    lauren says:

    Ugg boots. unless you are 6 feet tall and weight 100 lbs they aren’t all that flattering…but they sure are warm and comfy and i sorta love them ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 108
    Dionna says:

    My girls laugh hysterically at pictures of me with my shirts all tucked into my jeans. I was perfectly fashionable at the time – but now, I do admit I want to hide those pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve often wondered what we will laugh about years from now, too. I personally don’t wear crocs but think that will be something to laugh at. And hopefully the teens who wear the tiny little short shorts will look back and laugh wondering what the heck they were thinking!

  9. 109
    Tina says:

    I think I might still have one of those sweatshirts in my closet. I made a ton of those things! I do miss “big hair” though…I hate my flat hair.

    The thing I think we will all laugh at are skinny jeans…however, I don’t wear them. I think we will be laughing at capris with high heels.

  10. 110
    phyllis says:

    Well, I’m think we will all be cringing (I already am) at the clothes that show our cleavage(on both ends *blush*)
    and may even burn the pictures so there won’t be any proof for our grandkids.

  11. 111
    Bridgett says:

    I don’t have to wait for a few years down the road. It’s crop pants. I have only bought one pair and I think I wore them once. So extremely unflattering unless you are a stick.
    Oh, and my mother made our whole family Christmas sweatshirts by appliqueing on a pot holder. We were all so cute! I don’t understand why my niece now wears those to her tacky Christmas party she has every year.

  12. 112
    Dea says:

    Toms! —-when we forget that someone gets a pair of shoes after we pay for our pair. I am just saying in a picture 25 years from now, they will be questionable!

    Thanks for the light-hearted post! Needed it today!

  13. 113
    Siesta OC says:

    This is hilarious! I was just watching a video in World Music class last night and could pretty much pinpoint that it was filmed in the 90’s based on the women in short dark bobs and dark wine lipstick with jeans on…I could not see the shortened cowgirl ankle boots, but I bet they were there.

    Mocking trends…mmm, where to start. There is just so much to mock nowadays (is it wrong to know you would make an incredible critic, anyways) I would have to say Toms, although I think the mindset and heart behind it is great…why are they so expensive and NOT CUTE! GRRR!

  14. 114
    Becky Roode says:

    Oh my! All of this legging/jegging talk is making me uber self-conscious. I heart my black leggings and jeggings with a pretty tunic top…maybe with a cardie or little blazer…paired with some boots.
    Ok…maybe 20 years from now I will really wonder what I was doing! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Capris! Ugh…so unflattering.
    I think Uggs will be thoroughly laughed at. Even though I own I pair that I wear around the house during the winter, they do not see the light of day because I look like a tree trunk when I am wearing them. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 114.1
      Andi says:

      Some of the Ugg boots are very ugly. I have a pair that I bought prior to them getting popular – they don’t even have “Ugg” written anywhere but on the sole – that don’t have the Ugg look. They’re my favorite boots since the fur keeps my tootsies warm during the freezing MN winters when I spend many many many hours in hockey rinks cheering my son on! ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t get the slipper-for-shoes look, but I admit to forgetting that I’m wearing my own Ugg knock-offs (thank you, Old Navy!) until I’m already on the way somewhere and too gas-consumption-conscious to turn around and change shoes.

  15. 115
    Lisa B says:

    Well, If I find a shirt that I like. I always want to buy the same kind of shirt in every color. I get picked at now about it. I am trying to do better when I go shopping. I know when I am dead an gone that my boys will talk about this and just laugh! As for your shirts Beth I do remember those day’s and my boys remind me of making them for them. Putting the applique’s on there sweat shirts. I thought I was really doing something very creative that they would be proud of wearing. It was fun to make and now I do think they are hideous. I might even still have them packed away. Thanks for sharing this moment brought back some great memories!

  16. 116
    laurie~ leakey, tx says:

    yoga pants …seriously… if you actually DO yoga and look like a twig then fine..wear on! but..the rest of us should steer clear! lol… which also reminds me of leggings.. goodness.

  17. 117
    tish hedger says:

    Jeans with all kinds of rhinestones and other misc. bedazzling on the back pockets. I’m not gonna lie I have a pair or two in my closet right now. I can hear my unborn adolescent daughter from the future already laughing at me!

  18. 118
    Deb says:

    I have lost 80 + pounds and my daughter passed some jeans to me. Why are my white panties 4 inches higher than the zipper?????? Lol. Yep. Ole holiday sweatshirt big bangs siesta. Btw. Size 6 jeans for first asker lol. this has been a blast

  19. 119
    Carla says:

    I am starting to wear my hair sort of like that in the picture and the Jesus shirts from yesterday are I (heart) Jesus today so not so different, but I hope I am not hurting anyone’s feelings but I really wish the jeans would meet somewhere in the middle from then until now, it’s hard to find affordable jeans that don’t fall off your bottom, lol….for us mature gals anyway…..

  20. 120

    I wore the bell-bottom, hip-hugger jeans in the very early 1970’s and they are pretty much back now. Scary. One thing I wore that my Mama HATED was the “smock top” over jeans. She was embarassed because she said they made me look like I was pregnant! LOL But when she saw everybody else was wearing them and people would not be looking at me funny she OK’d them for me. ha

    Marilyn…in Mississippi

  21. 121
    Ann says:

    Remember shoulder pads??? And BIG earrings?? I could have lifted off if a strong gust of wind came with the size of those shoulder pads in everything. Aaah, the Dallas & Dynasty days.

    I think girls will regret wearing army boots, ankle boots, cowboy boots with spaghetti strap sundresses.
    I don’t get it? There’s a disconnect there for me. Light and airy and summery and clunky and heavy and unfeminine.

    Oh & piercings?? Please? The eyebrow, nose, lip? Ouch!

  22. 122
    Andi says:

    I’ve watched as my daughter picked out clothes that would have worked back when I was in high school. Thankfully she hasn’t gotten into the stirrup pants (remember how the crotch was pulled down to your knees?!) or the leg warmers, but the big sleeved shirts and tight to the ankle jeans have made a come-back. My son insisted upon a pair of bright blue Adidas high tops this year that are reminiscent of Michael J. Fox in “Back to the Future”. In his “vintage” Smurf t-shirt, slim jeans and those high tops, all he needs is the down vest and he’d fit right into the movie. For the football game last Friday night, they had a “Blue-Out” (the school colors are royal blue & white), so my son wore his blue shoes, long blue shorts, a blue “Woodbury” sweatshirt (6 sizes too big – I found it at Goodwill for $4.99!), along with his white “Woodbury” stocking cap and white leather choppers. He looked like a SMURF. I can’t wait to put together his graduation party photo board in 4 years – he’s given me lots of fodder to work with!

  23. 123
    Jen H. says:

    I think it’s funny how I’m wracking my brain to see what I could possibly be wearing today that I’d find unflattering later, but I can look back only 5-7 years ago and find plenty! So I’ll take a stab at it… I guess my hair is kind of the color where I highlight the frame around my face and the top, but the underneath part is my “natural”, darker color (minus the gray that seems to reveal itself more and more). So, that darker underneath thing (but not way darker) is a little different, I guess. I’m not digging that new hair look where you purposely have darker hair at the roots and then it goes lighter- purposely paying someone to “make” roots for me seems out of the question! ๐Ÿ™‚ Funny post- repost it in five years! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. 124
    FloridaLizzie says:

    Low Rise Jeans. They look awful if you are sitting down and over 20 years of age or overweight by 15 pounds or more, and your shirt isn’t quite long enough to bridge the gap. Let me tell you this, Siestas: Jesus saves! But Crack kills!

    Can I get an Amen?

  25. 125
    Siesta OC says:

    Beth, there are people that probably still wear those sweatshirts.

    Apliques, no. JESUS YES!

  26. 126
    Stephanie says:

    oh, I think pretty much everything we wear now, will at some point be mocked. Whether the straight hair or angled bob. The mid-rise, low-rise or the skinny skinny jeans. Or one which I do not understand myself, wearing pajamas to the store??? Thankfully, God looks on the inside of us, not the out!

  27. 127
    theharbormom says:

    As much as I adore it, I will probably look back at my HUGE bright orange purse with a giant orange flower (made from the same orange leather)and recognize it as a crazy trend, but I will surely remember it well. I LOVE that bag!

  28. 128
    Jill says:


  29. 129
    Linda says:

    What a fun blog!! Sometimes, ok a lot of times, it is great just to laugh with our blog family. Thanks for getting the ball rolling.
    I don’t know what will get laughed at the most from this decade but the workout clothes from the 80’s were hideous.
    There were reason enough not to work out.

  30. 130
    Kim B. in AZ says:

    All the super clingy tops that show way to much cleavage and the more than low cut pants. Also the gazillion layers we tend to wear on top in the name of modesty and fashion. Especially during the very hot summer Arizona months.

  31. 131
    Jennifer T. says:

    First: Drat. I think this post just officially qualified me to be called “older.” I made and wore a couple of these stinkers as recently…?… as the early 90’s. I really need to come to terms with my age. I’m 43.

    But, as for your question: I’m torn between tunic tops – which I LOVE, but can look a little maternity-ish – and the bubble hem (on sleeve, belly or skirt). And either one with leggings.

  32. 132
    Pat Martin says:

    Dear Sweet Beth,

    I am going to see you in Baltimore this weekend YAY!!!! I feel kinda like a groupie because I have done about seven of your bible studies and must say that you have had my head spinning many times while I searched and tried to come up with the same understanding of a scripture. It makes me feel BTSPTB2! Any how I am hooked and feel like another girlfriend.

    Well, one of my things is I actually like to go to Home Depot or Loews with my Husband, I enjoy the smell of the wood and checking out things like the latest gizmoโ€™s and gadgets. Of course I also envision some of the projects Iโ€™d love to have done in my home too!

    So looking forward to this weekend,

  33. 133
    MK says:

    I think we all had at least one of those sweatshirts, even if we weren’t crafty – we had at least one friend who was! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your whole post made me smile.
    What will we laugh at in the future? Well, I already chuckle that stuff my girls like I can say, under my breath, retro! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I think it is funny that Lucile Ball wore leggings, I wore stirrup pants (my skinny days long ago) and my girls love leggings. And have to agree that Crocs & ugg boots are unlovely!

  34. 134
    Lindsey P. says:

    I have this kindergarten picture where I must have seen some girl in a movie with her hair all slicked to the side. Either way, I begged my mom to slick all my (SHORT) hair to one side of my head… it was soooo awful! My mom took a picture just so she could say “look at what you wanted” when I was older.. haha! I definitely had a few sweaters like that though.

  35. 135
    Allison says:

    HA! I had one in every color! Of course, I was a kid then so is that any better?!

  36. 136
    Pamela McDonald says:

    I loved this post. And I have to admit I had several of those sweatshirts. My girls and I love to look at some of those old pictures of our eighties fashions. It is hilarious.

    Personally, I believe we will be questioning our sanity about Crocs and Uggs.

    Thanks, Beth, for making a good day GREAT!

  37. 137
    Sally says:

    There is a generation of us that will keep podiatrists busy for excessively wearing flip flops. I wanted my daughter’s pediatrician to warn her of the long term effects of wearing them all the time, and wouldn’t you know, when I took her in for her appointment, the dr. Was wearing flip flops!!

  38. 138
    jenn says:

    a laughable trend…..high heels with jeans. i love it now, especially for date night with my husband…..a good pair of open toe animal print or patent leathers with the right sweater or blouse is completely in style. but 20 years from now, i wonder if i’ll look back and think, no wonder my feet are so mishapen, i wore those stupid shoes because i thought it looked good with my jeans.

  39. 139
    Ann says:

    Beth, we’re close to the same age, so I completely identify with that photo. My kids howl when they see photos of me in my disco days. What from now will be laughed at in the future? Jeans worn so low that the kid can barely walk without doing a faceplant, jeggings, tattoos and “cool” bedhead hair. By that time, our old stuff might be in fashion again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. 140
    Meg says:

    Skinny jeans. Luckily I am too generously built to sport this fashion, but they are everywhere (along with their low-rent version, the Pajama Jean!) and I think we as a society are going to regret it.

  41. 141
    Kathy says:

    quick answer – the fact that we wear our tops longer than our suit jackets so that it hangs below the btm of the jacket !!

  42. 142
    Julie says:

    Capris, no doubt, capris. My daughter already tells me when I wear them that I should try harder and that I can look better than that! AH!!!

  43. 143
    Vickie Barbee says:

    Still having my stinkin 80’s hairdo in 2011!!! People don’t understand,… I have to keep “big” hair to offset this honker I’ve been blessed with….Praise be! I can make my hair stick out of my sun roof, seriously, I’m not kidding! The top of my hair arrives before I do…then my honker, lol, for goodness sake!

    Ditto on crocs, jeggings and anything muffin topish. All I can say is, I do not own the crocs. ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. 144
    Amy says:

    I have to agree with a lot of the comments about uggs & crocs, but what comes to mind is the ‘smoky eye.’

    And I still wear a Christmas sweater/sweatshirt to our day after Thanksgiving shopping. The uglier, the better. My mom & I have been doing it for years, it helps us spot each other in a crowd. It has now become tradition =)

  45. 145
    Stephanie Techau says:

    Every year at my daughters college they have a tacky sweater/sweatshirt Christmas party! She actually wore one of my old ones once(I promise I hadn’t worn it for years!). She has also borrowed some of my old clothes for 80’s day more than once. Not sure why I hung on to some of that stuff, but it came in handy for her. I’m pretty sure it’ll come back to her though. One of these days she’s going to have a daughter rummaging through her closet looking for tacky things that we consider stylish now!

  46. 146
    Suzy says:

    I mean – can anyone seriously think that 6-inch heels, totally stacked, are a good idea???? I don’t think so – I cannot even think of trying them – but I see younger women in them everyday. No sireee- not this Siesta!

  47. 147
    Jayne Spurlock says:

    I love the smell of freshly brewed coffee when my feet first touch the floor in the morning. I smile to myself because I remembered to set the timer on the coffee pot the night before! (I sometimes forget!)

  48. 148
    Michelle says:

    PAJAMA JEANS hands down!!! What is the world were they thinking when they created these “things” ??? I love my pajama pants but trying to pull them off as jeans, I don’t think so ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. 149
    Lyndsay says:

    Ok, I’m not sure if 29 qualifies as one of the “young” women (feeling older every day that 30 is coming nearer), but I totally remember that sweatshirt trend…and making them with my mom…and wearing them over stirrup pants with two different colors of scrunchie socks and my white keds. As for what we’ll be mocking later from this era, tutu skirts, skinny pants on boys, hair feathers and purses big enough to fit a small child in are on my list ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. 150
    Nancy, Georgia says:

    Skinny jeans or jeggings…..thank the Lord I am too old to wear these things. I do not like the look and do not believe they are becoming on anyone, but hey who am I? I believe these young teens and young women are going to look back one day at pictures in their skinny jeans and say “NO WAY, I didn’t wear those things!!!! But, hey I did weasr the custom made Christmas sweatshirts back in the day too!!!

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