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. 151
    Cathy S. says:

    I just got rid of my appliqued sweatshirts a few months ago! LOL! Wearing sweatpants to the grocery store is something I think we will be embarrassed about someday.

  2. 152
    Janice says:

    Frankly, I wish big hair like that was back! My sweat shirt was not a Christmas one. It was appliqued with hearts that were denim with silver threads. Red paint was squiggled on the sweat shirt. Very cool. We used a product called “wonder under” to do the applique.

    I do not wear these, but I think we should mock ourselves for wearing Crocs -plastic shoes, really, REALLY???

    And this hairdo that I currently have that is flat and limp with those Justin Bieber bangs. They always want to cut the back shorter than the front and it always feels like it is falling towards my face.

    Can someone please invent a new hairstyle?

    Beth, thank you for asking. It feels so good to get it out in the open. Love your sweatshirt and the big hair.

  3. 153
    Tammy says:

    LOL! Beth, you look so much like Amanda in this picture. We are doing “The Beloved Disciple” at my church and I just need to tell you that the 3rd video tonight was so incredibly just what I needed today. So awesome how God’s timing works! We were talking about what the women in the video were wearing and their hair afterwards and how old it was but how timely the message was for so many of us. God is so good!

  4. 154
    Suzy Adams says:

    Suzy, Wheelersburg, OH “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” Psalms 84:10 I needed to send this to you early as my husband and I will be on vacation through the first of the month and nowhere near a computer.

  5. 155
    Michelle Carter says:

    Oh My Goodness! I used to make those sweatshirts for Christmas and Thanksgiving and … you get the idea. πŸ™‚ I don’t miss big hair, man… the hairspray! Lots of fashion nightmares over the years, polo colors turned up, rolling up your jeans around your ankles, elephant pants… Capri pants are a fashion no-no in my book.

  6. 156
    Diane says:


  7. 157

    Love this post! I am an 80s baby so I have made my share of puff paint sweatshirts! Pretty sure I will look back and cringe at skinny jeans!

  8. 158
    cindy says:

    When my son was about 8, I accidentally bought him a package of boxers that was much too large. I realized they fit me! I decided they were so comfy that I would wear them as shorts. He’s 17 now and I still have those things. I was only just recently shamed out of wearing them in public. Yes, I wore them in public, “They look like shorts don’t they?” Uh, guess not……I still don’t see what the big deal is. Maybe I should rethink the pj’s to the movie store too…..

  9. 159
    April says:

    Jeans with holes already in them!! Really?!?!?!

    AND…I still have the sweatshirts I made…they may come back, when they do, I will be ready!! Lol lol lol. Maybe I will sell mine then as “vintage!”. Lol lol

  10. 160
    shannon conner says:

    I had a white sweat shirt with a giant reindeer on it with lights wrapped around his antlers….red pants and white boots..I don’t know what I was thinking

  11. 161
    Jolene curry says:

    This is an aside, but is your friend’s daughter really named “shannon gannan” cuz that made me giggle too…:-)

  12. 162
    Aunt Rhody says:

    Nose rings, even the studs.
    Leggings (once again)
    Stilletos: Yes they make your legs look longer, but you pay later at the podiatrist.
    Heavy hoop earrings–My granny told me to forget it when I was 14 and then showed me her saggy earlobes as proof!

  13. 163
    Stephanie says:

    Jeggings! Uggs!
    By the way, I see a lot of resemblance between you and Amanda in this picture!

  14. 164
    Cindy Dudding says:

    What are you talking about? I scorn myself NOW for some of the things I wear in public! Forget about the future! Not that they are indecent, mind you, but so comfortable that they can be construed as hideous! I can’t believe the way I dress to go to WalMart sometimes! Anyway, I firmly believe that ALL fashions will come back in style if you hang onto them long enough. Doesn’t mean you have to keep wearing them until they do though, right?

  15. 165
    Jennifer says:

    Ok you all must go read boo mama tonight because she asked a similar question and I have been giggling for an hour! Jordache jeans, tretorns, twist a bead necklaces, anybody? But for this generation it’s got to be jeggings and low rise blue jeans that anybody and everybody thought they had a right to wear. Besides being totally unflattering on anyone but a stick, they also so do not fit the modesty clause. Don’t know what’s worse, jeans up to your waist with pleats in them or major muffin top…..

  16. 166

    I totally remember that look! Not only the hair but making sweatshirts like that. Oh those were the days πŸ™‚

  17. 167

    Oh I am laughing so hard!! Because I am wearing Crocs right now! I don’t actually wear them out of the house but I hurt my hip (that makes me sound so old but I’m only 33!) and they make my leg feel so much better!

    And oh Uggs. I can’t even care how ridiculous they look. They are too comfy.

    Me and my friends used to LOVE make t-shirts with puffy paint!

  18. 168
    Christina says:

    Probably the leggings, which I’ve started wearing after I swore I wouldn’t. I pray the “skinny jeans” and the frumpy clothes go out of style. But most of all, Lord I pray rap is gone in 10 years. Please please please??!!!

  19. 169
    Bethany H. says:

    Tie/bow neck tops.
    High-waisted skirts.
    Skinny jeans.
    Anything retro that was mocked and ridiculed the first time it went out of style. When you think about it, most of the above falls in that category…

    Of course, they’ll all be back in style in a generation or two.

  20. 170
    Genevieve says:

    I teach at a high school. I don’t wear these things in my hair but female students do. Bump-its. The thing in your hair that you where underneath a bunch more hair to make your skull stick up and out. It is crazy looking.

  21. 171
    Sondra says:

    My sister says that if you wore it the first time around, you are too old to wear it the second time around:)Not that I agree…I wear wedge heels, flared bottom jeans and dress pants, and scarves around my neck. I saw a cute rabbit coat the other day. Remember those? Might just get me one!

  22. 172
    Genevieve says:

    BUMP-ITS! I should have put this word first. This is for the hair.

  23. 173
    Sweet Anonymous says:

    Sorry I’m still trying to get past the hair that looked exactly like mine I don’t want to talk about how many years ago…

  24. 174

    Spanx and boy short underwear! Although you’ll never find me taking a photo of me in them…let alone posting it and laughing about it 20 years from now on my blog. Thanks for the laugh! Looking forward to Baltimore!

  25. 175
    Deb says:

    Yes, I certainly do remember the appliqued sweatshirt days! My oh my! I had one given to me with two red cardinals on the front. So wintery.
    I think all the girls that have tatoos will someday regret this “fad.” Recently I was a hostess for a bridal shower. I have never seen so many tats on young ladies in all my life! Someday when they have experienced child birth and the tatoos just don’t seem to look quite as cute as when they were brand new, this may be quite a revelation!

  26. 176
    Shari says:

    THE SWEATSHIRTS!!!!!! My mom bought a Christmas sweatshirt for my sister and me one year. I was in about 9th grade. I HATED it, but wore it because my mom looked so happy when we put them on. I wore it to the ladies Christmas dinner at church where everyone else had one on, too. I never wore it again. Never even bothered to wash the thing. It just hung in my closet until I got married and moved out in 1998!! HAHHAAHHA!!!!

    PLEASE don’t let those sweatshirts come back in style!!


  27. 177
    Lorraine says:

    LOL Too funny. My sweatshirt was so stiff from jewels that it couldnt be folded. And soooo oversized. What will we laugh at…..the maternity style tops. They just keep coming around. But now are my favorite styles. So pretty.

  28. 178
    Mary says:

    I am so excited and looking forward to seeing you live this weekend. I will be traveling with 8 friends, we bought tickets last year right after seeing you in Richmond and have been counting down the days. Unfortunately, this Monday one of our group members had to back out. Her name was Frances and she planned and was responsivle for many of us traveling to see you last year.

    Frances is such a strong christian woman and has defintely been a positive role model for me in my faith journey. I have heard her tell the story of how she came to dedicate her life to our Lord Jesus at the age of 11 after dad died. She has definitely been there for me when I have needed her, and now she needs us. She has injured her back and did not feel that she could make the 6 1/2 hour drive.We all having been praying daily but she will still not be able to make the journey at this time. Without her knowing we have made a “Flat Frances”. Like flat Stanley in the children’s book.
    So we are looking forward to seeing you. We would love it if you could come and take your picture with “Flat Frances” so that we can send to her. We are all praying for her healing and will miss her being with us this year.

    Looking forward to seeing you and hearing the message that God has prepared through you for us to hear.

    Mary Kirby

  29. 179
    Sue Ferris says:

    Our flat, straight hairstyles will once again give way to BIG HAIR! Perms and all! By then, I’ll be grateful just to HAVE hair….

  30. 180
    Susan says:

    I HAD THAT HAIR! Ughh and a similar sparkly sweatshirt.

    I don’t mind the clothes and shoes so much right now, but the hair thing that is cringe-worthy is the poof. Even girls with high foreheads are doing it, and… it’s not such a good look. Just sayin’ πŸ˜‰

  31. 181
    Diane says:

    Thanks for sharing this, OMG it brought back memories from my high school years!! Jr Prom and Sr.Ball with those big poofy gowns too!

    Prayer requests: my son needs prayers as his situation in most all areas has escalated very fast and I spoke with one clinical director today (expecting another call from her tomorrow) about preparing for crisis inpatient admission sooner than later and coordinating things with his medical providers in the next few days.

    2nd prayer request: for my son’s teachers that they will remember to respect all I’ve done over the years for and with my son and his medical providers. And also that they remember if they cannot do so out of respect for me and my son that at the very least they do so out of respect for the HIPPA federal law which disallows them from bringing up my son’s medical diagnosis issues up in their “fellowship” or prayer circles or at their churches which are outside the school building apart from my specific consent. Otherwise they need to keep this in school with their administration, themselves, and me. He’s on all the meds he can be on for his age, diagnoses, and symptoms.

    Lastly, prayers for my 13 y/o daughter and me are needed in the midst of all this as well. We’re tired and needing extra-spiritual refreshment & replenishment but it doesn’t seem to be in sight. Yet.

  32. 182
    Shelly says:

    Feathers in the hair! A bad business-decision!

  33. 183

    I do remember these days and the hair! I think we will regret or laugh about the dye jobs so many women get. The ones where the hair is blond on top and dark underneath. I hate that look already πŸ™‚ lol Already the Jennifer Aniston look is outdated and doesn’t look that great. And as my hubby tells me, my love of shabby chic will be out in a few years too! Oh the horror!

    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

  34. 184
    Sarah Elizabeth says:

    Being a college student I see many trends that I think my future children will have a grand time mocking. I think that they will go to town making fun of leggings as pants. Leggings are not pants. There are very few women who can pull off that look and even then the modesty factor is questionable. I also have to jump on the Uggs bandwagon. I still haven’t bought a pair and I hope I can hold out until the trend fades. πŸ™‚

  35. 185
    Connielynn says:

    I think I will look back and mock myself for squeezing into Spanx.

  36. 186
    Samme says:

    I would say the thing people will be making fun of is jeans that are TOO SHORT-WAISTED causing that horrible “muffin top” look! Also, I’m with the one who mentioned Crocs. ‘Ugg’ly! I’m thinking of going back to a curly perm and using a banana clip! ;D Those were the days!

  37. 187
    kristi says:

    Oh Beth, I had that very same hairstyle. Mine did catch fire, though, …at my 11th birthday party. The funny thing is…I thought it was kind-of cool that my friend Jeannette had to blow out my singed side “feather” during “happy birthday” because Michael Jackson’s hair had recently burst into flames during a pepsi commercial shooting…and I loved Michael πŸ™‚ So, I was proud of my aqua net flammable moment!!!!!

  38. 188
    Carol Hulin says:

    Hm…..I’m feeling really blessed right now that I never wore the lastest fad stuff. I won’t have the nightmares!!!! Seriously when you’re only 4’11” on a good day, the fads never fit so I was outta luck….but looking back they may be a good thing lol πŸ™‚

  39. 189
    Jennifer T. says:

    I just got my out-of-style socks blessed off, Siestas! Received an email with a link to a poem called “Precious Bible” written by John Newton, who happens to be the author of “Amazing Grace”.

    I know this is off topic. Sorry! You can look up this awesome poem on google. I did a test search using Precious Bible by John Newton and the first link works just fine.

    These comments have been hilarious. I love these fun topics!

  40. 190
    seddy bear says:

    I have to go with leggins. I mean really, that’s not a good look on most people…nor is leather, which is apparently in this season? I say that as one who is in no way in a place to make assessment of other people’s fashion choices… πŸ™‚

  41. 191

    I’m not a huge fan of the shorty short romper that has made a comeback. And, I have to say, men are going to receive major ridicule from their kids and grandkids for the skinny Jean phenomenon.

  42. 192
    Shelly says:

    My daughter, who will be 8 on Sunday, saw something the other day and made the comment, “That is so 80’s!” How she knows what the 80’s look like I have no idea, but it cracked me up. This is also the girl that has a feather in her hair that her kids will be laughing at. It goes around, Sister! πŸ˜‰

  43. 193
    Donna says:

    Oh my goodness Beth, Have you been clothes shopping in the past few years? the styles are horrible unless you can go to a high-end store.
    I just put a picture of myself on my facebook page with a shirt I made one summer… What can I say… memories!
    Love you

  44. 194
    Fearless J. says:

    The first time I ever saw a someone with a pair of crocks I thought those hideous shoes were part of their job uniform. I had no idea they were actually ‘spose to be in style. I remember thinking, “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe they make that poor girl wear those shoes.”

  45. 195
    candifer says:

    “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.”

    bahahahahaha!!!! now we young sisters wear stuff like that to “ugly sweater parties”–the uglier the Christmas sweater, the better! haha!

    in the future, we’ll wonder why the 80s ever made a comeback…

  46. 196
    Bev Brandon says:

    You made me s.m.i.l.e. because what better would you applique than His Name right over you!

    Eyeglasses seems to capture a decade. The trendy ones right now make such a bold statement. Probably in 20 years, no one will be wearing eyeglasses cause of all the lasik/vision correction surgery. Just contacts. And those pictures will be telling.

    I remember well the applique age but I wouldn’t do it—I was too “into” my rompers. Matching rompers with my girls that had a bazillion snaps up and down. Potty breaks with preschoolers took a long time.

  47. 197
    Jo says:

    Oh dear, this is sooooo sad… but, I just emailed my sister to take a look at that photo. You see, if I’m not mistaken her and I still do our hair like that AND we’re still into holiday sweatshirts that are homemade.

    I suddenly hear the voices of angels, uh, I mean, siestas, saying, “Oh sista, you need to get out more!”

    I know… I know!

  48. 198
    KrisDot says:

    YES, I remember/made/wore these crafted/applique/blingy shirts and LOVED THEM! People call(ed)them gaudy, tacky,frumpy…but I don’t care…Honestly, I miss them and would totally wear them again because they’re just simply more true to who I am than any of today’s fashions! They tell a story! And speaking of today’s fashions, I can’t think of anything that will be memorable in the future! They have no flair like fashions of the past had, nothing stands out. Who knows, maybe that’s a good thing?! (What are we going to wear to Blast from the Past parties in 2025? Uggs and skinny jeans? B-O-R-I-N-G!) ;-P LOL

  49. 199
    Patty says:

    those yoga pants I see everyone wearing. LOL!! so comfy but ohhhh, one of these days we are going to regret that some of us got our pictures taken while wearing them.

  50. 200
    Katie says:

    What was really great was applique that was held on with puffy paint outlining! Those were The BEST. When my sisters and I were growing up we would have tshirt and sweatshirt making parties – we have some hideous holiday pics as a result, but we sure did love making them. You have to know that I being 30 am the oldest and the youngest of the three of us is 20 – so although we might fall into the younger category, we still know all about applique and puffy paint designs! P.S. We LOVE big hair, so much so that we’ve been mistaken more than once as members of the Irish Travelers community in our surrounding area, which we consider a huge compliment to the volume of our hair at those times! To answer the question, I wonder how we’ll view ourselves in our skinny jeans/jeggings 30 years from now!

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