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. 201
    Pam says:

    I’m sooooo grateful that God looks at us on the inside and doesn’t judge us on our sense of fashion! The list of regrets will be very long, capri pants, croc shoes, skinny jeans, sagging pants, and thongs. I must disagree on the UGGS because I think they will remain a classic just to keep warm.

  2. 202
    Dori says:

    Jeggings,over the knee boots, straight leg jeans, and my HUGE handbag.

  3. 203
    Lisa H says:

    SKINNY JEANS! You know the ones with the lower leg portion that is painted on your calves so that you can wear knee high or maybe shorter boots!

    Yes. Sadly I must admit I do this now and I am certain years from now if a picture of me surfaces it will bring loads of laughter……

  4. 204
    1gleaner says:

    Plastic bracelets for our “causes” maybe. For heaven sakes give the money but wear real jewelry, girls! (except for our blue thread bracelets for I’m Believing God of course!)

  5. 205
    Phyllis Moy says:

    What a blast from the past…and the sweat shirts were so “stiff” from the product that was used to adhere the “art” to the fabric that it was like having on armor (and not the armor of God) the armor of rocking horses or pumpkins with kittens in them. Cargo pants – unless you are a fisherman! Whoever thought that having a pocket stuck on your thigh would be attractive?

  6. 206
    Bev W. says:

    Wearing scarfs in the middle of July to add something to an outfit. I think that the only thing that they add to an outfit in July is sweat. In the winter, go a head and rock that look.

  7. 207
    jill_in_AL says:

    A great smile! Yes, I remember wearing things like this to high school in the 80’s — bless us all! Yes! I remember front pleated jeans that were nice and high — Lord have mercy!

    Today’s fashion we will regret may include legging or jeggings and wide belts — particularly when the two are worn together. LOL

  8. 208
    Diane Southers says:

    I not only remember these sweatshirts I had a few myself. I am a former preschool teacher so these shirts were very popular with the under six crowd.

  9. 209
    Renee says:

    I am seriously praying over leggings. I don’t think women my age (50’s) should be wearing them. But am I just jealous because I don’t think I could pull it off? Or irritated that they would be WAY too hot during my hot flashes. I cant even wear shoes during a hot flash.

  10. 210

    One year, I made Christmas sweatshirts for myself and all my friends that including blinking lights. We stunk too. Lights and washing machines don’t mix.

    Surely, one day, we’ll laugh at the ‘feather’ craze right now. Kind of odd.

  11. 211
    Casey Springer says:

    Skinny jeans for sure!

    Although, I did have and wore the horrendous sweatshirts/sweaters. I think the hair styles with definitley come back to haunt us.

  12. 212
    Stephanie Vandagriff says:

    Oh my!! Mom just called cracking up about this picture! Now this is the Aunt Lizby and mom I remember! Y’all got all crazy about your Christmas shirts. I’m not sure if my mom ever made you one of those ever so fashionable poinsettia shirts but they were always a hit!

    It’s hard to figure out what we’ll laugh at bc trends full-circle so often. I have always loathed the silk-shirts I wore when I was in junior high and was just sure I was the only one, but they are all over the runways this fall! Ha. I do think UGGS with shorts are awful and will be laughed at one day but they sure are comfy and I personally am counting down the days until it’s cool enough to wear those here!!

  13. 213
    Angela says:

    Yes!!!! My parents actually required that we put on a loud or obnoxious sweater/sweatshirt to open our presents on Christmas morning…oh how I loathed the things! My children have been freed from the curse of Christmas sweaters, but I can’t walk through Walmart at Christmas without a good shudder…they still carry a rack or 2 of lavishly tacky Christmas tops!

  14. 214
    Michelle says:

    I think the clown hair colors will be a regrettable fad. Pink, blue, green, orange and purple. When I was in middle school back in the 80s, we used to use this colored hair spray, mostly at Halloween though. It washed out. But, today, teens are doing it with permanent colors. I can’t imagine why they think that’s cute. I just cringe thinking about it.

  15. 215
    Kim Reece says:

    I well remember those days, I even did this myself. Telling my age! I would have to go with the leggings, I mean who can wear those things and look good if your not tall and skinny? I can say that I don’t own a pair and will not own a pair, my body is way not proportioned for this and I know it! Ha ha!

  16. 216
    KK says:

    Oh you are SO cute there in your Jesus sweatshirt!
    I think we will look back at all this bling that is put on purses, rings, flip flops and jewelry. Some bling is cute mind you but I’ve seen some huge necklaces, (rings and bracelets too) that are like disco balls hanging around your neck. ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess we can shine for Jesus!

  17. 217
    Joy A. says:

    Jeggings. “Nuff said.

  18. 218
    G.J. says:

    Bethie – you bedazzled beauty you. You are so cute and your hair is amazing. This has MADE my day – and of course, being that you and I are the same age…I remember this season to a “tee”…pun intended – which brings up another fun way to use puff paints and decorations on tee-shirts.

    My friends and I would wear our Christmas sweatshirts while we shopped the day after Thanksgiving. There were so many trinkets and bells and whistles on them they were ridiculous. I even remember one time when we got fancy and cut a seam up the middle of the sweatshirts to make jackets out of them. Oh hockey-nockey we were so clever.

    Today’s young women are so beautiful and pretty, but I’m not a fan of tattos. I’m not against them, I just don’t think they will “wear well with age.” But since I’m older, I probably won’t be around to see them when this current generation ages. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I will be enjoying my NEW BODY in heaven. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love to you – praying for Maryland LPL.


  19. 219
    Trinna says:

    Sometimes I wonder about knee high boots with dresses and/or leggings. They look so cute now, but will we laugh one day? Also, I agree about crocs!

  20. 220
    Kate, Warsaw IN says:

    Memories…oh my! What about parachute pants, does anyone remember them? Thought I was so cool! What was I thinking??

  21. 221
    WendyB says:

    I am one of the older Siestas, and can totally testify to the applique love of the 80s and 90s. I was teaching preschool back then and I do believe I had a sweatshirt for EVERY season…hello large red hearts, easter bunnies and pumpkins.

    I think today’s gals will laugh at the shoes. The Roman strappy sandals, the mile-high heels?

    And I must be hopeless, because I love my capri pants and my toms! I’m doing the world a big favor by keeping my thighs and knees covered.

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  23. 223

    Oh do I ever remember those type of sweatshirts! We all had one for each and every holiday!
    I think our “what were we thinking” will come at the expense of all these clothes we are buying now that already look worn out! From worn out looking tattered jeans to faded out distressed words on sweatshirts.
    I know my 83 yr old father can not understand it now!( I have to admit, it’s more my kids who sport these articles, but I do have a few myself that are borderline!)

  24. 224
    Kendra says:

    This is so fun ๐Ÿ™‚ One word…Jeggings!

  25. 225
    Elizabeth says:

    skinny jeans…definitely skinny jeans.

  26. 226
    Betty M says:

    definately cropped pants or capris and flip flops! I got the bling flip flops this year definately an out after this year maybe!!! I remember the big hair days and the applique sweat shirts. I have been through it all the big soup can rollers the years when capri pants were called pedal pushers. The years when you wore tight girdles that cut the circulation to your lower extremities so you almost turned blue! We always wore dresses to church I just missed the little pill box hat years! But remember what goes out comes back in so you never know!!!
    Hugs from the Heartland,

  27. 227

    Jeggings….that don’t cover your rear especially. Gracious.

  28. 228
    Judy Googins says:

    Tattoos! Multiple body piercings! (not mine) Gray hair!! (definitely mine) I had a period of pride where I thought I would just go natural, be “authentic”, & let the gray grow. After I saw my silver, frizzy halo on TV (I sing on Praise Team), I regretted my decision & ran to my hair dresser as fast as I could get there!! Now U wear my hair in an appropriate fall color year round! (I might reclaim the winter color in another 13 years or so. :~)

  29. 229

    hahahha… this gave me a good “smile” this morning. I too come from the same era, although I might have been only 16 then, and I had never been around church or “Jesus Freaks” at that point, but this really made me smile.. A good friend of mine said back then that her mom made her a birthday cake that said Jesus takes you Higher and had drawn balloons floating in the sky.. that is what your sweat shirts reminded me of. :))

    I am ever amazed now, especially with fancy craft help like Pinterest and with the classic/beautiful/and how unbelievably stunning the young people’s style is today. Looking back I think “what was I thinking!!!” And then I remember, even just a couple of weeks ago, I think, “what was I thinking!!!” So thankful for the grounding of the truth and for the forgiveness that washes over everyday!!!

  30. 230
    Jana says:

    I am an elementary school teacher so I had an outfit for every season/theme you can imagine. I shutter at some of the things I wore — often with matching jewelry! Now I’ve toned it down some and just have socks for every season/theme you can imagine. Still festive but not everyone knows it!

  31. 231
    Corie says:

    Oh my goodness that is helarious!! What’s funny is now we have Christmas parties where we wear our ugliest Christmas sweater or sweatshirt, and believe me I have had my fair share!! I to was a crafty one and LOVED creating my own fun shirts.
    These days I pray to God that we will be looking back at these boys that wear their pants on the ground and will prayerfully laugh!! I have to agree with everyone else on the Ugg boots and we will probably be laughing at the cutie pa tootie rain boots too, although I love the both of them right now!! Not sure why but my mind is focusing on shoes right now but what is up with those crazy looking heels that cover the whole top of your foot and then your big toe hangs out, I may not have described them very well but I really hope they go away fast!!

    Sister thanks for taking us back in time and putting a smile on our faces!!

  32. 232
    Tanya says:

    One Christmas the older women of the family got together and made sweatshirts with ducks on them for all of the girls. My Granny also made us sweatsuits that would have a big picture on the sweatshirt and a smaller matching picture on one leg of the sweatpants. Mine was white with a bunny talking on the telephone that said “He said, she said…” and had a cotton ball for the bunny’s tail. My younger sister’s was red with a mermaid and glued-on pennies in the treasure chest!

    I definitely think skinny jeans will be regretted later!

  33. 233
    Heather G says:

    You know, those old sweaters/sweatshirts can still be useful. My cousin’s work had an ugly christmas sweater contest last year and she won $50.

  34. 234
    Donna says:

    So, do you think we will ever look back at pictures from the past 5 years or so and wonder how we were ever caught dead in those capris? I dearly love them, but do wonder when it will be considered a fashion disaster to wear them. Oh… I’m not exactly on the cutting edge so plesae don’t tell me it already is!

  35. 235
    Becky says:

    One of the perks of not worrying about being trendy is you can choose clothes you actually like and that flatter you. I like to choose classic styles that I don’t have to replace every season. Then jazz them up with an accessory that can be changed without a lot of expense.
    Hopefully Tatoos and cleavage will be short lived!!

  36. 236
    Julie B says:

    It’s got to be those short ruffley skirts the young girls are wearing. Didn’t appreciate them in the 80’s and I’m still sayin’ “really?” ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. 237
    Karen K says:

    I don’t like the flip flop phase or crocs. I would be happy for big hair days again instead of straightened it takes a long time. I love Dolly Partons saying “it takes a lot of money to look this trashy” so true!

  38. 238
    Tiffany says:

    I think that we will look back upon the big poof pinned in the front of our heads ๐Ÿ™‚ and probably the feathers in our hair.

    I already think crocks and skinny jeans are tacky haha! Hope that fashion doesn’t stay long!

  39. 239
    LuAnn says:

    Oh – yeah, had the sweatshirts, made them for friends & family. Made my now 20 year old wear them, boy I thought we were stylin’….
    I’m thinking we will live to regret skinny jeans, & boots. ( though I confess, I’ve lost weight and the boots & jeans are my “reward” to myself! LOL!! )

  40. 240
    Mona says:

    I remember those “stylish” sweatshirts. I still have a few in my cedar chest – they may end up being part of a memory quilt someday. I think I will have to jump on the jeggings bandwagon (pajama jeans anyone?) I personally don’t have any…or Crocs, or Uggs, or Toms. Hmmm, now I’m wondering how out of style I am? [snicker] I don’t wear the sweatshirts anymore so I guess that’s a plus! I do have an amusing assortment of silly socks that I pull out in the winter to keep my feet warm. ;o)

  41. 241
    Sandy says:

    May I just say ~ Leggings and spike hair.

    Some of us just shouldn’t go there. Heaven is probably already laughing at us!

  42. 242
    patricia says:

    I think I will giggle at how little fashion I have right now. I bet all my pics will show me in sweats ….sad as I used to be a fashion diva ;). But now with a 2 yr old and first grader I am just happy to remember foundation :). That is my gift to others right now and my fashion accessory…:). There is no such thing as natural must be applied…favorite statement from Dolly parting :).
    Got to run…my new fashion princess ringeth ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. 243
    jill says:

    I’m 26, but apparently these go for all ages now….the big, flowery headbands that girls are wearing (toddlers to my age).

  44. 244
    Cherri says:

    Well, MY sweatshirts had the iron-on appliques – I was lazy. I remember one specifically that had a row of geese marching across my bosom. HA! I don’t even own a sweatshirt today.

  45. 245

    My mom actually made quite a few Christmas sweatshirts in the same style as these!! Lots of my younger Christmases my brother and I are both wearing homemade sweatshirts. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it! Lol

  46. 246
    Kelly Bollman says:

    OH!!! I’m 30 and now an art teacher. I used to help my Mom create dot and puff paint sweatshirts to give as GIFTS at Christmas!!!! cringe. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now, those super ugly loafers that are soo in style now. They are ugly. We need to admit it. But I kinda want a new pair. (ha!)

  47. 247
    beth says:

    I must confess that I STILL have 2 sweatshirts stored away. I made matching Christmas sweatshirts for me and my baby boy’s first Christmas! When my daughter came along, I puffy painted her name on and made the poor dear wear it too! However tacky, I still can’t seem to throw them away! My babies are now 15 and 17 years old! Good thing we have plenty of storage space! Maybe they will come back again, everything else seems to? Didn’t we already do the legging thing?

  48. 248
    Sandy Hartley says:

    My still stuck in the 80’s hair ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I absolutely LOVE my NOTW and other inspirational T-shirts, mocked in the future or not ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. 249
    Patty Laramore says:

    So, WAIT….y’all telling me we’re not wearing hand-decorated, glue-gunned, sparkle-shedding Christmas sweatshirts anymore??? I didn’t get the memo… ๐Ÿ™‚
    Blessings, y’all!

  50. 250

    Oh if only I could attach a picture to this post! Displayed proudly in my home is an iconic Christmas photo of our family from when I was about 7 (I’m holding on to 29 with a ferocity now) and our proud family of 4 is posing in red, identical, Rudolph, puffy-paint sweatshirts. COMPLETE with a bell around the reindeer’s neck. My mother was so incredibly proud.

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