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. 251
    Liz says:

    Crocs for sure…hands down…not so pretty…any way they are designed…not even comfy to me! Sorry croc-lovers :0)

  2. 252
    Gina says:

    I was always jealous cause my natural curly hair would not make those bangs… :'(

    AND… the “Snooky Poof”… it’s a bad trend of late. Some of them are major HIGH

  3. 253
    Donna says:

    I don’t know about you all but when I go to the beach now I can’t get over how many people I see withh tatoos. Men and women and they are all over.

  4. 254
    Kate Long says:

    I think the whole tattoo and gauged ear thing is something we are going to look back on and cringe at. I wore gauges for a while and look back now and go “What in the world was I thinking” so I can only imagine what those, whose gauges are much larger than mine were, will think when they look back.

    I think the rainbow colors of skinny jeans, jeggings, and leggings are going to be something we all look back on and cringe at. I have some friends that are going to pull pictures out from high school and college and go…What in the World was I thinking when I put that on?”

  5. 255
    Didaskala says:

    Tattoos and body piercing……so many of us have them and we are older and wrinkly they will NOT be good looking, especially all the holes!

  6. 256
    Jennifer Z says:

    Those silly bands (not us, our kids) and the message bracelets…I mean since when is rubber counted as jewelry?

  7. 257
    Natalie Derrick says:

    exposed bra straps – and even worse… when somebody leans over and you can tell they’re wearing a thong!

  8. 258
    Jessica says:

    Um… Men in tight-fitting pants will ALWAYS be a source of laughter for me. (And disgust). πŸ™‚

  9. 259
    Fran Tyler says:

    The hobo look that’s so popular today…where the clothes look like they came from a dumpster! It’s amazing to me that people pay money for clothes that are torn and tattered!

  10. 260
    Megan Van Goor says:

    I’ve seen a lot of tie dye and some overalls in the stores lately. lets not bring those back. also, boys are getting lines and designs shaved into their hair again.

  11. 261

    Platform shoes, which by the way I wore in high school. This is a second go round.

  12. 262
    Hannah says:

    Jeggings. Lord have mercy, but they are comfortable. Also some of the color combinations I put together. I like color, but I have a feeling they are going to be not so beautiful ten years from now.

  13. 263
    JessicaR says:

    Skinny jeans.

  14. 264
    mindy, Granger, IN says:

    I think we will regret tattoos and crocs along with straightening our hair. Who knows?

  15. 265
    Dayna says:

    I think its the guys who always wear the hood of their sweatshirt on their head like its snowing or raining outside and its 70degrees! I think they just don’t want to comb their hair! For the girls its those low jeans that they are always falling out of! Yikes!

  16. 266
    Brittney says:


  17. 267
    Lynette says:

    I think that the “saggin” pants guys wear that show most, if not all their underwear or “fanny” will always be a style I will never understand—they look like they are little boys that never learned how to finish dressing themselves…

  18. 268
    Carrie Harpell says:

    Beth, and ya’ll lovelies at Living Proof,
    I apologize for not putting my memory verses on the blog for Sept 1 or 15! I did NOT drop out, I just kept forgetting to blog them. thanks for being gracious. I just went back to full time work on my kids first day of school and man has it been busy! But truly a God story.
    I am also a part of a launch church here in Apple Valley MN–our first service was last August. It has been a joy and LOTS of work. So exciting to hear about your launch stories!

    Here are my verses. I will include my Oct 1st one as well since it is Sept 29 today!

    Colossians 3:12,13 &14 (NIV)
    ” Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And, over all these virtures, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

    praise God. love ya’ll.

  19. 269
    Serena says:

    I definitely think those bangs that cover half your face. hahahha It used to be “flock of seagulls” now it’s called “bridal bangs” so funny!! I also think muffin top jeans! Please let them die! if they don’t fit, don’t wear em! hahaha BTW I love the fall fashions!! So classy! I really hope frappacino’s die too. They are wayyy toooo fattening! ahhha All of these things are making me laugh by the way. UGG boots!! that’s another one. πŸ™‚

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  21. 271
    Mary Lou says:

    Skinny jeans, Ugg boots, tatoos, platform shoes, leg warmers, tight shirts and low rise jeans on girls/women who obviously shouldn’t be wearing them, cleavage-spilling shirts, bell-bottoms, wearing pajama pants and slippers in a public place. Seriously, the list could go on and on.

  22. 272
    Dawn from Beavercreek says:

    We certainly had our share of embroidered, ‘puff paint’ embellished cutesy Christmas sweatshirts in our family! My sister made them by the hundreds for her ‘country store’ πŸ™‚

    I think we will cringe over our ‘over-dyed’ hair (be it ‘natural’, pink, purple or streaked!) and the ‘big bling’ jewelry we pay big bucks for these days.

  23. 273
    Debbie from Virginia says:

    Skeletoes….especially with dress clothes….although people who have them say they are quite comfortable.

  24. 274
    Sharon says:

    Jeggings!! And body piercings.

  25. 275
    marian says:

    Though not technically a fashion accessory, definitely the pouty lip Duckface pictures! (If you have any doubt about what this is, a 10-second browse here will clear it up: ) The older women of tomorrow will have a whole hard drive full of facebook photos of themselves and their friends to laugh at : ). And, oh yes, Crocs.

    And… maybe not tatoos for their own sake, but just for the fact that, well, the effects of aging on the body are not always taken into account. As I heard one person put it, “Today’s Tweety bird tatoo may become tomorrow’s pteradactyl!”

    Thanks for sharing your picture and for the resulting much-needed smile tonight, dear Beth!

  26. 276
    Kristi says:

    Beth, that sweatshirt is a riot! In December at my daughter’s high school, they have “Ugly Christmas Sweater Day” and all the students wear decorated sweatshirts and sweaters. Do you still have yours? You’d fit right in! (Or maybe we could borrow it?! Goodwill sells out quick and “tacky” gets expensive!)

  27. 277
    Elise says:

    I do remember shirts like that and I am pretty sure I had bangs like that πŸ™‚

    I think that some of the boys now a days are going to get some major teasing from their sons and grandsons for their baggy-show your undies pants.

  28. 278
    kathie Mullins says:

    I can’t believe how girls that have muffin tops can wear midriffs and “let it all hang out”. I think the spandex is going to be something we will laugh at later on in life!

  29. 279
    Rachael Davis says:


    Seeing your picture made me recall my Senior High School picture! 1991. Oh boy did I think I was hot stuff. I was PROUD that my hair was cut out of frame b/c it was so big.

    What do I wear now? I’m pretty conservative in the way I dress, but I layer everything. T-shirt with long sleeve shirt underneath. Or tank top under if it’s warm. I never tuck anything in. So, maybe one day I’ll look back and think … why the layers?

  30. 280
    Heidi Tracht says:

    Beth wrote: “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.”

    Yesterday’s pleated poof is today’s muffin top! Who makes jeans for women, anyway!! Neither look is flattering. πŸ™‚

  31. 281
    Nancy says:

    I went to a college football game last Saturday and many of the college girls were wearing sundresses with cowboy boots- really?! It just didn’t look very attractive at all to me, and I think those precious girls will look back one day and cringe.

  32. 282
    Shelly Story says:

    Did your tight-waisted jeans that puffed out at the tummy also have tightly rolled ankle cuffs? Cuffs that you rolled youself, and then socks below them that were scrunched down?

    Not that I did that. I just thought maybe YOU did. πŸ™‚

  33. 283
    Donna Sutherland says:

    I will be laughing at the multi-tattoo look on so many people these days, and in the sense of fashion I think the flutter sleeve/poufy sleeve tops with lots of design and glitter and rhinestones and … will be laughable.

  34. 284
    Kim Safina says:

    Sweet Beth,

    I am giggling like a school girl right this moment! I have a very similar sweatshirt. INFACT, I wore one to my “boot camp” workout this morning at 6:00 AM and EVERYONE noticed!!!

    The more stuff on it, the better, in my opinion!! πŸ™‚
    I wear a different sweater every day in the month of December. * YEP,I have 30+ sweaters!
    TOTAL DORK per my sons! πŸ™‚
    I was THRILLED to read that singer, Carrie Underwood wears/loves them too!!!

    Maybe I will arrive in a WHITE SWEATER in January! calling it a “garment of praise” HAHAHAHAAAA
    Ecclesiastes 9:8

    Sending “HARVEST” blessings in my fall sweater,
    Kim πŸ™‚

  35. 285
    katiegfromtennessee says:

    This is a hard one, I’m not sure what I will regret, maybe a certain shirt or those shorts that go to my knees instead of jeans. Being 5ft. 2in., it is probably not the best idea for me to wear clothing that blocks off my height in sections. Yikes. It’s okay for camping and stuff like that, right?

  36. 286
    Anon says:

    Speaking of tacky Christmas sweaters, I just saw plenty many of them at the local women’s shelter. I also saw plenty of outfits that even your grandma would not have donned in the 80s. The amount of shoulder pads on those racks could suit up the entire NFL. πŸ™‚

    But as I was sorting through clothes, a young 30-something, pregnant girl showed up looking for a winter coat. She said that the rain goes right through her fleece. As she thumbed through some of the racks, she said, “What’s with all these old-fogey clothes, No one wants to wear these!” I heartily agreed and tried to help her find something nicer, to no avail.

    It dawned on me that girls who live in shelters like cute clothes, too.

    Next time I donate clothing, I want to give a bit more sacrificially. Maybe put a thing or two in there that is really cute that some girl in need might like. Heaven forbid, maybe even buy a little something to donate. They are people just like me, and they deserve it.

  37. 287
    Genie from Georgia says:

    Oh, I think we’ll regret thongs, skinny jeans, shirts that make us all look like we’re pregnant, and all tattoos! The clothes will go away…tattoos will only change shape! :}

    • 287.1
      Genie from Georgia says:

      I forgot to add that I used to hand-paint Christmas sweatshirts! My mom, my two sisters and I would decide on a design and then spend a crazy, laughter-filled day painting them and decorating them! I even painted a Christmas tree with real battery-powered lights that blinked. I looked like I was “great with tree”! : )

  38. 288
    Sandra says:

    I see too many tatoos, not flattering, especially on women.

  39. 289

    FLIP FLOPS Everywhere. πŸ™‚ I don’t know I like the style of the day but I’m pretty sure there will be something. IMHO: Probably Jeggings.

    When my youngest was in the womb circa 1991, my cousin painted a two piece outfit we bought at MJDesigns for a maternity outfit. I mean it was shocking pink and it really was an over-sized t-shirt with jersey cotton skinny pants that actually fit around my belly. Cute does not begin to describe it.

    I made myself a sweater with bunny print appliques and had hair very similar to yours and your friend in this picture. πŸ™‚ I remember. It was the most kind of fun. I could spend a whole paycheck at MJDesigns to decorate. πŸ™‚

    Love this blast from the past. Thanks for sharing. I have pictures of me like this somewhere – probably buried in my mother’s cedar chest. πŸ™‚

    LORD have mercy.

  40. 290
    Robin says:

    one word- jeggings.

    thank you for this post, it made me smile.

  41. 291
    Julie in Idaho says:

    Pajama jeans….enough said.

  42. 292
    Cheryl says:

    I was in college & not only did we make those sweatshirts with Christmas themes, we used to have get togethers to make sorority sweatshirts!! Unfortunately some of those pictures have made it on FB. When my 13 yr old girl looks at them, I get so much joy out of saying, “oh, you just wait. Someday your kids are going to laugh at what you’re wearing right now!” HA!

  43. 293
    Denise says:

    I started to ask “What are jeggings?”, then I recalled seeing them on a mannequin—5″10″ weighing 95 lbs! Are they really in style? πŸ™‚

  44. 294
    Carolyn says:


  45. 295
    Leanette says:

    First off, thanks to you, dear Siestas, my precious daughter received the blessing of a Passion scholarship. Our Heavenly Father has sure been hearing my songs of joy and thankfulness!
    I have old-fogey, home-decorated shirts too. I’m struck at today’s focus on just the right hair color, fashion (muffin tops are disgusting!), tanned skin, and lack of modesty. I hope we look back someday and realize we might have glorified God with our bodies just a little bit more!

  46. 296
    Corrie says:

    Um feathers.

  47. 297
    Rebecca says:

    OK – I guess I’m still a dork because I see absolutely nothing wrong with that sweatshirt! I’d wear it even now! LOL I have to agree with many of the others in saying that the guys wearing their pants so low you can see their underwear. I won’t have to wait 20 years because I cringe about that even today! And straight hair! Some ladies look fine with straight hair, but not everyone can pull it off. Those women should know who they are! (raising hand)

  48. 298
    suzette says:

    Just loved your post on ‘hairspray’… haha – reminded me of the good old days.

  49. 299
    Kaitlyn says:

    Feathers in the hair!!!

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    aimebelle says:

    Definitely eyeglass frames! Since I have to wear mine all the time I have lots of old pictures where I just cringe when I see the styles!

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