Monday, March 5, 2012

The Way We Wore

With apologies to Barbara and the classic movie from 1973, "The Way We Were."  

To ask the question of, "What was in our closets?" should be more like, "What was laying over our bedroom chairs, beds, and layered on the floor." Hey, we were teen agers of the 60-70's and we weren't any different about our rooms like the teens of today. Perhaps the Wa-Hi Class of 72 invented the messy bedrooms during our days of teen angst.    

We were adorned in beads, feathers, flowers and bells. It was an androgynous look with bell-bottoms, desert boots, waffle stompers, paisley and seude. 

The girls also wore the minis, midis, and the maxis - from the mini skirts hailed from the fashion runways of London to the long floral skirts that often identified us as Bohemian, nomadic, spirited and most important - non-bourgeois.

The boys took on a Pre-Raphaelite fashion of muttonchops and sunglasses. Also a London influence was the "mop-top" Beatle and even longer shaggy haircuts (unless they were dedicated to ROTC), muttonchop whiskers, sunglasses, army fatigues and jackets, pea coats, duffel coats and duffel bags.

We didn't invent tie-dye. The colorful tie-dye seen on shirts, scarves and dresses has artistic roots as far back as 500 to 800 AD in Peru, and including Japan and West Africa.  Embroidered clothing, either self-made or imported from Mexico or India was also a popular look. We were wearing peace symbols on jewelry, purses and belts as a political statement before it was became a fashion statement and a trend in the 21 century.

It was also one of the very first years at Wa-Hi that the girls were finally allowed to wear pants, especially jeans to school.

So, the Wa-Hi Class of 1972 was recently asked on Facebook, "What was your favorite piece of clothing you wore in high school. Also, do you still own any of them, whether it is jewelry, purse, shoes or an old shirt?"  Here's what they had to say:

Sheila Crumpacker Meharry I loved wearing my Choir Blazer! That was one sharp looking blazer!

Jan Cherry Cline A pair of jeans that I embroidered flowers on. Don't have them but I have the Miss WW pageant pic of me in them. Crazy.

Gini Fine Walker I think I am with Jan -- hip hugger bell bottoms with flowers embroidered on the bottom. I cut off the embroidered bottoms and kept them for the longest time -- but finally decided I really did NOT need to keep them.

Catie McIntyre Walker  My fav accessory was a brown seude purse with fringe and studded peace symbol on the flap. I still have it. Maybe I should use it for the 40th class reunion? How fashionable ... I finally let go of my dance formals in 1997.

Ellen Harbold Ostheller Between moves and a fire, i don't own anything from those years unfortunately and seeing as how we had to wear dresses/skirts to school and i have spent my life in jeans, don't remember too many favorites either. There was a pretty plaid kilt in blues and creams that i liked i guess, for a skirt...

Kathy Franklin Potter My favorites were my plaid wool culottes. My mom used to take an old Pendleton Wool pleated skirt apart and make it into culottes. There is a lot of fabric in one of those old girls. And you didn't have to take out the zipper--you could lay out the pieces just right and re-use it. OMG we recycled before it was cool--or mandated!

Robert Larson I had a red plaid jacket with big pockets, easier to hide the, I mean my lunch, not that I hid my lunch, still have it. Wow, love it but can no longer fit into it.

Ida Widner Kaminsky I loved my bell bottom jeans. Don't own them anymore. But still own some multi colored wood hoop earrings and a puzzle ring that I love and still wear.

Steven W. Mackey My bell bottoms (Coast Guard) had 13 buttons.

Sheila Potter Peick I have my fathers Navy uniform and I absolutely love them! My Dad's (Navy bell bottoms) fit me, but only for a short time!

Kathy Franklin Potter I wore my dad's navy bell bottoms also! He let me wear the top too! Not his dress blues, they were for the Veteran's Day Parade! But the whites were all mine!

Patti Parson Hillman I feel like such a nerd. I (still) have 2 dresses, a purse made from my favorite bell bottom jeans, a giraffe pin I got from Gretchen in a 4th grade Christmas gift exchange, a sweater i bought for $18 with my first paycheck from St. Mary's Hospital (Dietary Student Helper - I have the name tag!), and my favorite prom dress. I can probably find even more. My daughter and her friends practically wore out the dresses with years of dress-up. Embarrassing!

Tracie Myrick Meyer My boyfriends 501 Levis I borrowed.

Diane Clements Wicks I liked some of my wool plaid skirts and I kept one just for fun. Not that I can wear it anymore, but that's another story! Also, I still have some jewelry and my class ring. Go Blue Devils!

Patti Parson Hillman I have my class ring too! Thanks for the reminder Diane.

Sheila Potter Peick Patti (Parson Hillman), you are definitely a nerd for saving stuff a Highly intelligent nerd, the kind I wish I were LOL. I bet the clothes still fit. I had a baby blue trench coat and a big floppy hat ( in multiple colors) finally tossed them. Diane a big definite YES on the wool plaid skirts. For not being able to wear jeans to school except snow days. Lol. Short dresses and even shorter skirts.

Janet L Teal I still have my Class Ring too and some jewelry that I wore in HS. Think I even have some clothes. lol

Jackie Preston Bacon I loved a peasant blouse I bought at the BeeHive. Mom said I could have it only if I didn't wear it like a hippie, still not quite sure what that meant! No idea what happened to it. My fringe jacket burned in a house fire, but I now have a Pendleton "official Round-Up" leather jacket with fringe. Then there were the rough-out cowboy boots I bought at Goodwill. I had them resoled so many times the cobbler finally refused to work on them anymore, and sold me a custom made pair that someone had ordered and never picked up!

Where did we get that fashion statement of the fringed jacket? Was it from television's Daniel Boone with Fess Parker or from the movie, Easy Rider's cowboy biker, Billy? But, Jackie wasn't the only one who wore a seude/leather jacket with fringes that is now long gone ...

Karen Harding Kelly  Oh yeah, I loved my fringe seude coat. No, I don't still have it as I think I wore it out.

Debbie Fullen I don't have mine either.... bummer!

Linda Barton Byerley Mine went to the Good Will after my folks sold their house 8 years ago!
If you are a classmate of Wa-Hi 1972, 1971 or 1973 and want to share what you wore, please do so in the comment section. We'd enjoy hearing about your memories, too.