I have never been a slave to fashion trends, apart from those few unfortunate years in high school when big hair and “preppy” collars were all the rage. Wanting to fit in as a teenager led to unfortunate wardrobe choices and spectacular photographic evidence that seems to keep reappearing. Even the fires of Hell could not burn those outfits from my memory. (Somehow I think the pictures and the negatives would survive incineration as well.)
While the above image was taken from sweirt.com and does not do my teenage wardrobe any justice, I’m sure you get the general idea. Nothing says 80’s fashion like big hair, neon and leg warmers!
After leaving high school and finding myself in the “real” world, I came to the realization that I could care less about fashion. I was happier slipping on a pair of jeans and a sweatshirt and sliding my feet into some loose-fitting sandals. While the girls around me spent hours teasing their hair, applying make-up and picking just the right outfit, I would be dressed and ready to go and waiting for them to emerge from their cosmetic cocoon as a beautiful painted butterfly. I admired their dedication, I just didn’t understand their obsession. Give me a tube of mascara and some lip gloss and I’m set.
I’m sure there were moments in my impressionable years that I wished I was more like a Barbie Doll. Now that I can look at my life from an adult perspective I realize the world needs Raggedy Ann’s as much as it needs Barbie Dolls and I’m happy to be one of those Ann’s.