Throwback Thursday #21

Maggie is our hostess this week and our topic is sense of style.
This week we are revisiting our foray into fashion and how you learned to express yourself through your outward appearance and adornments.

Oh my. I have never been a follower of fashion putting comfort and practicality above all else. These days I live in joggers and tees, my feet clad in trainers. I do own one frock (sadly no shoes to go with it though), a few skirts and tops, and have new tees in the cupboard.
Photo July 2017

As a child with an older sister, I wore hand me downs a lot, but did have new clothes as well. Every week day we changed out of school uniform into play clothes and wore Sunday best for Sunday School at church.
Clothes were always serviceable, not exactly trendy, but I did have my favourites.
I didn’t wear jeans until my teens when I lost a lot of weight and came down from a size 18 to a 12 in six months. At 18, I had a pair of flared hipsters that I absolutely lived in, wearing them with a wide belt.Β  Those were the days when I had a 24″ waist and was considered slim. I had my first real boyfriend then and he gave me a pair of black corduroy jeans, again something I more or less lived in when I wasn’t at work.
It was not a partnership made in heaven though as he went off for a holiday on his own saying he would know if I’d gone out with anyone else because his friends would tell him. When he came back, I ended the relationship and he said he wanted his jeans back, so I took them off. I was in my room at the time so had access to alternatives!

Office wear was usually a dress or skirt and top, but I found dresses restrictive when I was carrying bags of cash in the bank so bought a lot of mix and match single items and ringed the changes. Who could have known that Navy or Black had so many variations, even from the same outlet!
Sometimes I would order a lot of clothes in a variety of sizes from my mail order catalogues and have a fashion parade in the comfort of my home. I usually kept whatever fitted or felt comfortable, which sadly was usually not a lot. I have never been one for lots of clothes, shoes or accessories anyway so it was never a hardship.

Jewellery was another matter though. Once I had my ears pierced (once was enough by the way), I was forever buying earrings. I discovered I could only wear gold or silver so that cut down my choices, but even then, I could wear a different pair of earrings every day for a month. I also bought rings but being a nail chewer, I only wore them on special occasions. Hubby cured me of my nail biting habit though and I have quite a few rings but only wear my watch, wedding ring (my joints are too swollen for any others now) and my necklace of four: the gold crucifix Bro gave me in 1965 when I was bridesmaid, and Hubby’s gifts of a gold heart that said ‘I love you more today than I did yesterday but not as much as I will tomorrow’ which had now worn off, a little gold elephant and a silver Chinese symbol that means I love you. I never take it off.
The earrings I’m wearing now are also a gift from Hubby and I wear them all the time.

Hairstyles. Oh blimey!
At school it was always short and cut into the nape of the neck, probably because all of us kids on the estate went to the same woman for haircuts and this was the only one she could do. Unisex came early in those days as boys and girls hair were cut the same.
In later years I grew it to shoulder length, then had it cut, and when I met Hubby I had the last of a perm growing out.
This is one of the collages we put together years ago and probably shows off my hairstyles over the years. It’s halfway down my back now but I rarely wear it loose preferring to tie it back in a ponytail. I trim it myself by brushing it all forward over my face and snipping off the ends. I did a post on that here
Photo New Year’s Eve 2016
The difference between the dates of the post cutting my hair and the above picture is nothing to do with hair though…………. I can see how much weight I’d lost (almost 3 stone) !!

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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21 Responses to Throwback Thursday #21

  1. Paula Light says:

    Beautiful hair! πŸ’–

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Lovely post Di and I love all the photos especially the first one the wedding outfit you look so joyful ☺️ πŸ’œπŸ’œ

    • We had just got back as we couldn’t stay because we had the dog and our ‘sitter’ had let us down, so just said we’d attend the outdoor service. I was coming back from collecting our supper which was a chinese takeaway, so I was indeed very joyful!

  3. Maggie says:

    Di, I had forgotten about corduroy! I had some really wide wale corduroy jeans that I absolutely loved. Can I just say how weird it is that someone would ask for an article of clothing like a pair of jeans be given back. Glad you moved on. Your hair has such a beautiful wave. Mine is quite straight and I was happy to bet my first pandemic haircut back before Thanksgiving.Lovely post to read. πŸ’•

  4. murisopsis says:

    I need a hair cut now as my hair is almost as long as yours is in that last photo! I’m glad that of all the frogs you kissed you finally found your prince!!

  5. Thanks for joining in Di. I loved you post. The pictures are awesome. I am a snot, and I think I would have told the boyfriend I’d get them back to him later and then pour bleach on them . Just saying. LOL I remember the corduroy too. I had the thin and thick ones.

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