Ah, sweet youth. No matter whether you grew up sporting a fedora, penny loafers, poodle skirts, bell-bottoms, leg-warmers, skinny jeans, Madonna-inspired net shirts and rosaries, goth garb, a spikey mohawk, or even a wave that would put the Bieber to shame, you made a fashion statement, unique to you.
I am too simple and shy wallflower. Nature and books are my first preferences than the style. But there is something in the youth and in the fashion statement!
There in my country most of the schools; elementary, middle and high schools have strict rules on uniforms. After school one has only a few hours for snack and friends, then back to homework and preparation for next day. The only time to lean onto fashion is either in a weekend with friends or to a wedding with family or a family get together. There was no TV or fashion magazine at that time, so the only way to see new style was through movies and in the store. During my high school days my favorite thing to wear was a pair of goldenrod color bell bottom pant and ruby-red top. I loved the flare of the pant and the cling v-neck top. Gradually my wardrobe grew with a few more bell bottom pants, tie dye shirts and platform heels.
It was 1970.Everyone wore bell bottom pants from kids to middle ages, it was a fad but has returned again and again through a slightly different look. Some of my jeans were so wide that one could trip over on them. My friends used to call them ‘elephant bell bottoms’. If I recollect the history correctly then the bell bottom pants worn by American sailors during the war of 1812, adopted by British Navy in 1850. Some experts say that it came into the scene in Europe in the mid 1960s as vintage clothing. In 1967 it came as a real style to North America. It was immediately adopted by the hippie subculture worn with beads, granny glasses, tie-dyes and long hair. In 1970s the bell bottom pants entered to the main stream and reached a fashion apogee during the Disco craze.
I used to have a lots of different platform shoes. The average platform had a front of about 2” with a thick heel about 4-5”. Most of them were made of woods. One of the best things about them was that they were very comfortable. Because of the large front platform they helped keep all the weight off the toes.
Fashion and style change so much that it is hard to keep up with them. Now I just like to see the style and fashionable clothes in others. For myself I prefer more simple design and lighter colors. And on platform heel, no way. It has to be flat shoe or shoe with a small heel.
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”