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Boomer Shoes
Remember looking forward to going shoe shopping? We had great kids' shoe stores like Poll Parrot, Red Goose, and Buster Brown. The stores usually gave you a prize (Red Goose had a big goose that "laid" a plastic egg with something inside). When we got a little older, Hush Puppies and penny loafers were cool (you were a rich kid if you had paper money in your penny loafer's penny slot).--- Tim, Shoreview, MN 1953

Sizzler Dresses
Sizzler Dresses-they were very short and had a matching pair of "panties". --- Mary, Washougal, WA, 1960

All the best stuff...
In my town the girls wore "red fox" stockings with white shoe polished sneakers. No panty hose in those days, garter belts were the only way to go. Remember "shells" the little sleveless, sweater-like tops and lemon or baby powder scented colognes? Worse yet AMBUSH cologne!! Big peace symbol necklaces, thigh-high boots with velvet hot pants. False eyelashes, (hated them), Enormous "butterfly" bow ties and crazy colored tuxes. Window pane stockings with 1" mesh. Carnaby Street, shrink tops, hip-huggers, bathing(swimming) caps with huge floppy flowers all over and hair nets, knickers, watery temporary hair colors: this stuff would run all over you. Matching sweater sets, matching mother/daughter dresses, ghillies (a type of oxford shoe); white bucks like Pat Boone's; toe socks; shag hair cuts--hooded cape coats that went to the ground, pea coats, stadium jackets, (maroon); troll dolls and gosh, what were those monkey-like things that everybody wore around their arms??? Remember those? Wide-Striped shoe laces in the saddle shoes and of course-beehive hair do's that were like cement from the hair spray; teased hair and it's mandatory "rat-tailed" comb. Brillcream. Rouge, a predecessor to blush. Fringed, we had the best stuff!!! --- Charli, Aberdeen, Maryland, 1950 (forever stuck in the '70s)

Does anyone remember wearing a skort (I'm not sure of the spelling)? It was a pleated, short short skirt with sewn in short pants (a cross between a skirt and shorts). --- Shelley, Massachusetts, 1954

Spoolies Curlers and Dr. Ben Casey Shirts
Does anyone remember "spoolies" curlers? They looked sort of hour glass shaped and made of rubber. You rolled your hair around them and snapped one end over the other. I remember getting a stray hair caught....Ouch! We also used large cans like orange juice for volume; but not too much curl. How about Dr Ben Casey shirts? I thought those were so cool and Vince Edwards was a hunk back then. Mood rings; which have come back in style. Also how many girls tried "Sun In" to become that California Blonde Babe? --- Alice, Redmond, Washington, 1952

Angels Flight Slacks...
I don't know if all Baby Boomers can relate, but some of us born at the tail end remember Angels Flight slacks and jackets for the guys and Gunny Sack dresses for the girls, usually worn to prom, homecoming or church. Guys usually would wear those shiny fake satin shirts that had some sort of hideous photograph pattern on them, like autumn leaves, sunsets or the Taj Mahal repeated over and over all over the fabric. --- Dolores, San Diego, CA 1963

Chemise Dresses
Chemise dresses - dresses with a very low waist, it came down around your hips then a belt was usually tied around your hips with a big bow in the back. My was a pink plaid with a big white bow in the back ! I thought I was really in style. --- Renee, Corpus Christi, 1951

Skinny Dip Perfume
Does anybody out there remember Skinny Dip perfume? Sister Lawrence told us to never wear that bold, nasty concoction to school ever again. She would be appalled by the really nasty Bath and Body Works junk the middle school girls wear these days! --- Joyce J, Pueblo, CO 1959

Belts on the Side
In my school the guys who wore their belts on the left side were the ones who seemed to get in trouble. But a few of us us who didn't seem to get into trouble wore out belts that way too. I remember Peter Brown of "Lawman", Rory Calhoun of "The Texan", and Tony Dow of "Leave it to Beaver." They were "good guys", and wore their belts on the side. I still wear mine that way today. --- Tom, Aspen, CO, 1946

Bobby Sherman’s Choker
That choker Bobby Sherman wore drove me crazy! --- Connie, Tempe, AZ (1961)

Oval Pins and Peter Pan Collars
I remember oval pins worn on the Peter Pan collar of a Villager blouse (except mine were "fake" Villager blouses since my folks couldn't afford the real thing). Like another on the board, I remember ironing and straightening the heck outta my poor hair. Oh the pressures of fitting I don't care! Love it! --- Sue, Dallas TX (formerly Philly), 1947

REAL Bell Bottons (Home Grown Bells)
Another memory I have is the wearing of bell bottoms. Not the bell bottoms the kids wear today but THE REAL BELL BOTTOMS! I would buy my bell bottom pants take them home and open up the lower pant leg below the knee. I would look through a box fabric (the females in my family were able to sew as well as all my female friends) pick out a wild paisley print or any other psychadelic fabric and insert large triangles of fabric in the bell to make it bigger. The bigger the better. I would also alter any pants that had a regular waistline. Hip Huggers were the ONLY pants to be seen in. I spent a lot of time on the sewing machine altering new pants just to be cool.

And ladies remember home ec class! When I was in 7th grade we learned how to lay patterns out on fabric and make A Line skirts or skirts with a gathered waist. When I was in 8th grade we made dresses and jumpers out of a type of fabric called kettlecloth. Home Ec class was a requirement and you had to make clothing. Today the kids make 12" square pillows. They would never be able to pass Home Ec with just a pillow. --- Barbara, Wilmington, De, 1956

P.F. Flyers, Buster Browns and Hush Puppies
I remember getting my P.F. Flyers...the sneakers that made you run faster and jump higher! And you always got some kind of great toy with each pair. And of course, Buster Browns and then Hush Puppies for school! --- Preston, Philadelphia, Pa., 1959

Twiggy Eyelashes
Remember drawing "Twiggy" eyelashes on your lower eyelid? --- Jerie, Redding, CA, 1946

Big Waists, Bigger Watch Bands and Surfer Crosses
7th grade the big fashion fad for guys was baggy Levis, pulled way down. You bought 'em with a much bigger waist size. Also, guys at my junior high all wore tan and brown saddle shoes. I remember my first couple of days at school, dressing totally geeked out and crying to my mom how I wanted to wear Levis like all the other cool kids who came from other elementary schools. Also, orange t-shirts were big that year in 1968, that was a very cool color. The really cool guys were starting to wear their hair longer (not me, unfortunately).
Also, anyone remember those really wide and colorful watchbands? Use to come in "shocking" pink or magenta or bright lime green. They were flimsy, cheap vinyl bands...very big in 1968 or so. I remember buying them at a store called the Akron. Also remember bubble rings? Big round colorful rings...big that year as well. Love beads were a big deal as were a real San Francisco hippie if you wore them. And who remembers Surfer crosses? Guys used to wear them, along with oh, so very groovy ID bracelots and peace symbols around your neck.
The hip pants to wear was stttrreeeeech Levis...hey, if the Jefferson Airplane said they were cool in their singing jingles ("stretch Levis fit right"), then who were we to argue, right? --- Jeff H, Oakland, CA 1956...(class of boring '74...what a dud year that was!)

I remember wide watchbands - twice as large as the watch face - some leather with rivets around the edges, some with holes punched all around. Being a guy with thin wrists, I'm sure they looked ridiculous on me, but I wore them anyway... had to be "cool!" The "bubble rings" you mentioned, we called "baldy rings." There were the greasers and the baldies. Greasers wore chains and engineer boots, baldies wore? I don't remember, but I think I was one. And, I used my time in wood shop fashioning surfer crosses to sell during lunch hour. --- Tim, Shoreview, MN 55126

Loud Pants, Chinos, and Madris…
I was born Oct. 1947 in a small town, Lancaster, Ohio. I don't know if many of us were up on the latest fashions. In the first year of high school there were lots of fads. I think one year the boys had a bet on who could wear the loudest pants. There were checkered pants, striped pants, and once a guy came to school in polka dotted pants. Chinos were in and cool. Everyone wore madris, the amazing new material that as carefree as permanent press we have now, but it's main attaction was when you washed it the colors would "bleed" and change the tones of the plaid. I think that was the hottest fashion of high school. My sister and I couldn't afford such expensive clothes. I wanted a madras blouse I saw in the store. During the summer vacation my sister and I were walking downtown near the truck stop when I happened to look down at the grass at a white envelope laying there. I kicked it...then was amazed when some money peeked out of the envelope top! There was over $20 in the envelope, a lot of money to someone our age in the 60's. We took it to the police station in the envelope and the nice man at the desk said we could keep the money of no one claimed it. When school opened we were called down to the station and picked up the money. Just in time for school clothes! Added to what we had, we were able to buy a few more things...and me and my sister bought a madras blouse. It was heavenly going to class in a blouse just like everyone else's.
Another fad was white buck penny loafers like Elvis's. I babysit for hours to earn a pair of them. I carried them out of the shoe store like they were gold. Some things in life don't live up to your expectations. In a month I was almost sorry I'd bought the shoes. Everytime it rained you had to clean them.. I had to clean them every week without fail and polish their soft buckskin surface with white shoe polish. after awhile they weren't soft and cute anymore.
Does anyone remember Mary Janes? Those horrible brown and white shoes mother made you wear. Everytime you wore them they seemed to need a coat of polish. --- Judith (born in Lancaster, OH), 1947

Belts…Buckles on the Side
The guys at school looked so tough with their tight blue Levi jeans. Many wore large black leather belts with a large square nicel buckle. The buckels were worn on the left side of their jeans, not in the middle. On their Chinos, they wore very narrow belts, some had double buckles facing in opposite directions. These were worn on the side, too. (Nerds wore their belts normal style.) The real wild kids also wore black motorcycle boots (or Engineer Boots or Harness Boots). Most professional baseball players wore their belts this way, too (Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaaio). This is about the only fashion fad of the fifties that hasn't come back (yet). --- Joan, Bridgeport, CT 1947

Hot Pants and...
How about Hot Pants, Platform Shoes, and long flowered nylon dresses. Eee Gads. Isn’t it funny how fashions repeat themselves. Kids today are wearing the same things we did, only we did it first. - Lore, Chicago, 1958

I tops and hip hugger jeans, clogs, mini, midi and maxi skirts. How about knickers? Hot pants were nice but too short to wear to school due to the dress code. So many clothes that if I still had (and could still fit into) would be back in fashion. --- Cindy, Visalia, CA, 1958

Pamper Shampoo
After 45 years, I occasionally find myself humming the tune to the Pamper Shampoo commercial,
which was on television around 1954 when I was seven years old.
"Pamper, Pamper, new shampoo;
Pamper, Pamper, new shampoo;
Gentle as a Lamb???
Yes, Ma'am!!!
Pamper, Pamper, new shampoo"
and all the while, this adorable, smiling, cuddly, white cartoon lamb was bounding and springing all
about the screen. I can't remember if we ever used any Pamper shampoo, but the commercial is a favorite early memory of mine. --- Becky, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1947

Love your site - I was actually doing a search for Pamper Shampoo. In my mind, it is inextricably connected with Tennessee Ernie Ford - and the lyrics I recall are a little different:
Pamper Pamper new shampoo
gentle as a lamb, so right for you
gentle as a lamb?
Yes, Ma'am!
Pamper Pamper new shampoo. --- Ellen, Santa Cruz, California, 1947

Kensington Shirts
A fake ID and a 1968 Pontiac LeMans given to me by my Grandmother. I worked in an Anthony's clothes store and got all my stuff 60% off. Kensignton shirts that had a different design every week and those bell bottomed, butt hugging Angel Flight pants made from a mystery material. The flowered sleeved silk shirts with sunsets on the back absorbed the rivulets of sweat from cranking to Donna Summer. I was as macho as they come and remember being proud to wear high platformed heeled shoes and during the day wearing 'titties' sandals held together with surgical tubing. The one thing I remember most was what the women were wearing then... those three inch heels that were made of some industrial, indestructible plastic with a sweade strap over their feet, exposing just the toes under the bell bottom denim pants as they walked. --- Brad, Amarillo, Texas 1961

Dippity Do
Remember: Dippity Do and Curl Free to help keep your hair straight? Slicker lipstick made by Yardley? Wearing knee socks to school with your favorite Bobbie Brooks plaid skirt? Getting your ears pierced in one spot was cool? --- Gloria, 1954, Dayton, OH

Do Petticoats Ring a Bell?
I remember wearing very full gathered skirts, below knee length around 1962. We wore net petticoats underneath to make them stand out. The more petticoats you had, the cooler you were. Except that in South Texas, where it was over 90 degrees from March to October, it was HOT. And when the slips were washed and starched, they scratched something terrible. (Nobody wore hose back then--just socks and saddle shoes.) Lots of petticoats that started out white ended up gray. They spent a lot of time on the bedroom floor after school. At Christmas we would pin bells to them so that we would jingle with every step, but the principal made us stop because of the noise. --- Sylvia, Austin, TX, 1947

All things white:
Fashion: in Southern California we wore white lipstick, but I don't remember it when I went back East. --- Barbara, Denver CO, 1953

White Go Go Boots, fish net stockings, empire style dresses all of these were my kind of style. --- Gladys Nieves, Chicago, IL 1952

I will always remember putting on White Lipstick & rolling my skirt up (just an inch or two-:) after Mom left in the morning & just before leaving for school. --- Sheila, Winnipeg, Mb. Canada (1947)

GI Gal in Green
I think I still have a photo of the most adorable outfit my mother made and sent me for Christmas 1971, when I was in Germany with my young soldier husband. It was an olive green midi-length cordurouy coat with a wool midi-skirt/vest and turtleneck sweater to match. I thought I was all-that and then some way back then. I think I remember my husband getting jealous because all his GI buddies told him how far out and hip I looked. This was my all-time favorite outfit my mother ever made for me. She was an excellent seamstress, I could always count on her to keep me in style - except she drew the line with the mini-skirt, wonder why? --- Glenda Jones, Mayfield, KY 1952

In ' 63-' 64 the big fad in the Northeast was the MOHAIR SWEATER! They came in pullover, vest and cardigan styles. These oversized fluffy sweaters came in a range of colors -baby blue, baby pink, baby lilac, baby orange, baby yellow...and you HAD to have more than one! --- Hannah, Norwalk, CT, 1948

Long Fringe-ware
I remember purple bell-bottom jeans and suede jackets with long, long fringe on the body and sleeves. The longer the fringe was, the cooler you were. If you had a purple long-fringe jacket, you were about he coolest person on the planet. The whole purple thing was launched by Jimi Hendrix and "Purple Haze." --- Lynn, Chicago, 1954

Crocket Cap
I remember having to have a Davey Crocket cap - complete with racoon tail. Here's a picture (I found one on E-Bay) --- Steve, Hudson, NY 1952

Side Belt Buckles
I think I remember why many guys wore their belt buckles on the side. I believe the trend was started by mechanics moving the buckle aside so they wouldn't scratch the paint job on their cars as they leaned into the engine compartment of their 57 Chevys, T-Birds, Vettes, etc. --- Greg, Milton, DE, 1952

Halter Tops and Tie Dyes
I remember when I was a kid wearing halter tops and platform shoes to make me taller and also the Earth Shoes were the hot new new shoes to wear. Bell bottoms and later straight leg pants began to come into style.The boys wore silk fancy tie dyed shirts and white tee shirts with blue jeans. Disco clothes were in too. --- Melody, Virginia Beach, VA,1958

I remember making our own tie dyed t-shirts in college. We made a mess out of the laundry room. No knowing how to "set" the color in the shirt, the first time I wore mine I had bright green arm pits for a week! --- Tim, Shoreview, MN 1953

Pink and Black Shoes
In 1957 the color rage was pink and black. Wishing to be a trendsetter I wanted pink and black saddle oxfords but, of course, there were no pink shoes then. The only pink thing in the house was Pepo-Bismol so I polished my shoes with it, becoming the talk of school-until it rained! It was great fun. --- Miki J., Miami, FL, 1940

Hair Fashion, Spray on Shampoo, All things hair...
I used to iron my hair to get it straight in the late sixties. Then in the early seventies, I'd use soup cans (empty) to set it with. Does anyone remember spray on or shake on dry shampoo? --- Julie, Sturgeon Bay, WI 1953

Was the spray on shampoo called Pssst? or some such thing? --- Pam, League City, Texas - 1961

Editor note: it was called Psssssst (with that many S's). I remembered the commercial thanks to your proding, Pam.

Hip Huggers and Palazzo Pants
......especially in HOT PINK and ORANGE or PURPLEs and TURQUOISE. The brighter the better! Speaking about FISH NET stockings - I remember the FISH-NET VESTS. Real cool with GRANNY-GLASSES and HIGH BOOTS. There was also a time when putting "taps" on heels was the thing. (Am I giving away my age?). --- Norma; W. Palm Beach; FL,1946

Elephant Leg Pants
Remember the HUGE elephant leg pants. A lot like the extremely large baggy jeans kids wear today, but ours stayed up without a belt. --- Pam, League City, Texas, 1961

Pointed Shoes
My fond memory was the pointed shoes of the sixties. As I had size 12 feet imagine how long the shoes were with the point, they looked like snow skis. --- John,Adelaide South Australia 1950

Breaking in Blue Jeans
A cheap pair of stiff blue jeans had to be worked on to get them into shape in the days before bell bottoms. So in 1965 while on holiday I was persuaded that the thing to do was to soak them and wear them until they fitted. Duly, before breakfast I strapped the jeans on, jumped into the swimming pool and walked soggily around all day until they had dried out. They still looked awful, I got blue legs and I think a cold. --- John Culyer, born in Brentwood, England, 1950

Belt Fashions
Nobody ever talked about it, but most of the boys wore their belt buckles on the side of their pants. If you wore Levis, you wore your wide Garrison black belt, with its big silver buckle on the side of your jeans. On kahkis or dress pants, you wore a skinny belt with your buckle on the side, too. Some girls wore their big buckles on the backside of their clothes. Yet nobody ever talke about this fad, most just did it. TV stars like Ricky Nelson and Wally on Leave it to Beaver wore it that way, too, as did many of the rock stars. A few of us still wear side buckles today. ---Dennis, Stratford, CT, 1943

I remember it being cool if you had a cowboy belt (early junior high), then later in junior high and high school it was a thinner brown belt with side stitching and a simple brass U-shaped buckle. Also, when "Clam Diggers" were in, a white cotton rope was the belt. --- Jeff, St. Paul, MN 1954

X-Ray Shoe Machines
I remember those x-ray machines in the shoe stores....try on a pair of shoes...put your feet in and look down to view your own bones rattling inside those new penny loafers. --- Phil Morris, Lenox, IA, 1951

Cha Cha Blouses and Modrian Dresses
We all wore those short white ruffle blouses. Very cha-cha ish ! They also came in longer renditions. I had them both. I also had this ugly dress styled after a Mondrian geometric design. It's a wonder I became an artist. When I was in high school, all the Juniors wore their hair in a flip. We couldn't wait to be Junior's, so we could wear the Junior flip, as my friend Janet so aptly put it. --- Phyllis, Baldwin, NY 1950

Peasant Blouses
In Schenectady, New York, in the middle 1970's, every high school girl looked the same. It was as if we wore a uniform in expressing “our freedom.” Straight long hair parted in the mddle, faded, worn jeans, men’s work shoes, silver and turquoise jewelry, shiny lip gloss,... and the ever present peasant blouse. Fashion seems to be repeating itself. Most of these styles are back. --- Maria Martin, Schenectady, New York, 1958

GoGo Boots
I remember wearing white go-go boots and dancing on top of garbage cans singing “These Boots were made for walking” by Nancy Sinatra. --- Gayle Rhodes, Corinth, MS ’59

Gum Wrapper Belts
I remember making gum wrapper belts after chewing our gum we would fold the wrappers together (sort of like weaving) they were stretchy too. You used the silver part for disposal of gum. It was the neatest thing to have a gum wrapper belt around your waist. The longer the better. Funny thing is I can't remember how to do it now. --- Virginia, Orange Springs, Florida, 1950

Ironing Hair
I remember the trauma of having naturally curly hair when the style was long and straight. That ironing board sure hurt my neck. --- Margie - Dallas, TX (previously Flushing, NY) 1951

Sunday Best
My memories are of my fancy "Sunday" dresses with stiff crinoline slips. Accompanying them would be my black patent-leather Mary Jane shoes. In the winter, there was the wool fancy Sunday coat and matching hat. Back then, there weren't jeans------we had DUNGAREES! --- Mary, Little Neck, NY, 1950

Paper Dresses
I remember paper dresses. I had several. To hem them, just cut the bottom off! Also, I remember the first time I saw velcro-I was about 8 years old and my cousin had a blouse on and told me it was held together by magic and I believed her!! --- Bev., New Canaan, Ct 1947

Hair Fashion
Just when the whole world was growing their hair long, (or so it seemed to me) my mother did the ultimate! I was in the 8th grade, when she decided to 'trim' my hair. Well, my hair got trimmed to one (1) inch on top....and that was the long part! She kept saying, "Oh! It's so cute!" I'm a girl! I wanted to hide under the bed for the duration of the year! Today, I'd be right in style...WAIT! Maybe she was the trend-setter-come-early! I had a friend who loved to experiment with color...on her HAIR. She was so brave! At Halloween, she had orange hair; for St. Patrick's Day ( and for several days thereafter, thanks to the food coloring she'd used that wouldn't wash out), it was green. Once, she had several colors at once. What a kick! I fully believe everyone in our class was jeolous of her free spirit; but no one else dared copy the colors. WAY TO GO, VEE!!! Sure wish I knew where she is...Today, I have a free-spirited daughter named Veronica, whom I call Vee. Can't help but wonder if HER name was also Veronica. --- Wanema Lemons, 1949; Carson, Washington

Angora Sweaters
Remember Angora sweaters and tailor made, kick pleated skirts? We also used Angora to wrap
around our boyfriend's class ring. --- Sandi, Canton, Ohio 1948

Engineer Boots
Do you remember guys wearing engineer boots? Sometimes we would attach heel clips made from metal or if you REALLY wanted to be kool you would use horse shoes made for ponys. Every time you took a step, you would make this clicking noise. At night these pony shoes would look especially fine if you would put your feet on the pavement while riding your bicycle. The little kids loved the spark shower. Do you remember the black shoes with the external tongue? They had a wire type device on the back of tongue that would slide shut and hold shoe on your foot. Do you remember the black slacks with the cloth belt and buckle sewn onto the back side? These were especially kool worn with one of those thin belts that had two buckles. --- Dave, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 1946

Name Brand Recollections
Remember Madras wrap-around skirts and Bermuda bags to match? (We had to wash them in cold salt water because it kept the "bleeding" at a minimum.)Then, in that whole Ivy league (now called preppy) look in the early '60s, we saved every penny to buy Villager shirtwaist dresses, John Meyer sweater/skirt sets and Weejun by Bass. Add to those: Circle pins, peter pan collar blouses, Pappagallo flats, Capezio anything (back when the company still made things of leather, not plastic), sterling charm bracelets; pastel-colored angora oversized sweaters with VERY tight slacks; loden green suede 7/8 length winter coats with 3/4 sleeves and racoon collars; hose that always matched the winter skirt colors; Gant shirts for guys; white sail cloth pleated skirts for summer; scarab bracelets and summer Espadrilles! --- Kaye Elliott, Virginia, 1947

Earth Shoes
How about Earth Shoes! They are back too. --- Jan, Carlsbad, CA, 1956

Yeah! Earth Shoes - I wore them waitering in the early 70's. The theory was that when you walked in them it was the same effect as walking on a sandy beach (your heel was lower than the rest of your foot). I remember getting shin splints while getting used to them. --- Tim, Shoreview, MN 1953

I remember my Earth Shoes came with a cool burlap sack. How natural. I also remember having to really walk funny to make my heel impression look lower in the sand to prove that the Earth Shoe's claim was indeed true. --- Terry, Chicago, 1956

Granny Glasses, etc.
Remember granny glasses, saftey pin piercings, clogs, Frye boots, Beatle boots and hi-heel sneakers? --- Lance, WPB, Fl., 1956

Hiphuggers, bell-bottoms (the really, really big bells!), Beatle wigs, wide belts, fringed leather jackets, and beads everywhere! --- Mike, San Angelo, TX 1956

How about poor boy sweaters and mini-skirts? Also, falls to turn short haired gals into long-haired babes. --- Andrea, Indiana, 1951

Fishnet stockings were the absolute rage! It really didn't matter what color they were either. Mine were green and they matched a dress with a green fishnet collar! Man I thought it didn't stink when I wore this outfit! Nowadays, I'm laughing on the outside about it and on the inside seriously hoping that NO ONE has a picture of me back then! UGH!!! --- Susan, Panama City, Florida, 1955

When I was in late elementary school in California, we wore white fishnet stockings with colored nylons underneath. The nylons were pink, green, yellow, or blue. Very groovy!! --- Barbara, Salt Lake City, 1958

Nehru Jackets and “Dickies”
I performed a magic show with a friend in junior high. Our costume consisted of gold Nehru jackets under which we wore black turtle neck "dickies" (just the collar and a tab that hung down in the front and back). We were SOOO groovy! - Tim, Shoreview, Minnesota, 1953

Platform Shoes
We would wear platform shoes with such high elevations that we felt as if we were on stilts! Now, my teenaged daughter wears the same type shoes AND CLOTHES. - Gayle, Texline, TX 1956

Dress Codes
Saddle Oxfords and Bobbie Socks were the only thing allowed in school with only skirts and blouses. All skirts had to be no higher then the knee. Jeans, slacks were unheard of unless you worked in you yard. --- Alice, Gladwin, MI, 1946

I remember the "greasers" at our school used to wear black boots that were "illegal" and confiscated if they were over the ankle. --- Sharon, St. Paul, MN 1954

Clam Diggers
In junior high (1965+) we wore ‘clam diggers’ which were kind of like Capri pants for guys. They were calf-high and had a little V-shaped slit on the outside of the leg. It was part of the beach movie craze I guess. - Brad, Des Moines, IA, 1952