Fashion-conscious, what’s that?

by midlifecrisisqueen on January 5, 2013

Here’s my contribution to the new January 7th GenFab Blog Hop:              My worst fashion faux pas from my distant past:

I grew up in the western U.S.  That translated for me into a general non-awareness of what the word “fashion” even meant.  In addition, my parents were both teachers.  I was raised to focus most of my  attention on improving my mind, not my appearance.  In fact, I have often thought, if I could delegate my fashion decisions to someone else, I would!

This goes triple for my hair.  I never knew what to do with it!  Going through my old photos recently brought back lots of great memories.  But my decision to perm my hair for over a decade was certainly not one of them.

The truth is for as long as I can remember I wanted naturally curly hair.  So in 1981, when perms became popular, I jumped right on that trend… FOREVER.

Looking back, this was not one of my finest fashion moments.  But since I knew I had no fashion sense of my own, I often looked to my older sister for ideas and advice.  She liked perms back then, and I figured our hair was a similar consistency so it should take a perm in a similar way.

That sounds good.  I think I’ll blame my sister for all of my bad hair choices through the decades.  That’s taking full self-responsibility.

The other thing I never learned how to do is put on make-up, but I’m pretty sure I can’t blame my sister for that.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Chloe Jeffreys January 6, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Yes, the days of the permanent. Who can forget those? I see them now advertised and wonder who in the world is getting permanents these days.

I also had problems with make-up, so I headed over to my friendly Merle Norman makeup studio to have mine professional done. I walked out and was promptly offered a role in a porno.

The hat is nice. At least you were smart enough to wear one in the sun. I wish I’d been that smart.

midlifecrisisqueen January 7, 2013 at 8:56 am

LOL! A porno star? Chloe, you make me GLAD I wasn’t into make-up! -LLC

Ginger Kay January 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

I’ve reached middle age without learning to apply make-up, too. I wish I’d got the perm out of the way in 1981 so I didn’t fall prey to it as the 80′s were ending. I got one just when the rest of the world was coming to its senses.

Lois January 7, 2013 at 11:31 am

Oh, the perm. That was my hair catastrophe, too. At least you covered it up with a hat!

midlifecrisisqueen January 7, 2013 at 11:33 am

Going for make-up lessons today! Hope nobody asks me to be in porno movie afterwards, ala Chloe’s comment! – LLC

Julie Danis January 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

One professional perm and done for me. A couple of Toni perms by my mom. Talk about an experiment in science!

Connie McLeod January 7, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Yep, I went through the perm phase! And I had a floppy hat too.

Joy Weese Moll January 7, 2013 at 3:09 pm

I have naturally curly hair — so, naturally, I always wanted to find ways to straighten it. I had the floppy hat, too, which I wore over my hair pulled back as straight as possible!

Bonnie January 7, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Oh, the dreaded perm. The smell!!! Every time I smell rotten eggs, that’s all I can think of, those Toni home perms!

Not only do I have straight hair, but mine is fine and thin. Those perms destroyed my hair. But I kept going back for more.

You look absolutely adorable in the hat! Makes me think of the show Oklahoma!

Donna Highfill January 7, 2013 at 6:38 pm

The hat your wearing, in white, was my dream wedding hat. I always wanted to wear one of those and get married in a garden. Got married twice, and never did either :).

midlifecrisisqueen January 8, 2013 at 8:19 am

Oh yeah, I had forgotten all about that HORRIBLE SMELL!!!
Expensive and hair destroying… and talk about some serious split-ends!
- Laura Lee

Carpool Goddess January 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm

You look so cute in your hat!

midlifecrisisqueen January 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Thank you all for reading and commenting… Sort of makes it all worthwhile! – LLC

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