HS Memories – fads & fashions

In my post ‘The ball is rolling’, I wrote the following –

As you know, several garage sales took place last year and additional ones are on the calendar for March.  With downsizing from a 3,800 sq. ft. home to a smaller one comes downsizing furniture and possessions.

In today’s post I write the following –

Part of the downsizing taking place is opening boxes in our upstairs storage and going through possessions of long ago.  Some of these possessions I have not viewed in many, many years.  Some items will need to be discarded, as they hold no value as a keepsake.  Other items will be kept a little longer until another day arrives that I will need to find a home for them, whether that be giving to my sons or the trash.  I realize it is difficult to just throw items and memories of long ago away, but not everything can be kept forever.

One item I came across was a book titled ‘memories’, I received specially for my high school senior year to record ideas, impressions, opinions, thoughts and comments.  This book includes personal data; including my senior picture, high school data, senior class data, class schedule, faculty information, clubs – activities – organizations; you get the idea.

I graduated high school in 1979 at the age of 19.  I married my high school sweetheart at age 18, therefore I was married my senior year of high school.

One of the pages in this ‘memories’ book is titled ‘fads and fashions’; I thought I would share with you what I wrote my senior year of high school about the fads and fashions  during my high school years 1976 – 1979.

Some of the latest fashions are for guys, mostly blue jeans and a regular t-shirt.  Many people wear terry cloth shirts.  Many people do not wear belts when they wear a tucked in shirt.  During the warm months many people wear thongs (this would be flip-flops – not underwear).  Girls wear very nice clothes; their dresses come a little below their knees, and they wear high spiked heel shoes.  There are many different hair styles.  There are a lot of people wearing their hair in a fro.  It is all curly everywhere.  A lot of guys have their hair parted in the middle and feathered back on the sides.  There are many girls who wear their hair like this also.

When I viewed my high school year book – what I described in my previous paragraph seem to be accurate.  Honestly I could not find images on the web that best fit this.  Instead here are similar images from the 1970s –


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Interesting how the clothes and hair styles have changed over the years and how some of these styles are making a little comeback in today’s society.

In the future I will post about a few other odds & ends.


35 thoughts on “HS Memories – fads & fashions

  1. It is fascinating, my friend, that you are a decade older than I and yet we seem to share the same sort of thoughts and experiences and emotions..not to mention how we are also separated by continents…

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  2. The 70’s were just the best.. I too got married in 1975 🙂 And often look back fondly and wonder how on earth I dared ware those mini skirts while hubby had kipper tie and bell bottoms 🙂 .. Thank you for the share and bringing back the memories :-0

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  3. The fashions come and go and come back again but somehow even when people don ‘vintage’ clothes they don’t look quite the same as the genuine article at the time. Something in the way we moved, we posed, we held our bodies is different now. Very interesting to look at the pictures and remember the way we were 🙂

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    • Yes, I agree about the ‘vintage’. When I was trying to find images that best reflect the clothes, I found ‘vintage’ and you are correct, the are not the same. Thanks Osyth, hope you are well! 🙂

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  4. This is such an interesting read Terry. Although a lot comes back (my mother always said, don’t throw your clothes away, the fashion will return….) In later years, we don’t seem to ‘pull it off’ like the ‘old’ days. We change, we grow, mature, I don’t know…but it is always so interesting. 🙂

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    • Yes, indeed we change with the times. For me personally, as I have become older, fads and fashions are not important. I just want to be comfortable. Thanks Lynne, always look forward to your comments. 🙂

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  5. I once fell for a handsome boy with shoulder length blonde hair. I spotted him in the Botanic Gardens particularly because he was good-looking and wearing a purple velvet suit with bell-bottoms. He kept looking at me and I wondered if he would ask me out. Then I turned the corner and he was exposing himself to me. The irony was that if he had asked me out, I would probably have touched it anyway… 🙂

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  6. OK, starting with JC Penny. Can you say Chrissy Hynde of the Pretenders? 2nd picture, Freddie Mercury of Queen! 3rd picture, ah…not going there! 😉

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  7. I don’t like the guy pimp clothing of the 1970’s. I was more into guys with the surfer/hippie look. The pic of the guy with the long hair and facial hair looks like one of my sons. LOL! I do love the girl fashions of the 70’s though. Thanks for this. It’s fun!!!!

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    • Thanks Catherine, I could not do my hair that long. When I was in high school it was the length of my lower ear. The longer it got, the curlier it would be. I never wore the pimp clothes, and yes the surfer/hippie look works for me. Thanks dear, hoping your day is wonderful. 🙂


  8. Man, the seventies was great! I started my teaching career at Alcorn State in 72…I was twenty-three. I remember learning to do the “bump” when James Brown came out with “The Big Payback.” And then the Ojays came out with Money with that awesome guitar beginning..OMG! It was wild. The after-game parties were GREAT. The only movie version that comes close to getting the mood right with that atmosphere is the party-scene in Dead Presidents.

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