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Back to School Shopping

Posted by admin | Posted in Culture, currentVintage, Fashion, Vintage | Posted on 22-09-2010

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sc0067c71aFor me, Middle School was like the Middle Ages–they were very dark years–and yes, it was almost that long ago.   There was one bright light, however:  back-to-school shopping.  I began 6th grade still wearing Toughskins and Grr-Animals, but by 8th grade, I was fashionably outfitted in Calvin Kleins and DVF tees.  Going from age 11 to 13 was like jumping millenia, but thankfully, I had shopping to comfort me in the light-speed journey, inspired by the fresh-faced models of Seventeen and Teen.

We were mall-less in our small NC town, so I did what I had to do and turned to the Sears and JC Penney catalogs.  I knew that if I saved my babysitting $, my Mother would quadruple-match my contribution and I would be appropriately dressed for the school year.  How I agonized over my choices each season, progressing from head-to-toe looks to selecting key pieces that could be mixed and matched.   By the time I hit high school, I was a full-blown fashionista, shopping at JE’s, the local boutique, but in the middle years, it was Sears..and denim, plaid and acrylic.

The "look" of Irish Fisherman knits

The "look" of Irish Fisherman knits

8th grade...

8th grade...

outfit on the right

outfit on the right

7th Grade:  Outfit in the middle

7th Grade: Outfit in the middle

aaah, youth

aaah, youth

6th Grade

6th Grade

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