Friday, February 26, 2010

Flashback Friday

When the kids and I were visiting my parents on Sunday, Mom gave me a box full of my old clothes. In the box were chore clothes that miraculously did not smell like the barn anymore (a testament to Mom's good laundry skills!), my Charlie Brown shirt that Mom sewed for me to use during sophomore year musical (yes, 3 of us girls played boys' parts), and this amazing pair of Gitano jeans.

Ah, yes...the pinstripes, the high waist...the tapered leg...it's gotta be the 80s!!


The internet is an amazing thing. I just googled Gitano jeans and found this fun piece of information on Retroland:
For kids who couldn’t afford the top of the line designer jeans, there was always Gitano. Sold in K-Mart, Gitanos featured the designer jean cut, including the requisite embroidered logo across the back pocket. Their less expensive price tag was a bonus for moms as well. But in the world of designer jeans, how much you paid meant more than how you looked, and even though Gitanos had the right cut, they didn’t have the cache of Jordache, Sergio Valente and Gloria Vanderbilt. If you didn’t have a horse, a bull, or a swan on your butt, it didn’t matter than your jeans fit well – you just weren’t cool.

Wow, good thing I didn't know about designer jeans back then. The closest designer stores were probably 1.5 hours away from me, and I think there was only one girl in town who had the resources for those name brands. Meanwhile, the rest of us shopped at Kmart and garage sales. We were SO not cool!

Seeing the 11/12 sizing tag, I figured that meant 11/12 juniors and there was no way these jeans would ever fit me again. I tried them on, just for fun and nostalgia. Guess what? I actually got them up past my hips! I couldn't begin to zip them up, but hey I'll take the small moral victory of getting them on after 20 years' time any day. I pulled my shirt over them and walked into the living room to see if Mark would notice my fashion flashback.

"I got em on!!" I said, turning around.

"Oh yeah. I remember those!" he said.

The kids were not impressed. Why was Mom wearing painted-on pants? Mark and I had a brief laugh as we remembered the Seinfeld episode where Kramer can't get out of his tight-fitting jeans.

So literally, these jeans took us back to the late 80s and the mid 90s in just a few short moments. My very own little time machine!
(And no, I did not get my picture taken while wearing the Gitanos. The last post is enough gore for one week!)

Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do. --Ecclesiastes 11:9 NLT

1 Comments:

Blogger Astrid said...

Wow, wow, wow!!!

Now those are a blast from the past!

We didn't even have a K-Mart in Anchorage (at least not in the 80s) so we had to shop department stores...not much in the way of choices!!

I'm impressed you could get them on! Now don't ask me to try on any of my old clothes! (well, for that matter I don't have them..whew. off the hook!)

February 26, 2010 at 3:46 PM  

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