BarbaraB — aka my mom, the style icon — was going through some old pictures recently. I think I might be her clone!
The silky green blouse that BarbaraB is wearing in that photo is a different one from the linen-look green blouse mom wore in a later photo that I originally posted here. She just really liked the green-blouse-over-black look.
In the 1980s, we were all about the oversize shirt/blouse. I wore this short-sleeved turquoise shirt by itself, usually tied in a knot in the front. It was big but not super-long.
More typically, I wore very long shirts — down to mid-thigh at least. I got this blue shirt in the men’s department at Bloomingdale’s.
Apparently, it kept sending out a men’s department vibe, because guys always complimented the color and the pattern of this shirt.
When I was being sex-ay, I wore my big shirts unbuttoned (at least partially) over tank tops, paired with either stirrup pants or black leggings.
In college, my favorite big shirt was one the floral one that BarbaraB bought for me in Paris. You can’t appreciate its full length here, unfortunately.
I could never bear to part with that one. In 2010 or so, I had Jean from Ghost Tailor hem it shorter to make it wearable in the 21st century.
I was wearing it out and about this Dec. 31 during the day, but I didn’t take a picture of it.
My fanciest big shirt doesn’t look very appealing in this photo, but — trust me — it was fabulous! It was sheer with a faux-tattered texture.
I wore that shirt to see Madonna at Radio City Music Hall in June 1985. I went to that concert instead of going to my high-school prom, and I convinced BarbaraB to buy me the fancy shirt for the occasion by pointing out she was off the hook for prom-related expenses. I had that shirt hanging in a closet in my parents’ house for many, many years, and, before they moved in 2013, I desperately searched for it. Unfortunately, it seemed that in a long-ago, foolish closet purging, I threw it out along with treasures such as my Wham!, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and Duran Duran concert t-shirts. Damn it. I would have loved to have Jean the tailor cut that one down to a wearable size.
You look so gorgeous in the NYE photo with the gold wreath! What a great accessory. You and your mother really are clone-like. Stunning.
If you ever need a leafy/floral crown, this is the place to go! https://www.etsy.com/shop/BloomDesignStudio
Ooooh…now I need an event to which I can wear a gold crown. The Chicago Women’s March on 1/21 seems perfect! Over my hat, of course. Added seller to favorites.
I enjoyed it!
Catherine Gouker says
I love this post. I have one precious Big Shirt of the 90’s that I will never ever give up. It is, of course, A FLANNEL. It’s still big on me and I always marvel how I must have absolutely swam in that back then. I’m so glad we wore huge clothes back then. I was self conscious even in my gigantic rugby shirts and mom jeans, my flannels and huge corduroys. Imagine if I had needed to wear tight clothes!! Ack! I actually went to the thrift store maybe 3 years ago and found a fantastically broken in flannel very similar to Sacred Flannel, and now I wear that a lot to give Sacred Flannel a rest. Lol!!! ?
I want to see a pic of Sacred Flannel!