The mid ’70s: I have no recollection of this dress at all (thank goodness!). It would seem that my collection of the no-hairstyle-at-all hairstyles began at a young age. I’m pretty sure that the photo was taken in the back garden of my paternal grandmother’s bungalow.
Circa ’79-’80: My dad’s best friend took this photo in the makeshift studio in his house (ie. the smallest bedroom). We’d been invited to dinner and as a precursor to the evening, my sister and I had our photos taken. We wore identical outfits although we were not photographed together. The plaid shirt was in brushed cotton and I remember that I used to stroke the sleeves. My no-hairstyle-at-all hairstyle is perhaps a throw back to Joanna Lumley as Purdey (or simply a terrible haircut).
Summer of ’82: I can date this photo fairly accurately, because I didn’t start wearing glasses until the Autumn of 1981. That Red Arrows t-shirt was really long, so long it could have been worn as a dress. The hat was obviously influenced by the Princess of Wales. I know where exactly where this photo was taken – I’m in the gardens of Swarthmoor Hall in South Lakeland.
Spring 1984: I’m pretty curtain that I was on exam leave for my GCE O Levels when this photo was taken. The t-shirt and vest combo would have been inspired by the likes of Wham!. If you look closely, you can see that my jeans have creases in them. My no-hairstyle-at-all hairstyle is shorter, but obviously in dire need of layering. Note that my glasses have been upgraded to a ridiculously large design. The cat is Mitzi.
Are you willing to share a few fashionable images from your youth?