A Fashion Statement I Regret Making


As I write this, I am watching the academy awards. No, my biggest fashion blunder thankfully wasn’t televised, nor was it as bad as Bjork’s Swan dress from 2001. But, in a time when one should try to act as cool as possible – the first day of high school – I truly missed the mark.

My 25th high school reunion is coming up. Now, I don’t remember what I wore my very last day as a high school student, but I sure remember what I wore the first day.

No, the picture below is not actually my legs. Thankfully, I dont think there is a photograph to document my first day of Freshman year of high school.

My mom had just started a subscription of Seventeen Magazine for me. The preppy look was totally “in” for the fall, according to Seventeen’s big, thick back-to-school August issue. Maybe if you went to a prep school in New Hampshire, but back in Staten Island, not so much.

So there I was, high school freshman, which is cause enough to get egged or suffer a head full of shaving cream the first day of high school. But no, I had to draw further attention to myself with khaki knickers, argyle socks and penny loafers.

I just got it all wrong.

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About stacylynngittleman

I have been a public relations professional and reporter -- and always thought I would live in the New York Metro area - before my husband took a job in Rochester, New York. Most in Metro New York can't find Rochester on a map,and neither could I before we moved. I am now a columnist and a freelance writer for Rochester's only daily newspaper, the Democrat & Chronicle. I also am passionate about gardening, fitness and most of all, Jewish education and Israel Advocacy. Here's my perspective on Western New York living - the good, the bad, and the snowy.

3 responses to “A Fashion Statement I Regret Making”

  1. Mel Cisum says :

    Ha! Every post of yours I read seems like a walk down memory lane. Different time period, but same idea. I have no fashion sense whatsoever, and this is just the very same type mistake I would make after reading the latest fashion mag.

    I’m guessing that you’re a more confident person now, and you’ll wear whatever outfit shows of the parts of your body that you’d like to highlight, while drawing attention to the things that don’t. And, with this confidence I’m sure you have as an adult, you’ll rock out whatever outfit you choose:) (At least… that’s what I keep telling myself, despite the funny looks I still get from time to time.)

    Good luck! Great post! Thanks again!

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