I went to college in the early 80s. It was the era of the Official Preppy Handbook, the era before the Material Girl and Fer Sure, Fer Sure.
You remember it:
Button-down Oxfords, (collars up)
Madras plaid shorts, (pink & green)
and ribbon belts.
Yeah, I had them all except the plaid shorts. I wore a plaid, flat-pleat skirt instead. (pink & green) Oh, and the topsiders, I had a pair ($45 gasp), but I would trade them off every now and then for a funky pair of cowboy boots. Well, long gone are my preppy days. The only thing to stick was the cowboy boots. That, and one other little item: the Mexican wedding dress. Must have been a Texas thing because I don't remember the Mexican wedding dress being listed in "the"handbook. For sure the boots weren't. We wore them on Fridays before there was such a thing as Casual Friday. So here I am, twenty-five plus years later. My cowboy boot collection has grown and my Mexican wedding dresses don't fit because well, I've grown!
No giggles, please - really, how many of you can still wear your college clothes?
Anyway, I still love Mexican wedding dresses and all of that wonderful ethnic embroidery. So here are a couple of pictures of my Mexican wedding dresses....Then and Now:
My roommate Peggy and I, Baylor University, Spring 1981
sidenote: Peggy was my roommate in college and still is a very special person and friend. I spent an hour on the phone today with her consulting and shopping for cowboy boots online.
See? - the boots do have staying power.
So if you see a couple of 'ol middle-agers running around in cowboy boots and Mexican Wedding dresses - that's us. Same 'ol co-eds just a little more ....never mind, I won't go there. Thanks for the rememories. I love you, Peggy!
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