Thursday, May 08, 2008

Big Glasses: Hot or Not?

I can't turn down an invitation from Drew, Kim, and Amy to examine a fashion trend. What a fabulous support group! School photos from 1980 and 1981:

I remember grooving on the tinted self-darkening lenses for the ethno-hippie look I was going for in Wisconsin in 1980. I slept with my hair in 16 braids to get that crimp, people. I wore moccasins to school and macramed the sphinx necklace in the pic.

In 1981 I moved to Iowa and apparently chose bigger Big Glasses to complete my fresh, almost sporty look. It feels good to get some closure around this personal fashion issue so here's a Homecoming pic, still 1981:

Yeah. It's a Gunne Sax dress. I knew in my heart that the Big Glasses had reached a dead end for me. Soon after I got my first pair of contacts.


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  2. Anonymous2:37 PM

    Vashti, you rock! Your photos are awesome, and I've glad you've had your closure. :)

  3. Anonymous3:08 PM


    Please don't be offended, but when I saw that pic on the left, my first thought was "Sybil Trelawney". Please don't hate me.

  4. au contraire, kateohkatie, somehow that makes it a little bit better.

  5. Anonymous7:41 PM

    Awesome! I had a Gunny Sax dress too--my grandmother made it from an official Jessica McClintock pattern. Selma wore it at Thanksgiving:

  6. Anonymous12:25 PM

    Dewd. I missed the whole fad. I don't wear glasses and I was like 5 when that all happened. So I'm looking to you all in BIG admiration for rockin' these pictures on yer blogs. How hawt!

  7. Vashti, that look is "you"! All three of them! I especially like the curly hair formed by sleeping on braids. We used to iron our hair to get it straight!
    And don't even ask me about "cat eye" glasses - or whatever they were called!

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  9. Ha! Thank you for posting these. My big glasses were RED and they had blue gradient lenses. Couldn't tell me a thing.

  10. Awesome. Thanks for sharing this.
    I havent this one but want to try it.

  11. wow....Now that'
    So...are you enjoying contacts?


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