In Case You Didn't Believe Me About The Large Purple Disney Glasses

I believe this may be a picture of me wearing them; Susie very kindly e-mailed it to me after (probably) wetting herself upon finding it in the family photo album. Somewhere I have one where I am wearing the same glasses---or at least some very similar ones---plus some very high-waisted tapered jeans, a plaid flannel shirt that's three sizes too big AND TUCKED IN, and some kind of medallion that I can only hope I borrowed from someone else and didn't actually PART WITH CASH FOR. My hair is flipped very aggressively over to one side and it is about 1993 so I am thirteen, and I am smiling very hopefully and you can just tell that I am thinking, hot damn, I look MIGHTY FINE. And here is the sad part about that photo: my friends and I spent ages getting ready before it was taken because we thought we were GOING TO MEET BOYS. Ahem. On the school field trip. To Chessington World of Adventures.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves! Let's talk about this one because whoa, I am crazy attractive here, no? Please note that I appear to be wearing the aforementioned Disney glasses---which were a lot more purple in real life, sort of a lavender or a lilac, possibly---ON A GLASSES CHAIN. I am maybe nine or ten here, I am not EIGHTY FOUR, although I apparently thought I was at the time. Also, am I totally rocking the Coolio hair or what? I seem to have, like, six skinny little braids going on. And I don't even know why I'm in bed. Was I sick? No, I look too smug to be sick. Maybe I was just sick of the glasses.

Jan 26, 2006

Oh yes, I had very similar glasses. I don't think they were purple Disney glasses, but the same shape and size. I was soooooo cool.

Jan 26, 2006

You are but a whippersnapper compared to me. I did, at one point, have similar glasses in clear plastic (which was SO COOL), but around the same age that you are, there, I had gold wire aviator glasses. And even stranger hair. Trust me. I wish I had a picture.

Jan 26, 2006

In '93 I had graduated from high school a year previous and was rocking a bob -- a bob! A flipped-under bob that I wore with HEADBANDS. Oh lordy. And mary janes and capri pants and t-shirts like I was Doris Day.

I wish I'd been Coolio, I tell ya.

Jan 27, 2006

Omigod, how cute are you? Were you? How cute in general?

In 1993 I was living on a commune and going to nursing school and I wore huge, yak-wool sweaters, climbing tights, and Sorel boots. I had hair to the middle of my back and huge Indian silver earrings. I was in some zone where fashion did not exist and here's the scary part--I was twenty-six. OK, I was a grad student hippy, but still...

Nothing But Bonfires
Jan 27, 2006

Okay, you people above need to POST PICTURES.

Also, I think it needs to be mentioned that I am apparently wearing an Elizabethan collar in bed. And possibly a slap-wrap.

Jan 27, 2006

OK, here's one:

I actually asked my mom (whose visiting this weekend) to bring the one of me in glasses and the HEADGEAR. I thought that would make for great blog fodder. Nothing like a little humiliation to bring in the readers!

mom on a wire
Jan 27, 2006

Ok, ok, but what about that WALLPAPER?

Nothing But Bonfires
Jan 27, 2006

Wallpaper? Hell, no. That's an Asian silk screen. It hung behind the bed.

Jan 27, 2006

Hi, love your blog. Got a link for you, related to an earlier post. For Day of the Week Bloomers! :-)

Jan 27, 2006

HAAAAAA. You dork. You adorable, delicious little dork.

A Girl Who Had Those Glasses In Pink

Jan 27, 2006

Are you kidding me? You look like a child model compared to my braces with wire rim glasses in my maroon school uniform with bright red lipstick. I looked like a preppy whore.

Jan 27, 2006

Okay, in 1993 I was teaching in a girls' boarding school. And I had a perm! A really big one! And a closet full of those Laura Ashley dresses that look vaguely like maternity wear. But I wasn't pregnant! Just crazy.

And what, exactly, is a 'slap-wrap'? For I am old and unhip.

Jan 27, 2006

Does anyone else remember Deelly Boppers (sp?)

They were plastic headbands with 2 wire coils extended about 6 inches above your head, at the end of which were some glitter covered green polysterene balls? Or glitter covered red stars? Or if you were REALLY in, they were glitter covered hearts.

I actually wore these in public...walking down a street. Probably in my lemon ra-ra skirt and reversible padded Disney sweatshirt.

(I still have a secret hankering for deelly boppers to come back in)

Jan 27, 2006

i, like amalah, rocked this look with the pink version! in about 1998. ah and the awesomeness of slap wraps, loved them!

Irony Queen
Jan 27, 2006

I stumbled across a similarly scary photo today (while digging out baby photos of my bro to post all over the Internet, aren't I sweet?) of me, in 7th grade (1991) wearing quite similar glasses. Only they were two-toned...kind of teal green on the top half and fading into purple on the bottom half. Awesome. I swear to god, I would have said they were half the size. But, photographic evidence does not lie. Which is why it should be burned.

Jan 27, 2006

Ha! I had completely forgotten Chessington World of Adventures existed! Even the name is really twee! I seem to remember going on one of the rollercoasters and due to its lameness managing to conduct a semi-serious mobile phone conversation. Except mobiles (sorry, 'cellphones') weren't invented the last time I went there (many years ago), so there's a strong chance I've just made that up. But the memory is so strong! I think I need to go back to sleep.

Those glasses remind me of the grown-up version of Chemistry goggles we got to wear at A-level. I don't know what that is in American. It is still called Chemistry though, right?

Jan 27, 2006

ooh- I've just remembered, it was Alton Towers (

Phew. I'm not going mad.

Jan 27, 2006

I was 13 in 1993 as well and I too have several pictures of myself with braids like that. At first I thought maybe we were copying Rayanne on My So Called Life, but then, she didn't step into our lives until at least 1994 right?

We were one step ahead of the game with those cool little braids.

Jan 27, 2006

I so had similiar glasses, they were ubiquitous in the 80s, unfortunately FOR ALL OF US who wore them! And I had a grimy, beloved slap wrap and let's not forget about Swatches!

Nothing But Bonfires
Jan 27, 2006

That picture was taken in 1989 or 1990, so I was actually nine or ten. So I was obviously TWO steps ahead of Rayanne Graff with those little braids.

(My picture from 1993, with the plaid flannel and the medallion and the flipped over hair should be coming soon. Susie is searching furiously for it.)

Jan 27, 2006

Yes, can't forget the Swatch watches and the coolness of wearing 4 or 5 at a time. I actually had a treasured Swatch print ad immortalized on my locker door, something about "synchronizing our Swatches around the aerodome". (soft sobbing in background)
I can top you ALL with your pink and teal/purple color schemes...mine were STRIPED ORANGE AND PURPLE. I kid you not. I don't think I realized until now just how much my parents must have hated me, to let me pick out those frames and then actually PAY MONEY for them (volume of sobs increases) when they could have gently but firmly committed me to the nearest mental institution, preferable one with a lot of copies of Vogue laying around on the end tables.
Off to find my yearbook so I can show the horror to you all!

Jan 27, 2006

Must. Catch. My. Breath.

After reading this post (and comments) I am VERY PROUD of my early fashion choices. In fact, I might be a fashion GENIUS.

(It helped that I didn't need braces or glasses and that my hair would never consent to be teased, pouffed, sprayed or in any other way mangled out of what is essentially my current hairstyle.)

Jan 27, 2006

Remember the move Flash Dance? I wore the leg warmers, LEG WARMERS PEOPLE! And I wore them over my JEANS to SCHOOL!! What a freaken loser.

Ha-cha-cha! Very fetching.

Let's see: at 13, I believe I was sporting braces and thought dressing up in Laura Ashley and/or those damn Esprit rugby things was the height of fashion. But because I was seriously vogue and committed to pushing stylisic boundaries, I particularly enjoyed those fey little Laura Ashley hats. The fake-o cloche numbers? I had three. And wore them to all the bar/bat mitzvahs that year, because wow, did it drive the boys WILD. Nothing quite says sex-ay like Victorian headgear.

And 1993? Um. Let's just say I wore doc martin boots with a vintage fringy velvet number to a school dance. Tasteful and H-O-T.

Fraulein N
Jan 27, 2006

I can forgive everything except the glasses chain. For I had those glasses, and the assortment of Swatch watches. There's no way in hell I'm sharing those pictures. In fact, I may have burned them.

Jan 27, 2006

I'm BAA-AACK. Bwahahahaha! Pictures of me in glasses that would make Julia from Designing Women weep with envy (remember her enormous glasses that she wore when sitting at her desk doing paperwork?) are posted at
come on over to my house and laugh at, I mean, with, me.

Jan 27, 2006

In 93 I was wearing rugby shirts 3 sizes too big--WITH a turtleneck underneath--tucked into my high-waisted, tapered jeans. (Why Gap? Why did you sell me those jeans?) And I had every color of headband ever made, including a couple of metallics.... I could have used that glasses chain at the time because I had these ginormous wire-rimmed glasses that slid down my nose every 3 seconds. But wait--I had a boyfriend then and not so much now, so maybe that was the look that really worked for me...

Jan 27, 2006

Tell me the next published photo will be of your hideously high and hairsprayed 80s bangs? Because I know you didn't escape THAT phenomenon!!

Jan 27, 2006

Oh, I am so hitting the pictures that I've hidden away, hoping that no one would ever see them. When I was in 4th grade and had to get glasses for the first time, I elected to choose a pair of gold wire rimmed glasses in the shape of stop signs. Both my mother and the eye doctor tried to dissuade me but oh, no, I thought they were so cool. I was mocked daily by my classmates. Stupid glasses. This was in 1972. My fashion style has improved a little bit. I hope.

Jan 27, 2006

wow. Just came across your site, and don't think I could've picked a better day to do it! wow.

Jan 27, 2006

am such a dork - that should have read : 1989!

Jan 28, 2006

And now you know what Hurricane Katrina looked like when she was a little girl. Who would have known that under that meek, affable exterior lurked a major force of nature decked out in days of the week knickers?

ms lemon
Jan 28, 2006

my mom made me a scrapbook a few years ago and included photos from the late 80s and early 90s...thanks, mom. I was particularly fond of the half-up ponytail coming out the SIDE OF MY HEAD (much like a handlebar on a bicycle) and neon clothing, Body Glove brand, perhaps, or maybe Hypercolor.

Jan 29, 2006

I wore those glasses, too - only the top half of my lenses were SHADED a medium reddish brown - which I thought was so cool, because (I thought) it made it look like I was wearing eyeshadow, and I wasn't allowed to wear eyeshadow. Boy, I was getting one over on my mom with my ultra-cool oversized eyeshadow glasses. An added bonus was that they almost kept people's eyes off my red plaid stretch bellbottoms.

I said almost.

- M

Jan 30, 2006

You're watching TV darling, that's what you're doing. Probably a re-run of that programme you featured in back in 1985 in Singapore on a fake beach in a television studio.

Ali G
Feb 07, 2006

totally had those glasses in pink. complete with ugly, 84-yr old type glasses chain. i blame my mother for allowing it.