In the process of packing I found this old photo of myself dressed up ready for my first high school disco. Before I share this picture with you I have to explain a few things.
Firstly, I had an older sister who was already going out to nightclubs. Even though we fought like cat and dog, secretly I thought she was pretty cool. This was my first disco and I was ready to pull out all the stops. You have to understand there was not a lot of inspiration available to me other than my sister and the latest singers on the music scene and we are talking the 80’s here folks.
Unlike teens of today I did my own hair and make-up. Yes, that’s right, all my own work! My inspiration was found in magazine ad’s and I sneaked my sister’s make-up (Yes Sarah, I’m finally confessing)
I was very pleased with the end result and thought I looked very grown up.
My top was bought for the bargain price of $4. My best friend bought one too but her was blue.You know how it is when you’re a teenager – if you’re trying a new look it’s always safer to have someone dressed exactly the same. Believe me I had never owned anything like this before. I was a rebel and loving it!
I’m sure that my parents didn’t really want me going out in public looking like this and now that I’m a parent myself I can appreciate the self-control they exercised in not commenting too harshly. I’m sure they would much rather I had worn something like this (You know I’m telling the truth Mum).
Anyway they were a lot more tolerant than my friend’s parents because she was sent back to change as soon as she appeared out of her bedroom in her outfit.
So there I was with my new look. I arrived at the disco expecting an evening of excitement and sophistication. So sure that I had got it right and that my girlfriend would be there to back me up if I hadn’t. The first sight to greet me was my friend, dressed in a very tame, subdued outfit. The second sight to greet me was everyone else in their tame, subdued outfits. It took a long time for me to live this one down. Please be kind and don’t laugh too loudly – it was the 80’s.