Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fashion Files - A Crime of Fashion

Have you committed any of these fashion crimes lately?

These simple bits of advice from Secret Hearts #140 (December 1969) pretty much hold true today, though I am not sure that Lindsay Lohan got the memo! Notice the green skirt/green tights combo -- a favorite here at Sequential Crush.


  1. Ouch, poor Lindsay.

    I'm definitely guilty on the first count. Third one, only around the house.


  2. A very straight, flat hair look was very much in style in the late 1960s and early 1970s. I remember hearing about girls actually ironing their hair to remove any curls.

  3. I like this idea of natural selection... weeding out the shallow undesirables with a plain jane look. In the writer's wildest dreams, could they ever imagine a day when dressing 'trashy' would be all the rave, when holey stockings or holey jeans would be practically mandatory ?

  4. The French diplomat Talleyrand once remarked, "Treason is a matter of dates." The same could be said of fashion.

    Straight hair has re-emerged as a style since the Sixties. Pantyhose with holes or tears were once an essential part of the Goth look.

    As for miniskirts with sky-high hemlines... has anyone seen the pages of People magazine lately?

    But I'm still waiting for lumpy males to become trendy. Then, watch me do the town.

  5. Jacque: What to try a funny experiment? Imagine Bill Murray reading the text from this page. -- Mykal

  6. Marshall: Nice. I am sometimes guilty on all three fronts!

    Pat: Yes, when I think of the late '60s/early '70s I usually think of the long straight hair as well. Perhaps the short hairdo pictured is based off the likes of Twiggy, Mia Farrow and the actress from "That Girl." I think I need to find some old yearbooks to flip through!

    Lysdexicuss: Aren't the plain janes though sometimes the mysterious ones?

    Chrismartindeed: Fashion recycles, thats for sure. And just when I think '80s fever has died down, it comes back... usually in the summer months.

    Mykal: hahahaha! Is that how you always read romance stories?

  7. Lysdexicus: in my experience there already was a trend at the time, of holes in clothes - it was a hippie thing - keep patching your jeans until they couldn't be patched no more - a few holes here and there showed that you weren't under the influence of the fashion industry - kind of anti-fashion (but still a fashion in its own way!).

    Pat: My daughters ironed their curls out. But they let their daughters use hair straightening tongs.

    Jacque: I love these fashion tips in the DC romance mags - I especially like the Elizabeth Berube ones - you posted some before I think.