by Sandra Proto
I always used to say that the way I dressed depended on my mood. This saying was true in my teens when like everyone else my age was exploring who they were. In our pursuit of finding individualism, the pop culture of the time led the way of how we dressed. We took our fashion nods from pop singers like Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and Boy George as well as movies like Fame and Flashdance. This was the 1980’s and neon colors also took center stage. I had a big neon orange sweatshirt with leg warmers to match. I wore this with a makeshift denim skirt (cut from old jeans). I didn’t bother sewing up the split legs. To be modest, I covered up with black tights and rocked my tie-up low-heeled ankle boots. My hair was relaxed, loose, and with a little curl at the end. My ears decorated with stud earrings for my upper piercing and big dangling ones dripping from my lower. At the school dances, I moved to Prince, the Go Go's, and New Edition.