Monday, January 23, 2017

Reflection: Jheri Curls, Jello Shots, and Blue Eye Shadow: Dressing Through the Ages (Random Writings Part 3)

Reflection:  Dressing Through the Ages
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.

Traveling from Teens to Twenties

After high school, I was seventeen when I entered college.  I still had my hair relaxed but found I really couldn't keep up with rolling my hair with the meshed wire rollers while attending classes and studying.  So, I moved onto Jheri Curls (a curly perm) and experimented with blue eye shadow.  My wardrobe consisted of leggings, opaque tights, miniskirts (I had a few knee length ones), bodysuits, sweaters, and knee hi high heeled boots. The twenties were my discovery of sex appeal.  I never left the house with my face unpainted or my thighs not peeking out from my latest find at Mandees or Joyce Leslies. Even though I was a young free-spirited twenty-something, I still sat watching the television show Thirtysomething and fantasized about the mature family life that awaited for me between acting/theater gigs and retail sales at Theme Restaurants.

About Me

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Sandra Proto debut poem at the age of twelve was entitled, The Late Great April, giving homage to the first time it snowed in April. She wrote Late Great April as an English class assignment and her teacher was so impressed by the poem that he tried to get it published. After this experience, Sandra became a "Bedroom Poet" who composed Blackberry Beauty,Light, Compositions, and many others. Blackberry Beauty (her signature poem) was featured in SaSi's Production of Identity @ Space at 24 in 2000. Sandra has performed with the funky, folky, reggae rock band Hudson’s Hope. Her poetry is featured on VAMPIRE LESBIANS and ALL I CAN SEE IS HER EYES tracks of their demo CD. Sandra is also, a fiction writer, playwright, and an essayist.

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