I was watching the Jackson 5 singing "I Want You Back" on Youtube a while ago, and I was just gawking at their brightly coloured tops and pants with the platform shoes and thinking "Whoa... a lot of colour..." The 70's was certainly a time of freedom of expression clothes- wise among other freedoms. I was looking in a Sears catalogue for fall 2009 and saw a nice pair of women's pants in a grey and black plaid. Last time plaid was really in style was the 1970's. Plaid looks pretty good now a days...
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I remember my sister and I proudly posing, around 1976, in our living room, for pictures in our newly purchased plaid striped pants (one was red and blue plaid on white), two-colour platform shoes(brown/black and burgundy/black I believe) and I believe our knit tops had stripes in them as well, but I don't think they matched our pant plaids though. But then, you didn't have to match, that was the style. Put two colours or prints together that didn't quite make sense (well...the pairing made sense then) and you fit right in. Aahh, the 70's...
I've noticed quite a few designers have plaid clothing among their collections from about 2007. It hasn't become a favorite so much among the general public, but I think we may be seeing more people wearing plaid fabrics in some clothing form soon. The teens are wearing a lot of checked shirts now, which I remember was a must have among teens in the 1980's (especially in the form of a lumber jacket... I live in Canada).
We can take some note from the 1970's. I often wish, especially during the winter, that a few more people would experiment with colour. After all, colour is what makes life a bit more interesting and fun to view. Let's try to make this winter more interesting by experimenting with colour.
Till the next blog!