For this months Fab40Plus the theme has been - what/who has influenced your fashion and led you to where you are today?
I actually suggested this theme to Leah on Sunday night then was woken on Monday to the horrible horrible news that David Bowie had lost his fight with cancer. I cried because he was such a big part of my growing up and helped lead this girl in a nasty woollen tartan dress into the person I am today. (BTW this dress was not worn often because I HATED it and it was finally burnt by my lovely dad after I was sick on it haha)
Back then in the 1970's during the summer holidays Elvis Presley films and Cliff Richard films were the tv of choice every morning in our house (mum was a HUGE Cliff fan) and I remember in these films all the gorgeous clothes the women wore - circle skirts that flared out as they danced as Cliff or Elvis sang, to me that was so glamorous and my friend Stephanie and I used to clip clop up and down our street wearing dresses from our dressing up boxes pretending to be these glamorous women. Back then our dressing up boxes weren't shop bought items, they were hand me downs from big sisters, mums and aunties.
Saturday afternoons were "family film" afternoons as well, we would all sit around the tv with a box of Maltesers or Matchmakers watching the "old" musicals that Mum loved and passed her love onto me - Doris Day became a favourite of mine, along with Judy Garland in fact, all the wonderful colourful song and dance films but a scene that I wished I could have been in was West Side story oh how I so wanted to be one of Anita's Puerto Rican crew swishing my skirt and petticoat around singing about "America.
The colour of those films and the glamour -a world away from the one I lived in a little tomboy running around the streets with my friends.
Then came the late 1970's and into the fore came 2 women whose style I would come to love my entire life - Debbie Harry from Blondie and Rizzo in Grease. Looking back now its probably because both of them were like rebels or misfits in their own way, living their lives the way they wanted and not in the way society wanted them to .
I guess during the 1980's I tried to be as individual as I could but school uniform tends to hinder that a bit but, hey at least I tried!
In the 1990's - I lost the fashion plot! I became a mum and my befuddled brain just forgot what "fashion" was - what did it matter if whatever you wore had baby sick on it huh! I fell into jeans and whatever was clean territory.
In the 2000's though - that's when I started shopping regularly in charity shops and because of that I became more individual. I mixed and matched and made my own style I guess that's when I felt most "Debbie Harry" and now because more companies are starting to do plus size ranges (which I most definitely fall into now more than in years gone by) I can combine more items, both new, 2nd hand or handmade into an outfit I feel is the "Debbie Harry in me".
Also the range now of retro style dresses from the likes of Pin Up Girl, Lindy Bop and Lady V etc means I CAN now have my moment when I feel like Doris or any of the glamorous women from films gone by.
Now PLEASE PLEASE can one of the companies make that amazing red and black polka dot dress that Rizzo wears for the National Bandstand and make my final wish come true.
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