Stupid Things I Did as a Kid



A few weeks ago, List Member That Kind of Girl wrote a fantastic post about current youth trends she doesn't understand.  Everyone seemed to really get into the discussion of the post, except for one comment from "Anonymous" which said:

"As a seventeen year old who does none of the so called terrible, terrible things mentioned above, I submit to you:  Sometime during the 1950s, teenage culture began to emerge as a separate group, a bridge between children and adults. But I'm assuming you don't disapprove of rock music. And I'm also assuming that at least some of you wore acid wash jeans and too much hairspray."

Well crap, Anonymous, you're right!  The point of the post wasn't to make you feel bad (seriously, I think all of us were just having a good time venting because our joints were a little creaky that day and we ran out of our Ensure), but you have a valid point.  While I, too, am perplexed by many of the youth trends out there, I was a hot mess from age 14 to 18.  So, in an effort to show you that I think we are all well aware how ridiculous we were as teens (but also feel as though we've earned the right to be the tsk, tsk-ers), here's a few of the oddities I played at as a kid:


1.  In the nineties, when Kurt Cobain and grunge was all the rage, I didn't go a day without wearing a plaid flannel shirt WITH my plaid uniform skirt to school.  Sexy.


2.  My friends and I decided that not only were traditional Birkenstock sandals hot as hell, they could be made hotter by wearing them with said uniform skirt AND tube socks.  For real, even in the winter.


3.  I denied, for years, the fact that I had curly hair, and often walked around with "triangle head".  Which, again, I thought was THE HOTNESS.

4.  In seventh grade, my favorite outfit was navy and teal.  Meaning, I wore a teal turtleneck, a navy jumper, navy socks, and navy and teal paisley Keds.  I believe I also wore a navy or teal bow in my hair, and I was also sure to wear navy mascara that day as well.

5.  I am paler than anything, but in an effort to be "glam", I wore a lipstick called "Rum Raisin", which was a deep, fugly shade of chocolate brown.  I wore it all.  The.  Time.

Alright kids, fess up!  What youth trends did you participate in that perplexed our elders?  (And of course, Anonymous, we love you...thanks for reading!)  :)

Posted by The Naked Redhead

29 comments:

Katie said...

Back in the mid-nighties when I was maybe 11 or 12, I had a tube of what I thought was the best thing in the world; hair mascara. Yup, it was a bright blue creamy liquid that you could smear into your hair with the use of a mascara brush to make some dodgy looking streaks. I used to wear this with my combat trousers and think I was the coolest person ever.

I also used to have a lime green denim jacket and matching mini skirt that I used to wear with turquoise tights and flowery doc martens. But that's probably another story.

Erin said...

I grew up in LA, so I was part of the dark-lipliner-and-wet-looking-hair crowd, as well as the Kurt Cobain fashion following.

And I may or may not have brought my boom box to listen to Salt N Peppa with my friends at recess.

Melanie's Randomness said...

I took me sled town the stairs because I saw it in Home Alone. I would do the "AHHHH!!" with my hands on my face too. My parents were like what is she doing??? And they couldn't understand my obsession with hats. They can blame the show "Blossom" for that.

Leah Felicity said...

I tried to mix and match goth and preppie because I was a goth at a prep school. I remember one particularly hideous outfit being white (tapered) jeans, a sweater vest, a dragon necklace, and purple lipstick.

The Maiden Metallurgist said...

I had a matching velvet stretch pant and headband set. I wore three pairs of multi-colored slouch socks. Tight rolled jeans, "wings", and I used as much hairspray in a week as I now use in about 6 months.

Jen said...

Oh man... the flannel shirts... every day in junior high, except when I was in my uniform cuz we had to wear uniform shirts! That, and I also wore a uniform in high school: plaid skirt, oxford shirt, sweater... and ankle socks when it was warm or tights when it was cold with NIKE RUNNING SNEAKERS! What was I thinking? Yeah, I was comfortable, and man could I sprint down the halls to class!

rsparks said...

I used to wear this oversized banana yellow sweater with black leggings. I also had glasses and a side pony-tail. It was so Karen from Baby-sitter's Little Sister.

Rachel Premo said...

In the fifth grade, I had a pair of pine green jeans that I wore all the time with this sweatshirt top that had a tinted photograph of a horse or something on it. I also had a pair of powder pink jeans which I wore all the time. I also crimped my hair with some weird little kit of u-shaped pins that I would weave my hair through...

Literary Crap said...

Me at 16 (circa 2006):

Skinny jeans. Hot pink Converse. Obscure band t-shirt. Black zip-up hoodie. 1980s chunky plastic jewelry from Salvation Army. Studded belt (Worn backwards, of course). Black nail polish. Black silky hair bow.

While I still retain slight punk and 1980s undertones to my style, I have learned to balance it with normal clothing and retired the backwards studded belt. Thank goodness!

Josie said...

When I was 12 or 13 I had a white crotch snap body suit with a bow on the top. Very girly and pretty. And I then proceeded to pair it with relaxed fit jeans, and giant flannel shirt and hiking boots. And, of course, dark brown lipstick and foundation that was too pale. Oh 1994.
I also may or may not have worn wide leg jeans and crop top t shirts with sunflowers on them almost exculsivly in the first 2 years of high school.

Anonymous said...

I wore belly baring tops- but I also had Gwen Stefani abs. I don't have a problem with teens music today- it's their t&a hanging out everywhere, and most of them are fat! Disgusting! I shouldn't have to explain to my seven year old why the teen in front of us has a hole displaying an entire dimply ass cheek in line at Starbucks. Gag!

Anonymous said...

Amen to the loose jeans, crop tops, sunflowers, and dark lipstick. Long live the 90's? Yeah, no.

The Naked Redhead said...

You all sound like you were incredibly attractive in your teens, but the one that got me most was the white body suit with the wide leg jeans and flannel shirt!!! HAhahahaa...the 90's were so weird.

Ali said...

Bodysuits! Oh dear Lord, bodysuits.

That Kind of Girl said...

Oh man, I also had blue hair mascara (which I sometimes put on my eyelashes in an effort to be totally radical) and a Blossom hat, though I was a little young for that. All through eighth grade, I tried to be gothic and every day wore a white men's tuxedo shirt with an ankle-length black velvet skirt. In an effort to be truly edgy, I also bought those magnetic "clip on" earrings (remember those?!) and would put one in my nostril to look like I was wearing a nosering, which I pretended was real. To my recollection I never gave the jig away by sneezing it out, but I'm sure my classmates wondered why it switched sides...

Colleen said...

I think Rum Raisin lipstick was pretty much mandatory in the early '90s. I wore the crap out of that stuff.

BunnyKissd said...

OMG I had hair mascara too! And I actually permed my hair, which is naturally curly already (I don't *know* why!) and most embarrassing I think was the crimped hair and those long-ish shirts with the ruffles at the bottom... I actually accidentally bought a maternity shirt once and wore it a bunch before reading the tag and seeing it was for Moms-to-be! XD

Marie said...

I had A LOT of over sized white t shirts with a variety of logos for cool brands such as Mossimo and BUM. I would buy them and my sweatshirts about 3 sizes too big for me.

E said...

I....was a teenage goth. I looked ridiculous.

Rebecca said...

I had the "Triangle Hair" too... and wore a lot of bigger shirts because I was ashamed of my body. I also wore a lot of bandanas a la Justin Timberlake 'fro-days, and tried to match the styles of my favorite guy celebrities (whom I crushed on)

Katie said...

Winter 1998 (6th grade): Carpenter jeans, ankle boots, normal sweater from the juniors section, long hair in two braids wrapped across the back of my head (I think I was channeling Kirsten from the American Girl series), and my big old tortoise-shell glasses. This was shortly after my Claudia Kishi phase.

Nicole :) said...

Circa 1995: Big chunky timberland boots. With big baggy boys jeans. How embarrassment, hope no one took my photo.

Mitzy said...

I am feeling sooooo old from thinking about people being in high school in 1998! Gah!! So I suppose that time I bobbed my hair (all the flappers were doing it!), rolled my stocking and powdered my knees. I blame it on the bathtub gin!!

Nicole said...

I was also guilty of the hats with massive flowers on them ala Blossom. I used to think that show was the best thing since sliced bread.

Also, I had straight hair, but when I was eight, begged my Mum to perm the fringe. You can imagine the result.

I blame all of this on childhood naivety.

Anonymous said...

Totally ripped up acid washed jeans, a flannel shirt (of course), a bomber jacket and Dr. Martins. (On school days sub jeans and flannel shirt with white tights, a blue or grey kilt and a white shirt - in-between the Docs and bomber.)

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