Monogrammed Sweater, Preppy Glory
One of my favorite outfits in high school was a light pink wool crewneck sweater and a pair of rose-colored corduroys. The sweater was monogrammed with my initials, JRE; however, the E, for my maiden name, was in the center. The J and R appeared in smaller script on each side. The monogram thread was rose-colored to match my cords. The outfit was a Christmas present from my mother, which she ordered from the JC Penney’s catalog.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the good sense to keep the monogrammed sweater in all its pink and preppy glory. I didn’t realize it, along with my 501s, Nike Oceanias, and all my 1980s designer jeans were precious artifacts of my somewhat wasted youth. Fortunately, we have pictures to prove the early 1980s fashion trend. Check out the 1981 pictures below of junior high girls. Notice, in particular, the girl in the middle. Her light blue monogrammed sweater captures a sweet style in the life and times of Generation X. Also, the kid to her right adds additional preppy happiness with her Izod Lacoste shirt. (Lacoste, now divorced from Izod, has made a comeback with updated polos with the little alligator.)
I love this picture of the girl (and her monogrammed sweater!) walking through the door of a classroom. It’s a terrific candid shot that transports me back to my junior high days in East Texas. For example, my old school had the same heavy wooden library chairs, oak doors, and transom windows. On warm days, transoms up and down the hallways would be cranked open to provide additional ventilation.
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