Throwback Thursday #21 & JusJoJan – Sense of Style

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday. Maggie and Lauren’s brainchild. This week Maggie has chosen the promt she wants us to explore how we developed our personal sense of style.

I was the last of a large family and so all my clothes until I was at least ten were all hand me downs! My next sister Frankie was and is an amazing needlewoman, start to make me clothes about then. School was less of a problem because there were very strict rules about uniform. Juniors wore blue summer dresses , white socks and brown sandels. Winter, white blouse, gymslip brown knee length socks and brown lace up shoes. Senior school we wore white blouse, school tie and in winter a jumper. All skirts had to be on the knee and the nuns often measured them and woe betide anyone who’s skirt came up short!

photo from Facebook page of my old school.

The above photo shows the uniforms worn in our school. I don’t have any photos of me at school so I am not in this one.

Oh! I have found one of my first communion…we all had to dress in whit wear a viel and white shoes. I am the second from the left in the front row with my hand to my mouth giggling ☺️… probably got told off for that .

First communion not really fashion but it was what we had to wear!

image from here not me but very much my style.

Back in the day, when I was a teen
Pyscodelia was the scene
Mini dresses in patterns bold
In black and white not green or gold.
It made no difference if skies were grey
Black and white coloured my day.
Not for me those paisley prints
Nor huge glasses with outrageous tints.
No I was a Twiggy girl
Black white my patterns swirl.
So before my memories fade to grey
I’ll witter on about back in the day.


I started work at 15yrs and trained to be a window dresser, in the boutiques I started in I had discount on anything I bought and I loved my Middie coats that were Maxi on me ( luckily both in fashion) hotpants, long and short dresses flares and straight trousers you name it I tried it! My beautiful and clever sister Frances made my wedding dress! As I stepped out of the wedding car Dad stepped on my train and the zip was pulled…. Frankie needle and cotton always to hand sewed me up before we went into the church 🙂

When I was married first with young children I wore trousers and tops and as often as possible no shoes!

infamous train © willowdot21.
1950’s I am the baby © willowdot21.

I have had long hair, short spiky hair, medium, straight, curly, all colours even two colours! Nowadays I settle for red hair out of a bottle I have to admit! Nice nails and comfortable clothes.

© willowdot21.

Have a lovely day everyone. 💜

42 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pensitivity101
    Jan 13, 2022 @ 14:28:38

    Nice post and pictures Willow.


  2. noelleg44
    Jan 13, 2022 @ 14:39:52

    Love your sense of style, Willow. I too went to a p[arachial school. We had navy blue jumpers with white or red and white polka-dot blouses. The boys wore navy pants and white shirts. I remember Twiggy and wore miniskirts when I was in grad school and was thin enough to pull it off! My hair has been brown (the original), then chestnut, then blond. I’m stuck on the last one! What fun to think about this!


  3. Jemima Pett
    Jan 13, 2022 @ 14:55:35

    OMG! We must be twins! Not only does the first paragraph read exactly the same as mine would (save my mother, not your sister Frankie) was the seamstress, but your school picture looks exactly like mine – even with the some of the girls looking exactly like my friends!
    But at least you had girls clothes as hand me downs. I had three brothers. No wonder I have no sense of style at all. lol


    • willowdot21
      Jan 13, 2022 @ 15:44:36

      Oh! Jemima this is lovely and I laughed out loud when you said your hand me downs were were from boys …. Good job your not scared for life . We must be of the generation 💜


      • Charley
        Jan 13, 2022 @ 23:10:43

        I’m scarred. I still dress tomboy because of my brother. Hey. I’ve gotten inspired. I’m going To post my first communion. I was 7, Father G, and had av white dress and gawd awful black patton she’ shoes and a blue Barrett that was thick plastic. Rock on.

      • willowdot21
        Jan 14, 2022 @ 08:02:58

        It sounds lovely go on do share . I had two brothers who teased me mercilessly!

  4. lssattitudeofgratitude
    Jan 13, 2022 @ 15:02:43

    Thank you for joining in Willow. I adore all your pictures. I remember the Twiggy look. Back then i was very skinny. I don’t remember everything being black and white. You have a great memory. I loved the addition of your poem too.


  5. Maggie
    Jan 13, 2022 @ 16:08:28

    Willow, what a lovely post. I loved every morsel of it – especially the photos. All my photos are boxed away somewhere I’m afraid. I never knew what it was like to wear a uniform to school, although several of my grandchildren have. Thanks for posting. ❤️


  6. Chel Owens
    Jan 13, 2022 @ 16:46:51

    How many children were in your family? I never had the benefit of a seamstress relative and now it doesn’t seem very cost-effective.

    You’re a very cute person, by the way. You try different styles and they all look good on you!


    • willowdot21
      Jan 13, 2022 @ 17:41:23

      Lol thank you that’s a lovely thing to say I used to get bored with my look when I was younger.
      There were nine children, but three died young. Timothy the first born died at 6 months, then there was Teresa, Mary , (Frances and Anthony twins,) John , then mum had still born twins then me! There were always lots of waifs, strays and cousins around our house so she was always busy! 💜


  7. John Holton
    Jan 13, 2022 @ 17:37:35

    Nice pictures! Great post!


  8. Erika
    Jan 13, 2022 @ 19:32:56

    My gosh, such lovely photos. A treasure box of priceless memories. Thank you so much for sharing, Willow. That made me smile.


  9. Ritu
    Jan 13, 2022 @ 20:56:27

    This was just a great post to read, Sis, and can I say that the photo of you at your communion, well the front of the building behind looks exactly like the front of my secondary school building!!


  10. Mr. Ohh's Sideways View
    Jan 18, 2022 @ 01:30:29

    Great pictures I am one of six as well very strange memories I love this post thanks
    Laugh NOW Why wait?


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