Throwback Thursday #53 – It’s A Formal Affair.

It’s time for Throwback Thursday again , Lauren and Maggie’s brainchild . This week it’s Lauren’s turn and she said. “While most of us grew up with school clothes and play clothes, there were occasionally those special clothes, aka glad rags. Clothes can bring up strong memories and emotions.”

Strangly I don’t remember much about dressing up for special occasions….I know I was supposed to have been bridesmaid for my eldest sister.. unfortunately I had scarlett fever and was in bed on the day and missed my bridesmaid’s debute.

I always had a new out fit for Christmas, Easter and my birthday often made by my sister Frankie. She was always an accomplished needlewoman and had an eye for style. Below one of my clever sister’s creations, a grey A line dress with bell sleeves, a red tartan bib and red piped around the bell sleeves. I was nine or ten.

© willowdot21

I don’t remember funerals when I was younger but I must of attended a few. I sure mum would of had us all looking smart. We definitely would of all had a bath and had our hair washed the night before.

I have been a bridesmade many times in the family…all shades of pastel which never suited me! The dresses were usually satin .

The above photos are just two that I own there were at least another four but I don’t have them! The colour photo was Nov 1966 I was thirteen , black and white one was 1969 the dresses and head scafs were lilac edged with white lace, I was the one in the middle 💜💜 they all involved a trip to the hairdresser’s!

We didn’t have proms in my day and anyway I left school at fifteen and went into an apprenticeship as a window dresser, following Frankie into the fashion trade, she was a designer. But I do have a picture of me at about sixteen at the first party I went to with hubby. It was a long pasely print, high neck , rouched bodice legomtton sleeves and it was pink and blue , I loved that dress. The dog on my lap was my soon to be sister in law’s mother’s dog!

© willowdot21

I did my own hair and make up and I was pleased with the outcome 🤣🤣…. actually what do I look like??

Well that all for now folks .

This is part of Lauren and Maggie’s Throwback Thursday.

31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Aug 26, 2022 @ 19:23:08

    Oh I love this, Sis! You look great! 💛

    Reply

  2. M
    Aug 26, 2022 @ 21:37:51

    Such a lovely photo

    Reply

  3. Sadje
    Aug 26, 2022 @ 23:52:41

    Lovely photos Willow.

    Reply

  4. Marsha
    Aug 27, 2022 @ 03:05:12

    Look at you with all that beautiful hair and chic figure and stylish clothes to go with. Fun times to remember. I sewed a lot of my own clothes at that age and enjoyed doing it. I remember one dress my dad bought me – a burnt orange with a high neck and a cut out with some patterned lace inset – a-line but flared with a ruffle around the bottom. It was super short as I remember and very flirty and I loved it more than all the rest. No pictures though.

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  5. Lauren
    Aug 27, 2022 @ 05:26:54

    Thanks for joining in Willow. The pictures are awesome. Did you write a blog about why you left school so young? I graduated early and went to junior college. I hated what my high school had become.

    Reply

  6. Maggie
    Aug 27, 2022 @ 11:25:34

    Look how chic you were! Lovely photos and lovely memories, Willow! It is always a joy to read your posts.

    Reply

  7. robertawrites235681907
    Aug 30, 2022 @ 05:39:35

    Hi Willow, such lovely pictures. It is wonderful that you have some of them as pictures weren’t 2 a penny then as they are now. I don’t have many pictures of my childhood. I think you look very pretty in all the pictures and the last one is lovely.

    Reply

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