Dressing Up (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia link-up – week 80)

Welcome to the weekly ‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia series, where we link up with stories from years past, life’s little memories and the moments which we treasure that have made up our family stories. Each week a new theme…

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Mum and THE wedding dress, 1957

Oh lordy.

Can you remember when you first borrowed your mother’s lipstick and shoes and trotted around the bedroom, beads dangling? I can still see the treasure trove of (costume) jewels which lay in my Mum’s bedroom drawer…..little padded, tightly hinged boxes of joy which opened like reluctant clams to reveal their prizes. In Mum’s case, everything was modest – strings of fake pearls and glass beads, pin brooches and silver lockets; but no less captivating to young eyes and sticky fingers. I knew I shouldn’t be in there, but it was a Venus flytrap for a little girl.

The great thing about being a child of the 70s was the velvet. Long skirts, wide belts and puffy sleeves. There was even a Beaver fur coat and hat in Mum’s darkest recesses….perfectly PC for a young secretary in 1960, but confined to the back of the wardrobe by the time I arrived. All great fodder for clompy shoes and THAT jewellery.

And then there was the wedding dress. The softest folds of 1950s lace over a satin bodice. How did my Mum fit into this? She must have been a princess. I wore it and I tore it, but she didn’t seem to mind. She must have loved me a lot.

Can you recall your own childhood dressing up days? What about your children – are you as tolerant of their rummaging in your own wardrobe? Did your Mother allow you near her wedding dress or precious jewellery? Share your memories with us in the Linky. Write your own post if you like, or simply join in with a comment. Everyone and their nostalgia is welcome here!

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4 responses to “Dressing Up (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia link-up – week 80)

  1. I love this post. My dad brought me boxes filled with a wealthy lady’s discarded evening dresses and fur stoles. That kept me busy for a few years! Also, I was a flower girl in my uncle’s wedding at age 2. When I was four I found the dress I wore to the wedding and started using it to play dress-up as I could still get into it. In your lovely photo, the hat with the bow on top is special.

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