Tuesday, 1 June 2010

70s style..trendy or what?

Imagine my surprise, when I was looking on 'Friends Reunited', the
other day, I saw this photograph.
And in it was ... a very young me with my class!!

I had progressed from my college days, slit jeans (in order to make them flare, we used to slit them and put triangular pieces of fab fabric in the sides), loons, smocks and Biba...and was now a Chelsea Girl/Miss Selfridge/Snob girl/Van Allen gal!!
Those were the clothing shops on
offer to girls like me , in the 70s.

And not to mention this very 70s hairstyle!
You can tell I have rolled straight out of the 60s... but calmed down somewhat!

Dear Mr S has edited this photo for me and I received it in an email entitled,
'Kevin Keegan, the early years!!
Cheeky devil!

I am quite offended! ;-0

So..let's get the laughing over and done with...(anyone on Facebook has already seen this... and plenty have guffawed!!)

Moving on swiftly from the hair... (it is all my own hair and not a wig! And I had the perm done at Blackwater,where I lived.)..to the outfit.
I remember this particular outfit well.. the blouse was from Selfridges in Southampton .
I spent many a Saturday in Southampton , that's where I first came across the phrase, 'Never Knowingly Undersold' , at the store Tyrell and Green... and I even tried my best to prove them wrong, at times!

I'm not sure where I found my blue 'Bib 'n Braces pinny but I loved this and wore it endlessly with a variety of shirts and blouses etc and I had bib 'n braces dungarees too!
Lord knows what I have on my feet (!) but I know they were comfy as I had to be comfy being on my feet a lot of the day! I think they were some sort of clogs with trendy flowers embroidered on them!

I was 25 years old and in my first teaching job at a First school in Lightwater, Surrey.
Does anyone live near there...or better still know anyone in this photo?

In those days Surrey had what was known as 'First schools' and Middle Schools. The class in the photo was the top class of Lightwater First school, so equivalent to year 3 children nowadays. I did have a handful of year 2 children in this class, I recall.
And this class, without a doubt, was also the nicest class that I have ever taught!
I was really lucky to have found a good school in which to start my teaching career and I was very happy at Lightwater.

Going to school each day was an absolute pleasure...oh yes and not forgetting the fact that you could shut your classroom door and get on with your teaching ...no Sats, no Ofsteds (there's only one 'f' in Ofsted (think on that one!!! LOL!) , no piles of files to take home at night, records were to a minimum and amazingly every one of these little darlings could read write and spell exceedingly well..and their handwriting was beautiful. That was not all due to me because they had had good grounding before they reached me and all I needed to do was build on that.
I can remember at the end of the year that I was oh so sad to see them all leave me and that my teacher's table was covered in bunches of flowers and goodbye gifts.
I will never forget this lovely class and I can still remember all of their names!
To see them staring out at me the other day was quite a tear jerker!

These children would be around 40 years old now...and their teacher um... just a tad older of course !!!!!

A real trip down memory lane! Happy days!

Must fly..I have a hair appointment..

' A Bubble perm, please!'



Cally's Cottage said...

I think you look lovely!!!
Warm Wishes,
Cally x

KC'sCourt! said...

You look a really lovely teacher Sal. I left education in the 1974 but.......I had to have a hairstyle like that... mum insisted!!! She didn't like my dead straight limp lifeless hair! Oh and when I was a college I remember the jeans being slit up the sides and a piece of triangular material stitched in - all the rage.

VintageVicki said...

That could be one of my school pics - all 70's nylon loveliness ;)

I remember my Mum wearing an outfit very similar to yours - am sure her dress was green.

Cowboys and Custard said...

What a wonderful bit of nostalgia for you Sal.. and me too. Those names came flooding back.. loons, cheesecloth, Snob.. etc.. All my clothes were of that ilk..
The clogs you were wearing are v familiar too.. I had a blue pair!
Oh to have curly hair like yours.. I spent lots of £££'s on perms in the 70's..
Great memories are made of this.

Michele xx

Menopausal musing said...

What a brilliant photo and funny re the "Keegan" reference.......
The clothes brought back memories, I can tell you! :O)

bellaboo said...

I loved reading your trip down memory lane.I used to have my own nursery school many years ago...before Ofsted...so we didn't have all the paper work/pressure either..and my little ones would now be grown up with chidren of their own too!
I look back at some of my photos from back then and cringe!

Bellaboo ;0)

dosierosie said...

I love the bib and braces, I had a pair of dungarees the same colour, they were very trendy at the time.

BusyLizzie said...

Lovely photo Sal. I did see the Keegan comment on facebook..... a dear school friend of mine has posted some school pics of me in the 70's.. no perm, but very fetching school uniform! xxx

Rosie said...

What a lovely trip down memory lane. I bet those children or adults as they are now remember you. Those were the days x

Josie-Mary said...

I never needed the perm but my sister had a great one....we used to do it for her!!!
Love the 70's picture, reminds me of being young :(
What ever happened to Chelsea Girl? I used to love shopping there :)

Guenievre said...

It's so nice to find "old" photos ! C'est sûr que la mode des années 70's, ce n'est pas ce qui s'est fait de mieux (fashion wasn't at his best) but I like flowered dresses from this time ("era" lol ...)
Très bons souvenirs pour vous !

Pennyblossoms said...

Hi Sal. What a wonderful find. As others have said it makes me think back to another time and smile. I loved Chelsea Girl and Snob. As good as Topshop is they were great little shops. And I remember sewing furnishing fringe onto the bottom of my cord trousers. Oh, happy days!!
Z xx

this is my patch said...

What a great surprise for you! The photo holds such lovely memories for you. Did you already have a copy? I was a Snob, and Chelsea Girl too! I also owned a pair of bib 'n brace dungarees and clogs! I didn't ever have a bubble perm, but my Mum did! Thanks for the happy 1970's memories Sal. x

Andi's English Attic said...

Isn't it weird to see yourself in other people's old photos? I think your hair looks good - very fashionable. xx

galant said...

I have a close rellie-by-marriage who still has a bubble perm!
Margaret P

Ally Johnston said...

I love your outfit. It suits you to a tee and I'm sure all the kids loved you

Georgia said...

70's style is definitely trendy! If not, I regret buying clogs and a denim jumpsuit.
you look very cool, see you at the fair x