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 Post subject: Re: Being fashionable
PostPosted: 29 May 2018, 20:30 
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EBD does seem to have been stuck in the past a little. Weren't the girls still growing their hair in order to put it up, long after it became perfectly acceptable to keep it short? Poor Joey was still wearing those "headphones" decades after they'd been consigned to history by everyone else!
Not quite :roll: : I sometimes wore my hair in earphones at university, when dressing up was all the thing - we even had one bloke who wore a monk's habit and gold-coloured wellies...

I do agree about the 'stuck in the past a little' though, especially where teenage girls were concerned. Elinor got as far as the 1950s (Len and her pony-tail, for example, or the emphasis on undies with fitting Ruey out), when teenage styles were being introduced, and the rebels found the beatnik look (as in Summer Term), but I don't think the 1960s fashions (1964 and later, for most of the populace), which were principally aimed at the young (or the young-looking) ever really registered with her. And she was a Victorian by birth, and things had changed so very much, even since World War 2.


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 Post subject: Re: Being fashionable
PostPosted: 30 May 2018, 20:33 
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There's a bit in Richenda where the triplets find out Ricki's mother is dead & one of them asks who chooses her clothes. Ricki says her Nanny does but that she had picked most of them herself to come to school, but it was a frightful nuisance.

Joey tells her it's right to begin young otherwise she might get strange ideas about clothes which is good for no-one.

From this, EBD seems to show that it's not ok to express too much interest in what you wear and shopping is more of a chore than a pleasure.

EBD doesn't seem to have anything against a little make-up for older girls, as long as it's "properly applied". I think the objection to Joan's is that she wears a lot of it?


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 Post subject: Re: Being fashionable
PostPosted: 30 May 2018, 21:39 
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Whereas Edna Purdon doesn't wear enough :lol: .

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 Post subject: Re: Being fashionable
PostPosted: 01 Jun 2018, 05:45 
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What exactly are weezers? I tried to Google it, and all I got was stuff about the band Weezer!


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This came up in one of the GO Facebook groups recently, for the same reason - Google doesn't know the word! The consensus was that it was a headscarf worn by women in factories etc during the war years, like the one worn by Rosie the Riveter - here.

As the papers often point out, people who know they're posh don't mind what they look like - the Queen and Princess Anne are often seen wearing headscarves and old wellies! - but people who want to prove they're posh seem to get much more worked up about it :lol: :lol: . In Exploits, Marie von Eschenau is quite happy to use her hair ribbon to tie up her flowers and walk around with her hair looking messy, but Len is horrified at the thought of girls not having their hair tied up properly (when Jack loses her hair ribbon) :lol: .

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 Post subject: Re: Being fashionable
PostPosted: 01 Jun 2018, 10:47 
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I when some of the girls wear them. remember Miss Everatt being horribly rude and snobbish about them in Goes To It. OK they weren't school uniform but she says something about them looking common like factory/shop girls.


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PostPosted: 01 Jun 2018, 15:27 
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I know the word as weeze, rather than weezer, and always thought of it as the headscarf tied up at the front, a bit like Andy Capp's missus - or is that muddying the waters!


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If you look at Alison's post Lucy that's what they are - scarves to tie the hair back - and also cover the curlers!


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Maybe that's the objection - hair should only curl naturally?

Having a perm may be seen as being too interested in one's looks, but having a near-death accident & naturally getting curls like Our One And Only Mary-Lou is fine? :lol:


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Maybe that's the objection - hair should only curl naturally?

Having a perm may be seen as being too interested in one's looks, but having a near-death accident & naturally getting curls like Our One And Only Mary-Lou is fine? :lol:


That does seem to be the case. Many of the good-looking girls have curls (Sybil, Mary-Lou, the triplets, Peggy), but I believe Jo Baker has a perm and that's not OK.

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I believe Jo Baker has a perm and that's not OK.


The trouble with Joan's perm is that it looked artificial! Perms, back in the day, tended to - very stiff and starchy and had to be properly set every time you washed them. And it made Joan look too old for her age - which was largely her problem, anyway. Until she went to the CS, she had been expecting, as Jack Maynard so rightly says, to leave school within the year and get a job, probably in a shop or one of the supermarkets that were beginning to appear around then. So she was used to thinking of herself as almost grown-up, whereas her contemporaries at the CS (Ros Lilley was very quick to adopt protective colouring!), who had three or four more years to go, still thought and behaved very much as schoolgirls.

I didn't go to university, but spent the four years when I was that age working in Paris. When I came back to London, it was noticeable how many people of my age came across as very much younger, because they had been studying rather than working.... and even in Paris, the ones who had left school at 16 and been working for 3 or 4 years before they came over were much older than their contemporaries in their first jobs after school or university.... it does make a difference!


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PostPosted: 05 Jun 2018, 14:51 
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There's a staffroom scene (I love those) in one of the books where the younger mistresses are discussing the latest fashions. I can't even remember which era it is in, can anyone place it? What would they have been talking about?


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There's a scene in one of the Swiss books, possibly Ruey, when they're discussing several options for the new uniform -could it be that one?

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