Boy Bands Forever

Teenage Idol
Today’s prompt is from The Daily Post.

Who did you idolize as a teenager? Did you go crazy for the Beatles? Ga-ga over Duran Duran? In love with Justin Bieber? Did you think Elvis was the livin’ end?

As a teenager, I was all about the boy bands. One of my sisters was obsessed with New Kids on the Block, so I liked them by default. (Jordan was my favorite.) When ‘NSYNC and Backstreet Boys came out, I liked them both–and still like their music today. (JC was my favorite from ‘NSYNC; Nick was my favorite from BSB, though I’ve since chosen Kevin as my favorite since Nick was kind of a mess for a while.)

I also liked the lesser-known boy bands, like 98 Degrees. While their singing and dancing abilities weren’t as good as the other bands, I still appreciated the effort.

Something I’m not into is the more recent crop of bands, like One Direction. I admit that I don’t see the appeal of them. That makes me feel old, but I guess I’m more into the nostalgia of the groups I grew up listening to and loving.

Fashions From Days of Yore

New Sensation
Today’s prompt is from The Daily Post.

Ah, sweet youth. No matter whether you grew up sporting a fedora, penny loafers, poodle skirts, bell-bottoms, leg-warmers, skinny jeans, Madonna-inspired net shirts and rosaries, goth garb, a spikey mohawk, or even a wave that would put the Bieber to shame, you made a fashion statement, unique to you. Describe your favorite fashions from days of yore or current trends you think are stylin’.

I was born in 1980, so I remember the trends from that decade–the Aqua Net big hair, Spandex, and neon everything. I had several pairs of jelly shoes and I’m pretty sure I wore a couple of crop tops as a kid. I seem to recall having some leg warmers and a jacket that had shoulder pads–why does a young kid need shoulder pads?! I also remember slap bracelets and friendship bracelets being popular from the late 80s into the 90s. As for the big hair, I was never able to achieve it, despite desperate attempts. I’ve had exactly one perm in my life, which fell out after approximately one week. What a waste of my parents’ money! After that, I realized that my stick-straight hair just wasn’t meant to hold a curl.

As a teenager in the 90s, I still remember neon, at least until the grunge look took over. I had at least one Hypercolor shirt (the ones that changed color from heat), though I don’t think they really caught on at my school. I know I wore some plaid flannel back then, but I never had a pair of Doc Martens. When Clueless came out, all the girls in my school tried to dress like Cher and I remember this one girl in particular who wore the knee-high socks and chunky-heeled shoes ALL the time. Like every day.

Despite growing up during the 80s and 90s, I’ve never really been a trendy person. As an adult, I always choose comfort over style. I wear boring outfits and have never quite been able to make a pair of skinny jeans look good on me. Now that I’m in my mid-30s, I’ve lost all patience for trying to keep up with trends and that’s all right with me.