Popped Collars and Bolo Ties
Dynomite! is an ongoing segment where I publish submitted photos from the ’70s, ’80s or ’90s of readers demonstrating their fashion A-game. All accepted entries published on my blog will later compete in a Dynomite! All Stars competition like this one here.
So you might have gathered by the title of this post that I have something very special in store for you today.
Today it’s my pleasure to share with you my newest Dynomite! contender, Lenore from Lenore’s Thoughts Exactly (go visit her blog here but then come back, or at least write to let me know you arrived safely).
I love this photo. It makes me feel fun. It makes me feel fun in a Sweet Valley High fabricated adolescence in the midst of dramatic teen love triangles type of way.
Everyone is having fun with their tapered jeans, sticky bangs and tripped-out hormones. And even though someone got her class ring stuck in another someone’s Aqua Net Head (which often happened back then), it’s all good here in 1986.
Look at Lenore at far right. Can’t you see she’s a trailblazer? And I’m not just talking about the steam engines blazing across ol’ Train Track Mouth. Look at her teal pants! Look at her yellow socks! Look at her popped collar! Amid a sea of denim and pastel, Lenore is certainly no shrinking violet-tipped white carnation. I wouldn’t expect anything less from the likes of Lenore.
Now compare that Lenore above with this one here.
Here Lenore is forcing a smile as she puts her best stripes forward. And yet I’m certain she’s crying on the inside. Is she sad because Wendy’s stopped serving New Coke? Is she sad because her shimmer shadow doesn’t quite reach her eyebrows?
I’m disturbed by Fast Food Demon #1 who is ominously sitting watch behind Lenore. Despite a lot of monkeying with this photo, I could not get this dark presence to appear as a human.
And then, why are there white Scooby Doo eyes above Fast Food Demon #1?
So many sad and strange things going on. But you know what? When the world bottoms out like it surely has here, I thank God for ol’ sturdy, dependable bolo tie to help us keep our wits about us. Yes, my good friend bolo tie always restores a sense of order to the surrounding madness.
It was difficult for me to select which of Lenore’s photos to use. Both were indeed Dynomite! material. So I’m going to do something a little different this round. I’m going to ask you to vote to help me decide — yes, cast your votes before this time next week. The winner will advance to the final round competition.
(Did you hear that? The winner advancing thing? Just then I sounded so Ed McMahon on Star Search that my heart is now pounding with excitement.)
But, wait! Before you vote, I want to see what you learned from our last Dynomite! edition. Here I’ve called up The Band Uniform Rule to help you decide which Lenore is the most Dynomite!
(I regret to inform you that votes for the band uniform will not be accepted.)