What I saw, and it got me thinking-
Yesterday, I was in a local favorite eating establishment having lunch. I noticed a guy straight out of 1986 and his lady friend. This guy had one of the best mullets I've ever seen. It took the whole "Business in front, party in rear" to a new level. It reached his lower back, and even his top of his head was all puffed up like a fancy rooster. To complete his look, he had on parachute pants (yup, not kidding), Reebok high tops and a Michael Jackson style leather jacket. Use Google if you are to young or to old to know what I'm talking about. He even sported a child molester style mustache. This guy look to be pushing 50. 50 years old!.... His lady friend wasn't much better. She probably was quite a catch in '86, even her Aquanet was still in good shape. I could have flipped over, held her by her feet and raked my lawn. I was disappointed that there was no IROC in the parking lot (yes, I did check) I so bad wanted to tell them that Reagan was out of office (dead in fact, RIP) Busch and served his term and his son even had a shot at the presidency. I also wanted to tell him that Marty McFly should be showing up anytime now, as we are almost to the point in the future that he travels to- only we took the long route.
Now, I post all this not to make fun or critique others fashion sense. But this treat from '86 made me think back a little. I remember laughing at the old guys you always used to see wearing their hideous plaid pants with a lime green polo tucked in. You know what I'm talking about... if you are over 20, you have to. You don't see those guys anymore. They must of all died off. Or how about the old ladies that looked like they took the rug out of some panel van and made a suit out of it. They're gone too. Now old ladies like to mimic parrots. They put on the shiniest, most colorful shirt they can find with the most sequins. I guess they think its going to hide the fact that they are old or woefully out of shape. Wrongo! Bright colors and sequins draw attention to yourself. If they are trying the peacock method, the have it backwards. Females are attracted to bright shiny colors, not the males.
I remember my grandpa wearing a silk shirt when we went out to eat at a nice place... he's long gone. So are silk shirts. I also remember when I lived in Florida as a kid, you could always tell the people from New York or jersey who migrated to Florida. They almost always wore matching jogging suits, although it was obvious they never have jogged a day in their lives. In the cooler temps, it was the velvety material. You could also tell the ones who had money from the ones who did not... the ones who did not had gold chains showing. Last time I was in Florida, this was still going on to a certain extent.
Now, all this also got me wondering... What do I still do that is a hold over from my glory days? Am I going to be somebodies "Mullet man" someday? Am I already? How will the pants on the ground meatheads look? Will their still be hanger ons to a fad that has long past? ( I guess there will be... they are still out there. I see them daily. morons.) Will they still be wearing their stupid print over sized sweat shirts in August? Will they still walk like they have a load in their pants? (maybe they actually will at that point... it Depends) Will circus clown attire ever go out of fashion? Will there be a 80 year old wearing "skinny jeans" in line for his discounted coffee at McD's?
Anyway, I did not post this to have some weird fashion talk here on DC.com. My intent is to get others to post about certain characters that were common in our communities, but are now gone. Like the old man in plaid pants, wearing a fedora and pushing his walker around Woolworth's. Or the old lady wearing a berber carpet suit.