Yesterday when I picked up my 5-year-old from camp, the teenage girl working the aftercare exclaimed: “I love your outfit! It’s so ’70s!” (I was wearing basically this.) I took it as a compliment, of course, since the ’70s look is what I’m drawn to and it’s my comfort zone.
Then I got to thinking, the ’70s to this child is as long ago as the FORTIES was for me in high school. This is a very disturbing thought that I rationalize by wondering: do the ’70s REALLY seem as long ago to kids today as the ’40s did to us? World War II, the inability of women to vote, and drastically different hairstyles make the ’40s feel like more of a different world, right?
Women in the ’70s, on the other hand, wore their hair not so differently from the way modern women wear their hair today. The era’s signature styles—high-wast jeans, crop sweaters, maxi-dresses—are all in rotation currently. Even the music is somewhat similar (rap notwithstanding), whereas the music and dancing in the ’40s had a very different look and feel.
If a kid had said to me: “Wow, your outfit is so ’40s!” that would have meant I was wearing some sort of costume, or that I had a super quirky personal style.
Am I just rationalizing, or does the ’70s really feel closer than the ’40s did to my generation when we were teens? Times changed way more back then, right? Please discuss, I would love to hear what any of you, regardless of your age, thinks about this. And here I will stop rambling 🙂