After posting about my grandmother Janet's style, I realized I owe a post to my other late grandma, Barbara.

Barbara was my father's mother, and lived just across the road from us growing up. She was a prolific seamstress and sewed much of her own wardrobe, as well as garments for her daughter and grandkids (i.e., me and my sister). She always looked very put-together - I can't picture her in anything but a polyester pantsuit, which sounds kind of hideous, but she always made it look very chic.

This picture, in fact, is the pantsuit I always remember - tan and white checks.  With her ash-blond hair, it made for a rather monochromatic look, but one that suited her and never looked out of place or out of season. I was fascinated by the fact that she went to the beauty salon regularly to have her hair done - I had no idea what that actually meant, but it sounded fancy.

Barbara died in the mid-1980s, so the styles I remember her wearing were very much still rooted in the 1960s and 70s. But she was a very stylish woman, so it's intriguing for me to imagine how her fashion sense might have evolved over the next decade or two.

I wonder what styles my generation will carry with us into old age?


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