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He had the look; thank goodness it’s gone!

If a normal picture is worth a thousand words, this one will keep you talking for years.

Catherine insists I am embarrassing. Just wait til she wakes up and I show her THIS!!!

I’ll give you a minute to take it in.

Done? Good.

This is my husband, then my boyfriend, in the late 1980s, wearing what was then his favorite shirt. Those white stripes? They are mesh. His chest hair poked through. He thought it was like having built-in air conditioning.

Imagine, I married him anyway.

He didn’t always look like this when I met him. Most of the time, Basil was a really sharp dresser — almost always in a Brooks Brothers pinpoint oxford and snappy tie, a sharp suit and interesting dress socks. That was back when his work with the Postal Service was more customer facing and less about what was happening behind the scenes. These days, he dresses more for comfort and the inevitable dust and dirt he’ll encounter.

Anyway, as you can see, when off-duty, he dressed only for comfort and with an off-beat sense of style. I understand that in his teens and 20s, he rocked the polyester on a regular basis — bell bottom pants, shirts with big pointy collars and silkscreens of, say, the Empire State Building or Marilyn Monroe. And high-heeled shoes that sent one date into tears, begging him to trade them for more normal footwear. (Notice I haven’t mentioned the long hair and sideburns.)

Thank goodness for our age gap — I never encountered him that way in real life.

But we’ve talked about the shirt in this photo endlessly. I think I insisted it be incinerated when we got married, but it’s become a family legend, one that never fails to make Catherine laugh. Now I can show her proof — whenever she finally rolls out of bed.

I found this photo while looking for some others from family vacations of my youth for a different blog post I was planning. I will share those with you tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I give you this — a smile to start your Saturday.

About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


2 thoughts on “He had the look; thank goodness it’s gone!

  1. I love how happy and innocent Basil looks in this picture. It takes a fashion forward man to pull off red and white (mesh) striped shirt with blue/yellow plaid Bermudas, he’s obviously quite comfortable with his look. My only question, what would Stacy and Clinton, from What Not to Wear, make of this photo?!

    Posted by Kathy | July 21, 2012, 4:33 pm
  2. I love the combination of the plaid shorts and striped shirt in totally different colors. My first thought was you must really love him to have married him looking like that!

    One of the things I told my kids when they were teens and laughed at some of the outfits we wore in the 60s and 70s is that someday they will look at their photos and first, wonder what they were thinking, and second, laugh. The time has come!! They’re shaking their heads and laughing at their younger selves. I love it!

    Posted by Karen Waggoner | July 21, 2012, 10:46 am

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