I was recently fawning over these Guess jeans with the golden triangle patch when I had a PCM (painful childhood memory)...
I remember being a preteen and dying for a pair of Guess jeans. All the cool kids had em, especially the cute, popular girls. I was so not cool, so not cute and figured I could get "in" if I just had a pair (looking back, I probably just needed to venture out of the library and become a bit more social).
me in my teal "Express" sneaks. Wore these with EVERYTHING. At least they matched my Humpty Dance teeIn my price range there were JustUSA denims. Just jeans were soooo "bootsy" (means wack for you east coast kids). They either had a big black JUST patch on the back waistband or a bootleg JustUSA triangle patch on the left cheek so there was no mistaking them for Guess, even if you pulled off the patches. Only the poor kids wore them because they "JUST couldn't afford to buy GUESS." It was better to just have no-name swapmeet or KMart denims. The JustUSA website is STILL majorly BOOTLEG to this day!
And mama bought me a pair of JUST; a pair of overall shorts with that big ol' black JUST patch on the pocket. I did not want them, but I meekly obliged because I would dare not refuse anything she bestowed upon me. I knew better.
But inside I was so EMBARRASSED/UPSET/CONFUSED with her because my cousins ON.FREAKING.WELFARE had all the latest jeans and sneakers... yet we stayed shopping at the swap meet/Goodwill/KMart/etc. I'm just saying, how did they get Guess and I'm over here struggling.... OK not so much--my mama had a damn job and her own place (we lived in a single family home with a huge yard for 15 years until we moved out of state), always had a car, we always ate good, had great toys/books, we traveled. But I remember only one time in my childhood owning a pair of Adidas (maybe 2nd grade? they were probably used but I hung on to those for a while, lol!) Wait-wait-wait-I had some black & hot pink LA Gears in 7th grade - from the Swap Meet, lol!
At first I refused to wear them. Eventually I went ahead a wore them as shorts underneath an over-sized t shirt or with the bib & straps hanging down so the back pockets wouldn't be revealed. (I had an image to build, man)
That sufficed for a while, but I really wanted to wear my hip hop style overalls ya know? (shoot it was BBD era) I just didn't want to be caught dead in the dreaded JUST denims. It was bad enough the only "in" thing I wore were Pacific Express canvas sneakers aka knock-off Keds. The only reason those were acceptable is because they came from Mervyns.
Eventually I gave in and ripped off the Just patches and just wore them... with only one strap hanging off like Fresh Prince used too (ha!) I had a rayon print shirt too. I wish I had a pic, I know my mom does, lol!
By high school guess jeans were OUT, and shopping at thrift stores was ultra hip (ah! mama had me ahead of the game) and my wardrobe became acceptable - except the plastic knock-off Doc Martens aka "Jodeci boots" (aw come on, you know you had a pair!!) I also discovered stores like Marshall's and Ross where I could afford an occasional Girbaud, Nike, or Tommy Hilfiger item - yay for babysitting!!
I remember proudly scoring these wide leg L.E.I jeans in a Sac-Town thrift store. And yes, I'm wearing my Jodeci boots.
Anywho, I'm over it. The Guess jeans I want cost $150. It just don't feel right even though I have a dual income household, own a home and 2 cars (no car note!!!) I think I'm gonna hit up Mondawmin Mall and look for some JustUSA instead.
I'm sure my little sister's had it worse though, they had to wear all my Vanessa/Rudy Huxtable hand me downs - well into the 90's. Yes they gto to wear "Express" shoes too
I love my mom.