Wavy mums: Our underappreciated fashion icons
Smashing it since before you were born
She cried leaving you off at halls, doesn’t really know how to use Facebook, and you don’t call her as often as you should, but your mum used to be cooler than you’ll ever be. Pictured here at their wavy peak these mums put our festival bindis and booty shorts to shame with their acid wash glory.
Zoe Archer, Trent grad & mum Pauline
Pictured here at 22, Pauline, who now works as an activities assistant in a home for disabled people, says: “I think I was just ‘with it’.
“It just goes to show everything comes back into fashion — the perm will be back eventually.”
Zoe said: “I’m a bit jealous that she might have actually dressed better back in the day than I do now, she looks pretty cool. She’s still on trend and she’s kept a lot of her clothes from the 80’s and 90’s which I borrow now.”
Amanda Cashmore, Royal Holloway second year & mum Sue
47-year-old Sue says: “Looking back at that picture, I’m pleasantly surprised I looked (I think) trendy — thank goodness I wasn’t wearing my false eyelashes, I used to look like a spider.”
Amanda said: “I’m actually really jealous of how great her legs are in the first pic! I love the clogs and the 80s had some pretty shocking outfits so I think she’s done really well to pull something so cool together. Nowadays I actually steal her clothes, because she has fab taste. She’s a bit slimmer than me though so it’s not always that fun.
Lucy Kehoe, Liverpool second year & mum Heather
Heather said: “I liked to match my socks, shoes and dungarees with my teeth back in the 80s. Now I go for more of a contrasting colour to my gnashers. But I still like to whizz about on two wheels.”
Bella Eckert, Newcastle grad & mum Nikki
Nikki, now in her 50’s and a chair of governors at a local school, says simply: “That was my going away outfit”.
Tom Jenkin, Notts grad & mum Linda
Linda, now in her forties and running a financial services with her husband, said: “It was at the time of Princess Diana, she was a huge influence. It was also Dynasty and Dallas, hence the shoulderpads and the power dressing. The bigger the shoulderpads the more influence I had.
“The little bob hair was an 80s favourite a big statement, it was sharp.
As a teenager I was one of the more fashion forward of my generation.”
Tom says: “I was almost annoyed I’m not a girl. There’s some great fur in her wardrobe that I’d never fit into now.”
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