5 Things In Your Closet That Scream BOOMER

By the time you hit 50 years of age,  you’ve seen it all, lived through it all, and worn it all.

We’ve seen things come and go so many times that we just hold on to them to save the trip to the store on the next return. Why risk paying more for something that may not be made as well- right?

 

On the other hand, there are some clothing trends that we can live without revisiting in the future. These are the items that we gladly hand on down to our children so they can call them ‘vintage’. For some reason, anything ‘vintage’ is always in style.

There are something we won’t ever get rid of and, usually it’s for a good reason. So we keep these things in our closet- often hidden in a box or stowed behind something else.

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 5 Things In Your Closet That Scream BOOMER

Admit it, you possibly have one of these….

1. The jeans that fit, or once fit.

We grew up in an era where you owned one, maybe two, kinds of denim jeans. You just wore them. There was no push to update the cut or style of our jeans on a back-to-school yearly basis. And besides, why waste money on new jeans that may not even fit as well? So, we just hold on to what has worked because that is what we know.

2. The fanny pack.

These handy items made so much sense that we wore them everywhere. Then one day some generation x kids started to make fun of them so we had to quit wearing them. Fanny packs make so much sense that we just like to have them around just in case.

3. The first revival of something.

You know how fashion tends to repeat itself. We got rid of whatever it was the first time it went out of style. Then, when it came back the second time we realized that it cost a lot more than the first time we bought it and that there was really nothing wrong with it in the first place. So, we save it for the third and fourth revivals.

 

4. Concert Tee Shirt

Younger generations just don’t get how important those concerts were to us while we were growing up. We were young and independent when we went to a concert for $10 a ticket to see our favorite groups perform. If it was an outdoor concert, we felt a bit of Woodstock tingle our skin. All we have left now of course is the t shirt that we brought home with us.

5. Things to help us think we are younger than we really are.

We do this to keep the illusion fresh in our minds. These things include shoe inserts, spanx-like items and and cover-ups such as big shirts. We wear the cover-ups to hide our bellies or whatever else needs covering. If we aren’t looking at or feeling the pains of aging  then they must really not be there. Right?

 

Are you screaming?

Five things I have learned about baby boomers

It’s like we are part of a secret club made up of the largest demographic around.

 

If you were born postwar, 1946 – 1964, then you know what I mean.

I us to think everyone was talking about our demographic until I found out that, as a baby boomer, my reality is the thought that everything is rotating around me. It is true that no other demographic has been talked about as much as ours but, consider this, we were brought into this world during an era that had not been paralleled.

 

We brought on the middle class, equal rights, major changes in technology and inventions such as air conditioning. We are living longer than our parents and doing it while we are taking on our parents and out children. No wonder why we believe that the world is rotating around us.

Five things I heave learned about baby boomers

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1.  With nearly 80 million of us, we do have some buying power.

So why does it seem as if the advertising and the malls are geared towards our children?

2. We are the ones who seem to always question everything.

It all started with the Viet Nam draft. Look where questioning wars got us.

3. We love to spend our money.

That could have something to do with our depression era parents saving their money just in case the depression ever returned. This meant that we had few cool things growing up and possibly inherited a bit of cash to blow.

4. We are the caregivers.

We are taking care of that aging ‘greatest generation’ as they age past their parents’ as well as our children as they live at home longer than ever before.

 5. We’ve witnessed more society-changing events than any other generation before us.

Think about it. The list is long. In our lifetimes we’ve seen;

  • the first television
  • the civil rights movement
  • the first man walking on the moon
  • equal rights
  • war/peace
  • the growth of the middle class and suburbia
  • cell phones
  • the internet

 

You have to wonder what else we will learn about ourselves.