My recent post that included a picture of me in my 7th grade band uniform seems to have amused many of you. In case you haven’t had the time to sift through my entire Flickr stream and discover my embarassing pictures from The Awkward Years (ages 11 to 16), here you go:
Here I am at probably 12 years old, shotting some silly string at a parade. Note the large red glasses, meticulously curled bangs, and fashionable magenta checked sweater. Even though it was 1992, the 80s were still alive and well.
Next up, band geek revisited. Oh yeah, looking sharp at age 15 with my horn teacher Casey. I have upgraded to somewhat smaller glasses, brown this time to go with my Costco-purchased dress. Hey, this was long before Spokane had a Banana Republic, and we hadn’t even heard of Abercrombie yet. Once again, you can see that I carefully curled my bangs for this band competition. Looking back, I can now see why I wasn’t being asked to the winter formal that year.
Finally, here I am at 17, to prove that I did move past the awkward phase at about this age. Plus who doesn’t want to see Lauren in a Catholic shool girl’s outfit? This was this summer that I was an exchange student in Japan, so I got to wear the school uniform for a few weeks. Blue is a good color for me, huh? Just too bad that it wasn’t the cliche sailor outfit.