In the early part of the 1980s, Members Only jackets were very, very popular. All my school-mates had them, and I wanted one too.
But my family was very poor and those jackets were not very cheap. We didn’t have much money for necessities like food, much less a fashion statement for the youngest child.
One day, I was walking through Walmart, and I saw one, a grey one, and it was only $30.00. The only problem was that it was a copy; not a branded Members Only. That didn’t matter to me, so I put it on lay-a-way with my last $5.00.
The next two months I did every dirty job around the neighborhood. Every cent I made went to my jacket.
I remember clearly the day I went to pay it off. I was so happy, I was skipping down the aisle to the lay-a-away department. I remember they brought it out and laid it on the counter and I stared, transfixed, as they unwrapped it from the plastic.
It was 90 degrees outside, but I didn’t care, I was going to wear that jacket as much as possible. I remember thinking how cool I was going to be at school the next day, and a smile never left my face.
I walked into the school sporting my new jacket thinking everyone was looking at me. I walked right up to a group of the coolest kids in school (who all had Members Only jackets) and tried to get their attention.
In the group was Trent, the coolest and richest kid in school, and as soon as he saw me, he started laughing.
“That’s not a Members Only jacket! Where did you get it, Walmart?”
Everybody was laughing at me. I didn’t say anything, I just walked away to be alone. I took my new jacket off and put it in my locker. This is one of the first times I remember being hopelessly depressed in my life.
I never wore the jacket again.
This post was a response to the Daily Prompt: New Sensation.
Ah, sweet youth. No matter whether you grew up sporting a fedora, penny loafers, poodle skirts, bell-bottoms, leg-warmers, skinny jeans, Madonna-inspired net shirts and rosaries, goth garb, a spikey mohawk, or even a wave that would put the Bieber to shame, you made a fashion statement, unique to you. Describe your favorite fashions from days of yore or current trends you think are stylin’.