Back to School...Old School

In honor of the first week of school, the LEO DUO ladies are giving you a glimpse of their school style in the eighties.  You're welcome.

 Jeannie's senior portrait

Jeannie's senior portrait

 Jennifer's senior portrait

Jennifer's senior portrait

Jeannie put that sweet purple fringed suede leather jacket on layaway at Wilson’s while she worked at the Sears in Brookfield Square Mall to pay it off.  Worth.  Every.  Penny.  Even though her manager in the Domestics Department at Sears did reprimand her, and tell her to tone down her Cyndi Lauper look (her hair was actually inspired by Robert Smith of The Cure).  Jeannie also haunted vintage stores (they knew her by name) for wearable antiques.  And did we mention the car she drove throughout high school had zebra stripes?  That gal was stone cold stylin’, even way back when.

 How did Jeannie get that gnarly custom paint job?  She "knew a guy" - of course!

How did Jeannie get that gnarly custom paint job?  She "knew a guy" - of course!

Meanwhile, Jennifer went back-to-school shopping with her older sister.  They each had a clothing allowance to budget, and Jennifer slyly got her sister to pool their money together, claiming they could share all the clothes.  Even though her older sister typically wore camp shirts and oxfords, Jennifer tried to convince her they would both get SO much wear out of that Technicolor paisley trench coat on the sale rack at Macy’s.  Belt it and wear it as a dress!  C'mon!  Two looks in one!  (Needless to say, Jennifer got a rad paisley coat that her sister paid half of and hardly wore.)

 Jennifer in 1986...with her most hated haircut ever, the one that made her look like a boy.

Jennifer in 1986...with her most hated haircut ever, the one that made her look like a boy.

And those colorful collection of Converse you see Jennifer wear almost every day?  A habit she picked up in 1986 from her twin brother, who would wear a different color on each foot.  (Trust us, he made it look cool.  Especially when he wore them with plaid pants, suspenders, and a Bullwinkle t-shirt.  Okay, maybe cool isn't quite the word.)  Back then, the Converse were hi-tops, never low, sometimes hand painted, and usually worn with pegged jeans.

And just as a reminder, here is what Jeannie looked like in 1986.  Ah, never underestimate what a difference hair spray and a driver's license can make in the life of a teen!

 Jeannie in 1986...wearing a vintage beaded 1950's numbter.  Ready for the red carpet, and at such a tender age!

Jeannie in 1986...wearing a vintage beaded 1950's numbter.  Ready for the red carpet, and at such a tender age!

 Jennifer in 1989...wearing her very own Wilson's Leather jacket.

Jennifer in 1989...wearing her very own Wilson's Leather jacket.

But before we call this a landslide victory for Jeannie's 1980's fashion sense, let us check out Jennifer a couple years later, in 1989.  

Gone is the boyish haircut.  And now she's got a batwing sleeved leather jacket (she used to go into Wilson's just to breathe the leather scented air), and a kick butt attitude to match!  

But look at the size of those glasses...and the turtleneck...and the black pantyhose beneath the skin-tight, high-water, faded, ripped jeans?  And dear Lord, are those jazz shoes??

Nevermind.  Jeannie for the win!