Why People Shouldn't Be Wearing Plaid At A Family Wedding

This photo was taken at a family wedding.  The people not wearing mismatched plaid are my mom and dad.
This photo was taken at a family wedding. The people not wearing mismatched plaid are my mom and dad. | Source

The Early Days Of What Not To Wear

Does this photo really need any commentary? Do I really need to point out that it was the fashion crime of the century and there was no Clinton or Stacy from TV's What Not To Wear to rescue me? I was 9 years old and completely oblivious that I was dressed in a Don Cherry suit jacket with Craig Sager pants. The only thing missing were plaid shoes. And to top it off, either the tailor was on vacation or my arms grew exponentially overnight.

For years I held my mom responsible for dressing me up in this mismatched plaid masterpiece but as the years have gone by I have come to realize that my entire family was complicit. Look at the photo, how could they have let me leave the house? Sure, the bride to be would be upstaged and possibly back out of the wedding however, there was a question to be answered. Would the wedding photographer actually believe this wasn't an episode of Candid Camera? This was the chance of a lifetime to create a family heirloom of comedic value that would last for generations and they weren't going to be denied!

The bride accepted the quirkiness of our family and followed through with her wedding vows through "sickness and in health and in fashion faux pas till death do us part." She married my brother that day and they have remained married ever since. I can't help wonder if during the rocky patches, which all marriages experience, that my brother and his wife pulled out the old wedding album and had themselves a healing laugh. Well, that's the way I want to remember it.



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Peter Tait 5 years ago

Bruce

What were our parents thinking? I needed counseling for much of the 1980's...just to help me deal with my own polyester decade. I don't think I wore a natural fiber until 1981! AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Pete


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Bruce A. Beaudet 5 years ago from Canada Author

Pete

I'm not sure what they were thinking! Like the bow tie and carnation make a difference. LOL Thanks for the comment.


Roger 5 years ago

I think that sportscoat used to be mine.


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Bruce A. Beaudet 5 years ago from Canada Author

Roger

Any idea where the pants came from?


Kevin 5 years ago

Awesome!! I love the dumb and dumber hair cut too...just need the chipped tooth in front and you could have been Jim Carrie. apparently the bowls used for haircuts back then were crooked.

Also like the bell-bottom flood pants...hehehehe...


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Bruce A. Beaudet 5 years ago from Canada Author

Kevin,

About the only thing that matches are the flood pants & flood jacket!


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bestforbride 5 years ago from Toronto, ON, Canada

Nice hub. Did not noticed mismatched plaid at the beginning. Liked the idea of paying attention to details.


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Bruce A. Beaudet 5 years ago from Canada Author

Hi bestforbride,

Thanks. Didn't notice the mismatched plaid? You'd fit in well with my family. ;) All the best to you.


Teri 5 years ago

OMG, I don't think I have ever dressed Jackson like this but I am sure that if I dug really deep I could find a picture of Wayne that might look really similar. Too Funny.


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bizymomof3 5 years ago from New York City

so true, when I look at the pictures from the 70s I am amazed that we all thought we looked good, and so many others were dressed the same way!! The 80s big hair was something to gawk at as well, but not quite the same way that we smack our heads when we notice the plaids, paisleys and polyester of the 70s. Very funny, yet another hub that made me smile!


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Bruce A. Beaudet 5 years ago from Canada Author

I'm thinking the 70's has to be the worst fashion decade of the century.


Marisa 4 years ago

Haha Bruce I found it!! That's funny so is your outfit. Hehehe!


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Bruce A. Beaudet 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Marisa, glad you dropped by and glad you enjoyed it.

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