I was educated at the Jesus & Mary convent in Harlesden. I left in 1959. I met my husband when I was still at school. Sundays when we were courting we would get a bus to Marble Arch and walk across Hyde Park or window shop in Oxford St and Regents St.
I worked at M&S Head Office in Baker Street. I shopped at lunchtimes in Oxford Street, often getting a taxi from the office to the bottom of the road. I had my hair done every week in Carnaby St. Everyone had bouffant hair styles.. We wore very very short mini skirts. Prior to minis we had worn very full net petticoats under full skirts and dresses. We starched the petticoats so they stood out. Another fashion was hot pants, these were like shorts worn under a skirt with a slit at the front. We met up in friends houses with just a Dansette record player. Only the boys drank, usually beer, the girls all had soft drinks. As the 60s progressed we had dinner parties. Later in the 60s people started to go abroad on package holidays. The first one we went on with family we arrived to no hotel. This was a common happening before ABTA. Very few people in London owned cars and the majority of houses did not have a telephone.
Thanks for your recollections. I love the image of the bouffant hairdo with the shorts under the skirt with a slit. I am curious about “only the boys drank, usually beer, the girls all had soft drinks.” What do you think that was about? Sexism? Male chauvinism of the times? “Real ladies don’t drink alcohol” kind of sentiment?
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