Reading the J. Peterman catalog as a teen and coveting the Silk Taffeta Ball Skirt, I imagined that grown-up life meant lots of parties that looked like this, not budgets and grocery shopping.
Despite the lack of lipstick and bouffants, it’s still pretty good to get older.
(Images are by Tom Palumbo, of Paris in 1962. You can see the whole set here.)
Well, I’m glad it wasn’t just me being silly at 16.
Damn that J. Peterman for planting those unrealistic dreams of elegant adulthood! (I had the same problem, and I was reading the catalogs in my 20s!)
Cool photo set, in any event…