Monday, November 29, 2010

Confession. I Bought Something At Chess King in 1981.




Whoa! Look at sweet Michael Jacksonish jacket that was available at the Chess King retailer in 1983!

I was always a jeans and flannel shirt guy until about 11th grade. That's when I decided to look inward and try and figure out what the ladies would like to see me wear. That's when I headed down to the local Chess King and opened my wallet and purchased a "stylish shirt" with my own money.

I remember it was blue and white checks and had some weird collar thing going on. But there was loud club music playing so they had to know what they were talking about. Right? (Even though at the time I hated that music.)

So I put it on the first time - unveiling my new look - and my oldest sister says, "Why are you wearing that blouse?"

"A what?"

"That girl's blouse. That's a girl's shirt. You can tell because the buttons are on the opposite side and it's a girl's pattern."

"Shut up!"

"It is!"

I'm not sure if she was just messing with me but I went upstairs and looked in the mirror and came to the conclusion that this was the gayest shirt I ever saw. So I took it off, put my flannel back on - probably over a Doors t-shirt - and returned it to the store.

My new look would have to wait.

20 comments:

Dr Zibbs said...

I've got another confession. I almost bought that jacket pictured above but it was too expensive. Haha!

Dr Zibbs said...

Probably would have gotten my ass kicked daily.

Jessica said...

I was in uniforms for most of my school days, so I was a totally inept when it came to clothing shopping in my late teens (which is fine, because I hate that shit).

Koreen Olbrish said...

Don't lie. I saw you rockin' that blouse last week.

Anonymous said...

@trinalikeswine. Your sister was right...also the funny thing around the collar was probably a ruffle...the fine clothiers at Chess King should have brought that detail to their client's (in this case, you) attention. Perhaps their alterations department could have rectified the situation and thus made you a loyal client..maybe to this day...who can say for sure?Life really does have a lot of twists and turns...Sorry you missed out on the Thriller Jacket. Could you do the worm? If 'Yes' then It was just as well you didn't make that smart purchase..you would have left red scuff marks on your flooring...

Tay Talk said...

Hilarious. I'm sure these days it would pass and no one would say a thing.

Dr Zibbs said...

Jessica - Uniform. Oh no.

Koreen - yeah but did you notice how I switched the buttons to the correct side?

TrinaLikesWine - Haha! "fine clothiers"

Tay Talk - Hellow Dare' - You are new here. Welcome.

TC said...

never forget, it could have been worse...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kMkBcoxTxo

Dr Zibbs said...

TC - HAHA! Love F and G and love that scene!

Dr Zibbs said...

Oh. And @trinalikeswine, Chess King went out of biz a few years ago according to Wikipidia.

Important journalists like me ALWAYS do their research.

sybil law said...

That's hysterical!
The chicks dug the flannels and Doors shirts more. (Or at least, THIS chick did!)

Dr Zibbs said...

Sybil. I really should get some pics from my parents house to post.

B.E. Earl said...

Yeah, but did you have parachute paints to go along with that shirt? And Capezios?

Dr Zibbs said...

BE Earl - hell no to both of those.

Jessica said...

Catholic boarding school for ten years. They shipped me off to live with the nuns, Dr. Z. The nuns.

Trooper Thorn said...

Knowing that a cow died to make that jacket is enough to turn a person vegan.

diane said...

Did you break into tears when you ran up to your room girlie?

Scope said...

Did you get any designer jeans to make your butt look good?

Or did/does your butt look good regardless of the jeans.

CrotchPains said...

Having lived with Zibbs in our college dorm back in the day, I can honeslty let you faithful TBY visitors know that Zibbs was wearing skinny jeans before they were the hot item. And they were TIGHT. I mean , he had trouble walking in them. Kinda like Kramer in that one Seinfeld episode about jeans.

Yup-The Zibbs wardroobe of 1982 consisted of too tight jeans, white leather Converse hightops, high curly red hair and a lightning bolt earring in the left ear while smoking marlboro lights constantly. Why did I hang with this guy????? Shuddddderrrrrr....

Chris said...

Don't feel bad. I bought a pair of pin stripe double pleated slacks from Chess King. I wore the hell out of them. Hopefully there are no pictures.

I suspect 25 years from now, someone will be writing a post about "I once bought something in an Abercrombie Fitch store.