Throughout the decades, teenagers have attempted to prove their coolness by wearing questionable accessories, hairstyles and items of clothing. Hindsight Fashion is a section about those trends that, in Hindsight, we probably wish we hadn’t worn.
This week’s Hindsight Fashion is: The Leather Necklace.
The Leather Necklace gained popularity in the mid to late 1990’s. It took on many forms; the most popular of which employed Leather String strategically knotted to suspend beads and charms. Popular Leather Necklace charms included Puka Shells, Religious Symbols, and Marijuana related items.
Instead of using a clasp, many Leather Necklaces used an overlapping system of knots that could be tightened or loosened. This seemed brilliant, until inevitably you would trap the tiny hairs on the back of your neck inside the leather knot and be doubled over in excruciating pain.
An interesting trend in the world of Leather Necklaces came in the form of “Name on Rice” vials. At some point in history, somehow, someone figured out that it was possible to paint a teeny tiny word on a teeny tiny grain of rice and preserve it in a teeny tiny vial. Presumably, they then decided that the best thing to do with said teeny tiny rice vials was to suspend them from Leather Necklaces and convince unsuspecting fashion victims to wear them. I had several of these “Name on Rice” Leather Necklaces, the most memorable of which was custom made at a Bar Mitzvah I attended. The grain of rice said “BFF’s” and also contained the names of two other girls whom I neither liked nor knew very well.
For all you readers out there still wearing your Leather Necklaces, please don’t be insulted. I admire your loyalty and persistence. But, now is probably an excellent time to loosen your makeshift clasp, kiss your Rice Vial goodbye and move on. Believe me, I don’t think your BFF’s will mind.