Win Friends With Boys!

We like Faith Erin Hicks’ Friends With Boys so much we want to share it with you! Thanks to Ed, who donated his copy to use as a giveaway.

Given how the book deals with finding a role in high school and expectations based on appearance, we’d like to hear about your memories of that time. To enter this contest for your chance to win, post a comment here with a description of either your best or worst high school fashion decision. Were you a goth? Did you wear leg warmers or Madonna-style rubber bracelets? Did you dress up the first day you had your braces off? Winners will be picked randomly from all entries on Monday, March 5.

(U.S. and Canada addresses only. Winners will be emailed to confirm address. If email is not answered within 24 hours or a valid email address is not provided, a replacement winner will be selected. Your email won’t be used for any other purpose.)

37 Responses to “Win Friends With Boys!”

  1. Kris Larsen Says:

    My dad’s army jacket (with various buttons pinned on- it was the 80’s!)with red Chuck Taylor high-tops for school picture day.

  2. Jason Says:

    Don’t pick me, because I’ve already bought a copy, but I wanted to share my worst fashion choice.

    I had long hair in the back. It wasn’t as glorious as some, so I refuse to call it a mullet.

    It was a mullette.

  3. C.Gunn Says:

    Ugh. Army pants. Bright silver boots with a fake adidas stripe and giant white platform-lite soles. Tie dyed shirt with a skull on it. I ruled.

  4. Antony Kamashian Says:

    I used to wear a kilt to school it had chains and useless metal loops attached to it. I thought it was the bees knees but everyone just laughed at me and tried to see if I was wearing it traditional style.

  5. James Schee Says:

    “Jammer” shorts. There was a fashion trend going on at my school a the time, that was just past the knee length shorts. (school regulation!) The trend was to wear the brightest, most garish colored shorts imaginable. Mine were bright yellow, with neon green and bright purple designs on them.

    I was so cool! lol Not, saw a picture the other day and wow were they freaking ugly!

  6. Joshua Strasburg Says:

    When I was a junior, I went through a lot of strange fashion choices, because I really wanted to have a signature look but had almost no money to buy clothes. An attempt at making some sort of statement found me attending the last day of classes in a full 3-piece suit (from a thrift store). I think my worst fashion choice, though, was the day I decided to wear two pairs of pants. For some reason, I thought it looked good to have two belts showing at once, so I put on a pair of jeans with a big rainbow belt and then put a pair of ripped up chinos on over that, with a studded leather belt. I sagged the chinos severely so the belts were three or four inches apart. What was I thinking? I ended up pulling the chinos up to waist-level and tried to hide the fact that i had jeans on, too.

  7. Chris Collins Says:

    I went to a school with an uniform. However, there were a choice of shirt color. I wore the pink polo once, until my friends pointed out how in my pink shirt and khakis, I looked a bit like a strawberry ice cream cone.

  8. Tara Tallan Says:

    Oh, it has to be the ridiculous peach-coloured wedding cake of a gown I wore to senior prom. Ugh.

  9. Mirkat Says:

    I went to high school from 1980-1984. I pretty much had this hair. Designer jeans were a big thing, but I also remember wearing culottes and gaucho pants (though not at the same time!).

  10. Argo Plummer Says:

    My fashion Icon in the 80’s was Alex P. Keaton–i based all my fashion decisions on his weekly image on family ties–’nuff said!

  11. paulb Says:

    At one point, I saw fit to cut/file my nails into points. I think I might have been inspired by Wolverine?

  12. Kareem Says:

    my mom hooked me up with some multi colored suspenders for my first day of kindegarten have pics to prove it!

  13. Brian J. Says:

    Two words: Hammer Pants. I graduated in 1991. Please Hammer, don’t hurt ‘em!

  14. Laur Says:

    Well, we wore uniforms throughout high school so I can’t comment too much on appearances. I will say though that I started making more friends by drawing doodle comics of people’s fanfiction. I discovered that my role became ‘artist’ and I’m glad it’s pretty much stuck that way. :)

  15. Denice Says:

    I was a total goth kid! Black lipstick was a must in my everyday look!

  16. Seth T. Hahne Says:

    I shaved both sides of my head and grew out the rest of my hair. Basically a mohawk but I never spiked it, instead letting it flow off to one side or the other. It was terrifying. When the sides grew out a bit and I got dolled up for senior pics, it looked a little something like this:

    Those were terrible days and I was a shame upon my household.

  17. DeBT Says:

    I’m not quite as innovative as any other people here, since I always wore the same kinds of pants every day, a black Baracuta design. I was asked once why I wore those kinds of pants when everybody else was wearing jeans. I simply said that I found them comfortable, compared to other pants.

    I recall that there was a blind guy who always used to come to school wearing a tie, when nobody else did, so I didn’t see what was so unusual about my choice. That was probably the extent of the teasing I ever got about my clothes.

    I’ve always hated wearing clothes that reveal my innermost thoughts and support for certain rights, even though I admire people who wear shirts that clearly state whose side they’re on. There were multiple people who wore clothes with words on them, and I had to struggle to try to read what they were saying, while trying not to make it obvious that I was staring at them. Especially tricky when they were moving around, and had objects or arms around certain key words.

  18. Ashley Says:

    There was a point where my friend and I thought cut off pajama pants would be cool to wear…pajama-pant-shorts, flip flops and hoodies, probably one of the biggest mistakes haha

  19. Jacob Says:

    In high school, I would wear baggy ripped jeans with Birkenstock style sandals and I would layer 3 t-shirts, or when it was cold, I would still wear the sandals, but would layer a baggy (and oftentimes hideous) sweater over a white button-down shirt.

  20. marty Says:

    1980 – huge bell-bottom jeans from JC Penny. enough said.

  21. Marla Says:

    In high school I wore flannel shorts (yes…) with an oversized t-shirt that nearly covered up the shorts. With loafers. I was whatever the opposite of “stylin” was.

  22. wandering-dreamer Says:

    Well my school had a dress code so I didn’t really have a lot of choices. I will say that the fact that my “small” hoodie was way too big on me and made my skin looked washed out convinced me I wasn’t that pretty for years, sounds like a bad fashion choice to me.

  23. Jody Says:

    Denim cutoff shorts with slouch socks and ankle boots. Yeah.

  24. Hooper Triplett Says:

    All my friends were punks, so to stand out among them, I went the opposite direction – wool knickers, black knee high socks, suspenders, penny loafers, sweater vest, button-down shirt.

    There is some (small) part of me that thinks that’s not such a bad look.

  25. Elizabeth Says:

    Babydoll dresses, usually with combat boots, although I recall at least once wearing a dress over corduroy pants with motorcycle boots. Good times.

  26. Cat Says:

    Right around the time the Traveling Pants book came out, my friends and I decided it would be a great idea to make some cool pants of our own. We wrote all over one of my pairs of jeans with marker and did the same to a white t-shirt I owned. I wore it to school the next day. While walking to school, I passed the store where my Dad used to go for coffee in the morning. Him and his buddy were discussing how crappy the economy was. He looked out while I was passing and said, “See. We’re so poor my daughter writes on her jeans.”

    Not my wisest fashion choice, but a great story to tell to get a laugh.

  27. Kelsey Says:

    Oh, man. For a while I was in love with huge black tee shirts. Sometimes I would sit on the ground with my knees tucked into my shirt. One day at school, someone asked me if I was a guy (despite waist length hair, and a substantial chest). After that I seesawed over to the opposite end of the ‘bad idea size’ shirt – basically skin tight stretch tees. Oof.

  28. Joey Says:

    Every day, rain, snow or sun, I wore a leather jacket, a Hawaiian shirt, and black loafers. I also always had my hair in a comb-over with a little Superman-style curl.

  29. Kayto Says:

    All my pants before I discovered bootcuts and flares. Seriously.

    Or apparently the day I wore black jeans with a yellow shirt. Everything thought I looked like a bumblebee.

  30. Daphna Says:

    Worst fashion choice: I used to wear a 3 sizes to large tshirt in light-turquoise. I looked like I was in my pjs… it was pretty horrible.

  31. Marla Says:

    I was a tomboy with a pixie cut, braces, and oversized shirts with no bra. Oh, it makes me shudder just thinking about it.

    I was scared of my best friend when I first saw her in high school because she had bright purple hair and wore combat boots.

  32. Mary Says:

    I was stuck at an all girl’s high school…we had no choice in what we could wear…until free dress day where I wore those cheesy baggy jeans and the flannel shirt over a t-shirt. That’s as extreme as we were allowed to dress.

  33. Angela Says:

    I dressed like the guys I liked, so I had a big guy’s jacket with corduroy and a t-shirt over a waffle long sleeve shirt and plaid flannel shirts over that. And knock-off converse high tops that I tied knots into the end of the laces so I could slip them on and off. This was my only high school fashion decision.

  34. Natalia Says:

    I was definitely a geek, used to paint my lips blue, and had multiple ear piercings…

  35. Melhyrïa Says:

    Best fashion choice : black jeans, white shirt, man’s jacket made in black velvet and a black man’s hat. I’m a girl btw.

    And no, it wasn’t carnival day. That day, I added a monocle to my usual dress-up =D

  36. Robin Says:

    I used to have this great pair of clear rainboots – as in, you could see through them. Always paired them with knee-high rainbow socks. Unfortunately the boots had a few tears in them and did not keep out rain very well, but that was the price to pay for fashion.

  37. Johanna Says:

    I have so much enjoyed reading everyone’s fashion memories! Thank you all for contributing. I have randomly chosen a winner and emailed for their address.




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