The ghosts of back-to-school seasons past: 1988

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As the 1988 Chicago Parent staff tells us, the aviator look is so in this year, and the surest way to make your little one the coolest boy in school is to send him in a brand new bomber jacket. And a scowl to go with his casual lean-against-the-locker look. The scowl is very important.

In addition, in 1988, denim was darker (“Gone is the ice-washing craze of last spring”), plaid was plaid-ier (“the playgrounds will overflow with … tartans, dark and light”) and the best way to complete a skirt ensemble was with “bulky socks and hightops.” Those were the days…

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