What were you doing then?
Me? I was 15, feeling insecure, in the grip of powerful hormones, and wondering how life was going to turn out.
No change there then.
I remember a profound sense of dislocation, of out-of-step-ness; a feeling that I never looked quite right, never had the right clothes, never thought or said the right thing...
And that has changed.
Now I know I don't look/dress like everyone else, and often seem to have different opinions.
Thankfully, I no longer care.
My mum always said to me You're you; you're unique.
I didn't appreciate her wisdom at the time, so strong was my desire not to be me, but to be like everyone else.
But she was right - of course - who is better at being you than... you?
I know the exact year, because the Ebay seller I bought it from wrote in her listing that she bought it from Dorothy Perkins with her first ever wage packet, so she could pinpoint the date.
It's made from a soft drapey viscose in a floral print, so typical of that time, with small shoulder pads for a 1940s-esque silhouette.
On the subject of dresses, my friend Kylie has made a welcome return to blogging with her sponsored Frocktober challenge, raising funds for research into ovarian cancer. She'll be doing a blog post every day in October featuring a different dress, starting here.
This particular cause hits a soft spot for me, since my dear friend Carol died from the disease 13 years ago.
You can make a donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation via Kylie's blog, and she's even selling off some of the frocks along the way. Pop over and see how fabulous she looks.
We're the same vintage, Kylie and I, so I bet she has memories of 1979 too. I'm hoping she will be wearing a 70s dress at some point this month.
1970s dress - Ebay
Sunglasses, bangles, tights, shoes and denim jacket - charity shopped
Tapestry bag (my current favourite) - vintage shop
Green beads - gift from lovely Brodie.
Naturally, I wanted some music from 1979 to accompany this post.
Take a look at this list; do you remember them all?
I know every song, from the sublime to the ridiculous. I was spoilt for choice, and have changed my title and accompanying video several times in the process of composing this post!
Flying Lizards, Tubeway Army, Amii Stewart, Blondie, Elvis Costello (who wrote Girls Talk, of course), The Jam, Squeeze, Roxy Music, Chic...Marvellous. (Though there are some shockers in there too.)
Do you have a favourite?
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!