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Enter the Outblush Goodie Drawer Giveaway! (No, not THAT kind of goodie drawer)

**ATTENTION: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thanks to everyone who entered!**

You naughty minx, you saw the words, "goodie drawer" and your mind immediately went towards NSFW pursuits, didn't it? Admit it. It's okay.

Anyhoo. We get a lot of samples here at OB HQ, and much as we'd like to spend each day slathering ourselves in body lotion and mascara and draping ourselves across chaise lounges, dressed in feathered peignoirs, we have other work to do, too. So, the sample drawer starts getting fuller and fuller with unused, unopened items, from tee shirts to playing cards to lipsticks. And right now, that drawer is full to bursting.

Want some of our stash? Of course you do. Which is why we're hosting the Outblush Goodie Drawer Giveaway to relieve ourselves of this terrible, awful burden. To enter to win one of 5 (five) packages of randomly selected schtuff, simply leave a comment on this post with your answer to the following randomly thought-up prompt:

Tell us about your WORST ever school picture!

One entry per person, please. Deadline to enter is Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 at 12:00pm PST. *You MUST include a valid email address in the appropriate field in the comments box - if we can't get ahold of you, we can't let you know you've won!*

The 5 winners will be chosen at random and notified via email that day. We will pick a new winner if we haven't heard from the chosen winner by 5:00pm PST on Wednesday, August 31st, 2011, so check your email and SPAM filters carefully!

Read the full rules and restrictions.

**ATTENTION: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thanks to everyone who entered!**

Comments


Michelle K.

Posted on 08.22.11 at 3:13 PM

In third grade, I wore a ladybug vest with a white button down shirt (buttoned to the very top, of course) and that strange combination of stringy, poofy hair that only seemed possible in the eighties. I looked like a 63 year old woman trapped in the body of an 8 year old. Terrible.

Anna

Posted on 08.22.11 at 3:31 PM

I had many a horrible school picture, but the worst that sticks out in memory was in fourth grade when I had just gotten glasses. Yes they photographed in that hideous yellow tint and my teeth were still scraggly pre-braces, rat's nest mop on top of my head with bangs cut straight across, and lanky would be an understatement of my body type. I am so grateful I eventually grew into my own, got contacts, braces on and then off and much more stylish hair cut.

Randie M Liss

Posted on 08.22.11 at 3:37 PM

I will gladly tell you about a bad school picture, like where I wore false eyelashes for a regular portrait, but really I just want (and need) some new makeup and I hardly ever won anything and please pick me......

Wendy P

Posted on 08.22.11 at 3:40 PM

I'm laughing just thinking of my worst school picture. I was about 7 and decided my bangs needed a good cut. I sneaked in my mom's bedroom, found her scissors and proceeded to chop away. In one swoop I had the worst diagonal bangs you've ever seen. On one side they were cut right up against the scalp and they went down in a freaky diagonal from there! As soon as I looked in the mirror I knew I was going to be in so much trouble! I tried everything to hide them...including a sloppy "The Donald" comb over. Yep, you read that right. I sported that look before he did. Anyway, my mom found out. I don't remember how that went, but I'm sure it wasn't pretty. She tried to even out my bangs by cutting them semi even except for that one corner I chopped to the scalp. Needless to say I had these super freaky "Chucky" style short bangs in my school pictures. Good times!

Wendy P

Posted on 08.22.11 at 3:43 PM

I'm laughing just thinking of my worst school picture. I was about 7 and decided my bangs needed a good cut. I sneaked in my mom's bedroom, found her scissors and proceeded to chop away. In one swoop I had the worst diagonal bangs you've ever seen. On one side they were cut right up against the scalp and they went down in a freaky diagonal from there! As soon as I looked in the mirror I knew I was going to be in so much trouble! I tried everything to hide them...including a sloppy "The Donald" comb over. Yep, you read that right. I sported that look before he did. Anyway, my mom found out. I don't remember how that went, but I'm sure it wasn't pretty. She tried to even out my bangs by cutting them semi even except for that one corner I chopped to the scalp. Needless to say I had these super freaky "Chucky" style short bangs in my school pictures.

Jael I.

Posted on 08.22.11 at 3:46 PM

Ok, pretty much all my school pictures were horrific but the worst one would have to be my 1st grade picture; where my mom cut my hair in a bowl shape that made my round cheeks look even rounder. Almost as round as the big red vinyl apple on my too tight red and white striped shirt.

Michelle H.

Posted on 08.22.11 at 3:58 PM

I was 11. My mother was still cutting my hair...in a Dorothy Hamill cut, but it was 1986 not 1976. There may have been a poofy shirt - with a nice motif of minature ballard ducks all over it. Of course, the look would not be complete without braces...but only on my two front teeth at the time. Yeah - I know.

Angela S

Posted on 08.22.11 at 4:02 PM

I was in second grade. As usual my mom picked out my clothes and was in total control of my hair style. For some reason she decided I needed a bob; the one and only time I would ever have short hair. For some reason it just ended up looking like I had a mushroom cap on my head. I hated it then and I continued to hate it as I got older -- the memory haunted me so! I even threw away all but one just so they would get out. Fingers crossed.

Sarahrae

Posted on 08.22.11 at 4:05 PM

I was 5 going on 6 and it was my first year of Elementary school. We were brand new to the street that summer and we were still getting to know all the neighbors.

My mother took me to get a haircut before picture day and for the next 4 years, I heard every time someone new came to the house, "Oh you have two boys? I thought you just had the one?

My aunt too my for all future haircuts to ensure I was more girl than boy on camera.

Katy W

Posted on 08.22.11 at 4:17 PM

Kindergarten: bowl hair cut and a Western dress. Ick. 2nd: pics were after recess, so my face was red (it was hot), and a lot of my hair got windblown out of my headband and of course, being 7, I didn't have the notion to fix it. 3rd: goofy teeth, long cowlicked bangs. 6th: awful too-short bangs, shapeless long hair, new glasses that would darken when light hit them (for example, the camera flash). This is sad; I can't go on, although there's more.

Jillian

Posted on 08.22.11 at 4:27 PM

I'd say grades 2-8, I had horrible school pictures, but the one that sticks out was I believe 4th grade. I had just gotten a perm, which was all the rage, but my mom didn't know how to take care of it so it ended up being a big frizz ball. On top of it, one of my lenses in my new glasses was the wrong thickness, so one side was was super coke bottle-like. Did I mention they were crooked. Oh yeah, aaaaaaaaand I had a black tshirt with little panels on them that lit up, like the one Rudy stole money for on the Cosby show. In other words. HOT MESS!

Amber C

Posted on 08.22.11 at 4:37 PM

I can't remember the exact year, but it must have been around 6th grade. I had big glasses, a bowl cut and I was soooo skinny. I wanted to make sure that my eyes were open in the picture and I didn't blink. So I opened my eyes REAL wide and the result is me looking like a deer in headlights with a barely there smile. What a mess.

Stephanie

Posted on 08.22.11 at 4:41 PM

I'd have to go with my seventh grade photo... I had just got my first pair of glasses (big round John Lennon style), I had a giant cowlick in my hair that I tamed with a barette right at my forehead, and I have a confused/scared looking smile on... Not my best photo!

Liz Smith

Posted on 08.22.11 at 4:43 PM

My mom gave me a home permanent right before school pictures in 4th grade. Need I say more?

Brianna

Posted on 08.22.11 at 4:45 PM

Sophomore year in high school. I had just chopped off my hair for what was a horrible, curly bob with the biggest horse bangs ever. Not to mention my over bronzed cheeks and puke green shirt. Those pictures are hidden far, far away

Tracey

Posted on 08.22.11 at 4:46 PM

Every school picture I've ever taken from kindergarten until my senior year in high school was atrocious, but the worst had to be my 3rd grade picture; my mom did my hair in what can only be described as a lego pyramid. 3 really chunky braids, one on each side and one on top. I don't even know how that happened... I was wearing a navy candy-striped dress, and that was cute as was my smile. But my hair....good lord. I've made it a point to hide/burn every picture of myself from my youth. :0/

Naya

Posted on 08.22.11 at 4:46 PM

I was 7 and had just gotten glasses. This was 1988 so they were huge plastic frames. Being a girly girl from an early age, I chose pink ones. Yikes. My hair was also a hot mess. In typical 80s Jersey style, it was big. Because I was 7, it was also very very frizzy. The background of the photo was black with blue, green, and purple lasers and there was a profile shot super imposed yet somehow faded. It was quintessentially 80s.

Casey D

Posted on 08.22.11 at 4:50 PM

I don't have a school pic that I hate, but the first few years of highschool make me cringe because I had not yet started to pluck/wax my bushy brows. WHY-OH-WHY did no one tell me how *bad* they looked?! :-(

Jill

Posted on 08.22.11 at 4:50 PM

OMG, my eighth grade picture immediately popped into my head and I threw up a little. It was the worst: braces, bad hair, and super thick glasses. The photographer told me to tilt my head down to prevent the lights from glaring off my glasses. I looked like a complete moron. After the photos came out, I was called back for a reshoot—you know, with the kids that missed photos because they were sick that day, only I was called back for being ugly that day. And the new ones were just as awful, if not worse. And people wonder where my low self-esteem comes from. Mmmm... the teen years... fun.

Emily

Posted on 08.22.11 at 4:54 PM

Mine was probably from the 6th grade. An extremely awkward time for all of us, no? I had an awful super short haircut that I had no idea how to style, wasn't allowed to wear makeup even though I had acne, and had bad posture. So, it came out looking like a pre-teen, female Quasimodo. Ew!

Casey D

Posted on 08.22.11 at 4:57 PM

I don't have a school pic that I hate, but the first few years of highschool make me cringe because I had not yet started to pluck/wax my bushy brows. WHY-OH-WHY did no one tell me how *bad* they looked?! :-(

Summer

Posted on 08.22.11 at 4:58 PM

It was 3rd grade. I had the most horrible teeth. My two front teeth, one was so far forward and the other back. I also had bad hair, but I guess it was the style then. Thank goodness for braces and better hair now.

Juli

Posted on 08.22.11 at 4:59 PM

First, it should be noted that I got retakes for every picture starting with the 4th grade, right up to my senior portraits.

The picture in question was a retake; I can't remember what the original looked like, but it had to have been better than the re-take. I had recently gotten an over-layered, Rachel-like hair cut, which does not translate well to an elementary school kid. Being slightly pudgy was not helped by the white cotton turtleneck underneath my mom's bulky, red, green, and black plaid sweater. Remember Al from Home Improvement? It was like one of his flannel shirts, in a sweater form. Add to that some extremely heavy bangs and no make-up to speak of, and you have a pretty traumatic photo.

Meghan

Posted on 08.22.11 at 5:00 PM

My worst school portrait was definitely my second grade picture. My mom, for some unknown reason, decided that the perfect haircut for me that years was the 90s craze sweeping the nation... THE BOWL CUT. JTT, I do NOT thank you for that trend!!

Not only did I look like a little boy, but as if to make everyone 100% certain I was actually a girl, my mom forced me into this horrid rose petal/flower dress with this atrocious lace collar that went all the way to my shoulders. It took a full 6 months to grow my hair out to a normal length, and almost twice as long to live down the shame of the whole experience.

This picture still haunts me to this day, as my dad decided the perfect place for it was in a place of honor above our couch in our rec room. Horrible!

danielle

Posted on 08.22.11 at 5:06 PM

third grade, when i decided to smile by sticking my teeth out over my bottom lip, like a gopher or something. combine that with the turtleneck and ridiculous bow on top of my head....

Kristi

Posted on 08.22.11 at 5:09 PM

Sigh....so many to choose from. One that sticks out in my mind though is from 2nd grade. We didn't get to take our pictures until after recess (so my huge bangs were now flopped in my face) and my button-up shirt was unbuttoned.....in the chesty area! Good thing I didn't have any boobies at that age to flash to everyone! Oh, and the crooked, giant teeth were fairly attractive as well! Good times!

Anne

Posted on 08.22.11 at 5:17 PM

It was 2nd grade picture day and I forgot. I wore a baggy white shirt tucked into white jeans. During lunch I managed to squirt ketchup all over myself and yeah. That picture is my favorite because perfect is boring. :)

Gayathri

Posted on 08.22.11 at 5:18 PM

Back in the mid-1980s, perms were all the rage. By the time I was eight, I was completely obsessed with getting a perm and spent the next year begging my mother to let me get it done. My Mom was the family stylist, had been cutting my hair since birth and was dead-set against me doing anything to alter my appearance at that age. So for a year, I bided my time and was hell-bent on finding any excuse I could to get that damn perm. Finally, my day came when I won a radio call-in contest and won the frickin' perm fair and square! My Mom, being the hard-core spend-thrift that she was (ahem, cheap), caved and took me to get my first and only permanent because it was FREE.
When you get a perm for free (esp. back in the '80s), you don't question skill level or stylist interpretation of what you are getting because they were friggin' expensive. I was to later learn (@ the end of appointment) that my perm came from someone who just started running a salon out of her home, had just learned how to perm hair and was convinced that my look (her vision for my perm) would be based on that "one woman in the MTV videos." I guessed several names, but she could not remember who this fabulous style icon was. At the age of 10, I was so stoked that my hair was finally getting permed that I didn't give a damn about who this MTV woman was. As far as I was concerned, I was finally getting a perm and everyone could suck it.
After my hair was cut, my stylist went in for the kill and admittedly, over permed my hair. After it was dried under the hooded hair dryer, I put my hands to my head, realized how much of my hair she had cut off and found that the perm curls were dangerously close to my scalp. I began to panic as that following Monday was our class picture day and because the stylist had been refusing to let me look at a mirror since the haircut. I ran over to a mirror and found that she had given a permed mullet! While standing in front of the mirror (couldn't move because I was in shock), the stylist remembered who the MTV Lady was…Gloria Estefan during her "Rhythm is Gonna Get You" days. F*** me, right? I was made fun of mercilessly and have the proof (class pictures) to remind me of the horrors from getting my first perm.

anne

Posted on 08.22.11 at 5:21 PM

It was 2nd grade picture day and I forgot. Showed up to school with a baggy white T-shirt tucked into white jeans. During lunch I managed to squirt ketchup all over myself. That picture is my favorite though because perfect is boring.

Erin S.

Posted on 08.22.11 at 5:22 PM

Maybe 3rd grade... asked for the Dorothy Hamill, but I ended up looking like I had a mushroom for a head

Keyonna

Posted on 08.22.11 at 5:37 PM

It was around 8th grade, I had just moved to a new school in Washington state (from Germany). And I wore my FAVORITE flower printed blue shirt from the limited too. And I had a black headband with blue suede flowers on them (that matched the shirt). Just starting to do my hair on my own, I tried to go with an Oprah Winfrey look, lets just say I failed miserably. My hair looked like it was being pushed back in the wind and I looked like I was trying to look sexy for the camera, with a half smile that made me look dopey!! Thanks for making me relive this. FML! LOL!

Keyonna R

Posted on 08.22.11 at 5:41 PM

It was around 8th grade, I had just moved to a new school in Washington state (from Germany). And I wore my FAVORITE flower printed blue shirt from the limited too. And I had a black headband with blue suede flowers on them (that matched the shirt). Just starting to do my hair on my own, I tried to go with an Oprah Winfrey look, lets just say I failed miserably. My hair looked like it was being pushed back in the wind and I looked like I was trying to look sexy for the camera, with a half smile that made me look dopey!! Thanks for making me relive this. FML! LOL!

Leslie

Posted on 08.22.11 at 5:46 PM

My worst is definitely my photo from 8th grade. Aside from the neon lights and white ladder, I wore a green silk shirt and white jeans. Yes, it was 1993. My hair was permed, big, and poofy, and yet, I also had the sprayed up bangs. The color was a drab, mousy brown. To top it all off, I had glasses and braces. My husband hasn't seen a single photo of me from middle school, and hopefully never will.

Brittany

Posted on 08.22.11 at 5:58 PM

In third grade, picture day landed on a Wednesday for some reason, which was "patriot Pride day". (Our school's mascot was a patriot, and on Patriot pride day we all wore red and white). I was dressed in a red-and-white dress straight from my cousin's hand-me-down pile, complete with the large crocheted collar, the points of which spanned from shoulder to shoulder and dropped to just above my belly button. I rocked.

Kelly Girl

Posted on 08.22.11 at 5:59 PM

My mom put my entire head of hair in sponge rollers on Picture Day Eve, including my layered bangs. When I woke up, my hair was so big, there was nothing she could do but pull it all straight back. However, this did nothing to disguise my HUGE poof of bangs that resembled a large cinnamon bun hovering over my windshield of a forehead. To top it off, she put me in this shirt that had two poodles on the front in neon colors and then a bow was stuck on the back of my head. The bow must have been a horrible afterthought as she saw me leaving the house, hoping that she could balance my top-heavy (really, bang-heavy) head. Alas, you could not see the bow in the picture. And, I'm a redhead... I probably had more likeness to Woody Woodpecker that day than I would like to admit. Ahhhh, the 80's...

Pamela

Posted on 08.22.11 at 6:07 PM

I think it was my 2nd grade picture...my mom had curled my hair into these corkscrew curls (my hair is naturally stick straight) and I looked like some reject from "Gone with the Wind" :-)

Nocona williams

Posted on 08.22.11 at 6:14 PM

It was 6th grade and I was a tomboy with ugly bangs and a bright orange tshirt. Good thing I grew out of the tomboy phase and out of those bangs!

Elle Sees

Posted on 08.22.11 at 6:17 PM

1990. 7th grade. A carefully-chosen outfit consisting of a purple mock turtleneck and acid-washed stir up pants, enhanced with gray Sam & Libby ballet flats. Hair consisted of a side pony w.purple scrunchy ad teased bangs that earned the nickname "Razor Blade." Jealz.

Rebecca V-H

Posted on 08.22.11 at 6:24 PM

10 years old. Pixie cut. Cross chain. Turtle neck. Sweater vest.

A few inches of growth later, a thousand questions from strangers about who the little boy in the photo was. Now I am petrified of short hair!

Julie Mc

Posted on 08.22.11 at 6:26 PM

I was in first grade and when we had school pictures the photography staff would give the kids in line Goodie (appropriately) combs as a treat. I had long, thick hair and managed to tangle the comb in my hair right before the picture. The pictures came back and I had my version of a Rooster Comb sticking out of the top of my head. My mother was not amused. Reshoot!

Alexandria

Posted on 08.22.11 at 6:29 PM

Eighth grade, I thought shearing my hair into a perky chin length bob and curling the ends outwards in a style only the Brady Bunch would have approved of.

And then I capped it off with a baby blue tank emblazoned with a bedazzled horse along with a pair of turquoise pants with bright red cherries all over.

Just delightful.

Emme

Posted on 08.22.11 at 6:41 PM

In 6th grade I was trying out the cool new banana clips that everyone was using...and decided to be trendy for my school pics...however when I was waiting in line for pics I repositioned the clip a little high...and had the worst mohawk you can imagine.

courtney

Posted on 08.22.11 at 6:49 PM

The day before I started kindergarten my brother and I decided it would be fun to cut each others hair. I only took a small amount off his head, but he grabbed whole chunks and cut right to the scalp on me. By the time my mom found us, my hair was no longer salvageable. At 8 o'clock at night on a Sunday she called every hair place in town until she found one that was willing to take us that late. I ended up needing a buzz cut just to make it even. The next day when I started my first ever day of school, my mom had to take me in extra early and explain to my teacher that I was in fact a girl and to make sure none of the other kids picked on me. I still have the class picture, where I sit front and center with no hair!

Amanda

Posted on 08.22.11 at 6:56 PM

I shaved my brothers legs while he was sleeping as a prank. For revenge, he held me down and used my dad's electric shaver to shave my eyebrows off. THE DAY BEFORE 7th grade. I had to enter the cruel world of middle school with some crudely drawn on eyeliner-eyebrows. In my picture I wore a star ringer shirt from merry go round but nothing could make those eyebrows (or lack of) any less noticeable

Rhonda

Posted on 08.22.11 at 7:09 PM

3rd grade, 1984, bad 80s perm, braces, and chin zits! Wore a blue and black vertical striped shirt, with a polka dot collar.

Heather Harper

Posted on 08.22.11 at 7:11 PM

worst school pic ever: hands down third grade!! 1988... rockin' the PERM, the BANGS, and the topoftheheadslightlyoffcenter ponytail, held in place by none other than- a SCRUNCHIE!! LMAO... and bless those chubby cheeks and the 2 front teeth with a gap wide enough to kick a field goal through!!! I was wearing a poofy purple polyester shirt, and black pleather vest!! (May my daughter never endure my mothers bad taste!! Can't have bad taste with OB ;)

Emm

Posted on 08.22.11 at 7:15 PM

For some reason, I decided that my eyebrows were no longer adorably full and lush. Instead, during my senior year of high school, I decided to start to pluck them myself. I ended up with thin, wonky eyebrows in a shape only a Disney villain can love. My senior picture in my yearbook looks like I'm asking a question/John Galliano. Note to teen self: put the tweezers down!

Brittany

Posted on 08.22.11 at 7:26 PM

In second grade I wore one of those clip on bows on the top of my head. I absolutely HATED it so I decided to take it off right before my school picture. Apparently I had been playing with static too...my hair stood up in the shape of the bow itself. Embarrassing.

Anna

Posted on 08.22.11 at 7:50 PM

When I was in second grade my mother dressed me in this hideous sweater khaki pant combo. I was also missing both of my front teeth. However that was by far the least of my troubles because while I was in line for pictures (and denied a visit to the little ladies room) I totally peed all over my self. The sweater came off and went around the waste, but you can still see the spot in the pics! Not to mention the fact that pulling the sweater off did a number on my hair

Violeta

Posted on 08.22.11 at 7:55 PM

Worst picture? You know, I'm going to have to go with my college senior picture (terrible, right?). It's not a bad picture, except that I look like a vampire from all the indoor studying. In a pasty, non True Blood-sexy way. My (current) boyfriend saw it and said "wow, you didn't get out much, did you?" Oh well.

daye

Posted on 08.22.11 at 8:07 PM

6th grade. cut my own hair. 'nuff said...
p.s. STILL can't cut straight to this day...

Lara

Posted on 08.22.11 at 8:57 PM

When it comes to awesomely bad school photos, I've been everywhere from grade school home perm hot messes to the classic teal B.U.M. Equipment sweatshirt (what? it complimented my killer eyebrow action). But my favorite awful photo was in college. When the student worker didn't let the ID card dry all the way before handing it to me and when I looked down at it, my left eyeball was no longer where it has always has been. It was hovering on the side of my face. I'm still amazed at how meticulously 'shopped it looked. Just a smudgy fluke, but it was so randomly well done. Worst pic? Yes. Did I let him retake the photo? Um, no. It was amazing!

Katie

Posted on 08.22.11 at 9:29 PM

i don't remember what year it was, must have been either freshman or sophomore year of high school but i actually hated my picture so much so i begged my mom to let me get a retake. i did and it turned out even worse than the original. it was taken early in the morning when i was not quite awake yet so needless to say my facial expression was not the best!

Margaret Bryden

Posted on 08.22.11 at 9:38 PM

I had recently cut my own bangs, and I was missing a couple of front teeth. Ahh, the tender years of elementary school...

Margaret

Posted on 08.22.11 at 9:39 PM

I had recently cut my own bangs, and I was missing a couple of front teeth. Ahh, the tender years of elementary school...

Casey

Posted on 08.22.11 at 9:42 PM

Once upon a time I owned a shirt that was made out of the same sort of furry material as towels. It was pink/orange/yellow/green and basically looked like a linen cabinet threw up on me. Ugh.

Allison

Posted on 08.22.11 at 9:51 PM

It was brutal. My hair was a frizzy triangle and I wore a white turtleneck with a too-large, bright purple vest over it.

TK

Posted on 08.22.11 at 9:56 PM

I had a horrible bowl hair cut in elementary school. Paired with a "stylish" turtleneck. Yuck :(

Lise

Posted on 08.22.11 at 10:02 PM

It was fifth grade. I wanted to have the same hairstyle as Dorothy hamill but ended up with some weird mushroom cap/bowl style.

Jessica S

Posted on 08.22.11 at 10:21 PM

I had sported bangs all throughout elementary school and once I entered middle school, I thought it was time for a change. By the time class photos came around, my bangs could easily cover my eyes, but they were not quite long enough to be tucked behind my ears. My 6th grade photo showed off my cheekbone-length bangs, parted perfectly in the middle and pushed to either side of my face; and because of my fine hair’s habit of attracting static, I had plastered these two chunks of hair to my face and secured their position with an insane amount of hairspray. As if that wasn’t enough, I thought it would be a good idea to gather the remaining hair into an enormous claw-clip, resembling a butterfly, to create cascade of hair, flowing up and over the butterfly, just like a waterfall.

Jessica S

Posted on 08.22.11 at 10:24 PM

I had sported bangs all throughout elementary school and once I entered middle school, I thought it was time for a change. By the time class photos came around, my bangs could easily cover my eyes, but they were not quite long enough to be tucked behind my ears. My 6th grade photo showed off my cheekbone-length bangs, parted perfectly in the middle and pushed to either side of my face; and because of my fine hair’s habit of attracting static, I had plastered these two chunks of hair to my face and secured their position with an insane amount of hairspray. As if that wasn’t enough, I thought it would be a good idea to gather the remaining hair into an enormous claw-clip, resembling a butterfly, to create cascade of hair, flowing up and over the butterfly, just like a waterfall. A hair waterfall, that is.

Laura Anne

Posted on 08.22.11 at 10:36 PM

My WORST school picture had to be the one from Grade 2. It is the year I had a mullet.. that my mom cut herself. It was the perfect mullet too, short and business like in the front, and a cascade of not-too-long curls in the back. Apparently cutting your daughter's hair in this manner during the 80's was not only trendy and convenient. I mean, what's easier than only having to untangle the back of your kids' head? Thanks mom, now every time I look at my second grade photo, I will always think of the time and trouble I saved you by sporting a mullet.

Valentine

Posted on 08.22.11 at 10:53 PM

My freshman year in high school I decided to buzz my hair. My mother insisted on having executive power over the direction of the haircut and the stylist left it with a swath of longer hair on top and hair just long enough that it wasn't spiked on the sides. Atrocious. Add a misguided zip-up leopard print shirt and a sheen of sweat (I had just jogged to school and learned that... it was picture day) and you have the most awkward picture ever. I looked like a mirthful drowned rat that had been attacked by a jungle cat.

Val

Posted on 08.22.11 at 10:54 PM

My freshman year in high school I decided to buzz my hair. My mother insisted on having executive power over the direction of the haircut and the stylist left it with a swath of longer hair on top and hair just long enough that it wasn't spiked on the sides. Atrocious. Add a misguided zip-up leopard print shirt and a sheen of sweat (I had just jogged to school and learned that... it was picture day) and you have the most awkward picture ever. I looked like a mirthful drowned rat that had been attacked by a jungle cat.

Justine Fernandez

Posted on 08.22.11 at 10:58 PM

I had long hair down past my butt. I wore a shirt that was inspired by a rainbow and the photographer loved my hair, so pulled it all in front and fanned it out. Weeks later, my hairy, rainbow self hung in the hall for an entire year...

metmet

Posted on 08.22.11 at 11:41 PM

My dog died on picture day and I refused to smile. I had a bad picture that year, but it was eclipsed by the next year. I was about 11, chubby, and getting a unibrow. I was also attention seeking and obnoxious, and since I wasn't going to get complimented on my looks, I decided to play up the fact that my dog died on picture day the last year. I moped until people asked what was wrong, and when I explained that my dog died, they pitied me. I usually left out the part that the dog died the previous year.

So pitied was I that I had to continue the charade during the actual picture. The result is a fat 11 year old with a pout wearing--and this is the best part--a teddy bear vest.

Lisa

Posted on 08.23.11 at 12:34 AM

10th grade, when I decided to wear makeup for the first time in my life and I thought I was doing it ever so subtly.

Kristin

Posted on 08.23.11 at 12:35 AM

It the newsletter sent home it "suggested" wearing a bright colored top and having your hair pulled back. Well, my mom took that as law and against all my protests I had to wear an awful green sweater and have my hair pulled back into a ponytail. I always hated the sweater and having my hair back made me look like a boy. I've always hated that picture.

Merrissa

Posted on 08.23.11 at 1:33 AM

5th grade, red t-shirt with scarecrow cats, and black bike shorts. I paired this with little gold earrings that I thought made me so mature, and I had my hair half up because it was classy to match the earrings. The early 90s were not a great time for fashion.

Chris GN

Posted on 08.23.11 at 1:34 AM

In ninth grade, I wore a headband around my forehead with bangs that could take down any surfer. I was sooooo cool!

katie

Posted on 08.23.11 at 2:02 AM

It was the first year I was allowed to pick out what I was to wear......lets just say baby blue lace not my best color.

Erin

Posted on 08.23.11 at 2:26 AM

It was around Halloween and I had gone with the black bands for my braces to "celebrate". I did not celebrate when the picture made me look like my teeth were rotting out of my head.

Deborah

Posted on 08.23.11 at 4:11 AM

I think it was around 7th grade. I thought I was hot stuff but looking back on it, i should have rethought that waldo-esque shirt and placing allll my hair behind my back. I looked ridiculous.

Iris

Posted on 08.23.11 at 5:17 AM

6th grade. I had hair that frizzed when it rained. Which it did. And I had just gotten glasses - cat's eyes with sparkles. 'Nuff said.

Amy

Posted on 08.23.11 at 5:44 AM

Ahahaha! 4th grade...blunt bangs, new (huge) glasses, serious closed-mouth expression (to hide my buck teeth!), and a tapestry cat print vest over lace shirt!! So dorky!! And I'm pretty sure I was wearing this ridiculous velvet skirt although you can't see it in the picture...

Katherine

Posted on 08.23.11 at 5:47 AM

I had to run to my vet school picture because I was late, so I was sweating in the photo. Awesome!

Katherine

Posted on 08.23.11 at 5:48 AM

I had to run to my vet school picture because I was late, so I was sweating in the photo. Awesome!

Lauren Nicole

Posted on 08.23.11 at 5:55 AM

My 5th grade school pic would have been awesome... If I didn't try to curl my perfectly straight hair knowing that I had to walk to school in the rain. Extra hairspray was my worst enemy that day!

alyssa

Posted on 08.23.11 at 6:04 AM

It was 1994 and I was in 3rd grade. I had recently discovered The Limited Too and was sporting an over-sized fluorescent teal cable knit sweater, jeans (because who sees your bottom half anyway?), and my hair was half-up in a matching day-glo teal scrunchie on the top of my head. Retainer? Check. Dirty fingernails? Check. Bangs recently trimmed by my well-meaning but not steady-handed father? Check. Hot pink dangle-y earrings shaped like cats with sunglasses on? YOU KNOW IT!
Imagine my surprise when the photographer fancied themselves a bit of an artist, and they posed me with one foot propped on a milk-crate so my knee was in the picture, and then folded my crusty fingernailed little hands on my knee.
Also, I obviously chose the background that looked like I was sitting in front of a crumpled piece of paper with the "gold" wash- which naturally faded to a used paper bag look.
I look absolutely horrified about the appearance of my jeans in the picture that I had thought out so well. My head is tilted forward so the photographer can get the full impact of my scrunchie-sweater color combo, and my smile is of the creepy-forced-axe-murderer variety.
Instant classic. My parents still have a framed 8x10 of that bad boy on the mantle.

alyssa

Posted on 08.23.11 at 6:07 AM

It was 1994 and I was in 3rd grade. I had recently discovered The Limited Too and was sporting an over-sized fluorescent teal cable knit sweater, jeans (because who sees your bottom half anyway?), and my hair was half-up in a matching day-glo teal scrunchie on the top of my head. Retainer? Check. Dirty fingernails? Check. Bangs recently trimmed by my well-meaning but not steady-handed father? Check. Hot pink dangle-y earrings shaped like cats with sunglasses on? YOU KNOW IT!
Imagine my surprise when the photographer fancied themselves a bit of an artist, and they posed me with one foot propped on a milk-crate so my knee was in the picture, and then folded my crusty fingernailed little hands on my knee.
Also, I obviously chose the background that looked like I was sitting in front of a crumpled piece of paper with the "gold" wash- which naturally faded to a used paper bag look.
I look absolutely horrified about the appearance of my jeans in the picture that I had thought out so well. My head is tilted forward so the photographer can get the full impact of my scrunchie-sweater color combo, and my smile is of the creepy-forced-axe-murderer variety.
Instant classic. My parents still have a framed 8x10 of that bad boy on the mantle.

Jen C @ Caved In

Posted on 08.23.11 at 6:48 AM

Oh the perm years. My 5th grade picture is a particular favorite. All of my hair except my bangs were permed. Awesome large round glasses and an attempt at lipgloss. Thank God I didn't try the eyeliner I had recently purchased. Make up and I didn't have a good relationship until late highschool when I finally learned how not to look like a hooker.

Beverly

Posted on 08.23.11 at 6:49 AM

In the fifth grade, I got a perm, but only on the top part of my hair. I wore a pink sweater (and apparently no bra) so the sweater ended up bunched underneath my new "buds" rather than laying flat. This combined with the permed hair was the worst ever picture.

sarah beth

Posted on 08.23.11 at 6:55 AM

Oh my gosh. It had to be my freshman year of high school. I'd worn my hair in braids all day and took them out right before the photo. So my hair was a crazy, kinked mess. I was wearing a bright red mock-turtleneck and had braces. Plus I went to high school in NC, so my bangs were about 3 feet high.

Quinn

Posted on 08.23.11 at 7:01 AM

I was a 14. The creepy school photographer said, "Smile, Peaches!" I pulled a face at him. SNAP.

Therese

Posted on 08.23.11 at 7:48 AM

It was the middle of summer and high school freshman had to go to the school to pick up their schedules and books and things. I forgot all about it (it was summer, after all) and had to be there at the insanely early hour of 10 AM. So, I slept in and wound up going without a shower. Big deal, I was just picking up books, I thought. But it turns out they take your ID picture and yearbook picture that day too! Ug!

Alex

Posted on 08.23.11 at 7:57 AM

My worst school picture took place when I was in the 6th grade. My mother decided to let me pick out the outfit and hair for the shoot. That was a big mistake. I ended up with a messy ponytail, a dress that looked like a very long apron…oh and it was in very dark denim. I wore a large white t-shirt underneath. And to top it all off I wore a bright neon yellow vest that was REALLY REALLY REALLY PUFFY! Oh and I had crooked teeth so my smile was awkward. It looked like I was a lost amish kid going to a rave in the 90's.

Deeds

Posted on 08.23.11 at 8:05 AM

My worst photo was the 9th grade. As an incoming freshman I wanted to show how cool and offbeat I was. In the 8th grade I dyed my hair all sorts of crazy colors, so for the 9th grade photo I decided to bleach and then dye my long bangs pink and blue. Apparently I left the bleach on too long, and my hair dissolved as I washed it off! I ended up with amazingly fried hair, and much shorter bangs.

Rishibha

Posted on 08.23.11 at 8:06 AM

8th grade class photo. Tanned from playing too much softball and I happened to be wearing my hideous glasses (golden frame, grandma style) and during the picture I was trying to smile with my mouth closed so the braces wouldnt show. At the same time, I was trying to go for the "I'm cool athelete look". Yeah.. I don't know how I thought I'd pull that off. Anyway end result = my eyes looked way too big with my mouth small and pursed. I like to call it my "spastic chicken" photo. Needless to say all copies were burnt.

Valeria

Posted on 08.23.11 at 8:27 AM

By far my 1st grade picture, right after my mom decided my curls were too much of a hastle and gave me a bowl cut. That was also the week a clerk at Sam's Club asked her if her little boy would like a sample. Scarred for life!

melanie ballew

Posted on 08.23.11 at 8:44 AM

My worst school picture was my junior year. It was close to my sixteenth birthday and I had a city wide scavenger hunt for a party. On our way to "borrow" a first base. I slid down a muddy hill and one of my teammates attempted to jump over me. I was trying to get up at the same time and he ended up kicking me in the face. I had a huge black eye days before picture day.

Alexa

Posted on 08.23.11 at 8:50 AM

My worst school picture was in 8th grade. I just started at a new school and apparently thought that dressing the part of your friendly neighborhood nerd would be effective in winning new friends and a classy school picture. I still had my braces from the previous year, complete with color coordinated rubber bands. I wore a white shirt with a black stripped vest and, for some reason, decided to wear my hair in a tight bun so it looks like I have a 50s slick-back. Literally, my head is shiny in this picture. Oh and I didn't know how to wear make-up so add a little skittle red lip gloss to my already shiny theme. The horror...unfortunately the bright green background didn't help balance any of this out either.

Alexa

Posted on 08.23.11 at 8:51 AM

My worst school picture was in 8th grade. I just started at a new school and apparently thought that dressing the part of your friendly neighborhood nerd would be effective in winning new friends and a classy school picture. I still had my braces from the previous year, complete with color coordinated rubber bands. I wore a white shirt with a black stripped vest and, for some reason, decided to wear my hair in a tight bun so it looks like I have a 50s slick-back. Literally, my head is shiny in this picture. Oh and I didn't know how to wear make-up so add a little skittle red lip gloss to my already shiny theme. The horror...unfortunately the bright green background didn't help balance any of this out either.

Taylere B.

Posted on 08.23.11 at 8:59 AM

Hey Outblush ladies! Let me preface this by saying that my mom used to be a hairdresser- so the horror story I'm about to tell you SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED! It did though. Luckily- I moved around a lot as a kid and didn't stay in touch with people who would remember this. Anyways- I also have extremely thick wavy (mostly frizzy) hair, and for some reason when i was in second grade- my mom decided to give me a bob haircut- which was not the cute bobs that are out now. No, it was like a "my bangs are a little too short and blunt & my hair poofs out like a pyramid" kind of bob. Yippee. Well that ALSO happened to be the year I got glasses- ugly purple glasses. So for my school picture- i had pyramid hair, thick purple glasses, a sweatervest (ok- for the 90s) and a jean bucket hat- with a flower in the middle of my forehead. If it wasn't for the flower and the bright purple glasses- you could barely tell i was female. Thanks Mom. <3
p.s.- don't worry- the bob is gone!

Taylere B.

Posted on 08.23.11 at 9:03 AM

Hey Outblush ladies! Let me preface this by saying that my mom used to be a hairdresser- so the horror story I'm about to tell you SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED! It did though. Luckily- I moved around a lot as a kid and didn't stay in touch with people who would remember this. Anyways- I also have extremely thick wavy (mostly frizzy) hair, and for some reason when i was in second grade- my mom decided to give me a bob haircut- which was not the cute bobs that are out now. No, it was like a "my bangs are a little too short and blunt & my hair poofs out like a pyramid" kind of bob. Yippee. Well that ALSO happened to be the year I got glasses- ugly purple glasses. So for my school picture- i had pyramid hair, thick purple glasses, a sweatervest (ok- for the 90s) and a jean bucket hat- with a flower in the middle of my forehead. If it wasn't for the flower and the bright purple glasses- you could barely tell i was female. Thanks Mom. <3
p.s.- don't worry- the bob is gone!

Joanna

Posted on 08.23.11 at 9:04 AM

Having begun puberty much earlier than any of my classmates, I had boobs (little as they were compared to now) pimples and BO before anyone else, and struggled to deal with it. I also had a history through elementary school of pushing my smile up above my teeth, closed-mouthed, so that my lips were practically flat against my nose. It gave me the appearance of being nerdy, smug, and somewhat skeptical of the whole photography process. I'm glad to say I've learned how to smile more naturally in photos, though I still have a hard time sometimes. Something comes over me right as the shutter begins to depress that I get intimidated or confused, maybe, and suddenly my mouth is open all the way and my eyes are squinted, and I invariably twist the rest of my head and face in an odd position. . . Suffice it to say almost any school photo is bad, but the worst is probably my kindergarten class picture, for mainly fashion reasons. I wore a purple and teal flannel paisley button-up shirt, with teal leggings (the shirt was tucked in, if I remember correctly) and some righteous 80s cotton loafers in crazy colors with my socks pulled over my pants legs, OF COURSE wearing the above described expression.

Lindsay

Posted on 08.23.11 at 9:17 AM

Please ladies, I've got this.

Imagine if you will, the following:

* baby blue sweat-dress with weirdo pink and purple animals printed on it (oh yes, they made them!)

* Bad 80s perm that made me look like a blonde poodle vs. a 10 year old girl

* Squinting eyes because even though I needed glasses, I refused to wear them in pictures as I was embarrassed by them (lesson learned - glasses are prettier than squinting eyes looking away from the camera)

* Pièce de résistance? A giant straw hat with a huge pink ribbon. I had just gotten back from a trip to Colonial Williamsburg and thought it was the bee's knees. And it was... in 1771.

.... all of this of course was set against the classic 80s school picture background of "blue sky".

Lindsay

Posted on 08.23.11 at 9:19 AM

Please ladies, I've got this.

Imagine if you will, the following:

* Start out with just me - gawky, all limbs 5th grader with the pastiest skin imagineable.

* baby blue sweat-dress with weirdo pink and purple animals printed on it (oh yes, they made them!)

* Bad 80s perm that made me look like a blonde poodle vs. a 10 year old girl

* Squinting eyes because even though I needed glasses, I refused to wear them in pictures as I was embarrassed by them (lesson learned - glasses are prettier than squinting eyes looking away from the camera)

* Pièce de résistance? A giant straw hat with a huge pink ribbon. I had just gotten back from a trip to Colonial Williamsburg and thought it was the bee's knees. And it was... in 1771.

.... all of this of course was set against the classic 80s school picture background of "blue sky".

Lindsay

Posted on 08.23.11 at 9:22 AM

Please ladies, I've got this.

Imagine if you will, the following:

* Start out with just me - gawky, all limbs 5th grader with the pastiest skin imagineable.

* baby blue sweat-dress with weirdo pink and purple animals printed on it (oh yes, they made them!)

* Bad 80s perm that made me look like a blonde poodle vs. a 10 year old girl

* Squinting eyes because even though I needed glasses, I refused to wear them in pictures as I was embarrassed by them (lesson learned - glasses are prettier than squinting eyes looking away from the camera)

* Piece de resistance? A giant straw hat with a huge pink ribbon. I had just gotten back from a trip to Colonial Williamsburg and thought it was the bee's knees. And it was... in 1771.

.... all of this of course was set against the classic 80s school picture background of "blue sky".

Molly

Posted on 08.23.11 at 9:29 AM

It's a tossup between my 4th grade pic, donning a green silk button-down dress shirt and black bow flat on the top of my head. Or 7th grade, right before I got contacts with bright white snap clips (multiple) pinning my bangs just to the side of my forehead.

SuperwifeJenny

Posted on 08.23.11 at 9:30 AM

7th grade. Bangs split into 2 sections (top and bottom halves)... Both halves curled and super-hairsprayed in the shape of the curling iron barrel, with the top half curled backwards and the bottom half curled under. Totally rad.

Liz

Posted on 08.23.11 at 9:47 AM

Grade 8, 1997. Braces and Hermione-esque hair.

Also, does anyone remember those coloured elastics the orthodontist let you choose for your braces? I chose bright blue...which worked GREAT with my maroon and white school uniform.

Tyler

Posted on 08.23.11 at 9:56 AM

I was a buck toothed 5th grader with a chili bowl haircut wearing a sweater my mom made me with a 3d race car on it. Fun.

Marissa

Posted on 08.23.11 at 10:05 AM

In 2001, I was a freshman in High School and made the mistake of getting a perm a few weeks before picture day. In my photo, my hair was frizzy, I was barely smiling because I had train tracks on my teeth and my skin was shiny and red because I had acne. On top of that, school pictures were taken first thing in the morning so my eyes were puffy and my nose was swollen. Worst picture ever!

Jaymie

Posted on 08.23.11 at 10:25 AM

When I was middle school, my dad was raising me by himself, so I was a total tomboy! I didn't know what to do with my long, scraggly hair. So my dad took me somewhere and got it all chopped off!It was chin-length, all one length. And that was before the bob was a "thing". It was so terrible. It just so happened to be right before a yearbook picture for 7th grade. I was so awkward, and that made it so much worse! =(

Rachel Jones

Posted on 08.23.11 at 10:27 AM

My worst school picture ever was in 8th grade (awkward phase!) I was just learning how to do the whole makeup thing and had way to much of the wrong colors on, and my eyebrows. Oh my poor eyebrows! They were over plucked and they each had their own crazy shape. I refused to let anyone see the pictures!

Emme

Posted on 08.23.11 at 10:47 AM

In 6th grade I was trying out the cool new banana clips that everyone was using...and decided to be trendy for my school pics...however when I was waiting in line for pics I repositioned the clip a little high...and had the worst mohawk you can imagine.

Rachel Noel

Posted on 08.23.11 at 10:59 AM

7th grade. My hair was in a slicked-back pony tail. I had just learned how to curl half of my bangs under and the other half do that up-and-over swoop thing. Problem was my hair didn’t hold curl very well, so by the time I needed to have my picture taken the up-swoop was a wall and the “under curl” was hairsprayed to my forehead. And I wasn’t yet washing my face regularly. And I had just had 6 teeth pulled in preparation for braces. And yes, this photo does actually exist.

loren

Posted on 08.23.11 at 11:01 AM

Oh my goodness, it was my 5th grade picture and it was awful. My hair had been chopped into a bob- an uneven bob so one side of my hair was about 3 inches shorter than the other. Not intentional. And I had some sort of bang thing going on, which were badly choppy and had a part/split down the middle. the kicker is that i had recently tried plucking my eyebrows for the first time. Problem was that i thought it hurt to much so i *brilliantly* decided that shaving them would be easier. And then proceeded to shave off half my eyebrow on the right side of my face. I also was unaware that it was picture day so I'm wearing this frumpy off the shoulder white tee shirt. Chances are good i probably had a slap bracelet on my wrist, too, but luckily you cant see that:) Ugh. I cringe just thinking about it.

lb

Posted on 08.23.11 at 11:04 AM

Oh my goodness, it was my 5th grade picture and it was awful. My hair had been chopped into a bob- an uneven bob so one side of my hair was about 3 inches shorter than the other. Not intentional. And I had some sort of bang thing going on, which were badly choppy and had a part/split down the middle. the kicker is that i had recently tried plucking my eyebrows for the first time. Problem was that i thought it hurt to much so i *brilliantly* decided that shaving them would be easier. And then proceeded to shave off half my eyebrow on the right side of my face. I also was unaware that it was picture day so I'm wearing this frumpy off the shoulder white tee shirt. Chances are good i probably had a slap bracelet on my wrist, too, but luckily you cant see that:) Ugh. I cringe just thinking about it.

Lauren S

Posted on 08.23.11 at 11:29 AM

I was in seventh grade. I thought that big sweatshirts and jeans were very stylish and had these big round glasses. This was all topped off by a island-style hair wrap I had gotten at an amusement park and I thought was super chic. It was not good.

Lili

Posted on 08.23.11 at 11:30 AM

Worst school picture ever-I was in 4th grade and french braids were all the rage. I hated waking up early in the mornings for school so I braided it the night before so I could just wake up and go to school the next morning. I woke up, apparently didn't care to undo the braid in all of its ridiculousness-(think just rolled out of bed look) flyaways going every which direction, the firmness of the braid that should've been hugging my head/base of my neck was loose and I looked like I had a bob. I thought because it was still a french braid, I would still be cool so I just went to school like that. Haha-to boot, I was also wearing this hideous jeans vest with a plaid green and black skirt sewed onto it and a white t-shirt underneath. Total hot mess. I looked like I had 1) just rolled out of bed and 2) that I didn't know how to dress. I laugh about it now because it is completely disgusting but hey it was the early 90s-somewhere I'm sure I'd be considered 'cool'.

Holly

Posted on 08.23.11 at 11:32 AM

Well, let's see. I think it was 5th grade or so. I had just discovered the curling iron..where I proceeded to curl ALL my bangs forward and tease,tease,tease....it was somewhere between a curled wall of hairspray and a rat's nest. Did I mention the homemade red bow that I had plastered to the side of my half up-half-down do??? Now..the red t-shirt just made it all come together...it had a applique which was sown on by my grandmother with teddy bears on it. Oh yea...I was stylin' and profilin' baby.

kristy

Posted on 08.23.11 at 11:34 AM

Second grade - big teeth just growing in, horribly feathered hair, and an ugly hand-me-down dress. I shudder to think I sent that photo to the Ricky Schroeder Fan Club (long live Silver Spoons!) ...

Leann

Posted on 08.23.11 at 12:18 PM

In fourth grade, I was wearing a pink silk puffy pirate shirt, just like on Seinfeld, along with super light jeans, white Keds and black socks. That's not all - I had a matching pink bow on the top of my head, along with my stuffed white Kitty Kitty Kitten beside me. And I'm not really smiling, but biting my bottom lip because I did that in one picture once and thought it was cute... but it was never cute.

Stephanie

Posted on 08.23.11 at 12:37 PM

My worst school picture is easily from my Junior year of high school. I had been out sick and missed the announcement for picture day. My friends didn't think to remind me either. I wasn't wearing makeup and my hair was lookin' a hot mess. Not one of my finer moments ; )

Tara

Posted on 08.23.11 at 12:40 PM

My mother decided that my twin sister and I would look amazing wearing the same sweater in our 4th Grade school pictures. We are now the proud owners of practically identical pictures, my sister wearing a Red Crayola Crayon on her sweater, and I wearing a Green Crayola Crayon on my sweatshirt. Pretty sure our matching school pictures sat on the mantle till 1993.

Amanda

Posted on 08.23.11 at 12:46 PM

In 7th grade, I went to great lengths to achieve the "super straight" hair look. To make sure my hair stayed straight I slept with my hair off the side of the bed. Needless to say this led to a huge spasm in my neck. I couldn't hold my neck up straight for the photographer and I took the most awkward picture ever! To this day my family jokes about the not so successful measures I took to take a great picture!

tobi

Posted on 08.23.11 at 12:54 PM

This was easy. I got so worked up for my 8th grade picture that the only way my parents could appease me was by letting my dad cut my hair the night before. Oy was that a mistake! I burned that picture by the way!

Rachael

Posted on 08.23.11 at 12:54 PM

3rd grade. Bad haircut huge bangs to match my huge glasses! worst pic ever.

Haley

Posted on 08.23.11 at 12:55 PM

In 6th grade, I convinced my mom to let me cut my curly and frizz-prone hair short. So I sported my new furball hair, braces (with purple rubberbands) with a giant purple turtleneck sweater, and stellar purple neon background. Of course I was in the midst of pre-teen chubby awkwardness, which topped off my horrible fashion choices!

Megan

Posted on 08.23.11 at 12:59 PM

My worst school photo... well none of them were particularly good and I would prefer if all evidence of the years between 12 and 18 be destroyed but my grade nine photo sticks out in my mind. To start out with I just got my braces put on and no one looks good with braces. I had cut my hair off into the ridiculously awful pixie. I had attempted to colour it strawberry blond (with the help of my Grandmother) and it came out looking like apricot jam. To add to it I borrowed my sister's oatmeal coloured v-neck sweater and several samples of the hemp jewelry I had made over the summer. It was all very very bad.

megan

Posted on 08.23.11 at 1:01 PM

My worst school photo... well none of them were particularly good and I would prefer if all evidence of the years between 12 and 18 be destroyed but my grade nine photo sticks out in my mind. To start out with I just got my braces put on and no one looks good with braces. I had cut my hair off into the ridiculously awful pixie. I had attempted to colour it strawberry blond (with the help of my Grandmother) and it came out looking like apricot jam. To add to it I borrowed my sister's oatmeal coloured v-neck sweater and several samples of the hemp jewelry I had made over the summer. It was all very very bad.

Latia

Posted on 08.23.11 at 1:03 PM

Picture a caramel skinned 6 year old who had the terrible misfortune of not having met upper lip NAIR just yet. Add on top of that frizzy ethnic hair that neither Asian mom or African American dad knew what to do with, so they let me do it myself. That of which resulted in a flat 'fro with Hello Kitty bows scattered about. Now, let's add a very hideous pink sweater with a turquoise zebra complete with ACTUAL YARN MANE that you can touch and feeeeeeeeel. Thanks Aunt Kim for the sweater! And thanks Dad for promising her I'd wear it in my school photos. In August. In Hawaii. Takes me back.

glowworm

Posted on 08.23.11 at 1:10 PM

worst school picture... ugh... third grade. horrible shirt with sparkly puff paint and a cowboy theme, hair that looked like it hadn't been brushed in days, eyes half closed. the worst part was that Mom insisted on ordering pictures sight unseen so there was a lot of evidence!

Tammy

Posted on 08.23.11 at 1:14 PM

My worst ever school picture was taken in Junior High right after I'd gotten back from a vacation in the Caribbean. Being a defiant little one, I'd refused to wear SPF and got the worst insolation burn of my life on my nose. By the time I got back to school it was peeling in layers and flaking uncontrollably, making it seem like i had layers of fish flakes pasted to my nose. Long story short, I had to suck it up and have my picture taken anyway. I tried using cover up but that only made it worse, plus as the photo was taken my lips got stuck together while attempting to smile and my hair gel came undone, resulting in a loose cowlick. Even my mother asked what the hell was wrong with me when they came back. Hilarious in retrospect, though.

Erica Q.

Posted on 08.23.11 at 1:17 PM

I think it was 8th grade (I have tried really hard to suppress this incident)and after I was situated on the stool, the photographer told me to count backwards from three out loud and then he would take the picture. However, the bastard took the picture in the middle of two and three and the end result is my mouth looking like a garbled mess, crooked teeth and all! A couple of weeks later, they came back to do retakes and since I forgot my money at home, that picture went into the yearbook. Since then, whenever a photographer tells me to say something before the flash goes off, I sit there with a unmoving smile on my face.

Claire

Posted on 08.23.11 at 1:21 PM

Freshman year of high school - so bad I had it reshot and it turned out worse the second time! Bad hair, bad skin, braces...yick.

Jess

Posted on 08.23.11 at 1:32 PM

For most of my childhood I dressed like a tomboy, wearing my brothers' hand-me-downs. When I got to middle school I started realizing this was not going to attract the boys (seeing as I looked like one), and I started experimenting with feminine fashion. So, for my 7th grade picture, I wore a fuzzy white sweater (all the rage at the time) that made me look like an amorphous blob. For my hair, I started taking cues from my latina girlfriends (I'm white) by putting gobs of gel in my hair, pasting it against my head with a crazy zig-zag part. This caused my head to look waaaaayyyy too small for my body. Oh and don't forget to add round Harry Potter glasses (before there was Harry Potter) and braces to the picture. I thought trying to have style was better than no style at all, but I was so wrong!

Jacq

Posted on 08.23.11 at 1:35 PM

Yikes. 4th grade, paisley vest over white collared shirt, giant glasses that covered half my face, scraggly hair. The 90s were not kind to 10 year old me.

BethNicole

Posted on 08.23.11 at 1:57 PM

As much as I try to repress the memories of my 6th grade school portrait I cannot. Just imagine a Blossom inspired hat covering up a freckle faced girl’s short boy like haircut. Not to be out done by her shiny silver braces (snaggletooth still in full effect) and a prairie dress with a fabulously awful attached color. Ahhhh, I <3 the 90s. To further clarify the awfulness I would like to point out the photos from http://badyearbookphotos.com have nothing on my 6th grade portrait

Kelly

Posted on 08.23.11 at 2:04 PM

Fifth grade definitely. I had just moved to Colorado and thought I was in the WEST! So my picture featured a matching vest and skirt set in the most ridiculous green and purple pattern. I paired this with a long sleeve shirt and bolo tie, complete with a too small cowgirl hat. Pretty sure I completed the outfit with keds.

Melissa

Posted on 08.23.11 at 2:08 PM

It has to be my fifth grade photo. I went to a catholic school so picture day was the only day I didn't have to wear my uniform. My mom thought it would be cute to get my hair cut short. I originally had my hair down to my shoulders, but we got my hair cut as a bob. Well I wore a blue turtleneck sweater and had my short bob haircut. The photos came back and my mom started cutting them to give out to my grandparents. I didn't think it was a bad photo, at the time, until my grandma goes, "Who is this? Bobby? (my cousin) It kind of looks like him." I responded "No grandma! It's me!" She says, "No it's not...oh wait...hmm." My own grandma thought I was a boy. Horrible photo. Now I'm terrified of cutting my hair short.

Melissa

Posted on 08.23.11 at 2:11 PM

It has to be my fifth grade photo. I went to a catholic school so picture day was the only day I didn't have to wear my uniform. My mom thought it would be cute to get my hair cut short. I originally had my hair down to my shoulders, but we got my hair cut as a bob. Well I wore a blue turtleneck sweater and had my short bob haircut. The photos came back and my mom started cutting them to give out to my grandparents. I didn't think it was a bad photo, at the time, until my grandma goes, "Who is this? Bobby? (my cousin) It kind of looks like him." I responded "No grandma! It's me!" She says, "No it's not...oh wait...hmm." My own grandma thought I was a boy. Horrible photo. Now I'm terrified of cutting my hair short.

Amy

Posted on 08.23.11 at 2:13 PM

Sure, we all have our awkward elementary pictures and "zomg did I really look like that" middle school pictures. But my worst? It was surely my picture as a sophomore in high school. Picture day circa 2003 was a rainy one, and for some reason that is still a mystery I let my "curls," aka mane of endless frizz, do it's thang naturally. So please, if you will, picture a half pony of frizz. Top that off with forgetting to put on mascara that morning. Of all the things to forget, and of all the days to forget it...the stars must have truly been aligned. The cherry on top was the mock turtle neck shell and black sporty suit jacket from Kohl's girls department. Truly was too school for cool.

Linda

Posted on 08.23.11 at 2:27 PM

Shaved my brows thinking it would be more painless then waxing. Ummhumm

Nicole

Posted on 08.23.11 at 2:33 PM

It's a tie between 2 elementary school pictures- First one- my mom decided to perm only the top of my hair (picture a poodle-ish mullet). The second was when my 75 year family friend was babysitting me and wanted to surprise my mom by having my hair curled and french braided the night before my picture, she had me sleep on it then go in to school with ginormous puffy bangs and a falling out french braid the next day. Elementary school pictures were not my best years.

Adrienne

Posted on 08.23.11 at 2:42 PM

My freshmen year of high school I got poison ivy from a particularly torturous gym class. This just so happened to be about 3 days before picture day, by day two the poison ivy had spread to my eye lid. I had to get 2 different types steroids to keep the patch from spreading any further, one of these being an ointment. I was so relieved because looking in the mirror on picture day it was unnoticeable, but the camera photographer positioned me so that there was a glare from the ointment in just the right spot. It made my eye look really swollen like someone had sucker punched me two seconds before the photo was taken. Whenever I showed my student ID to someone they threw me looks of pity and several alluded to domestic abuse.

Morgan

Posted on 08.23.11 at 2:54 PM

My worst school picture ever would involve the colour blue. I was trying a new style that involved head bandanas (I was not a fashionist back then) and I wore a blue one to match my blue long sleeved shirt. Of course the background of the school pictures was the exact same colour as my clothing. My school photo was literally a floating head. With my hair so tackily covered, my parents were not impressed with my 'magic trick' of a photo.

Elaine

Posted on 08.23.11 at 3:22 PM

My worst school picture happened in the last year of my high school. I was fat and wore a light yellow outfit which made me look even more trunky. I had short hair at that time. Many years later, I would still be stunned by the overall effect of the whole myself.

katie

Posted on 08.23.11 at 3:45 PM

I got this.

1st grade, regardless of how young I was I realized that this was a terrible idea. Color block fuzzy orange pink and purple sweater and green leggings. Add to that my pixie haircut on very curly hair. And top that off with a Eryka Badu giant head black head band which covered all of my hair and turned me into a Make A Wish child look-a-like. My mom has twenty years later decided that this was not a good look for me and those pictures aren't framed in the house any more.

Kylie

Posted on 08.23.11 at 3:45 PM

Well, in 3rd grade, I had really bad allergies. SO picture day morning I got all prettied up and mom even let me wear makeup and I thought I looked SOOOOO pretty. And it got to my turn, and as I walked by the camera guy, I caught a whiff of his overdose of cologne, sat down, and immediately sneezed. The picture caught me RIGHT before I sneezed, My face was all scruntched up and I looked like I was yelling. hahhaa

Lauren

Posted on 08.23.11 at 3:47 PM

Worst school picture: Background lasers. Hands down.

Alison Elizabeth

Posted on 08.23.11 at 4:01 PM

I was a devoted tomboy in the 4th grade, and school pictures happened to be taking place on a day when my mom was out of town. My dad didn't think anything of sending me to school in my beloved sweatshirt with embroidered converse high tops on it and a comically large baseball cap. Fortunately (I think), the photographer made me take off my hat, so only my wild hat hair and ugly sweatshirt remained.

I definitely had re-takes done...

Morgan

Posted on 08.23.11 at 4:26 PM

My worst school picture ever would have to be the blue incident. I was going through this weird phase where I wore head bandana's that basically covered all my hair. So on picture day I wore this long sleeved blue shirt with a matching blue hair bandana. As it turns out, the background for the school photos was the exact same colour of blue I was wearing. My school photo arrives and I was literally just a floating head. Needless to say, my parents were unimpressed with my 'magic trick' photo.

hannah

Posted on 08.23.11 at 4:46 PM

While i've had many not so cutes school picture one really hurt me. Literally. My senior year I though it'd had it down. I had my make-up and hair done and I was confident in my outfit thinking for once " I really don't think I'm gonna regret this one years from now! " Upon walking up to the photo, I tripped on my little heel, and busted my face on the wooden stair along with fracturing my ankle. Having such a large lump on my head, one that resembled an egg, I couldn't even take my picture. Everyone in my school thats last name began with S-Z saw my splat and politely contained their laughter though I knew everyone was laughing at me! I would be to.. only if it was not myself falling ! It was awful. People said i'd look back at it one day and laugh about it, but I'm still waiting for that day to come :)

hannah

Posted on 08.23.11 at 4:47 PM

While i've had many not so cutes school picture one really hurt me. Literally. My senior year I though it'd had it down. I had my make-up and hair done and I was confident in my outfit thinking for once " I really don't think I'm gonna regret this one years from now! " Upon walking up to the photo, I tripped on my little heel, and busted my face on the wooden stair along with fracturing my ankle. Having such a large lump on my head, one that resembled an egg, I couldn't even take my picture. Everyone in my school thats last name began with S-Z saw my splat and politely contained their laughter though I knew everyone was laughing at me! I would be to.. only if it was not myself falling ! It was awful. People said i'd look back at it one day and laugh about it, but I'm still waiting for that day to come :)

Angeline

Posted on 08.23.11 at 5:00 PM

In 1986 I was a tom boy freshman girl, sporting a long home perm free mullet. Wearing a crazy patterned t-shirt layered with a black & yellow striped button down.
I was chewing gum and realized it too late, as I was moving the gum to the back of my mouth with my tongue the photographer snapped the picture. Twisted mouth and a girl mullet... nice.

Maggie

Posted on 08.23.11 at 5:14 PM

It was my 7th grade photo... I guess I didnt bother to look in a mirror that day becuase once my mom got the photos back she started dyyyyying laughing.... My eyebrows were all brushed upward and in the wrong direction, I looked like freakin Susan Boyle x 100! It was awufl... I burned all the evidence lol

Tina J

Posted on 08.23.11 at 5:17 PM

In 6th grade my mom decided I was going to get a haircut the day before our school pictures but by the time she decided everything was closed and it was too late. She somehow convinced me to let her cut my hair but by the time she was done, my long locks were gone and i had a boys haircut!!!! I cried all night!! At school the next day right after the picture was taken, I left and walked home. It was embarrassing!!!

Sana P

Posted on 08.23.11 at 5:36 PM

My 5th grade picture has me smiling wide showing my braces, which wasnt a pleasant sight. Also one of my friends thought it would be funny to pick up my pigtail over my head right about when the camera man clicked the picture! Yes, that picture will be funny for many and not funny for a few aka me!

Samantha

Posted on 08.23.11 at 6:12 PM

OH MAN. So as a child, I had somewhat of a penchant for rolling around in dirt/piles of leaves/wooded areas. You know, for fun. Some friends and I were merrily mucking around behind a giant rock near the edge of our elementary school's playground, and I mucked my way right into a giant pile of poison ivy, which I was and am HIGHLY ALLERGIC TO. It took over my entire body, including but not limited to one half of my face. I legitimately looked life Two Face, if two face was a 4th grade girl. After waiting for death at home for a couple days, I was sent back to school on picture day. As I waited in line, the secretary passed out combs to all of us and I, desperate to disguise my hideousness, combed my hair forward and over the left side of my face. I sat down, resisted all of the photographers attempts to get me to move the hair away from my face, and smiled for the camera. My parents decided to do retakes a few months later.

Jenn B

Posted on 08.23.11 at 6:36 PM

it was 7th grade... i had just gotten braces. i was so worried about showing my braces in my pictures that i did my best attempt at a smile showing no teeth... when we got the pictures back, i just looked constipated. apparently all that concentration on not showing my brace face didnt come across too cute on film. the life of the ugly duckling. ;)

Elissa

Posted on 08.23.11 at 6:37 PM

My worst picture? I was in 3rd grade and really self-conscious about my crooked teeth. Instead of smiling normal, I smiled as huge as I could - with my lips closed to hide those teeth. The result was a weird look with my chin overtaking half my face.

Christina Steiner

Posted on 08.23.11 at 6:45 PM

First Grade class picture - I'm the one in the front row with the short dress (1970's), slouched down, wearing off-white tights, legs apart and you can see my oh-so-lovely panties. I'm sure my Mom was proud.

Christina Steiner

Posted on 08.23.11 at 6:49 PM

First Grade class picture - I'm the one in the front row with the bowl haircut, short dress (1970's), slouched down, wearing off-white tights, legs apart and you can see my oh-so-lovely panties. I'm sure my Mom was proud.

Liebs

Posted on 08.23.11 at 6:52 PM

It's a toss-up: I had a black eye for a preschool photo because I walked into the coffee table. Worse, though, was my eighth grade photo- I had just gotten a haircut based on a photo I liked, only to realize it was a god-awful shag cut/mullet on my hair. And I was wearing braces. I didn't look particularly pleased.

Lorry

Posted on 08.23.11 at 6:53 PM

It was 7th grade picture day and I was determined to dress myself. Thankfully Mom agreed to it and in order to look like the grown up I thought I was I borrowed one of her polyester/fake silk orange/brown pant suits with the ridiculous shoulder pads and tapered pleated pants to match. I then paired my black velvet flats with the gold brooch hot glued on them because that of course is the obvious choice for this outfit. I also was going through a big Salt n Pepa phase so I had a fresh asymmetrical hair cut that was a nightmare to grow out. A lot of fashion and beauty lessons learned from this one episode. I tell you what though, no one could tell that I wasn't fly on that picture day.

Tiffany

Posted on 08.23.11 at 6:59 PM

I woke up late for my senior portrait and didn't do my hair, makeup or anything. Enough said :(

Tiffany

Posted on 08.23.11 at 7:01 PM

I woke up late for my senior portrait and didn't do my hair, makeup or anything. Enough said :(

Patti

Posted on 08.23.11 at 7:09 PM

It was my 6th grade picture. I wanted to do something special with my hair so I decided to wear my hair in braided piggy tails. I pinned each braid against the side of my head with many colorful butterfly clips. Butterfly clips were the thing to wear back in the 90s. My hairstyle looked like a Princess Leia look gone wrong. I also had not discovered the power of tweezers by then. I was sporting two bushy, untamed eyebrows. It was not the greatest look, and definitely not a great way to start my middle school career.

Jenny

Posted on 08.23.11 at 7:20 PM

7th grade pic! Before i learned the art of tweezing and hair straightening...

Michelle

Posted on 08.23.11 at 7:42 PM

7th grade. I had taken the perfect picture but they somehow lost half the school's and I had to retake it on a day that I had the flu and forgot about school picture day. Great!

Gemma

Posted on 08.23.11 at 7:59 PM

In third grade, it was time for spring pictures. I thought the pictures were mandatory, so I went to go get them taken. Not only was a I sporting lovely red, teary eyes from my allergies, but I was also wearing a grungy soccer uniform and unruly 70s-esque short, wavy hair. The photo looked horrendous and the cherry on top was when I came home with the pictures, my mom yelled at me for taking them because apparently they were only optional and she now had to pay for the ugly pictures.

mamavalveeta03

Posted on 08.23.11 at 8:27 PM

I wish I could show you! (no, I really don't want anyone to see it). I was in 8th grade and my first picture was so bad that even my own mother requested a retake. Unfortunately, I had no idea it was retake day for school photos, so I didn't wash my hair, dress nicely or put on any makeup. I didn't look happy, in fact, pretty darned sad-sack...pallid face with freckles, to boot...hideously ugly smock top (remember, those of you who grew-up in the 70's??)and my hair, cut in a horrible sort of shag, looked like it was dripping in oil. I shudder to think of it!

Liz

Posted on 08.23.11 at 8:36 PM

Worst school photo is a tie between sixth grade and sophomore year. In sixth grade I had braces, glasses, and terrible curly bangs. Half of the bangs curled in and the other half curled out. Five years later I had contacts and smooth teeth, but I hadn't learned how to tame my frizzy hair. I think there is more frizz than curls and my untamed tresses take up half the frame. Ten years later, I've learned what works for my hair (and some days I choose my glasses over contacts!), but those photos are still painful to look at.

Liz

Posted on 08.23.11 at 8:37 PM

Worst school photo is a tie between sixth grade and sophomore year. In sixth grade I had braces, glasses, and terrible curly bangs. Half of the bangs curled in and the other half curled out. Five years later I had contacts and smooth teeth, but I hadn't learned how to tame my frizzy hair. I think there is more frizz than curls and my untamed tresses take up half the frame. Ten years later, I've learned what works for my hair (and some days I choose my glasses over contacts!), but those photos are still painful to look at.

MJ

Posted on 08.23.11 at 8:39 PM

I was in Kindergarten and I had mumps, but only on one side. The photographer decided to take a photo angled opposite the mumps, so as not to show my swelling jaw/cheek. When we got the photos the following week, the guy shot the wrong side. Also, my mom had my hair in pig tails, so the swelling was even more obvious.

Andreea T

Posted on 08.23.11 at 8:55 PM

In freshman year highschool, I had forgotten it was yearbook picture day. I had a long night studying for some test or exam or something that must have been very important , and I had about 2 hrs sleep. When I got to school, I had on a yellow sweatshirt, zero makeup, hair in a tight ponytail and my big thick glasses. I ended up looking like a bald old woman. Bad hair day to say the least.....

Andreea T

Posted on 08.23.11 at 8:56 PM

In freshman year highschool, I had forgotten it was yearbook picture day. I had a long night studying for some test or exam or something that must have been very important , and I had about 2 hrs sleep. When I got to school, I had on a yellow sweatshirt, zero makeup, hair in a tight ponytail and my big thick glasses. I ended up looking like a bald old woman. Bad hair day to say the least.....

Mary

Posted on 08.23.11 at 9:27 PM

In Austin High school, I forget it was year picture day. I was busy at moms birthday party and didn't sleep well. When I went to there was wearing red jeans with yellow T-shirt , That was really worse.

Analee

Posted on 08.23.11 at 10:19 PM

My dad did my hair for my 4th grade pictures. That should say enough. He slicked my hair back into the tightest pony tail and then over curled and ratted my bangs. Not to mention he decided to curl my sideburns into ringlets instead of tucking them behind my ears. HORRIBLE.

Ari

Posted on 08.23.11 at 11:29 PM

School photos in second grade were about two days after I had tripped into a door and busted my head wide open. I had fifteen stitches down the middle of my forehead, which my mom covered with brightly colored, over-sized band-aids. I had bangs, but they were pretty short and didn't cover the neon blue band-aid. So, my second grade photo is me, in my favorite dress, smiling as big as I could (despite my lack of front teeth), with a bright blue forehead. Yay!

Ari

Posted on 08.23.11 at 11:32 PM

School photos in second grade were about two days after I had tripped into a door and busted my head wide open. I had fifteen stitches down the middle of my forehead, which my mom covered with brightly colored, over-sized band-aids. I had bangs, but they were pretty short and didn't cover the neon blue band-aid. So, my second grade photo is me, in my favorite dress, smiling as big as I could (despite my lack of front teeth), with a bright blue forehead. Yay!

Amy

Posted on 08.23.11 at 11:50 PM

I've only had one good school picture in my life and it was in 3rd grade. The rest are all horrible.

A particularly memorable school picture was when I was in middle school. Right before taking the picture, the photographer told me to think of something funny, and then he said to think of Barney (as in, the dinosaur). The randomness of that made me have to laugh. As a result, the look on my face in the picture was the classic 'trying-to-stop-oneself-from-bursting-out-laughing'. My lips were tightly pursed and my eyes were squinty. To top it all off, my head was oddly cocked to the side thanks to the photographer's awkward positioning of my face.

That year in school, we made coffee mugs with our school picture inside them for Mother's Day. I still have that mug to this day.

Mae

Posted on 08.24.11 at 12:19 AM

My freshman year of high school the person behind the camera didn't count. I was too busy thinking of something else that when I saw my picture, I was so embarrassed! My head was tilted to the side and I was looking somewhere to the right with my tongue slightly out!!

They used that for my i.d. card and for the yearbook. :(

Keenan

Posted on 08.24.11 at 4:51 AM

All the school pictures from 4th grade on to my junior year in high school - EVERY year I would get a fever blister the week before pictures! It sucked!

melissa

Posted on 08.24.11 at 4:58 AM

lets just say do not give a 1st grader or even a high schooler scissors and expect a good trim. friend decided to cut bangs in 1st grade and yes, getting that layered look does not mean cutting straight across your forehead. needless to say hs... again, never make a bet and live up to it the night b4 picture day. especially when your hair is down to your waist and it suddenly gets chopped off because you drank one of moms wine coolers and couldn't hold your liquor. ugly... just ugly

Jennifer

Posted on 08.24.11 at 5:52 AM

In 4th grade I went to school for pictures with my hair pushed back with a cloth headband. Well at some point before the pictures I took my hair down and put the headband around my neck. And of course no one pointed out it was still there and I had my picture made with this weird misshapen piece of cloth around my neck. I look truly bizarre in that pic.

Amandalee

Posted on 08.24.11 at 6:00 AM

Every year for pics my mom would always make me sleep in sponge rollers the night before and of course tease my hair and put a huge bow in it along with hairspray so it would hold for pics. One morning at school I messed it up and decided to redo it. Lets put it this way...it didn't look the same for the pic and I looked like a hot mess along with my front teeth missing.

Tiffany

Posted on 08.24.11 at 7:25 AM

Every year for picture day, my mom would fix my hair, find the perfect outfit and even let me wear a little lipgloss, which was the best EVER in elementary school. In 5th grade though, mom and I both forgot it was picture day. So I did my own hair and picked out my own outfit . . . yikes. When I got to school and realized it was picture day, I pinched my cheeks for an hour before pictures to make it look like I had on make up. Yeah. You can imagine how those pictures turned out.

Pippa

Posted on 08.24.11 at 7:28 AM

Freshman year of high school, I had it all: frizzy, thick bangs; a purse from the Sak; skin that was "sorting itself out"; and, of course, a full mouth of braces. The braces came off the day AFTER the school photo. What cruel joy.

call_me_schmeg

Posted on 08.24.11 at 7:40 AM

early 90s, poufy bangs, acid yellow hair bow to match my neon-and-black heart sweater. also: buck teeth.

ugh.

me likey make up!

molly

Posted on 08.24.11 at 7:41 AM

On top of the extreme awkwardness of middle school, braces, a perm, and the ill fitting school uniform... I had the dreaded cold sore. I made every effort to hide it, but somehow my effort to downplay the monstrosity by smiling off to the side, just made me look like I had a lazy eye and bell's palsy. Priceless.

Amy S

Posted on 08.24.11 at 7:59 AM

At the tender age of 15, when I thought that I was very deep and poetic and misunderstood, I went through a lovely goth phase. My freshman yearbook picture is god-awful. Frizzy hair, black and red flannel (the 90's!) too much black eye makeup and blood red (poorly applied) lipstick. A disaster.... At least I seemed to have learned something about make-up since then! (though I still do love black eyeliner ;D )

Olivia B.

Posted on 08.24.11 at 8:02 AM

So I was in third grade, and my mom did a great job of picking an outfit for me-- But the downfall of my worst school photo were my [pre-brace] pearly whites... My best friend at the time told me I had "Chiclets sized" teeth -- and truthfully, that description was painfully accurate, lol. So my two front teeth seemed to take up a sustainable part of my face, and the fact that they were crooked certainly didn't help! Know what else didn't help?? Yup, my hot pink and baby pink marbled glasses, my Dorothy Hammill hair-cut, and the vast array of ribbons in my hair...

Olivia B.

Posted on 08.24.11 at 8:04 AM

So I was in third grade, and my mom did a great job of picking an outfit for me-- But the downfall of my worst school photo were my [pre-brace] pearly whites... My best friend at the time told me I had "Chiclets sized" teeth -- and truthfully, that description was painfully accurate, lol. So my two front teeth seemed to take up a sustainable part of my face, and the fact that they were crooked certainly didn't help! Know what else didn't help?? Yup, my hot pink and baby pink marbled glasses, my Dorothy Hammill hair-cut, and the vast array of ribbons in my hair...

Kasey

Posted on 08.24.11 at 8:09 AM

11th grade, dark brown frizzy hair (yet to discover a flat iron or highlights), cheesiest fake smile (you can see all my teeth), and neon skin again a black shirt. i look gothic.

Brooks

Posted on 08.24.11 at 8:19 AM

ALL JEAN SUIT. classic Levi jeans, with a guess denim button up. oh i almost forgot to mention the floral bow that was bigger than my head. i was still a cutie!

KB

Posted on 08.24.11 at 8:27 AM

4th grade & the wind suit. i thought i was badass. oh the children of the nineties!

Melly C.

Posted on 08.24.11 at 8:31 AM

My mom used to cut my hair to save money. Somehow, she had unintentionally given me a mullet and HUGE bangs that started halfway up head. It was a nightmare. Combine that with my wolf t-shirt and I was a sight to be seen.

Leanne

Posted on 08.24.11 at 8:41 AM

Oh god. The year was 1991 and I was in grade 7. 2 days before school pictures, I decided on an impulse that my awesome, long straight hair needed a perm. At the salon, they said, "Do you want it curly on top?", and I thought, 'well, yeah, I don't just want it curly on the bottom....'. I ENDED UP WITH A SUPER-CURLY MULLET. Think 1986 hair-metal band. Worst picture of all time. Just what every awkward 12-year-old needs.

Ash

Posted on 08.24.11 at 8:52 AM

I was in eight grade and we were taking the class panoramic. Somehow I wound up smack dab in the middle of the entire thing. They took 6 pictures and the one that was chosen had me squinting in a half cough. Thankfully it's like Where's Waldo in there and my contorted face isn't too recognizable but when it is found (since my mom refuses to take it down from our dining room) I always hear peels of laughter and silently slip away.

Valerie

Posted on 08.24.11 at 9:33 AM

I think my worst picture has to be from third grade: I had the classic giant plastic 80s glasses with extra-thick lenses, a blue shirt with pink flowers that embodied grade 3 chic, and to top it off, a buzz cut. Because I'd just gotten lice, and my mom decided we would cut off all my hair to prevent a reoccurrence. Snazzy!

Melly C.

Posted on 08.24.11 at 9:37 AM

My mom used to cut my hair to save money. Somehow, she had unintentionally given me a mullet and HUGE bangs that started halfway up head. It was a nightmare. Combine that with my wolf t-shirt and I was a sight to be seen.

Julie C

Posted on 08.24.11 at 11:29 AM

I used to get these awful "pixie" haircuts. My freshman yearbook picture...I had these horrible wireframe glasses(octagon shaped- goldish hue) hair short in front and a "tail" in back and a shadow below my chin from the flash.. that made it look like I had a goatee.. I looked like a boy.. UGH!

Laurel

Posted on 08.24.11 at 11:38 AM

Definitely the year I decided to cut my hair ten inches the day before pictures. Didn't know how to wear cropped hair and looked like a frizzy mess! The puka shell necklace didn't help either...

Alaina

Posted on 08.24.11 at 11:42 AM

Seventh grade, hands down! I walked into it knowing it would be awful, and it was. I hadn't started wearing makeup yet because the idea scared me; I didn't want to look like my mom who slathered on the liquid foundation and used orangey lipstick as blush. As a result, my bad complexion was on display. I was also very uncomfortable with my early-bloomer bosoms; in order to hide my chest, I wore an androgynous tee that I could have used as a tent. I leaned forward to mask my big breasts; the result was a picture that defined junior high low self-esteem. So glad I've mastered mascara and found body-type flattering clothes!

Hofken

Posted on 08.24.11 at 12:38 PM

My worst ever school picture was 5th grade - braces, glasses perched unevenly on my nose, freckles all over the place and straight hair parted in the middle and hanging limply. But I had a big ol' grin on my face and my mom dutifully bought the whole package and sent them out to friends. Now I do the same for my kids awful school pictures!

Cynthia.Richardson@azbar.org

Hofken

Posted on 08.24.11 at 12:41 PM

My worst ever school picture was 5th grade - braces, glasses perched unevenly on my nose, freckles all over the place and straight hair parted in the middle and hanging limply. But I had a big ol' grin on my face and my mom dutifully bought the whole package and sent them out to friends. Now I do the same for my kids awful school pictures!

Cynthia.Richardson@azbar.org

Cristina

Posted on 08.24.11 at 12:52 PM

My worst school picture was when I was in 2nd grade. Everything in my outfit was mismatched. I had a black and white polka dot headband, green turtleneck and pink tights and white sneakers! And to top it off, my hair was a mess; literally sticking up in certain places. The headband did not help.

kat

Posted on 08.24.11 at 1:27 PM

8th grade. Glasses, braces, metallic blue eye liner so think you can see it through my 1/2 inch thick glasses and bangs. Glorious, glorious bangs that were curled to stand at least an inch away from my forehead.

Madison Kim

Posted on 08.24.11 at 2:05 PM

In one of my elementary school pictures I'm wearing a hideous knit blue and red sweatervest. Missing my front two teeth and cheesing like the world was my oyster.

ud9rv4

Posted on 08.24.11 at 2:19 PM

I was home schooled for most of my k-12 education and the one year i did go to school (9th grade) i tried hard to fit in. Picture day was three weeks before school started and i wanted to look my best! However, I was not the girl with the trendy clothing or anything close to that, and my short frizzy hair that never decided if it was curly or wavy looked like i was electrocuted. so that was the only school picture I ever had and i never gave it out to anyone until now when i look back and laugh at myself and my horrible taste in clothing!

Caterina

Posted on 08.24.11 at 4:19 PM

Kindergarten definitely. My hair was a hot mess, my dress was Laura Ashley and I have no idea who taught me how to smile like that!

Allie

Posted on 08.24.11 at 4:39 PM

I was 14, freshman in high school, always a good year for girls lol. I used to race go-karts competitively and that particular year I had made it to nationals which were being held in Las Vegas. My father and I spent the week staying in the middle of the desert in a u-haul type trailer using port-a-potties and truck-stop showers. The night we flew home was Sunday, we fly overnight back to Florida where immediately following I had to go to school on Monday for picture day YAY... =/// Long story short my hair hadn't been properly washed in a week, I had no make-up, I'd been living in a trailer in the desert and was wearing a t-shirt that looked like I bought it at a monster truck rally. Definitely not a great year for me picture wise.

Jeanette

Posted on 08.24.11 at 5:10 PM

It was my sophomore year of highschool (2005). My hair didn't look so good that morning (shoulder length curly blonde) and so a girlfriend offered to braid it. So she braided the top half back and left it half up half down. Of course, this left me with triangle hair. Serious triangle hair. Not a great look. =P That picture still haunts me. It's okay to have bad elementary pictures, but high-school is not so forgettable.

Kelli

Posted on 08.24.11 at 5:49 PM

My seventh grade year...ouch it was a rough one. I got braces the week before school and my dear sweet mother took me to sears to get school clothes. Problem is I wanted boy shirts (why Oh why?!) So there i sit sit, short frizzy bob, bangs cut too short and a brown and cream polo- bottoned all the way to the top button- ouch.

Crystal S.

Posted on 08.24.11 at 7:12 PM

My worst school picture was in 8th grade. Oh the awful middle school years. I had not yet discovered a flat iron so my natural curly thick hair was a frizzy mess, i had braces, typical teenage acne and the ugliest shirt I have ever owned.

Anna H

Posted on 08.24.11 at 10:14 PM

6th grade class graduation picture. Went to a year round school and the track I was on was off the day class pictures were scheduled. I missed the picture and cried so much that my mom bought the class picture anyway and glued a cut out picture of me in the corner.

Samantha

Posted on 08.24.11 at 11:44 PM

Allow me to paint you an image that you haunt you forever:

The year is 1998 and it’s picture day for the 7th grade. I’m chubby and have a face full of acne and braces. I covered my face in white powder in an effort to conceal the redness from my acne and clumped on so much mascara it’s a wonder I could hold open my eyes. In an effort to look my best, I asked my mom to style my shoulder-blade length blonde hair that morning. My darling mother is a product of the seventies and proceeded to give me a style that would have made Farrah Fawcett green with envy. To complete my image I wore a too-tight neon blue t-shirt that “showed off” my goods (read: awkwardly formed chesticles).

The photographer snapped the picture as I forced a smile, tilted my head back and glanced to my right at my friends who couldn’t stop snickering.

That photo is the bane of my existence.

Yaffi ND

Posted on 08.25.11 at 12:48 AM

At the end of second grade i had chicken pox from head to toes,the teacher insist of taking a picture of each and every child, neddles to say i looked like a monster, horrible picture trauma fo life

clue

Posted on 08.25.11 at 6:24 AM

My hairdresser in 2nd grade was born decades before his time. The look I tried to describe in the best of my 7 year old abilites was a modified bob- shorter on the left and gently transitioning around to the right, a bit longer. I was picturing the right to be an inch or two longer. I should have said something when he pulled out the clippers. With a quick buzz, the would-be-bob on the left side of my head was gone. He didn't miss my point completely, because it was longer on one side. It was the half man/half woman hair-do. If things could not be worse, the next day was picture day.

MrsJ

Posted on 08.25.11 at 6:47 AM

gym class should just be cancelled on picture day--my seventh grade pic is me, with braces and holographic, 4" wide headband, sweaty and scarlet red in the face. lovely.

Sarah Wertz

Posted on 08.25.11 at 6:49 AM

My kindergarden photo. I had bangs beyond bands! I mean like a skyscraper of bangs; teased, curled and hairsprayed to make a mountain of curls on my forehead.

Katelyn

Posted on 08.25.11 at 7:34 AM

For some reason in first grade I thought it was a good idea to slick my hair back. In my picture my hair is pulled back into a tight bun and gelled down, and I mean with Super Mega hold gel, not the weak stuff. I also happened to have a temporary tattoo still branded on my arm. I look like a seven year old motorcycle chick. haha oh first grade "style."

Erin W.

Posted on 08.25.11 at 9:27 AM

I was 16 when I took my worst-ever school photo. I didn't know how to dress then, and my mom had done my hair up like a poodle. I'm still mad.

lori

Posted on 08.25.11 at 9:30 AM

my worst picture had to be late 70's. i had bad mork & mindy hair - the style with the sides up and curled, but i used a little too much curling iron and looked like shirley temple's pathetic dorky cousin. oh, did i mention i had braces at the time? just added to the glamor.

lori

Posted on 08.25.11 at 9:32 AM

my worst picture had to be late 70's. i had bad mork & mindy hair - the style with the sides up and curled, but i used a little too much curling iron and looked like shirley temple's pathetic dorky cousin. oh, did i mention i had braces at the time? just added to the glamor.

Christina

Posted on 08.25.11 at 10:41 AM

I have naturally curly hair and all through elementary school I kept it long and my mom would braid it every day. When I started middle school, I had to leave earlier and we thought it would be a good idea to cut it to chin length so it would be quicker for me in the mornings. WORST IDEA EVER! Instead of a cute, short, wash and go style I had "triangle head". Pair that with my pink, plastic framed glasses and a bright, multi-colored sweater and you have my worst school photo ever. It's so bad that I destroyed most copies of it, though I know at least one still exists somewhere.

lori

Posted on 08.25.11 at 11:10 AM

my worst picture had to be late 70's. i had bad mork & mindy hair - the style with the sides up and curled, but i used a little too much curling iron and looked like shirley temple's pathetic dorky cousin. oh, did i mention i had braces at the time? just added to the glamor.

Jennifer

Posted on 08.26.11 at 6:16 AM

My worst school picture was when I was going into the 3rd grade...1988. I desperately wanted my hair curled, in spite of the fact that it is uber-straight. I slept in rollers the night before, but sadly the end result was about half a head of tired curls, drooping further as I waited in line for my turn to have my picture taken. Add to that the matching denim culotte and vest outfit I was sporting that day (and darn if I didn't think I looked cool) and you have a classic awkward combination.

Heather

Posted on 08.26.11 at 6:21 AM

Nothing too awful, I just always had that forced fake smile and never quite looked like myself. I'm better at that now, I swear!

lori

Posted on 08.26.11 at 6:30 AM

my worst picture had to be late 70's. i had bad mork & mindy hair - the style with the sides up and curled, but i used a little too much curling iron and looked like shirley temple's pathetic dorky cousin. oh, did i mention i had braces at the time? just added to the glamor.

julia

Posted on 08.26.11 at 4:02 PM

My worst picture was in third grade - the school was having a spirit week and it was "Crazy Tie Day". My mother had also decided to curl my hair that day, which would have been fine except that we live in Texas and the humidity is not kind to my hair. So I had this giant mass of frizzy curls and I was dressed like a man for my picture. Somehow all of those pictures disappeared from the photo box whenever I was a teenager...

april

Posted on 08.26.11 at 4:25 PM

Nothing too tragic, but it was my "awkward" phase, complete with oily skin, braces, and that fake smile.

Irene

Posted on 08.26.11 at 9:23 PM

There was that one time when they took my class photo when I was straight out of P.E. class and I forgot to bring my regular uniform so I was in P.E. clothes while the rest of the class are in the regular uniform.

oohladybegood

Posted on 08.27.11 at 5:17 PM

It was 5th grade: eyes half closed and a silly smile... looked like was on drugs...not pretty ;)

Alexa F.

Posted on 08.27.11 at 8:50 PM

My worst: 5th grade, after I gave myself a haircut. Didn't know what to do with my curly hair on the top of my head, and I figured if I cut it short it'll be easier to deal with... I had a real life curly mullet. And a fractured wrist with a neon cast. It's not pretty.

Lisa

Posted on 08.28.11 at 9:15 AM

My brows were in desperate need of grooming, and now that I was in high school I felt it was time to stop avoiding the issue and take action. The problem was, I had an unusual fear of tweezers--so I had the brilliant idea to shave the hair between my brows. The result: one regular brow and one ½” long brow. Picture day was the next day so I decided the best solution was to make them match. Yep, I purposely shaved the other brow down to a ½,” and let me tell you my 9th grade picture makes no attempt to hide my poor judgment.

Dina S.

Posted on 08.28.11 at 10:30 PM

the worst picture day would be when i was wearing a bright red silk shirt and bell bottom pants. Not only that, i had the blunt bangs and glasses that totally clashed with the outfit!!

C.L.

Posted on 08.29.11 at 11:51 AM

I was in elementary - probably grade 4 or 5 - dan I decided I wanted big, crimped-looking hair (a style only achieved by getting my mom to put all my hair into tiny little braids overnight). Between the poofy hair and the textured shirt, which was pretty cool at the time, it was quite a look. at the time, though, I absolutely loved it. I question my style judgement now, but no regrets!

Kim

Posted on 08.29.11 at 11:56 AM

As if we all didn't look awkward enough in third grade, I decided to put my hair in a ponytail on the very top of my head (and by top I mean neighborhing my forhead) in a big ol scrunchy sprouting out on both sides. It went well with the big front teeth phase.

Jennifer

Posted on 08.29.11 at 4:56 PM

I *had* to get a haircut (a **terrible** one!) the night before picture day... Of course, it is one that my parents bought!

Jennifer

Posted on 08.29.11 at 4:57 PM

I *had* to get a haircut (a **terrible** one!) the night before picture day... Of course, it is one that my parents bought!

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