Once upon a time, there lived a children’s clothing brand called Garanimals. The concept of this line of matching separates was simple yet genius. Each color-coordinated article of clothing had a sewn-in tag with a picture of an animal and a large number. Children, or their fashion-challenged parents, could learn to dress by pairing tops and bottoms having the same animal tag. Shopping for kids’ clothes was a piece of cake because the animal/number tag sewn inside was duplicated on a large outside hang tag visible from several feet away. Plus, the clothes were reasonably priced. For a childless favorite aunt/step-grandmother like me with an assortment of kids to buy for, Garanimals was a godsend. The brand weathered the 1970s and 1980s, declined some time in the ’90s, was resurrected in 2008, and is sold exclusively at Walmart.
Now, I suppose I could end here, but I feel a little guilty after “cheating” with yesterday’s reblog. So I did a little research to see what else I could learn about Garanimals. Here’s what I found out:
- “Garanimal” has been used as a slang term for an adult who still dresses “matchy-matchy.”
- Novice roadies have also been called garanimals. (Roadies are the people who do the heavy lifting backstage at rock concerts.)
- Kids who grew up dressing with Garanimals yearn for the good old days, wishing someone would make Garanimals for adults.
- One of those wistful kids has a Pinterest site called “Garanimals for Adults — Capsule Wardrobes.” Wikipedia defines a capsule wardrobe as a “small collection of garments designed to be worn together which harmonize[s] in color and line.” Doesn’t that sound just like Garanimals?
- (Saving the best for last) “Garanimal” is a marijuana strain touted for its ability to deal with symptoms of anxiety and stress.