Cruisin' the Coast

Poodle skirts and ponytails: Looks like it’s Cruisin’ time

Jodi Wein dances with her son, Joshua Daniels, 6, outside the Hancock Bank in Long Beach before the parade starts to kick off a previous Cruisin' the Coast.
Jodi Wein dances with her son, Joshua Daniels, 6, outside the Hancock Bank in Long Beach before the parade starts to kick off a previous Cruisin' the Coast. Sun Herald file photo

Seeing a classic car can send you back to a period in time, and the details can make that picture even more distinct.

During Cruisin’ The Coast, you’re bound to see cars and people that went that extra step.

Some Cruisers embellish their 1950s cars with fuzzy dice and even drive-in trays that clip on to the tops of car windows. Flames can be found on the sides of cars, trucks and hot rods from the ’50s up to the ’80s. And how about those colors? Turquoise, bubble gum pink, bright orange, cobalt or baby blue and amethyst custom paint jobs send rainbows of metallic colors in a bright ribbon down U.S. 90 during the annual event.

While you’re likely to spot a wanna-be Elvis waving or wandering (and stopping for photos), there are plenty of looks that evoke nostalgia.

Look for women in poodle skirts wearing saddle oxfords and bobby socks, their hair in ponytails and scarves at their necks. Their fellas might be sporting high tops or penny loafers with their bowling shirts and jeans, and their hair might be slicked back or in a pompadour or ducktail.

Cruisers might choose not to step back in time with their looks but to evoke a smile. Some will dress to match their colorful cars without channeling a specific era. Others could poke gentle fun at their jalopies. And others might choose attention-grabbing accessories, such as guitar-shaped sunglasses.

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