Now that I was in Jr. High School there was tremendous peer pressure to dress in the current style. The current style happened to be full circle skirts with several crinoline's underneath. Crinoline's are an undergarment similar to a half slip, but made of net. When worn under a skirt they make the skirt fuller. The style in the mid 50s was to wear as many crinoline's as possible, which in turn made your skirt stand out more. Some girls would wear four or five crinoline's under their skirts. I usually wore two or three. Depending on the weather, girls would wear a skirt with a sweater or blouse, or a dress. Pants were not allowed in school, but once school ended I would go home and put on a pair of boys Levi's (girls jeans were not made in those days) and an over sized man's shirt. My hair was usually in a ponytail, which was the popular hair-do for young girls. But some of the girls were wearing a shorter haircut. There was the pixie cut, which was very short and framed the face. Some girls also wore a DA, or duck tail (Duck's Ass). The DA referred to the back of the head. The hair was combed towards the center, where a crease was made with the hair. It resembled the tail of the duck, thereby acquiring the name duck tail.
The boys weren't allowed to wear jeans or t-shirts to school, they had to wear pants and a shirt. After school, all the boys would be wearing jeans and t-shirts. In colder weather a black leather jacket was very cool. The popular haircut for the boys was a flat top or a DA. Pants were worn at half mast, or just covering the crack of the bootie. It was not uncommon to see a boy drop his pants because they were worn too low.
Some of the kids would wear taps on their shoes. You would hear the kids walking down the school halls with their taps making a clink clink clink as they walked. One really cool boy would drag the taps for effect. Everyone knew when he was coming. I had taps on my Mary Jane's.
The kids at my school didn't wear bobby sox and saddle oxfords. We were more into Mary Jane's. If the Mary Jane's had teardrop cutouts you were especially cool.
I wasn't the coolest kid at school, but I managed to keep up with the other kids. I held my own.