Today we celebrate the sweater wardrobe of Jennifer Keaton, the youngest daughter of the beloved Keaton family in the hit TV series Family Ties. Jennifer was smart, sweet and sarcastic, and her attire rivaled that of Bill Cosby’s Cliff Huxtable. Yes, The Cosby Show preceded Family Ties during NBC’s famous Thursday night lineup in the 1980s. Which means viewers who tuned in got a double dose of sweater fabulousness. But today it’s all about Jennifer, played by Tina Yothers…
Growing up in the ’80s, I only hoped that one day my bangs would look as good as Jennifer’s. Like Jennifer, I had a collection of silver heart jewelry, but darn–my hair just wasn’t as thick! It was fun watching Jennifer’s humor evolve from playfully sassy to darkly witty as the seasons passed. Equally fun was watching her sweater collection evolve. Let’s take a look at some of the best:
In Seasons 1-5 of Family Ties, Jennifer’s sweaters covered a wide territory. Bicycles–check. Elephants–check. Fractions–check. As Jennifer matured, so did her sweaters, which were then paired with miniskirts. Add coiffed hair and silver earrings, and Jennifer was ready to hit the mall with Mallory, played by Justine Bateman.
But the fun had to end sometime. By Seasons 6 and 7, Jennifer’s sweaters had become more subdued. But she more than made up for it with her voluminous mane:
Yes, it took pizazz to pull off the colorful sweaterfest of Jennifer Keaton. It’s hard to imagine anyone but Tina Yothers in the role! Any of these sweaters set to make a style comeback? It may be unlikely, aside from a theme party here and there. But ’80s sweaters that keep it simple with bright colors and geometric shapes may be ready to see the light of day again, especially when fitted.
Happy Monday–may a stylish sweater protect you from the chill of winter!