A couple weeks ago I was shopping for some clothes for work. I found a really unusual print blouse, and I wanted a cardigan to go over it. It was in the earth-tone family, but with pops of bright colors. I knew I didn’t have anything at home that would match.

I went through every department in the store, but I didn’t see anything that would work. I finally broke down and asked for help, something I hate to do. It took time but ultimately I found someone willing to help me (“Not my job” was an unexpected response from the first two people I asked).  My sales associate looked in all the same places I had, help up a couple sweaters that clashed, and then said, “We don’t seem to have anything right now.” What the heck?!?!?!? Why would stores stock separates that don’t match anything?

Since my office is always cold and the blouse would have to be worn with something over it, I put my beautiful find back. There was no guarantee I’d ever find something to match it.

This made me really nostalgic for Garanimals.


If you click on the picture you can watch a commercial for this awesome product line.

The coolest thing about Garanimals was that if the animals on the tags for tops and bottoms were the same, the clothing matched. These should be brought back for adults. Back in the 80s there were alligators symbols on shirts. What if there were similar corresponding symbols on pants as well, so the wearer would know that a well coordinated outfit would be the result of that pairing? That would be so cool! No more wondering if the colors only matched under my warm light bulbs and not in natural light. If there were Garanimals for adults, I would proudly wear them.

How many people remember Garanimals? or Am I the only one that needs to know I have something that will match a new piece of clothing before I buy it?

7 thoughts on “Garanimals”

    1. That commercial is from the 1970s. The Garanimals in the ad no longer exist. There is a company by that name that makes kids clothes, but they don’t have the automatic matching quality to them any longer.


  1. I absolutely remember Garanimals and I wore them! I vividly remember the tags. I often wish there were a similar thing today not just in the store to purchase, but in my closet to put together an outfit!
    Thanks for the memory!


  2. That looks really old – the commercial that is. It’s around the time that I should remember it, but I don’t. I don’t remember the name or the commercial at all. It’s an interesting looking product though.


    1. Garanimals were huge in the 70s. I had only a couple pieces – they were much more expensive than what my clothes normally were. I still really love the concept.


  3. I LOVED Garanimals! We must be separated at birth because I am constantly looking for clothes that coordinate without spending hours searching…and always get cold working in offices or when I go out to dinner and the restaurant has the A/C cranked up. I longed for easy to match pieces with a jacket or sweater to go with it so I don’t freeze. So! I am starting Wass Island Clothing.. launching on Kickstarter on or around May 15th. Would you be willing to write a piece on me, and the clothes? I have a decent following and will definitely reciprocate.

    All the best!


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