While there were a lot of fashion don’ts in the 80’s, there were also a lot of fashion dos that oddly enough have transformed themselves into the realm of today’s fashion. But that’s always the case with fashion. We reinvent the trends of yesteryear to become the trends of today. So let’s talk vintage fashion and specifically, we’re talking the 80’s baby!
Remember the skinny tapered ankle jeans worn with pointy pumps? Well, they’re back, but now we call them “skinny” jeans and we wear them with ballet flats or some awesome rounded platform heels or boots. And let us not forget the leggings with oversized sweatshirts or sweaters! That look was “like, totally cute”. Back then, at least.
Accessories were the entire craze in the 80’s as well and we did them up big back then. Color, especially bright neon shades were the boom. Big, chunky plastic bangles, necklaces and earrings adorned all of the “in” girls. If you really wanted to be cute, you made sure that your accessories matched your jellies. Speaking of jellies, do you remember the jelly bracelets? Don’t they remind you of the ever popular “silly bands” that the kids went completely berserk over within the last couple of years?
Let’s not forget about the different washes of jeans; acid, stone, bleached…or better yet, the ripped effect? Looking torn and tattered was a must and if you really wanted to get naughty for fashion, you’d cut a piece of denim out right below your butt cheek and voila- you were sporting your jeans in super sexy style.
How about leg warmers, fashioned over leggings or jeans paired with some funky heels, boots, or even sneakers if you were in work out mode? Don’t forget your sweatband! Shoulder pads, puffed sleeves, neon brights, crinkled hair- you saw it then and we see it now at the top tier of the fashion world.
The 80’s definitely played its role in the era of fashion and still retains an influence on the fashion world today. Stay tuned for more as we continue to explore vintage fashion; beauty, the hair, the clothes and the shoes, the then and the now.
Qiana L Williams