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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The 80s are back - RUN!!

I'm a child of the 90s. That is, I was actually a child in the 80s, but my "coming of age", my teen years, my oh-that's-how-the-world-works moments, all happened in the 90s. I'm quite proud of that - afterall the 90s had better fashion, better dance music, better hairdos and makeup - what else is important to a teenager?

Don't get me wrong, I do look to the 80s with fondness in some respects, precisely:
- cult movies: Back to the future, E.T., Roger Rabbit, Indiana Jones, and oh, remember when Star Wars movies didn't suck?
- dance movies (that didn't involve tap dancing): Footloose, Flashdance, Dirty Dancing
- the creation of the modern romatic comedy (I know, movies again, but it does deserve its own category): When Harry met Sally, Say Anything - I love John Cusack!)
- music: The Police, The Bangles, The Cures, Duran Duran (sorry boys, not the same since)...

However in other respects the 80s fall squarely in my "things I'd rather not see again, like, EVER" category: I literally cringe when I think of the big hair, flashy eyeshadows, fluorescent clothing and accessories. I mean, seriously - already just a few years into the 90s I looked at 80s fashion and style (or better, lack of style) and thought "wow, that was a mistake - glad it's over". Except it isn't. Except the 80s have been worming their way back into fashion, thanks to some nostalgic or simply out-of-fresh-ideas designer, and now they won't leave.

It started slowly, a few years back, with some leg warmers worn over t-strap heels. Innocent enough, we though, and while I would never wear that, I though it looked sort of grungy-cool, sort of Kate Moss, sort of "it's so uncool it's fabulous", sort of "I don't care but I look fabulous anyway".

Then the skinny jeans came back, and those stuck. Fine, with a modern twist they sort of look ok. (Note: leggings do not get the same pass.)

Then the ballet flats - and I shivered because I had hated them back then too, but then some designers came out with such cool styles I gave in too - afterall a fabulous pair of flat is the best pick for everyday wear for a busy (but always trendy!) mom.

Then it was the toys: Care Bears, My Little Pony, Cabbage Patch kids - I was actually happy about that, not in a nostalgic way, mind you, but more in a "aha! I can afford them NOW!" way (which is kind of sad, I know). My little one loves them, so it's all good.

Then it was Lacoste's turn: after undergoing an apparent overhaul, they came back with a bang. And brought with them the polo, except more colorful, younger, more hip (sort of). And suddenly you see people wearing polo shirts, not just golfers and my dad. Fine, bring them on. Unbuttoned, they are more flattering than t-shirts and look more polished, unless you overdo it and start falling a bit too much on the preppy side (sorry, Ralph Lauren aficionados).

But I draw the line at big hair and tapered pants. That's just too much. I'm not giving in, that's just unflattering, ridiculous and just plain ugly.

Unfortunately not everone agrees. Rihanna has been sporting them often, out shopping and at awards shows - granted, she looks adorable either way, but the pants really should be ditched. Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so - Gap had decided to make tapered jeans part of their collection, calling them "classic jeans", but they didn't sell well and now they are on sale for 9.99.

Why uncover perfectly buried ugly trends? Been there, worn that. Ok, now I feel old. But at least I dress well.


Domestic Chicky said...

I think I read somewhere that hypercolor shirts were making a comeback. I have to admit to being pretty fond of my orange and pink tye-die Hypercolor shirt (hides face in shame)

-Bridget said...

Tapered jeans, oh my! Better yet, pleated tapered jeans with an acid wash finish. Top that with a 100 jelly plastic bracelets, a couple of swatch watches, and a sweatshirt with the collar strategically cut out so it can hang off of one side. And that would be my outfit for my 8th grade school pictures. Oh, yeah. I was hot!

Surviving Beautiful said...

I'm just praying that they leave tne neon in the time capsule. Please don't let them dig that up!

mrsmogul said...

I was totally an 80's girl! Wore neon, had the madonna black bracelets, loved all the music (WHAT HAPPENED TO GOOD MUSIC??)

Ahhh Aqua Net my friend!

Mom101 said...

You just made me feel old because ET was the first movie during which I made out with a guy the whole time. (And no, I wasn't four.)

It's scary seeing fashions come back a second time. We always think we're wearing them better this time around but then we look back in a few years and...nope. Not so much.

Cindi-Moomettesgram said...

EC dropping in! Totally agree on the John Cusack comment. I'm not dead yet. And When Harry Met Sally & Say Anything ~ my favs too!

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

I'm glad the 80's are behind us, but we did have some great toys. Smurfs, Care Bears, etc.--they were all great! Way better than the crap our kids have now. They don't even know how deprived they are.

Jenn said...

I was an 80's girl...large hair, turned up collars, and safety pinned jeans. Those were the days!

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