I sit here in my newly-purchased bright pink Tee, plaid walking
shorts, and giant hoop earrings, I find myself wondering—what
ever happened to 80s fashion? It was so vibrant, so fun, almost
as if every day was a costume party. Then I think back to that
blog I recently typed up about this year’s spring and summer
fashions, and I flip through a few articles here on Like Totally
80s. Then I look in the mirror and murmur, “Good God,
Alli’s right—they are back!”
Yes, as anyone who’s taken a good look through the fashion
section at this site or simply gone shopping lately knows,
80s-influenced styles are heavily trending in the fashion
industry. Just take a look at this paragraph from the
The “boyfriend” blazer
continues to be a wardrobe staple and is a simple way to look
chic. Another continuing trend is tunics over leggings, skinny
pants or shorts. Solids are no longer a requirement for bottoms!
You’ll see skirts and pants in all varieties of prints.
So we all accept that the 80s are
back…but with a twist. I like to think that we’ve learned a few things
and that perhaps—just maybe—in twenty-five years when we look back at
old snapshots, we won’t laugh quite as hard at the digitals as we do at
the Polaroids. Here’s what I see as three lessons learned:
Lesson #1: Better fabrics to
improve our blood flow
denim of the 80s was a stiff unforgiving fabric—the fabric didn’t mold
to us; we molded to it. I have a vivid memory from high school in the
early 80s of me in my one and only pair of beloved Jordache jeans. Skin
tight. Oh yeah. The usual method of lying on bed and exhaling didn’t
work one morning, so there I was in the kitchen with my mom yanking up
my zipper with a pair of pliers while I pulled the waistband tight. And
let’s bear in mind, I probably weighed all of 105 pounds at the time.
What I remember most from that morning is my mother muttering under her
breath, “What am I doing?” What indeed.
skinny, tight jeans are back en vogue, but not to worry, because genius
fabric technicians have apparently made important discoveries in the
past twenty years. I’ve got a pair of skinny jeans from H&M that fit
like a glove and feel like a pair of sweat pants. What’s in the magical
denim blend? Spandex? Poly? I don’t know, and quite honestly don’t care.
When something both feels mahvelous and looks mahvelous, I
don’t ask questions. But I guarantee that Heidi Klum is feeling pretty
cozy in the new Jordache.
New fashion trend to be on the lookout
for: The jegging. It’s leggings that look like jeans (see pic at top).
Lesson #2: Girls like to look
And boys like to look at them looking
like girls, so today’s oversize shirts
and sweaters come with a bit more tailoring to acknowledge our feminine
curves. They are...
...less garbage bag,
...less “I’m an egg”
more “I have a waist.”
Lesson #3: We’re not linebackers
you sitting down for this one? Good, because it may come as a bit of a
shock — shoulder pads are
coming back. You’ve probably heard about the ridiculous spectacle
they’ve made on the runway, but we all know that’s just pretend and not
something they expect us real people to wear, however, the buyers at the
local fashion boutique tell me that shoulder pads are now creeping into
the lines of mainstream designers.
The good news? What they’re seeing is
much more tame that what we had going on in the 80s. It seems designers
realize that most of us don’t require several inches of padding to
protect us during the normal course of our day. So the padding is
thinner and less obvious. But...well, what I’m wondering is, if we give
in and accept the thin pads, then what’s to stop them from going a
little thicker next season, and then even thicker the next? Before you
know it, we’re all going to look like this again:
What’s the fashion industry’s damage? I
say we stand strong on this one. We’ve thus far resisted stirrups on our
leggings, we can keep the shoulder pads out of our jackets too. All we
have to do is stick together and not buy them when they start popping up
in our local boutiques and department stores. Are you with me?