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80s Parachute Pants

Parachute pantsIf I say the word “parachute,” what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? If you were born in the 90s, you probably think of a device that’s used when jumping out of a plane; if you are a Fortune 500 exec, you probably think of your retirement or severance benefits; however, if you grew up in the eighties, the word “parachute” is more likely bring parachute pants to mind.

What are parachute pants? Back in the early 1980s, parachute

 

80's parachute pantspants were tight, shiny pants made of synthetic material--the stuff used to make parachutes. These pants were originally created for break dancers who needed pants that could stand up to the abuse of break dancing. They typically featured multiple zippers to add to the edgy feel.

While women sometimes wore parachute pants during the 80s (I did in the 7th grade! -- charcoal gray and so cool for stylin at the skating rink), they Rockin' the Parachute Pants: Richard Blade of KROQ with Mark Studnerwere most often worn by men.  It is unlikely that this particular trend will make its way back to the mainstream even if it was seen on the runways last Spring (2009). Every fashion decade has lingering cringe-worthy trends. Parachute pants may very well be the skeleton in the closet of 80s fashion.

I do have to admit, there are some diehard parachute pants enthusiasts out there and if you look hard, you can find a couple of brave souls wearing them today. If you’re one of these people, rest assured that while parachute pants may no longer be in style, there are a few specialty stores that still have them for sale.

If you can’t wait another minute for the slick, zippery feel of parachute on legs, check out this store where they are available in every color of the rainbow. Dude!

The Original Parachute Pants Store: http://www.Parachute-Pants.com

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