We appreciated color coordination in the eighties: shoes, belts, jewelry,
and eyeshadow all needed to be in the same color family. Hot pink and
turquoise, hunter green and
maroon, black and yellow: we liked to MATCH.
An awesome way for an eighties girl to achieve full-on matchiness was with
twist a bead (also called
necklaces. With a
wardrobe of the inexpensive, colorful strands and clasps, we could
choose two or three key colors in our outfit and twist away. As this
Gainesville Sun article from 1984 states, “The hottest
thing in fashion jewelry today is the new twister beads. If you watch a
lot of TV you will see many women wearing them.”
I never got as fancy as the doughnut or the pendant shown above, but I did
have a few clasps and a wide variety of strands. One method I loved was
folding two strands across their midsections, then twisting. You’d get a
cool half-and-half look, with, say, baby blue on one side and soft pink
on the other.
Pearls, fossil (stone), glass, plastic – twist a beads rocked. A chunky
twist a bead necklace looked great with a popped collar, crewneck
sweater, or sundress. It was part of the whole clean-cut,
preppy look that we loved.
Check out these great vintage necklaces. Of course, if you buy more than
one set, you can take your necklaces apart and recombine them however
you like. Fun!
This muted necklace made of orange, teal, and pink strands has a pretty
teardrop gold clasp:
I still remember how it felt to twist my fingers around those beads and
wind up a personalized, color coordinated necklace for my day’s outfit.
Twist a beads are a fab accessory that are totally eighties and totally