Like every other era, there are a number of 80s clothing items that are finding their way back into mainstream fashion. I am not sure if they ever left. Back in the day, men wore fedoras, caps, and felt hats. You even saw one in the 1986 film, “Pretty in Pink,” worn by no other than Molly Ringwald and Jon Cryer. Look around today. You see those same hats on men, even young men. You even see women wearing these same hats and caps as well.
Back to the 80s fashion comback. As you know, I am a lover of all things 80s. So, I thought what better way to honor my favorite era than to point out some of the fashion of the 1980s that you see today.
I’ll admit it. I love, love, love leggings. Always have and always will. I was definitely one of those who wore leggings under the long top (and still do!). This outfit could be worn everywhere from shopping, work, to on a date. My favorite way to wear my leggings and long top was with leather ankle boots. I was looking too cute…LOL!
Remember neon colors? You have your bright, bright blues, pinks, limes, and oranges. Well, if you have taken a look at gym shoes that are currently on the market, you will see that they are in the same bright neon colors and folks are loving them!
Every spring, you see bright colors, again, in dresses and tops. Since the 80s, there hasn’t been a year that bright orange or pink hasn’t been in the fashion industry. I know a lot of people didn’t particularly care for the neon, stating it was a little too much. But isn’t this what fashion is all about? There is no other way to represent fashion, 80s or otherwise, than to push the envelope.
Rockin’ the headband was a necessary fashion accessory in the 1980’s. Part of the leotard and leg warmer era of the 70’s fitness craze, the headband was a compliment to any outfit.
Originally used by both men and women to keep the hair back and keep the sweat from dripping down the face during a work-out, the headband soon became a fashion statement.
Sporting such iconic designs such as peace signs and tie-dye art in bold, bright neon colors, the headband became the ultimate companion to your mini-skirt, parachute pants, stirrup pants and oversized shirts. But wait! The hair, oh my goodness, the hair! Male or female, it did not matter, the bigger and/or longer, the better. We bleached, we crimped and we teased to make that hair as big and as full as possible. People like Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston, Brett Michaels, Billy Idol, Boy George and Jon Bon Jovi helped lead us to realize that we had no limits when it came to our hair growing wild. But now back to the original topic of the headband!
With all of this hair, now growing bigger and bigger, the headband became an integral accessory, depending on the hairstyle. The headbands could be worn in the hair to complement the style or on the forehead to complete the ensemble.
The type of material did not matter, it could be elastic, silk, denim or whatever else you wanted to tie, roll or sew. If you ran with the cool crowd, you definitely sported a cool headband.
This blog is meant to explore the 1980.s and possibly the early 90s. Truth be told we sit around and listen o 80s rap all day so we could be waiting for our cars to get out of the auto body shop and not give a care as to whether or not it ever gets done because we love the 80s so much.
The first thing that comes to my mind (nope…not weed) is cocaine and limousines. Isn’t the 80s when cocaine was a big craze?
I remember sitting at a party and then getting up to go to the bathroom and on my way out George, my partner, showed me the dresser was covered in white stuff.
I’m guessing it was cocaine…so I kind of freaked out. For me, seeing that stuff makes me think that the cops will show up within seconds or that there will be a huge gunfight.
Because that’s what the TV shows us.
I don’t mind having that fear because I really don’t think cocaine is something that will make me rich. I actually know a couple of roofers in Largo , Florida that think the same way I do. I guess roofers have some drug problems if you don’t go with a reputable roofing guy. Who knew?
As I sit here and watch Captain America, I wonder if it was from the 80s too! Who knows!
Big Hair, Metal Bands and daisy dukes…..I’m not sure I remember much about the 80s…which is why we are here!