Sunday, February 22, 2009

Fads of the 80's - Which Do You Remember

esh Hair Ties The piece of white or black mesh girls tied in their hair. We can thank Madonna for this style. I really wish I could find a picture of me doing this.
Temporary Hair Dye Colorful hair in the 80's were a must. This invention let you change your hair color from day to day. I so did this. I had all kinds of fun colors like purple, blue, gold...I even tried this again in the beginning of 2000. Can we say freak?
Headbands From Pat Benetar to Mike Reno...This was a hot style! Bwaahhh what were we thinking?
Ponytail for Men Popular with the yuppies. I always hated ponytails on guys. I like long hair but leave it down baby.
Hair Crimping Kind of looked like you had your hair braided for a week. I never crimped. I braided!
Mousse Lots of body for your hair! I have lots of hair now but doing my mousse days they called me "Miss Hair."
Helmet-Haired Bangs Loni Anderson...Need I say more? Ahhhhh I loved my bangs. They had to be just right.

Banana Clips And still used today! Who says the 80's are dead? I have not see anyone using a banana clip. If I did, I would have to ask them where they got it. I loved that faux mohawk look when your hair is down to your ass.
Mohawk Haircuts Very attractive, 'eh?
Barrettes w/ things Dangling from Them Girls wove ribbons through, usually two different colors, and hung beads on the end of the ribbon. You could also buy theses barrettes ready-made and some even had FEATHERS hanging from them. I never ever had one of these. Or did I?
Princess Di Haircuts Poor Di! Miss her!
Crazy Hair Colors Pink, blue, purple, red, yellow and so on.
Tails You remember...The short or long 5 pieces of hair running down your back. Bwahahah, it took me years to not have a tail.
RayBan's Made famous from the Tom Cruise movie 'Risky Business'.
Flat Top Haircuts for Guys Some cuts were a little off to the side like Bobby Brown. He also had a line cut on his head. Don't know if this was a fad for the bros.
Rooster Bangs Look Rooster Bangs Are bangs that are cut so they stand up and frizz out. I wanted this look but my hair is too thick for it to look the way I wanted it to.
Big Hair Lots of hairspray and teased up high! Gotta love it!
Skater Haircut Shaved on one side and all the hair hanging on the other side.
BIG Hair Bows Another essential Madonna accessory!
Colored Mascara/Eyeliner Always extra thick! Blue, purple were the popular colors used. What this still isn't in?
Painter Type Hats With the tails off the back
Bandanas Any color tied anywhere would make you fit in just about anywhere circa 1984. (i.e.. David Lee Roth) my boyfriends wore them around their thighs.
Green Lipstick Turned pink when you put it on. Awwww...I loved this lipstick!
Pierced Ears Lots of earrings for the girls. For the guys - Left ear your straight, right ear you were not so straight. :)
Blue Eye Shadow Not only was mascara and eyeliner blue, but also above chick's eyes! We've even seen yellow used in some cases! YES loved this. I was a makeup maven! Everyone wanted me to do their makeup.
Shoelace Hairclips Women's hairclips in which they came multicolored, metallic, or solid print Popular in late 80's, early 90's.

Bright Neon/Fluorescent Shirts Orange, yellow, fuchsia, green, etc. with the matching socks , earrings and hair scarves. LOVED this look. Matching my hot pink socks to my hot pink tshirt.
Pastel T-Shirts Pink was very popular for the guys. Also came in just about any other color in the rainbow.
Champion Sweatshirts Pretty much self explanatory. Another one still sold today.
Torn Workout Top Those maniac chicks, gotta love 'em! Some workout tops were also cut on the bottom to expose the stomach area. Most were worn off the shoulder. This look was hot. We all wanted to be Jennifer Beals in Flashdance.
Slogan T-shirts With words like Go-Go, Relax, Boy Toy, etc. For 80s t-shirts visit! NEVER!!!!
Jean jackets Levis were popular and still are in some areas of the country. Some people even painted their favorite rock band album covers on the back of their Levis denim jackets. I wanted one of these so bad but could never afford it.
Army jackets Camouflage was in almost as much as the Miami Vice style blazers.
Michael Jackson Thriller Jacket Just like the one he wore in his video.
Sleeveless shirts These were sleeveless but cut all the way down the side so they they were open.
Clothing with keyboards up and down the sleeves Pretty snazzy 'eh?
Members Only Jackets Had to have every color remember? I had the fake Members Only Jacket in Black.
OP (Ocean Pacific) T-shirts For the surfer in you!
Izod Shirts In every color of the rainbow. Some wore them with collars turned up.
Argyle Vests So preppy!
Skinny Ties Those leather ones were soooooo cool!
Knit Ties Skinny of course!
Bolos Leather cords with a piece of metal, plastic, etc. holding them together at the neck.
Power Ties Bold and classical ties for those power lunches.
Long Shirts Usually the more full figured gals wore these. I loved these but wasn't full figured.
Cardigan Sweaters with shirts underneath Most of the time, not tucked in.
Paisley Shirts Paisley was in with the new wave crowd as well as other cliques.
Black, collared shirts Usually buttoned all the way to the top.
Shirts with zippers Some of these had buttons as well. The zippers or buttons were put on the shirts in a way that it opened diagonally from the shoulder area. When opened the shirt would have this triangular shape flapping on your chest.
Laced Crop Tops With bra underneath. If a white lace - white bra. If black lace - black bra. Still love these.
Hawaiian Shirts Lots of flowers and loud colors... Aloha!
Rugby shirts Colored sleeves with sweatshirt gray or white for the body of the shirt.
Black Rock Band T-Shirts Same as below, just with the sleeves.
Sleeveless Rock Band T-Shirts Headbangers unite! AC/DC, Metallica, Poison, Ratt, Ozzy. To name a few. I still have my shirts. Thinking that one day my kids will think they are cool. They will probably think I was lame.
T-Shirt Clips They looked like a ring with a bar through the middle and you threaded the bottom of your shirt through them. I just tied mine so I didn't have to spend money on the clip.
Shaker Knit Sweaters Shaker Knit refers to the type of stitch used to make these sweaters. If you saw Hunt for Red October, the dark sweater Jack wears is a shaker knit sweater.
Hang Out Oxfords with Big Belts to Cinch With matching socks over stirrup pants.
Wearing collars up on polo shirts & blouses 3 words... Preppy...preppy...preppy!
Polo Shirts with collars (collars usually worn pulled up) Plenty of colors to choose from - pastels were a favorite preppy color.
Underwear as Outerwear As worn by Madonna, Annie Lennox & Cyndi Lauper. I must admit I have worn my share of bras as shirts.
Navy Blue Down-Filled Vest - Sleeveless Winter, summer, spring and fall - this was in.
Blouse or Gown with Buttons Also with feathers, rhinestones - usually tracing up and down one sleeve
Air Brushed Shirts Saw lots of couples wearing these in High School with their mate's name on them. Couple of hearts, etc. LOVED this look.
lojos Rubber sandal type of things called "Flojos". This was the brand that made them.
Peter Pan Boots Short, suede boots that all girls wore with their pin stripe jeans tucked into
Gasoline Jeans Grey on one side, denim blue on the other. An interesting combo!
Scrunch Socks Different colors and layer them oppositely on each foot. For example; one foot would have a pink then a purple on top and the scrunched part would be on the bottom half then the other foot would be purple with pink on top with the pink on the bottom half. What girl in the 80s didn't wear scrunch socks?
Dangeling belts In pastel and neutral colors - People commonly wore 2 or 3 belts at a time.
Corduroy pants Brown, white, blue. We've also seen red Levis corduroy pants back in our awesome decade!
Argyle socks Knee high socks with colorful diamond pattern, all diamonds were connected with stripes-zigzag pattern. typically came in colors of red, yellow, navy and hunter green. Matched your argyle sweater (v neck). Socks usually had no pattern on toe or heel portion.
Striped Levi's jeans Had to be tight too! Different color denim were also used. Black, light blue, dark blue, etc.
Button-fly Levis jeans And one of the most popular jeans still worn today!
Acid washed jeans Nice and light. The more holes in your jeans, the better! (i.e. Kip Winger) Tear that shit up baby. We spent a lot of time tearing them just right.
Reebok high-tops With no or untied laces.
Parachute Pants Made out of nylon with lots of zippers! NEVER but I did date a dude who wore them but he was from California and that was in the 90's. Freak.
Adidas Shoes Hmmmmm, can you say Run DMC?
Jordache - Chic - Sergio Valente' - Calvin Klein - Gloria Vanderbuilt - Sasson - Guess Jeans Oooooh La La! "Designer" jeans were all the rave in the '80s. Most brands had certain designs on the back pockets like Jordache and Sergio Valente'. All worn very tight and straight legged. I wanted Jordache so bad but we couldn't afford them. My dad always got me jeans that he said, no one could tell the difference. Parents!
Vans!!! I remember seeing checkerboard and multi-color styles in High School.
Adidas or OP pants With the drawstring - no zipper.
Penny Loafers Had to have these.
Top Siders Another one that I still see around today.
Capezios Capezios are shoes - they're like dance shoes and became popular shortly after Flashdance came out. They were usually white. For those who didn't know like me! It reminded me of the next one.
Chinese Slippers The little black shoes all (well most of) the girls wore them. Bwwhaahaha..I would wear these today if I could find them.
Converse Chuck Taylor
High -Tops
Wild colored high top sneakers worn not only by basketball players.
Mini Skirts Short plaid, ruffled on the bottom, etc. skirts women wore. Hello, want to see what I ate for breakfast?
"Pegged" Jeans You folded the bottom of the jeans over first to make them narrow, then rolled them up, so they were "pegged."
Sweatpants Tucked into tube socks with the bottoms puffing out. Bwahahaah...would you ever wear this look today?
Legwarmers Flashdance made these even more popular than they already were! We all loved leg warmers.
Jelly shoes Brightly colored. Jelly shoes were so comfortable.
Poofy Pants With the tapered bottom. Some had lots of pockets and zippers and/or buckles. Hammer time!
Ripped Jeans Usually in slits and tight - the more slits the better!
Keds Again, popular in the mid to late 90's. White with the little blue Keds emblem on the back.
Plastic shoes They were usually pastel colors, they were really cheap, and they hurt like hell!
Hurraches Leather woven sandals.
Short skirts with bike shorts underneath Who says you can't ride a bike with a short skirt? Although chicks also wore this to clubs. Another Madonna ensemble.
Floods Pants that ended before your ankles did.
Zuba shorts and pants Pants with multi-colored zebra-like stripes. they come in colors of athletic teams.
Spandex Lots of it too! A stretchy fabric that molds to your skin. Pants or shorts were usually made of this fabric. Spandex made me feel sexy.
Stonewashed Gap Jeans Faded before you bought 'em. These were so bodacious!
Surfer Pants Usually light in color and fabric with a little string in the front to tie.

Madonna Gloves From the Like a Virgin era. Also Crosses were big and whatever Madonna wore, the chicks wore too. I so did the cross thing and did up until....
Cut Socks as Gloves Cutting off the ends of sweat socks (usually the kind with the different color rings at the top of the sock) and wearing them as wristbands. A lot of the punks did this. It's funny-you see the guy in the movie Salt Lake City Punks wearing these.
Polka Dots! Shirts, suspenders, socks, etc. Different colors.
Jelly /Gummy Bracelets Those were the thin plastic bracelets that girls would wear tons of at a time - and rings. Gummy bracelets rocked!
The Preppy Look Short hair (for the guys), penny loafers, argyle socks, Polo shirts with the collar sticking up. This description could go on and on! You get the idea.
Big Obnoxious plastic comb With solid or swirling colors, usually kept it in your back pocket. Yes! this was some crazy idea. Why did we think this was ok?
Pet Rock An ordinary rock with plastic eyes on it. This goofy fad made someone millions of dollars and a place in history!
Mexican dresses Maybe this was subject to geography - Texas.
Jimmy-z and Z-Cavaricci clothing They were extremely multi-colored "knitted" sweaters that looked more like a tangled knot that just happened to be in the shape of a sweater. No rhyme or reason, and they were often lumpy looking. Similar to the sweaters Bill Cosby wore on his show.
Slap Bracelets Slap bracelets were about an inch wide with metal on the inside and colored cloth on the outside. They were in bright colors and were straight and when you hit them on your wrist they bent around your wrist like a bracelet.
Jams Jams were multi colored shorts -- guys mostly wore them. They were like the Hawaiian shirts only for the bottom. Most guys wore them without socks, and sandals of some kind. The preppy look for those hot summer days!
Multiple Outfits These were interchangeable multi-colored cotton clothes that were often cinched with a a sash. Also - anything really busy, clashing and eye popping!
Skateboarding Very popular even today!
Snowboarding Another very popular sport (we guess you can call it a fad). One of our visitors wrote in saying, "HOT guys do snowboarding, Weird guys do skateboarding. ;)
Friendship Pins/Bracelets Pins were often worn on sneaker laces and denim jackets.
Coke clothes, jeans, accessories Have a Coke and a smile! Or was it, Coke is it? In any case, these clothes were in!
Twisty Bead necklaces Thin beaded necklaces, lots of different colors, you would twist them together and clasp them in the back with a clip. You could also make them long by doubling one in the back and connecting it on the side with a clip. Any self respecting 80's chic had twisty beads in EVERY color. They were great to wear with your izod shirt and polo shirts. Collars up, of course!
Bennetton Benetton first hit around 1988 - a new clothing line, all about colors, animal prints, and jeans. Alot of denim matching ensembles. It was a had to have line, like Guess, Esprit and L.A. Gear.
Camp Beverly Hills It was cheap women's perfume. Loves Baby Soft was also popular.
Banana Republic Banana Republic, before they became the upscale Gap they are today, launched in 1987 or so with a safari theme. It was all khaki's and t-shirts with jungle animals on them, and, of course, bananas. Most of the stores were decorated in rattan wood, with fake trees and a jeep in the middle of the store.
Jordache Purses Those little $3 crescent-shaped Jordache purses with the skinny string shoulder strap. They were made out of a really lightweight vinyl/tyvek kind of material -- it had the Jordache horse-head logo stamped on it. They came in lots of colors (metallic too)
Plastic Spring Bracelets Those neon colored plastic spring bracelets (I believe there were necklaces & earrings, too)
Shopping at The Limited Anything Forenza or Outback Red!
Roach Clips w/ feathers dangling Roach clips with feather hanging off of them, they were attached to your belt loop. Never know when you might need something like this! SO funny that parents were buying these for their kids. I had at least 4 different colors.
Pop Balls This is not what you are thinking (get your mind out of the gutter). These were rubber balls that you turned inside out, laid them on the floor and watched them pop up.
Creepy Crawlers Throw them on the wall and watch them slowly crawl back down. Ewww, Creepy! :)
Code Bleu clothes
Dexters A deck (boat type) shoe.
Jeri Curls Popular for the African Americans (mostly men). Looked like a shiny, wet perm. See: Michael Jackson, circa "Beat It" video; also see: Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America" movie with it's Jeri curl parody (featuring today's ER's Eriq LaSalle), "Soul Glow". The term Jeri Curl was named for the solution you sprayed in your hair to get the desired effect.
Punk Made popular from bands like the Clash - Mohawks, chains, make up, etc
Flashdance Look Ripped pants, shirts, strapped shirt under a sweatshirt. Ohhh sexy!
Valley Girl Look Hair that was shorter (spiked or curly) on top and a little longer in the back, head bands (usually stripped) that matched our fitted stripped tops, mini skirts of mini skirt-dresses, big earrings, bright colors, belts (around our hips - first made big by Mike Hutchence in the "One Thing" video, usually doubled). And let us not forget leg-warmers!
New Wave Stuff New Wave was in reference to music culture (i.e., Pet Shop Boys, Dead or Alive, Erasure, Duran Duran, Echo and the Bunnymen, etc) - fashion-wise, look at any of the previously mentioned bands and they're videos, and think: feminine guys with make-up and teased hair (before Poison-like glam rock), Creepers shoes, Long duster coats (i.e.., Boy George), little bowler-like black hats and eye-liner, a lot of black-and-white accessorizing. See: "Ducky" in "Pretty in Pink";, a reference made in "SLC Punk" (during the slide show about who beats up who - the New Waver's don't beat up anyone).
Swatch Watches Went well with the plastic bracelets. Was accompanied by other Swatch watches. Sometimes worn with more than one watch.
Spoon Rings Spoon rings, usually sterling siver with the design of a spoon handle, or fork. We called them spoon rings. (Added compliments of Trish)
Michael Jackson Glove Couldn't even believe I actually saw people with this on.
Miami Vice Look Well padded blazer with a pastel T-shirt under, etc. Shoes with no socks.
"Puffy" silver hearts Jewelry - "puffy" heart pendants for necklaces.
Generra Generra is a brand name, they made men's' clothes and those "hyper color" t-shirts.
Vision Street Wear Skateboarding gear - T-shirts, caps, beanies, shoes, skateboards and more!
Huge clocks Wore around the neck. Usually worn by rap members.
Anything Neon Pretty self explanatory. Socks, Shirts, Hair accessories, bracelets, shoe laces, etc.


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