I have a terrible confession to make, Fashionable Reader. Terrible.
I embraced late 80's fashion.
What can I say? I was in junior high. It's what you do with fashion in junior high, believe that trendy = good. Little 11 year old me wasn't able to make a distinction between popular and stylish. I remember 80s trends that others seem to have forgotten (or were indigenous only to my corner of North America). There were those plastic charm necklaces, thick chain made of neon plastic onto which one clipped other neon plastic charms. Or stacking bracelets, the little thin anodize metal ones, I collected hundreds of them, stored them in tennis ball tubes, and would wear them all the way up one arm. Or sparkle jellies for beach wading.
I realized recently that there are things I forgive the 80s and that I am, if not happy, at least indifferent to see return ~ shoulder pads in a more 1940's moderation, I don't mind. Not for me, but OK for others. Sweatshirts off the shoulder? Meh. The occasional crop top? I'm to old but let the young people have their fun. Color blocking can even be nice. Faded jeans? If you must. Even art prints when done more graphically are fine with me. And, frankly, I never gave up my love of studded leather, even studded white leather. (I know, I know.)
But there are 80s trends I remember with such disgust that I cannot accept their return. I just can't. It makes me sad in my soul to see them turn up again in NY or London or Paris. And I vow, here and now, that I myself will never revisit them.
"Our American ladies derive all their ideas of costume from France; and as New York rejoices in the most extensive and the most speedy intercourse with that land of taste and elegance, the French fashions always get there first."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)
1. Mom Jeans
Extra negative points if jeans are pleated in any way. Ever.
2. Leg Warmer Socks
1980s Heather Locklear
3. Acid Wash Jean
|vintage acid was jeans|
|Now, still not good.|
4. Oversized T-shirts or Sweatshirts/Sweaters with Leggings
OK so this is more early 90s, but I conflate the late 80s early 90s because that was my age bracket for embracing this kind of thing. Mid high school I started into my goth phase, began thrifting and discovering vintage, became loyal to men's jeans (Levi's 515s) and gave up following trends to forge my own way. My window for being trendy was about 4 years – formative years, but brief. And it included the early 90s. Not yet grunge, but the beginning.
6. Little Socks with Heels or Sandals
Those are my particualr picks. How about you, fashionable reader? Anything that still makes you wince when you see it return to haunt us?
"It is true that women of enlarged minds, and really good taste, do not think it necessary to follow closely all the changes and follies of fashion, and to wear things that are inconvenient, uncomfortable, and unbecoming, merely because milliners, dress-makers, &c. have pronounced them "the last new style."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (1864)
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