Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Awful 80s Fashion #9 or "Oh Yes We Did!"

It's been quite a long time since I posted an installment of Awful 80s Fashion for you. If you'd like to see the first 8 posts, simply type "awful 80s" in the search box down there in the left column.

Yes, my friends. We really did wear this stuff. If you're too young to have lived through the 80s, have a laugh at our expense. If you did live through it with me, let me jog your memory a bit. Lest you think these styles were only worn by "youngsters" or only sold by trendy shops, all these images came from Summer 1985 mail order catalogs sent out by Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bonwit Teller. Oh, yes. Yes, we did.

I confess. I had several of these sets that consisted of "cutesy" oversized t-shirts worn over matching "cutesy" tights. No, I won't show you a picture. You can't make me! This set by James Berry had a fish print tee with cropped tights printed with fish scales. Sold at Bergdorf Goodman in 1985 for $106 (about $217 in today's dollar.)

If you weren't wearing a t-shirt over your tights, you were wearing a huge plaid shirt with linebacker shoulder pads. And ankle socks. And jazz shoes. Admit it, yes you were. Both pieces by Diane B. Sold at Bergdorf Goodman in 1985 for $148 (about $303 in today's dollar.)

In 1985, we wore flowered pants with elastic waists and tapered legs. Diversions cotton separates. Sold at Bonwit Teller in 1985 for $34 (about $70 in today's dollar.)

We wore jumpsuits.....big oversized jumpsuits. We wore them with scrunchy socks and Keds. Pure white would do, but blinding neon colors were better. It was not easy to go to the bathroom wearing these things. And how many times did you drop your sleeve in the toilet, hmmmm? Both jumpsuits here by Naf Naf. Sold at Bergdorf Goodman in 1985 for $98 (about $201 in today's dollar.)

I shudder to remember this. Weren't we sexy in our stretch lace catsuits? I don't think I need to elaborate. Lily of France stretch nylon lace unitard. Sold at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1985 for $25 (about $51 in today's dollar.)

18 comments:

Deja Pseu said...

HAHAHA!!! I remember the big tee/matching tights ensembles. My "jazz shoes" were neon lime green Reebok high tops. And my big jumpsuit was denim. And yes, about going to the bathroom. Especially in a porta-potty at the county fair!!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

My big tee/tights set was neon pink with a seashell print all over it and I had matching neon pink scrunchy socks.

Sheila said...

Oh yes I did! That's the year I graduated from high school, so those looks are all very familiar to me. I had red "jazz" shoes (like Corey Hart's in the "Sunglasses at Night" video!).

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH my eyes! Yep, those flowered pants were just fine, I even had some legging ones that were too tight for my health.
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Oh, Marie, we all look great with roses on our butts, don't you think? LOL!

My jazz shoes were a very sedate black, Sheila. But they looked great with the aforementioned neon pink slouch socks.

Miss Rayne said...

I did the floral vest and pants several times over, but thank goodness I never went down the lace bodysuit road.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Guilty, guilty, guilty! Lace bodysuit under a denim mini skirt and white blouse worn unbuttoned to *ahem*. And white pumps. Ahhhhhhhh! I can't believe I admitted that!

Audi said...

I still have a tough time with ANY sort of lace after the horror of the 80's. I didn't own a catsuit, but lace leggings -- never again!!

Katie said...

this is all very disturbing. i am glad i was born in 1986 and missed all this. although...were the 90's much better??

K.Line said...

Eeek! I had a NafNaf jumpsuit. It was neon green. I thought I was SO cool.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

The 90s had minimalism and grunge. That's a good question, Katie!

Audi, I can remember that the lace wasn't really comfortable to walk on. My feet would have the lace pattern imprinted on them at the end of the night. Yeah, that's cool.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

K.Line, what color were your slouch socks?

Miss Rayne said...

A good point, at least we remember the 80s. for me the 90s were about avoiding black shoes with clumpy heels and squared toes. Long tailored jackets that reached my knees and general dullness/blandness.

Those said...

I hope you will do a late 80s post like this so you can include HAMMER PANTS. I had an oversized blouse/hammer pant combo outfit in MUSTARD in 7th grade. oh my god.
thosetricks.com

Erin said...

I'd like to point out that elements of these awful "fashions" are coming back. I see kids in our church youth group in veeeerrrryy similiar colors and clothes. With the notable exception of the lace catsuit and the florals.

Roseana Auten said...

I've got my own shameful fashions I embraced . . . I think it goes to show you, if you have any hesitation about a style or trend, don't spend any time learning to love it. Run away!

truebluegal said...

keds keds keds keds !!!!! all the time....

oh and dont forget the Tretorns!! Every color under the sun with the cute little trim!?

Loved it.... thank god Keds are cool again!!

Anonymous said...

Not all 80s fasions were ugly and bad...At least I could buy decent-fitting pants/jeans with a normal waist! Now...all is hip or below it, and not at all attractive, especially when people bend over and one has the view of a "crack" eh?

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