My favorite decade was the 80s, meaning, my high school and college years were in the 80s, therefore, I love so many things about that time period.
Yes, I still listen to the 80s station on Satellite Radio.
Yes, I have Madonna, Prince, Journey, Terrence-Trent D’Arby, The Police, U2, Simple Minds, Bananarama, Bon Jovi, Mr. Mister, Boston, The Cars, AC/DC, and even Corey Hart, stations set on Pandora….
Don’t forget: Jefferson Starship, A-ha, Lionel Richie, Poison, Rick Astly, The Go-Gos, Phil Collins, Queen, ZZ Top, Tears for Fears, Michael Jackson, Peter Gabriel, Steve Winwood, Steve Miller Band, Sting, Richard Marx, Kool and the Gang, Cyndi Lauper, Twisted Sister, Level 42, R.E.M., Foreigner, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Loverboy, Robert Palmer, Culture Club, George Michael, Kenny Loggins, Billy Joel, Toto, Howard Jones, Depeche Mode, Sade, Pet Shop Boys, Bryan Adams, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, and Talking Heads…. Just to name a few.
And, oh, those movies… Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, She’s Having a Baby,(okay, any John Hughes film), St. Elmo’s Fire, A Fish Called Wanda, E.T., Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Lost Boys, Lean on Me, The Princess Bride, TAPS, Stand By Me, Top Gun, Ruthless People, The Untouchables, Bull Durham, Howard the Duck, Airplane, Back to the Future, Natl Lampoon’s Vacation, Tootsie, Amadeus, Ladyhawke, Beverly Hills Cop(s), the first three Indiana Jones movies, An Officer and a Gentleman, Empire Strikes Back, Ordinary People, Return of the Jedi, The Big Chill, Ghostbusters, 9 1/2 Weeks, Born on the 4th of July, Mystic Pizza, A View to a Kill, Aliens, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure…
I have very, very fond memories of the 80s.
But, there are some things that weren’t so fabulous about the 80s.
Like the hair….
Mercy, it was big. At least, it was big on my head. Marcy, my college room-mate had manageable, lovely, tame hair.
I, on the other hand, had the towering inferno.
Then there were the clothes.
Not so hot, either.
This is just a sampling of a couple of outfits that were still hanging in my closet back home. I threw out a lot of the clothing from the 80s, but I wanted to highlight a few of my very favorite items that were still in my closet.
I lived in that geometric shape-covered dress that was from, I think, United Colors of Benetton. Remember that store? Is it still around anywhere? It’s certainly not in my college-town mall anymore.
Oh, how hip I thought I was to be able to shop in a store like that. So European for this small town country girl.
The dress was shapeless and sack-like. All the no-no’s that Stacy and Clinton would bust me on if I were caught on an episode of, “What Not to Wear.” What’s so sad about it is, back then, I had a figure to show off, and I didn’t! Nowadays, I would like to live in that dress!! (Although, I’d add long, flowy sleeves.)
And, look at the item in the middle.
What in the world is that?
Well, it was basically a knockoff of an aviator’s jumpsuit. Fortunately, at the time, I did not own a pair of Ray Ban aviator sunglasses. Had I owned a pair, I really might have looked like Tom Cruise in Top Gun. Instead, I’m sure I topped the jumpsuit off with a pair of funky colored plastic sunglasses and a huge Swatch watch to match.
I think the jumpsuit was from Banana Republic. It’s been awhile since I’ve shopped there…
And, really? The canary yellow cropped…thing?
Why? What was I thinking?? I could have stopped traffic in that thing, but not in a good way.
Oh, then there were the dresses:
I can tell you exactly where I wore each of these frocks.
The first, the flapper thing? I got that at some resale shop and wore it to a theatre banquet my freshman year at college. The dress is not really from the 80s, but I wore it in the 80s, so I thought I’d show it to you. I had a great time in that little frock.
The cute little polka-dot smock? Wore it to ThrillCam’s fraternity formal my junior year. I loved that dress. Still do. One day, I’m going to wear it again. And, when I do, I’ll post a picture, here.
Don’t hold your breath. It might be awhile.
And, the last little strapless dress? I never wore it. Still has the tag on it. I bought it to wear to either a bridal shower or my rehearsal dinner. I, or my mother, must have felt it was inappropriate for such an occasion, being strapless and all. Who knows?
I was into bows, wasn’t I? Maybe I loved them because I actually had a waist that I could highlight… Can you imagine the size of the bow I’d have to have these days? Oh my.
So, do you still have clothing items hanging in your closet that are over 20 years old?
And, what is your all-time favorite 80s band or movie?
Or, are you too young to even remember the 80s?
Walk down memory lane with me and leave a comment,