1980’s inspiration


well, my great enjoyment of the trends of each decade has just come to a crashing, burning, up-in-flames halt.

the eighties boasted

phew. there are more trends unique to the 80’s, but i have to stop now. too.painful. {kidding.} {sort of.}

in all seriousness, some of these trends have come back, including neon, leggings, and denim paired with denim. like the 70’s styles, i think the 80’s can be classic in toned down, more tailored versions.

i expect leggings and the chambray/denim shirt will continue to be in and/or cycle around. they would be good additions to a capsule wardrobe, but maybe not great ones, depending on your style. here are a few of the ways i’ve styled my chambray this year- it’s one of my favorite pieces!

chambray combined

as for the rest? please, oh please, don’t let acid wash or shoulder pads* come back! {that is my grown up christmas wish.}

*caveat: thrifting (or a trek back into your closet, perhaps) can score you some great blazers and sweaters- don’t be afraid of shoulder pads- just take the scissors and snip them right out. voila! instant upgrade.

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  • Selah December 18, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    Oh, the 1980s. I remember participating in some of your trends. I had a Laura Ashley dress (worn with Keds and scrunched socks), stirrup pants, neon soccer shorts, Sam & Libby ballet flats, etc. http://m.pinterest.com/bibliophile78/timeless-fashion/
    Thinking about it, only the shoes were cute in the 80s. I would wear Keds and Sam & Libby’s today. Everything else was pretty awful.

    • Caitlin December 18, 2012 at 5:04 PM

      I definitely wore a lot of the extra pieces you mentioned! I think the 80’s was really the worst decade…what were we thinking?

      • Selah December 18, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        Well, I was a preteen trying desperately to be cool (why these things were cool, I don’t know, but they were) and you were a little kid! It’s not about what we were thinking – what was the fashion industry thinking?!? The scary thing is – will we feel this way about our current clothes in 20-30 years? I don’t think we will.

      • Caitlin December 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

        Haha. True. I honestly don’t think we will, either. In my opinion, the 70’s through the 90’s were a little crazy, but now, tamed down and paired with items that are proven classics, I think they’ll stay timeless.

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