80s fashion fancy dress

80s fashion fancy dress

Mother Monster and pop princess Lady Gaga celebrated her 30th birthday this past weekend  and it was nothing short of a perfect tribute to her 1986 birth year. Gaga arrived to greet her celebrity friends at a secret club wearing an 80s-inspired minidress that the Huffington Post adeptly said made the singer  look ready for a 1985 prom. Gaga also received a unique present that threw-it-back to the 80s. One of her guests gifted her a...

Gigi Hadid Brings Back the 80s Fashion on CR Fashion Book Cover

If you haven’t heard of Gigi Hadid, well, she just happens to be one of the hottest models on the circuit right now. Hadid is now gracing the cover of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book magazine for an 80s themed “Made In America” edition.  “In the ’80s, fashion created a fantasy around the American girl – athletic, toned, smiling, happy, gracious, and perfect. Now suddenly in 2016, we see the...

One Size Fits All – UNITS.

The 80s offered many great and legendary mall-based stores where teenaged girls could shop after stopping off for an Orange Julius. For example, who can forget the awesomeness of Lerner? The new-wave chic that was Contempo Casuals? The sweater staples of The Limited? To set the scene, think of the opening montage of ‘Valley Girl‘ with the girls tearing up the Galleria and their parents’ credit cards. Ok, now that you...

Put a “Le” in front of it! Our obsession with all things European in the 80s

In the 80s, anything and everything European was considered très chic – ESPRIT, Swatch, Lacoste, Z. Cavaricci, Frusen Glädje; you get the idea. I was talking with friends the other night about it—how we felt swept away walking into the stark, modern white-ness of a Benetton store. Apparently, all you had to do was put two little letters in front of a product name, and it suddenly sounded like you had to go through customs to get it....

The 80s Prom Dress

We are heading into one of the most important seasons in any teenage girl’s life: PROM SEASON. What to wear? Make up and manicures! HAIR! Should I get a limo? Of course I should! Oh, and yeah, the big question: who’s gonna be my date?!? But the dress – the dress is number one. And back in the 80s, boy, was it ever. The prom dresses of the 1980s were pretty epic; like everything back then, they were bigger and louder than anything...

Jingle Bell Rock: Five 80s Party Dresses Perfect For The Holidays

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and it’s officially the start of the holiday season. Lights are going up, trees are being decorated, and invitations to holiday parties are going to start pouring in. What ever will you wear? Ditch the boring LBD and go for something fresh, with a little more sparkle, and a lot more retro glam.  Amy Rose of Red Rose Vintage has scoured the web to find the perfect vintage 80s party dresses to ensure that...

Pantyhose in the 80s

Which came first: the pantyhose or the egg? Ladies, do you remember wearing pantyhose back in the early 80s? Of course you do because we all wore pantyhose; if we were wearing a dress or a skirt, we were wearing pantyhose.  Because, you know, nothing beats a great pair of l’eggs. In fact, here I am on my first day of 7th grade wearing pantyhose. With my little, white Keds sneakers. In Florida.  We didn’t call them nylons or...

Outback Red vs. Forenza – Battle of The Limited’s Brands

Ahhh, back to school shopping in the 80s. I can just picture myself breezing in and out of some of my favorite mall stores – Rave, Limited Express, and Contempo Casuals among them. But one of my favorites stores to hit on the most important shopping trip of the year was The Limited. Why? The Limited carried great clothes, scarves, jeans, jewelry, watches, hats, and two of my favorite brands ever: Forenza and Outback Red. 2 popular,...

And All That Jazz: Capezio Jazz Shoes

Junior year I tried out for Starettes, the school dance team which made absolutely zero sense…seeing as I was a pretty terrible dancer. I went out and bought some spandex “pants” (shudder) and wore a tank top with the obligatory off the shoulder sweatshirt over it. There was no need for me to run out and buy a pair of shoes because I already owned two pairs of these: Capezio “JAZZ SHOES.” Lots of girls in high school wore these,...

Essential Eighties – Esprit

I had to smile last week when I reached into my drawer to grab a pair of socks and put these on: Giant sweaters, blindingly bright colors, stripes and polka dots all come to mind when I think of the essentially 80s clothing brand Esprit. Oh, and everyone was walking around with these thin canvas bags getting lost in their oversize sweaters: I vividly remember a sleeveless, crisp white and navy Esprit sailor dress that I was in love...

Essential Summer Brands of the 80s

When I moved to Tampa, Florida in the mid-eighties my eyes were opened to a world of new things and new experiences like . . . beaches (yay!) the invasion of boys who came to visit for spring break (double YAY!) and Cuban Sandwiches (TRIPLE YAY!!!) My wardrobe was also introduced to less clothing and new brands. Brands that weren’t dark, designer jeans or Members Only jackets – these were tropical, bright, beachy fun wardrobe...

Overalls in the Eighties

By Julie Anderson The 1980s had some undeniably bitchin’ fashions. Acid wash denim, parachute pants, neon everything, and stirrup pants come to mind easily, right? But, there’s one 80s fashion trend trend that might seem a bit out-of-place amid all that glitz and those linebacker-padded shoulders – that is, unless you lived through it. Overalls, dude. Totally. Overalls were casual and playful, sporty and relaxed. Perhaps not the most...

Gold Chains in the 80s

The 80s were all about glitter and shine; and what’s shinier than gold? It makes perfect sense, then, that gold chains would be all the rage in the mid-80s. Perhaps Spandau Ballet said it best in their 1983 hit, Gold: Gold Always believe in your soul You’ve got the power to know You’re indestructible Always believe in, because you are Gold This particular fashion trend transcended gender, and guys were just as likely to...


By Julie Anderson Knickers were girls’ and ladies’ pants that ended below the knee. They were cuffed and fuller in the thigh than, say, capris or clamdiggers. There were relatives of gauchos, another great eighties trend, but pretty distant cousins. (And all you people from outside of the United States can just stop with the snickering. We know good and well what you mean when you say “knickers.” These are NOT panties we’re talking...

Press-on Nails

By Julie Anderson It’s 1987. You need to be full-on glamorous (for, like, prom or homecoming) which means shoes dyed to match your gown, pantyhose, a labor-intensive hairdo involving LOTS of styling products, and long, polished nails. However, back in the eighties we didn’t have a Star Nails in every strip mall. Sure, fancy salons had manicurists who could give you acrylic tips, but after springing for our Dyeables and our dates’...

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