Parachute Pants

Parachute Pants

Looking back, one might wonder why gaggles of kids (and rock bands, for that matter) were wearing parachute material in the 80s. It’s not like they were going to accidentally plunge off a cliff or walk out of an airplane. Rather, a new dance form called breakdancing was gathering momentum, and if you wanted to spin with reckless abandon or bust out with some robotic moves, you needed a pair of pants that were lightweight and slick. Once again, the dance community led the way to a fashion fad of immense proportions. Continue reading...

Fanny Packs

Fanny Packs

Once upon a time, when it came to carrying your belongings with you, you basically had two choices - the pocket or the purse. Stuffing your pockets was uncomfortable, as was being tethered to a purse all day, especially at a place like an amusement park or the beach. The 80s offered a handy alternative that caught on like wildfire - the oft-maligned fanny pack. These hands-free containers were practical, comfortable, and for a short time at least, fashionable. Continue reading...

Lip Smackers

Lip Smackers

Since the 1970's, there hasn't been a girl alive who didn't succumb to the addictive flavors offered by Bonne Bell Lip Smackers. These generously-sized pushup tubes of lip gloss came in a dizzying array of delicious flavors that coated the lips in a heavenly goo, which was impossible not to lick off and then reapply every five minutes. Continue reading...

Miami Vice

Miami Vice

There are countless ways that television influences the fashion trends of society, but cop shows usually aren't at the forefront. Nobody ever looked at Barney Miller or Kojak and said "ooh, I want to dress like those guys." That is until viewers got a gander of Crockett and Tubbs, two pastel-laden police officers keeping the streets of Florida safe from drug lords on the hit 80s series, Miami Vice. Continue reading...

Breakdancing

Breakdancing

Breakdancing, also known as B-boying, was an urban dance style born in the 70s that owed as much to mimes as to the music of Jamaican DJs spinning their discs in areas such as New York’s South Bronx. By the time the 80s rolled around, the look was parachute pants and track suits, and the movement went from the streets to suburbia and MTV. Continue reading...

Grunge

Grunge

Kurt Cobain, Nirvana's guitarist/vocalist and resident grunge poet, asked kids to "Come As You Are." Dirty, wet, worn, downtrodden and nostalgic for better days, grunge was a lifestyle response to an unsettled restlessness felt by the teenage generation the media dubbed 'X.' After the conspicuous consumption and 'money is everything' mantra of the decadent 80s, the Generation X'ers rejected the shiny and new, preferring everything around them second hand. Their feelings, on the other hand were new, raw and aggressive. Continue reading...

Slap Bracelets

Slap Bracelets

If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, there’s no point in denying you had one. Bringing out the masochist in each of us, the slap bracelet made it okay to hit yourself with something, all in the name of fashion. Beloved by kids and adults of all ages, these colorful accessories were sold by the millions. Continue reading...

Deely Bobbers

Deely Bobbers

In the early 80s, followers of fashion seemingly borrowed from My Favorite Martian for a fresh new look – that of glittery antennae-shaped balls in all their bouncing glory. It was a fad that knew no boundaries, neither gender, nor age. Heads of young and old alike danced, skated, and strolled around town, seemingly ready to pick up signals from faraway planets. Continue reading...