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...

fashion plates

Fashion Plates

For all the little girls dreaming of being a dress designer when they grew up, Tomy Toys had just the thing to get those creative ideas flowing. Granted, they weren’t exactly an original concept; fashion plates have existed as far back as the 18th century. But these were specially made so that young hands could experience the exciting world of fashion design without ever leaving the kitchen table. Now, you could be the Christian Dior of your family! Continue reading...

Garanimals clothing

Garanimals

It’s one thing to learn how to dress yourself – it’s quite another to learn how to dress yourself well. Kids in the 70’s didn’t need to worry about that though, with Garanimals there to lend a helping hand. Today, we look back at these fashionable friends inspired by the animal kingdom. 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...

Jelly Shoes

Jelly Shoes

Fashion and comfort don't always go hand-in hand, or in this case, foot-in-foot. Sometimes sacrifices are necessary to look your stylish best, and if that meant wearing a shoe molded from plastic, so be it. Jelly shoes were fashionable in a futuristic, Jetsons sort of way, making them quite popular in the 80s, despite the fact that your feet weren't going to thank you for the experience. Continue reading...

Keds

Keds

As any parent can attest, a kid’s energy knows no bounds, and if their footwear isn’t up to the task, it can be decimated quickly from the rigors of playtime. A century ago, kids didn’t even have shoes for play, only those of the leather variety which were considered their “good shoes” – ones that they were expected to keep in pristene condition. If only there was some form of footwear specifically for play, shoes that could get scuffed and dirty without the scorn of a parent’s watchful eye, all would truly be right in the world. Their eventual shoe savior was a company called Keds, who have provided footwear for appreciative kids and adults for nearly a hundred years. Continue reading...

Levi's

Levi’s

They are as much a part of American culture as Coca-Cola, probably the most iconic clothing item ever created. And just about every American in the last hundred years has, at one time or another, zipped or buttoned up a pair of the comfortable and highly durable jeans that have come to be known simply as “Levi's.” 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...