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...

L'eggs

L’eggs

Few would have predicted that a plastic egg would revolutionize the women’s hosiery market. But that is precisely what happened in the 70s, when Hanes marketed an affordable line of women’s hosiery and made them available in uncustomary places such as grocery stores. Soon, supermarket aisles everywhere looked as if they were overrun by hives of giant Silly Putty. Continue reading...

Leisure Suits

Leisure Suits

Life is a never-ending quest for more leisure time. But once it is acquired, what to wear? Back in the 70s, a t-shirt and jeans worked fine for a trip to the local arcade, but they weren't quite snazzy enough for a dinner party or the local disco. Enter the polyester leisure suit - part formal, part fashionable, your wardrobe wasn't complete without one. 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...

Love Beads

Love Beads

They didn’t call it the "Summer of Love" for nothing. If there was one concept the peace-loving counter culture of the 60s embraced more than any other it was the genuine love they felt for their fellow man. And what better way to express this affection than through a set of love beads, man. Can you dig it? Continue reading...