Mood Rings

Mood Rings

During the mid-70s, it was no longer necessary to wear your emotions on your sleeve; any appendage would do! Science and marketing merged to unleash one of the biggest fads of all time, the mood ring. Soon, everyone and their mother seemed to be wearing one of these jewelry accessories on their finger, making it easy for the bystander (if the ads were to be believed, at least) to tell what the other person was feeling. Continue reading...

Mr. Zog's Sex Wax

Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax

Is there any doubt that sex sells, not just a little, but really, really well? Well, if you remain unconvinced sit back and listen to the tale of a man who sold boatloads of innocuous surfboard wax and warehouses full of tee-shirts to millions of kids across America, many of whom didn’t even own surfboards – simply by throwing that provocative three-lettered word in the name of his product. Continue reading...

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...

Puka-Shells

Puka Shells

The unassuming abode of the cone snail might not seem like the type of thing that would get a teenaged girl all hot and bothered. But string a handful of the little shells together into a fashionable choker-style necklace and slap them around the neck of America’s favorite teen heartthrob, and the next thing you know, every teenage boy is dressing to impress with a puka shell necklace. Continue reading...

Punky Brewster

Punky Brewster

Only the most hardened heart could refuse to soften a little when faced with a little orphaned girl. Just ask Annie, just ask Pippi, just ask Heidi. Now, put a spunky and self-confident little orphan alongside a cantankerous old codger, an odd couple if there ever was one, and you have a recipe for heart-string tugging like no other. Such was the power of Punky Brewster. 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. Let's take a look back and see what all the fuss was about. Continue reading...

Toughskin Jeans

Toughskin Jeans

Kids have the remarkable ability to destroy just about any type of clothing with ease, needing only an hour or so of vigorous play, sometimes minutes. But in the 70s, they begrudgingly met their match. Catalog moguls, Sears and Roebuck, developed a new fabric that was nearly indestructible, perking up the ears of parents everywhere. They marketed the fabric in a line of children's clothing that every kid of the era surely remembers, either fondly or with a pained expression. That’s right, we're talking about Toughskins. Continue reading...

Underoos underwear

Underoos

After eons of wearing simple white undergarments, something magical occurred in 1978 that would forever transform an underwear-wearing kid into a hero among mere mortals. Soon, herds of kids that wouldn’t have been caught dead displaying their skivvies in public were proudly displaying them for all to see. From under-dressed tot to Aquaman in a single bound, kids were transported into a wonderfully fun world of make-believe, thanks to a little fashion innovation lovingly known as Underoos. Let's take a look back at perhaps the most fondly remembered underwear of all time. Continue reading...