With the recent passing of one of the greatest disco icons of my life…
I grew up with you and loved you.
Rest in peace.
… I began thinking about the countless fashions I’ve adored and endured in my life.
Since the 80’s were so fun and carefree, I decided to focus on that fabulous decade. Fabulous for fashion? Maybe not – but watch any raunchy 80’s movie and discover a whole world of fashion do’s and don’ts that I’d love to revisit.
My favorite 80’s trends:
BIG Hair! I think we all know why I love the trend… I still have big hair! Stiff Stuff & Aquanet abounded. Now I use Helmet Head.
Whorewear. You could dress like a slut and no one thought that you were a stripper!
Parachute Pants. I loved my red parachute pants! I haven’t seen any since though.
My “O Ring” Bracelets. Madonna rocked these and so did I!
Flash Dance Shirts. I loved the whole off-the-shoulder sexiness.
Zipper Jeans. Not jeans with zippers! Jeans with ONE zipper that zipped around the crotch and allowed the pants to split in two. We had no “stretch denim” back in the day. Skin tight and dangerous! AKA: Easy access pants – LOL!
Chinese Shoes. They only came in black. It’s probably the last time I enjoyed wearing a flat shoe!
Work Pants. Bought at the Army/Navy Store in Bloomfield Center with pockets. A day later the pockets were sewn shut so they didn’t make you look fat. Loved them!
1980’s Trends I’m Torn About:
Jellies. So cute but so brutal on the feet! The blisters were BAD!
Neon. Whether a shirt, pants or chunky 80’s jewelry – I’m split about this one. Neon seems to be back at your local Joyce Leslie or Mandees.
Perms.Everyone had them. I have a love/hate relationship with them. My dad has a picture of me in the living room with a perm. I was never a fan – but I did re-try the perm in 2007. Let’s just say I currently have no perm.
Leg Warmers or Socks and High Heels. Let the picture speak for itself.
Even with my prospect of no money for new clothes, every girl needs to buy a few key pieces every season.
My mom always took me school shopping for supplies and shoes and clothes. This was my kick-off for Fall. Even when I became a teacher, my mom took me back-to-school shopping – I really miss that now that she’s gone.
Of course I resort to shopping alone – online or in stores. Frankly, I love the sample sales and private shopping sites like: Gilt, Rue La La, Beyond the Rack, Ideeli, Modnique – to name a few. I’m a member of them all! Just comment and I’ll send you an invitation code if you’d like.
My favorite trends for Fall 2011 are:
Mod: As far as I’m concerned, the sixties are always in style.
If any of you know me personally, you know that I have an obsession with shoes. A sickness really. I love them.
My addiction borders on fetish for anything high, sexy and hot. I have about 400 pairs of shoes (so my husband keeps saying) which include everything from stilettos to platforms to sneakers. Friends who embark upon my shoe closet are immediately taken back to their childhoods when they tried on mommy’s high heels. My friends Christine said it was like shopping in the Macy’s shoe department.
I have shoes that I have never worn. I have shoes that I’ve worn out. I have weekend shoes and weekday shoes, though they often intersect.
So I have decided to create a shoe page in honor of my compulsion. I will post a new pair of shoes when I can so that I might actually find out the TRUE NUMBER. Any guesses?
If you have read my blog before, you know I’m a raving shopaholic. Not shopping all summer long has recently sent my shopaholism into an online feeding frenzy only hindered by the fact that I have no money.
Looking good is important to me. Comfort is an option as it should be. Your body acclimates to style if you persist long enough.
I’ve persisted. Here are some of my recent purchases… I love them!
Fashion has a tendency to repeat itself with new updates that make the trend more modern. This year’s Fall Collections are no exception.
Scouring sample sales, fashion magazines and any online fashionista jabber I focused in on a few trends that I like for Fall 2010. Most of these are in a normal fashionista’s price range except for my Military pick – but I couldn’t resist.
Boots: Thigh-high boots seem to be making a comeback. They appeared on the fashion scene a few years ago but the runways are loaded with them this Fall. Must have: Report Winston
The most important thing in fashion is to HAVE FUN. If you love what you’re wearing you will exude confidence and strength and others will notice. I love creating my own looks. It’s an art. Putting together just the right pieces – perfect harmony.
Shop smart at sample sales, Marshall’s or TJ Maxx. It’s better to buy better, cheaper than to buy JUST cheap. You DO get what you pay for – trust me.
I love shopping as many women do. It’s addicting, thrilling and satisfying on every level – until you get the credit card statement.
Alex & Ani
Shopaholic or not (definitely the former) I try not to overindulge or spend money foolishly. Although I can never that I haven’t committed these “wallet” crimes, I do try to shop for designer clothes and accessories at discount stores when at all possible.
Some time ago I discovered online sample sales and have been enjoying them ever since. The pricing is great but quantities are limited. You can go crazy, so be smart. The keys to these sales are SPEED, NEED, HEED.
SPEED: Grab it before anyone else does – but realize there is a cart time-limit.
NEED: Do you need it or really, really want it?
HEED: Pay attention to return policies, shipping costs and research your purchases prior to making them.
Feel free to use the links and invites below so you can start shopping SMART.