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Why I loved the 80's

There are many reasons why I loved the 1980s. I "grew up" during those years, spent much of my teen years in the 80's, had my first crush, first boyfriend, etc. So those things alone should cause my heart to flutter at the thought.

I'm not here to talk about love, or lack thereof, today. I am exuding excitement at the thought of the 80's fashion coming back into style!! Today's fashion is a quick-fix; simply, quick, easy. Hey, I like to keep things simple as much as the next guy, but when I was in the height of my fashion sense, as a teenager, I spent hours on my look.

That's not to say that I have forgotten today's fashion, I just can't wear it myself. There are some incredible brands of clothing out there today such as Hollister, Aeropostale, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Baby Phat. These companies have taken over the last decade of clothing and style. I respect these brands and I wear them today, but may I make a general statement about today's "style"? I call it the "Lazy Slut" style. Think about it, most of them have messy hair, or their hair up in a messy bun, or even just straight, flat hair. Their clothes barely cover their unmentionables. It doesn't take more than 20 minutes for them to get ready in the morning and so many of them look like they're off to work the corner for the day! If you're offended by that statement, take a look in the mirror. Now, obviously I'm not labeling the classy adults or other adults over age 25 because they were lucky enough to catch the tail end of the 80's fashion (which spilled into the very early 90's). Those of us inside that era know how to wear clothing. We wear it for its original purpose, to cover things. And of course there are many classy women and young ladies from today too, I'm not aiming this mini-rant at them whatsoever.

In case you forgot some things about the 80's (totally possible) I've outlined a list below of my own favorites. If you have the time, please leave your favorites in the comments section, I love to recall those days. Happiness was flourishing in me every day, or was it lust for my first crush? More than likely a little of both. Remember those days?

My favorites from the 80's (in no special order)

1 Hoop Earrings - Big hoop earrings

2. Extra long shirts with mammoth sized belts

3. Patterns - Flowers, big abstract shapes, vibrant colors

4. Colors - Era started out in pastels and vibrant reds and blues; ended with flourescent pink, green, yellow

5. Big Hair and Aqua Net - I always made sure that I had the biggest hair. Really, I would spend almost two hours a morning, combing and ratting my hair as crazy and animal-like as I could get it. I've realized now that I'm in my 30's that that was my eccentricity as a writer. The Aqua Net was a necessity for big hair. We all used it and loved it at one point. And then we learned that cement-like hair, is not really attractive...lol

6. Big Hair Bands - Poison, Warrant, Skid Row, Kiss, Metallica, Aerosmith....need I go on?

7. 80's songs - Cherry Pie, Every Rose Has Its Thorn, 18 and Life, Sweet Child O' Mine, Pour Some Sugar On Me, Ice Ice Baby, Baby Got Back, OPP, Let's Talk About Sex, Hot For Teacher

8. Bling - So began the era of "bling". Remember the rappers who wore alarm clocks and hub caps around their necks? If you wore under 13 necklaces at one time, you were deemed nerdy?

9. MTV - Life as we knew it, would never be the same. Mtv was born and has yet to slow down. The video that coincides with the song, perfection. Teens remain glued to their television sets to watch this legendary, iconic TV channel.

10. Coordinating outfits - Remember ladies? If we wore a green, red, and blue shirt, our socks had to be green, red, or blue. In fact, we not only matched one of the colors in our shirt, but sometimes every color! I remember wearing three different colored pairs of socks at once, one sock would come down just a little further from the next, around my calf, to accentuate each colored sock.....a big clue as to why it took me two hours to get ready in the morning:)

11. Jelly bracelets and Jelly Shoes - enough said.

12. Roller Skating - For my era and school, roller skating was the only way to go. Everyone I knew would meet there each weekend and we spent much of our young, hormonal moments on skates. Every time Sweet Child O' Mine played, everyone would make sure to skate, the rink was densely crowded but so much fun!

13. High-top tennis shoes

14. Zubaz - The ugliest, but most comfortable invention to date. Remember the patterns on these oversized sweats? Zebra, snakeskin, tiger......

15. Wearing your sweatshirts inside out, or your jeans backwards - Both of those silly fads came and went through my school. Someone was always trying to outdo the next.

16. Batman pants or Hammer pants - Batman pants had two big flaps at the hips, where they'd come together and button in the front...wow. Hammer pants had extra folds of material at the crotch that hung to your knees....another wow!

17. Jean jackets - You weren't cool if you didn't have a jean-jacket of some type. It didn't even have to be Levi's, but you had to have one.

18. Ripped and torn jeans - One of my favorite styles! I see it's coming back now, I'm in love! There's just something about someone wearing pants that look like a raccoon has nested in them.

19. Biker shorts - This style has already been back in for a couple of years. The tight, black shorts that sit just above the knee, or just below the knee. You'd wear them under shorts or skirts.

20. Blue eye-shadow - Picture it....dark blue or black eyeliner and bright blue eye-shadow. Madonna? Cyndi Lauper? Now are you seeing it?

There are many other reasons why I loved the 80's and its fashion. These are just a few. Hope I brought you on a good trip down memory lane. I know writing it was lots of fun:)

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MissJamieD 4 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

Yes, I do remember Sea Monkeys, we had them once or twice. Crazy aren't they? I totally loved the 80's and I also get the chills from certain songs, they move me in certain ways. I grew up in a town of 3000 people and all the kids my age, back then, would go rollerskating and of course they played all the coolest music so that's one of the things I think about when I hear those tunes. All the drama that teens go through around those ages, it's fun:)

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

I LOVED the jelly bracelets and had a bunch of pairs of jelly shoes.. thought they were the coolest. Also, I remember how popular high tops were and biker shorts, jean jackets, the big hair bands... I still get the chills kind of when I hear certain songs from back then. As I'm reading these 80's hubs, I keep thinking about that I am currently working on a hub on Sea Monkeys.. remember those? I think those were in the 80's right? I got some for my little boy but I think I'm more excited about them than him..lol! Thank you for another great hub :)

elijah  5 years ago

I'm 16 but i love the 80's i would kill to go back in time to c the big hair and hear guns n roses on my tape player ahhhhh!! I try my best to bring it back lol all i listen to is gnr the crue bonjovi poison ECT. And i have my friends into it to :-D can't wait for my hair to grow so i can get a perm and ratt it lol i hate the 90's i despise that decade :|

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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

dl53acy--Thanks honey! So glad you enjoyed it. I remember all the fun things you talked about, the bleach and cutting the jeans...loved that look! Thanks for reading. Come back again:) Hugs

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dl53acy 7 years ago from East Texas

Yes, I remember those days and I really miss them too! Fun back then was fun! We were serious about our fashion! I remember how we used to slash our jeans with a razor then wash them so they'd have the riggit look, cute with a black leather jacket and we'd wear black tights underneath our slashed jeans to accentuate the black leather jacket. We also would put clorox on our jeans the give them that bleached spotted look. I remember bangles and criss-cross belts, lace gloves, tight leggings and flop boots. Those were good times! Enjoyed this hub, I went down memory lane when I read it.

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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

Thanks Bad. That's hot:)

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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

eaa--thanks for reading!

deep--not sure about that but will maybe check it out:)

deep chandra 7 years ago

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eaasi3574 7 years ago

Great Hub! Very informative with lots of sound advice. Works for me!

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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

That sounds interesting, I don't know if I remember the wrapped braids....my memory lapses are more frequent these days...lol...I just know that I'm excited for the 80s fashion, I really am.

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Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

No sissy tests, but definitely big bows! I also had hair wraps, where you took a small bit of hair, braided it and wrapped it with embroidery floss, like a friendship bracelet.

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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

OMG, the dresses with the puffy sleeves....and/or shoulder pads....I adored them as well. I also loved the layered jean skirts, friendship pins and big hair bows! Did you ever do sissy tests? They hurt but I certainly remember them:)

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Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

I liked the floppy-brimmed cloth hats and 'bubble-gum' jewelry. Don't think I would wear either now. Perms were the coolest, even though my hair refused to hold one. I also liked the dresses with the v waist and the puffy sleeves.

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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

sharrie69--Thanks for reading hon:) The 80's still make me smile!

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sharrie69 7 years ago from Trinidad (an island in the Caribbean)

Fluorescent headbands and shirts a la Wham! and Madonna bracelets and lace glove! Too funny

I was always annoyed I didn't have nice long eyelashes because the coloured mascara would never show up on them!

Thanks for the memories

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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

You made me laugh out loud at that one Toad. (smiles)

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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

don't remind the rolling the jeans part, anytime I find a picture with evidence of that, I trash it!

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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta Author

Toad--I loved the 80's as I said, but of course not everyone else agrees! lol

Remember rolling your jeans at the bottom? lmao

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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I often wore shirts with a number on it like some cheap baseball jersey. I think how dumb I am to have cut my jeans at the knees on purpose too.

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