After spending a week watching not only daytime TV but oldies from past, I can’t help but comment on fashion.
It’s always interesting to see how fashion changes through the decades. I can’t say that the “I Love Lucy” era spoke to me. However, the 80s programs (except for Rosanne which had no fashion sense at all) were near and dear to my heart.
I graduated from high school in the 60s. I remember that decade as very formal. I wore girdles, garter belts and was ecstatic when panty hose was invented.
Towards the end of the 60s, out went the pantyhose, along with the bras! Long straight hair parted in the middle with beads, sandals and peasant blouses arrived and sailed through a good part of the 70s.
There was also polyester. It laundered beautifully and never needed ironing. However, if you would sweat, it would slide on your body and soak up a stink. Poly pants were just disgusting.
By the time the ‘80s came along, I had a good job. That translates into nice clothes. Work was still formal. I wore a lot of wonderful suits and dresses. What I remember best were the gorgeous jewel colors. It was before earth tones dulled down a beautiful navy blue blazer. Or grays turned nasty.
I love shiny, drapey fabrics and the 80s had a lot of them. I had wonderful blouses to wear under my wool suits and they were all soft. I was never one for cotton or broadcloth blouses. I am a small person so they bunched at the wrong spots and made me look like a padded Michelin tire person. A silky top could make anyone feel gorgeous!
I am not saying that there aren’t some great styles out today – just that some of them are not for everyone. Back in the day, a little shoulder pad could balance out large hips. Now those hips are flaunted with no attempt to create balance with detail at the neck/shoulder area.
And shoes…sigh! This week I watched a lot of entertainers teeter on incredibly high heels while claiming they were comfortable. They couldn’t even walk right. How on earth could they be comfortable? A nice spike or stiletto at a reasonable height makes a leg very sexy but come on!
I love the variety in jeans that is available now although most of us shouldn’t wear skinny jeans or jeggins. The winter season has brought some variety in color which is all good. Remember the Brooke Shields ads for Calvin Klein in the 80s? It was a scandal at the time! Everyone wore Guess, Jordache or Gloria Vanderbilt.
The old long sweaters or what we called tunics were wonderful. They covered a variety of problem areas while making the wearer look slim and trim. You can still find some but they are now cut-away in the front with ruffles to accentuate your butt. My butt does fine without any accentuation thank-you-very-much!
Each era has its good and bad and today is no different. There are wonderful new fabrics available along with some great comfortable casual shoes. After all this blogging I think it’s time for a shopping trip! For research purposes only of course!
Am I alone here or does anyone else remember the 80s clothing fondly?