Sunday, July 04, 2010

I love the 80s

I went to an 80s-themed party this weekend. I had a lot of fun putting together my 80s outfit (pictured here, with a particular gesture I used a bit in the 80s edited out via  Of course I was listening to pop and new wave all weekend. I had to go out and buy the kind of makeup I haven't really warn since the 80s, and dust off my curling iron.  I don't really have the haircut to achieve the kind of volume I used to get in the 80s, unfortunately.
In most ways my life is a lot better now than it was back then. I was a teenager through most of the 80s (I turn 40 this year), and I went through all the usual angst. But there were things about myself then that I liked better, even besides having a body that could really pull off a miniskirt.  Putting together my clothes reminded me of how much I really loved and had fun with clothes then. The styles were a lot more fun and the worst thing you could do was look just like everyone else. I used to spend a lot of time, money, and thought on my clothes -- I loved putting together looks. My attitude toward my clothes, hair, and makeup is a lot more utilitarian now. I'm not sure if that's just about growing up, or if it's mostly because I like my body less than I did back then.

I'd like to bring back a little of my 80s mojo and have a little more fun with fashion and style again. I think it has to be possible, even if I can't get my thighs to look good in a miniskirt anymore...

What time in fashion was your personal high point? What kind of clothes make you feel sassy?


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  2. There's a picture of me somewhere around here in one of my favorite outfits. I was in my late 20s in the late '70s. I'm standing on my front porch wearing wide-legged brown pants, a brown-and-white striped tube top and a floaty, gauzy, cream-colored shirt. Puka shells, of course, and platform sandals. I LOVE that picture, and I love that girl, too. Thanks for the memory.


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