The 80s and What it Means to Me.

Hello Fashionistas, friends, and fellow Bloggers,

This post is going to dive into what the 80s means to me!  Let’s jump into the culture, the fashion, the history, and why I LOVE the 80s! First of all, I was born in the 80s and grew up in the 90s.  I was raised watching all of the 80s cartoons such as the Care Bears, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, and my all time favorite Rainbow Brite!  I love watching Rainbow Brite as a little girl and I even had my own Rainbow doll with her friend and Leader Sprite Twink. Below are the Color Kids. Which one are you?  Growing up I was like Shy Violet, who loved to read and was quiet, believe it or not. 🙂 Now that I’m an adult, I would like to think I channel Rainbow Brite herself. L to R. Rainbow Brite: the leader of Rainbow Land.   Red Butler: He is responsible for the color red. Red Butler's personality is adventurous and daring. Lala Orange: She is responsible the color orange. Lala Orange's character is romantic and stylish. Canary Yellow: She is responsible for the color yellow. Canary Yellow's character is upbeat and optimistic. Shy Violet: She is responsible for the color violet (and warmer shades of purple). Shy Violet's personality is intellectual and resourceful. Indigo: She is in charge of the color indigo and the lighter shades of purple. Indigo's personality is dramatic and creative Buddy Blue: He is responsible for the color blue. Buddy Blue's character is sporty and valiant. Patty O'Green: She responsible for the color green. Patty O'Green's character is mischievous and spirited.L to R- Rainbow Brite: Leader of Rainbow Land. Red Butler: He is responsible for the color red. Red Butler’s personality is adventurous and daring. Lala Orange: She is responsible for the color orange. Lala Orange’s personality is romantic and fashion forward. Canary Yellow: She is responsible for the the color yellow. Canary Yellow’s personality is cheerful and sees the glass half full. Shy Violet: She is responsible for the color violet (and warmer shades of purple). Shy Violet’s personality is intellectual and resourceful. Indigo: She is responsible the color indigo (and cooler shades of purple). Indigo’s personality is dramatic and creative.  Buddy Blue: He is responsible for the color blue. Buddy Blue’s personality is athletic and valiant.  Patty O’Green: She is responsible for the color green. Patty O’Green’s personality is mischievous and spirited. Excerpt from Wikipedia.

Women Fashion Icons: Fashion during the 80s was an awesome time for colorful clothes, hair, and makeup. I especially loved Madonna’s music growing up. Check out Madonna’s iconic look in the 80s! Below is when she debuted in the movie, Desperately Seeking Susan.

Desperately Seeking Susan Movie! 1983

Desperately Seeking Susan Movie, 1985.  This shot is so totally 80s I love her outfit from head to toe!

(Sound Track from Desperately Seeking SusanGet into the Groove)

Cindy Lauper: “I see your true colors and that’s why I love you..” “Don’t be afraid to show your true colors”…I don’t know about you, but I was and still am in love with the 80’s sensation female music star.  I love that she is still going strong and is active in the LGBT community. Below is Cindy in all of her glory.

80's Cindy Lauper. Photo credit: Neal Preston

80’s Cindy Lauper. Photo credit: Neal Preston

Plus, a lot of 80s makeup was inspired by her! I personally loved her appearance in Goonies. “Goonies never say die” My all time favorite movie. 🙂

Photo credit from Flicker: veganstraightedge

Photo credit: Flicker@ veganstraightedge

Photo Credit @Wikipedia

Photo Credit: @Wikipedia.

Above is the flag for the fictitious character Hector Barbossa from Pirates of the Caribbean.  A lot of people use this image to put the “Goonies never say die” phrase on it!

Photo credit: Flicker. From @Stéfan. Toyko Action Figures!

Photo credit: Flicker. From @Stéfan. Toyko Action Figures!

80s Hairstyles: The look that I rocked as a kid was crimped hair, show below. I had a pink Conair crimping iron. I remember sitting for hours trying to get my hair just right!

Wild Crimped hair!

Wild Crimped hair!

Who remembers these products?!

Aqua-Net

1980s-Hair-Gel 80s Hair Staples.

I also have fond memories of rocking a spiky hair do with tons of L.A. Looks hair gel in elementary school.

Fashion Looks: In the 80s, the fashion fitness craze started with Actor and Activist Jane Fonda, she made working out look cool and fashionable.  Also, the actress Jennifer Beals stared in the iconic movie Flash Dance about a woman who worked in a steel mill during the day and danced in bars at night.  Although, it was her dream to be a professional dancer. “She’s a Maniac on the floor and she’s dancing like she never danced before”.  I loved how she rocked the leg warmers!

Jane Fonda-Fashion and Fitness guru.  Flash dance Actress-Jennifer Beals and over coming creative obstacles

Left-Jane Fonda: Fashion and Fitness guru.  Middle-Jennifer Beals: Flash Dance actress.

The 80s a decade where big hair and loud clothing ruled!

The 80s a decade where big hair and loud clothing ruled!

Women’s Fashion: I don’t know about you, but growing up I rocked the jelly shoes. Jelly shoes came in an assortment of colors and were plastic. I also had hair scrunchies which are still popular today. I also loved slap bracelets which were so much fun. I especially loved my satin lime green one and my holographic too!

Jelly Shoes.

Rainbow Colored Hair Scrunchies!

Rainbow Colored Hair Scrunchies!

Slap Bracelets.

The 80s wouldn’t be complete with out Neon clothing! This is something that both men, women, and kids wore. At least I did! 🙂

80s-neon-Clothing

Neon Clothing Galore!

Also in the 80s, an outfit wouldn’t be complete without slouch socks, this is also something I rocked. I remembered layering hot pink and lime green slouch socks. SlouchSocks80sMen’s Fashion: So according to liketotatlly80s.com. Z Cavaricci’s or “Z-Cav’s” as they were casually called were the very trendy European pants that fashion forward men wore in the late 80s.  These pants came in a variety of colors and even came in acid wash, another must have in the 80s.  These pants were high waisted, flared in the thigh area, and were tapered in the ankle.  You could also “Peg” them, which means roll them up tightly.  Z Cavaricci’s also made women’s jeans and sweatshirts.  The Z Cavaricci brand is still around today, even though they are not currently making new clothes, what a shame!

Z Cavaricci's Pants. Image Taken from liketotallythe80s.com

Z Cavaricci’s Pants. Image: liketotallythe80s.com

Don’t forget to pair your Z Cav’s with your favorite collared shirt and a Piano Tie, another fashion must have for men in the 80s.

Rap Fashion Icons:

The famous rap group, Run DMC had a major influence on fashion!  Check them out.

Rocking the Bucket Hats and Cazals.

Rocking the Bucket Hats, Big Gold Chains and Cazals.

Run DMC wore bucket hats(see above), gold chains(see above) and Cazals, huge glasses.

Worst 80s Fashion goes too..

Okay I saved the worse for last!  Drum roll please!  Unfortunately, I thought it was cool and so did others luckily to sport wait for it….fanny packs, ugh.

Worst 80s fashion trend.

Worst 80s fashion trend.

Finally, I want to leave you with my favorite Halloween costume I made myself in college, my homemade Rainbow Brite Costume. Remember at the beginning of this post I told you I loved Rainbow Brite?  Well, I decided to go as her with the inspiration from a girl named Katy Cartee Haile who runs the Rainbow Brite website. I loved her website(still do!) and as a result I was able to win Value Village’s national Halloween costume contest!

Me as Rainbow Brite and Hubby Greg as Charlie Brown!

Me as Rainbow Brite and Hubby Greg as Charlie Brown!

All my Best,

~Ruth

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