I’ve looked on with mild amusement at the ‘new collections’ coming out the past couple of seasons as it has a very familiar feel to it, if I hadn’t been so keen on clearing out and making way for the new I would have lots of articles that I could wear today and be spot on trend.
For example my vintage Stirling Cooper blouse I was talking about a few years ago.
Fashion of the 80s was a very busy time in fashion and music and one that I fell in love with instantly. It was the era I turned from a child into a teen and like many of my friends at the time it was all about the Hit Parade and what was for sale in the shops and the market. Both music and film influenced us, below is a few of the ways in which we liked to dress
The massive hit from the film Grease ‘You’re the one that I want,’ saw hundreds of us run out and spend our pocket money on skintight trousers and bomber jackets to be just like Sandy. The look was finished off with huge hoop gold earrings and high heels if your mother would allow you. Sandy of Grease aka Olivia Newton John also has to answer for a hell of a lot of bad perms back then.
The UK style was also following a Two Tone era, the music also known as Ska. Favourite bands of mine included Madness, The Specials and Bad Manners. The fashion was heavily influenced with the geometric black and white and the men dressed in suits which shone two colours depending where you stood in the light and a trilby hat… they were very smart.
There was a strong punk scene still influencing us and bands like Blondie, The Clash and The Stranglers were amongst my favourites. Martha and the Muffins who sang Echo Beach is still one of my top all time songs. A lot of t shirts with band’s name on appeared, jeans – some bleached whilst sitting in the bath, tartan and spiky coloured hair dos were the name of the game.
New Wave music was another of my favourites and included bands like Depeche Mode, Spandau Ballet, The The and The Cure. The fashion that accompanied these groups was more of your Dandy highway man as Adam and the Ants sang or the Pirate look that Vivienne Westwood created. The New Romantic look, frilled shirts (take note of early Lady Di blouses) and an early goth influence with LOTS of black eyeliner.
There was more, 10 years is a long time in the world of fashion, films like Valley Girl and Flashdance saw the birth of legwarmers, mini skirts worn with leggings and headbands. Joan Collins and Dynasty gave birth to Power Dressing famous for high heels and shoulder pads. Miami Vice saw men wear t shirts under suit jackets and then there was Madonna but she deserves a whole new blog post.
Disclosure: A partnered post with Zalando who asked me to write about 80s fashion!