Fashion of the 80s

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.

stirling cooper blouse

 

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

Grease

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.

Grease revival Zalando 80's fashion

 

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.

two tone bands 80s music

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.

Dandy Highway man - Zalando

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: Zalando asked me to write about 80s fashion in return for vouchers to spend on their site.

 

Top places to see in Norway this summer

Doesn’t it look lovely? Norway is high up on my Places I’d Love to Visit list and I have discovered that the summertime is the perfect time to take a look at all the wonderful places there are to discover. Fjords, waterfalls, fresh air and breathtaking landscapes await. I spoke to the experts themselves on what not to miss and these are the top places to see in Norway.

Oslo Region

Oslo is the capital of Norway, a bustling modern city that is full of culture, excellent shopping especially if you like the Nordic style and amazing cuisine too. Oslo is also only minutes away from the countryside.

A visit to the city must include the Italian marble Opera House, the new Ekebergpark Sculpture Park and Ekberg restaurant. I am told there are plenty of cafe’s and restaurants dotted around the city too.

The county of Akershus is renowned for it’s beautiful countryside and magnificent parks. Well worth a visit is the Oscarsborg fortress and the Hennie-Onstad art museum.

Just two hours to the north and you’ll be in the Hamar region which boasts a rich cultural life and historic landmarks.

Fjord Norway

To maximise the experience of the Nordic fjords it’s best to fly into Bergen and fly out of Stavanger. The fjords are best explored by car or by public transport. The public transport is first class and includes bus, train and expressboat. Or you could hop on and off the Fjord Tours system, it sounds perfect doesn’t it?

Alesund

Visiting Alesund is like stepping into a fairy tale book, it has been voted Norway’s most beautiful city.

It was burnt to the ground in 1904 and rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style with turrets, gargoyles and medieval romantic touches. Alesund is the adventure capital of the Fjords and the natural starting point for an active holiday in Fjord Norway. It is the perfect place to explore Geirangerfjord and Hjorundfjord as well as Trollstigen and Atlantic Road.

alesund norway

Image courtesy of Visit Norway

Bergen

Bryggen dates back to the late middle ages and is home of the historic and atmospheric Hanseatic wharf. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can feel the sense of history and tradition as you walk the streets.

Again minutes from the centre there is beautiful countryside to explore with the Sognefjord to the north and the Hardengerfjord to the south, you could also take a cruise to the Naeroyfjorden, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stavanger

Old Stavanger is populated with white wooden houses, quaint quayside, narrow cobbled streets and mountain views in every direction.for breathtaking views you can climb to the top of Pulpit Rock which rises 604 metres over Lysefjord, if you’re less energetic the sights can be seen from the comfort of a boat trip.

Stavanger is also home to three of the quirkiest museums anywhere, The Maritime Museum which celebrates 900 years of maritime tradition, the Canning Museum with it’s history of the sardine industry and the ultra modern Petroleum Museum.

And do you know what the best thing is? Norway is only a 2 hour flight away from the UK!

Disclosure: this is a partnered post with Visit Norway

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