Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Were you an 80's Fashion Disaster? I was...



The other day my friend Lisa and I were chatting about our hideous fashion sense during the 1980s. I think I was one of the worst offenders. BIG everything; hair, nails, jewelry, color, SHOULDER PADS. YIKES!

I am a bit self-deprecating, so thought I'd share some of my biggest fashion disasters with you. So sit back and grab a cup of tea stiff martini...and let's get on with the show!



I could never get enough of bejeweled anything! Bring on the sequins, glitter, rhinestones, studs, whatever. I particularly loved this outfit on the right. I was so proud when I spent a $$ on these whopping 4" long turquoise parrot earrings with rhinestones. Love the shoulder pads in the left photo...



Ah, does anyone remember those over-sized sweaters? So flattering, weren't they?



Bright, bright, bright! Get me some sunglasses...







I can't believe I wore that obnoxious rented gown to the Grammy Awards...I'm horrified...



You may be asking, why am I sitting with these people? I used to work for John Lee Hooker (on the right in the photograph). It was a lot of fun, but needless to say, so embarrassed looking back on these photos now. As Uncle Beefy so nicely put it, "The 80's called... they said you could keep the hair."

I know a lot of us have memories of the 80s and our crazy fashion sense.
Any memories of your own fashion disasters that you'd like to share?
I'm sure we'd all love to hear.

And if you have photos...please send over!

15 comments:

DolceDreams said...

Oh you made me laugh! Somewhere I have pictures of myself looking pretty much just like yours...I was in SF then, working down at Union Square. All I can say is I hope the eighties don't come back full force in my lifetime! AND I am happy that my wedding was not in the eighties...more toned down in 1999...
Nathalie

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

oh honey! actually, you were quite the hot lady for the 80s, and luckily your style has evolved so that you're quite the hot lady for 2010! the sad thing is the people who don't evolve their style.
xoxo alison

lisa golightly said...

Oh Lynn ... Yes, so GUILTY as charged ! From the shocking blue maternity matching pants and top ensemble dripping with flashes of gold glitz ( imagine that big shoulder padded mess coming down the street ! )... the 2" x 7" single black plastic "PEACE" earring ( my early ode to typography ) ... the glass beaded braids ala Bo Derek ( I was like a human clacker ! )
Hey Nathalie ... I was working at Union Sq Macy's back then too ! Wish I knew you then. If we did, we could have gone to Maiden lane for a quick cappuccino and discuss the benefits of sculpted nails vs. tips !

vicki archer said...

This is fabulous....I am guilty that is for sure! xv

{this is glamorous} said...

this has to be the most fun post ever! adore a glimpse into your eighties past and oh my goodness -- cindy crawford + richard gere!!

xo

misshavisham said...

What a fantastic post. I cringed right along with you. One of my proudest moments were blue suede shorts. I paid a fortune for them too :O

FrenchBlue said...

Lynn,
Your look in the 80's was very different than mine in the 80's. While you had parrots in you ears, I was taking babies to the dr. for shots and check-ups! I looked just like a Mom...Brandon just brought me home some photos and I took it down a notch or two where you kicked it up a few notches:) It looks like you were having so much fun! I was too, just a different kind of fun:)
XO

katiedid said...

OMG! Hahaha! Those were the days! Days I would like to FORGET fashion-wise! I was married in the eighties....so you can imagine the dress! The only saving grace was that I was huge into Martha Stewart at the time...so there was a classic restraint, but still had the eighties hair. And let's not forget STIRRUP PANTS! Oy!

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

I was right with you, especially the BIGGG sweaters and leggings. They came in handy during my pregnancy though, heh..
love ya for sharing...

Karen

creakypavillion said...

What an ending to a day.
The shoulder pads, Lynn!!! Do you know I still have a pair of removable ones in my drawer (hoarding much? moi?), remnants from an angora mini-dress that was supposed to be worn with leggings - sequined in the front, of course!

In my freshman year I arrived to college totally dressed for the adult life: kaftan, 100% synthetic, in electric aubergine, contrasted with acid-orange blouse with iridescent buttons...and the hair, the hair! So sorry I don't have a scanner to share with you this timeless beauty.

I'm very impressed by your last photo: your smile is brighter than Julia's!

creakypavillion said...

Ouch! I meant to say - Cindy's smile.

Cashon&Co said...

okay, you were the epitome of high-fashion for the 80s! I rocked those same looks, i just had braces to match! hahahah
Love the parrot earrings to match the shirt and your friends Hard Rock Sweatshirt brings back memories. REmember how EVERYONE had those sweatshirts?
The blue eyeshadow too---when fashion magazines try and bring that back i just shudder. I remember we all wore hose & white leather pumps and "add-a-bead" and "twister" necklaces and "double-belts" and "jellies" and "mia's" shoes....wonder what we'll be saying about 2010 fashion in 20 years? LOVED this post friend!!!!! oxoxo

Cashon&Co said...

ps. is that richard gere w/ CC? That looked like you were all having so much fun in that picture! what a fun memory!

Jonny J Petros said...

I had to laugh at your pictures because I have the same. The parrot earings are way to funny-I too would have bought them then- and thought perfect with the top!I put a perm in once and fell asleep next day when I woke up and realized what I had done- I had complete bright organge Ronald Mcdonalds hair I had to wet it down everyday with a ton of barretts-- also when I look at my old photos I swear I teased my bangs straight up about 6 inches and used a stiffener totally sick. Thanks for sharing Sincerely Jonny

Debra said...

omg you are brave, those are some scary fashions. At least that photo was when Richard Gere was cute, although he has tiny eyes.