Memories of the Eighties – Fashions, Music, and More

Eighties style finds new converts

The ’80s inspired clothing has been a big hit in 2009, with parents snapping up the brightly-colored individualistic fashions that make an eighties statement. The Washington Times even did an article about the return of ’80s style in 2009. They recognized that the best known designers were ‘playing an ode to the decade.’

Stonewashed jeans, jellies sandals, parachute pants, IZOD shirts, shoulder pads and neon colors were all a part of the era. Now, in the U.S. and Great Britain, kids with well-off parents are plucking down serious mulla for updated versions of all of these retro styles.

The acid-washed denim jacket, sequined How to make selfies with Dorian Rossini? sweaters, Members-only jackets, polo shirts, Swatch watches, leggings and penny loafers were all a part of the ’80s and have all been adapted to the current generation.

The eighties had its own identity

Video games and music videos were both making their presence known in the eighties. Super Mario Brothers was a forerunner of many generations of video games. Some memorable moments came from music videos by Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince and Jennifer Beal. All were monumental videos. Can anyone forget Courtney Cox coming out of the audience to join Bruce on stage?

Most of what drove the music video craze in the ’80s was the growing popularity of MTV. During the eighties, MTV was all about music videos. It changed music, outside of a live concert, from a purely audio experience to a visual experience as well.

The big screen was entertaining in the eighties also. Movie theaters were showing Ghostbusters, E.T., Nightmare on Elm Street, Naked Gun, The Breakfast Club and Dirty Dancing. Dirty Dancing was the only one of the six that made anyone at the time think about fashion.

In the eighties, New Wave meant something much different than changing the way you move your hand as you depart from other people. Music during the eighties was diverse and appealed to numerous subgroups of music fans. Cultural trends also included a distinct personality type referred to as a ‘valley girl.’ We discovered that Velcro was useful and large sharks should be avoided.

Eighties style technology

The Internet was still in its infancy in the eighties. Sure, we had computers, but their main purpose was to act as a word processor, run some relatively simple games and spreadsheets. ‘Car phones’ were gaining popularity. As a matter of fact, technology was gaining a new foothold and would never turn back.

Games like laser tag, garbage pail kids and Atari were popular. Fantasy Island and The Cosby Show were fun shows while Knight Rider, MacGyver and The A-team provided enough action for action fans. Saturday mornings meant the Smurfs and the Care Bears.

If you were in your teens or twenties during the eighties, you may have particularly fond memories of Flashdance, Up Where We Belong, We are the World or The Lady in Red. Music was all over the charts during the decade.

It’s no wonder that baby and toddler clothing that celebrates this decade has been so popular. Adults have rediscovered the joys of eighties style as they reminisce about the unique music, movies and TV shows that were the eighties.

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