Lady Of The ’80s | Fashion Flashback

I’m going decade diving for the entire month of March and interpreting the fashions of yesteryear by means of magazines, movies, and pop culture of the time. Join me as I visit the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and end the month in the ’80s.

It excites me today to get to talk about 1980’s fashion. Let’s get right into it!

1980's fashion outfit: pastel tunic, gray leggings, violet curly hair, acid washed belt

Sometimes I wish that fashion blogs had existed back in the ’80s because I would kill to see that sort of style archive.

But fashion blogs are just a digital version of a magazine, right? They’re curated content, interesting articles, and a community of people that are all a fan of the same thing. So in some way, we did have fashion “blogs” but from that decade.

With that thought on my mind, I pulled inspiration from an old school fashion “blog” (y’know, a magazine) and came up with this super stellar look.
1980's issue of a Teen magazine 1980's fashion outfit: pastel tunic, gray leggings, violet curly hair, acid washed belt

 

My closet is riddled with real vintage but I was missing a few key pieces for this look.

My tunic and acid washed belt are the real deal but the leggings, booties, and lace socks are so fake. I actually took a tip from Pinterest when people use a tube of fabric to fake wearing socks with tall boots. I applied that technique to a couple scraps of lace to make my short socks. It worked good enough for me!

1980's fashion outfit: pastel tunic, gray leggings, violet curly hair, acid washed belt 1980's fashion outfit: pastel tunic, gray leggings, violet curly hair, acid washed belt 1980's fashion outfit: pastel tunic, gray leggings, violet curly hair, acid washed belt

And I’ll have you know that my hair is the real deal!

My natural curls are too good to not showcase in a 1980’s outfit post. My hairdresser actually once told me that I could go to an ’80s party and have the best hair there. It was the coolest compliment I have ever got! But f’real, women would have shelled out big bucks for a perm resembling my hair and I was just born with it! (This was zero teasing to boot!)

I’m also having a lot of fun coming up with accurate makeup looks. I just watched 1988’s Vibes (with Cyndi Lauper!) and wanted to recreate every colorful makeup look that graced Cyndi’s face. Don’t be surprised if my next outfit post on Friday is inspired by The Girls Just Wanna Have Fun singer!

1980's fashion outfit: pastel tunic, gray leggings, violet curly hair, acid washed belt
outfit-details-02Gifted dress, from The Fashion Kidd
Wal-Mart leggings, $7
Old K-mart boots, $15
Thrifted parrot earrings, .50 cents
acid washed belt, for sale in my Etsy shop

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  • Ahhhh I love it so much! This is the most you look EVER. <3

  • Ana Valentin

    Love it! 80s for life!

  • OK OK OK THIS is my favorite post so far in this decades exploration. Totally awesome. That is all!

    saralilyphoto.blogspot.com

    • I knooooow it’s so hard to pick a favorite!! Really, you can’t go wrong in vintage.

  • YES! I love this! I would have a hard time recreating the bottom of an 80’s look, too; I have some great tops, but bottoms from the 80’s are much harder to find! And, of course, you rock this look!
    xo
    Kristina
    http://www.eccentricowl.com

    • Yes, harder to find and not as flattering as shirts and dresses. High-waisted acid washed jeans are tough to pull off in this century! 😉

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