A Vintage Life?


Oh my! Take me back to the 80's! Messy, grungy and funky! The 1980s were a decade of bold style, colours, and silhouettes, permed hair included. With trends spanning from ripped tights and leather to polished oversized blazers, and style icons ranging from Joan Jett to Joan Collins, it was one of the most eclectic decades in fashion to date.


Is that Vintage enough for you? Not sure!


Long chains and lace gloves.........bows in our hair! Oh my!


1980s fashion placed heavy emphasis on expensive look clothing and fashion accessories. Apparel tended to be very bright and vivid in appearance. Women expressed an image of wealth and success through shiny costume jewelry, such as large faux-gold earrings, pearl necklaces, and clothing covered with sequins and diamonds. Almost anything went! I loved the 80's fashion, as a sassy teenager dressed like the pop star Madonna or a Human League boy/girl, well, kind of. I was always out dancing but I could never quite, not be well dressed, if you know what I mean! I was always over dressed, overly turned out, even to a disco in a cheesy pub! Going out meant the works!


Denim jackets for women became popular in the 70's, but the 80's gave rise to the classic short-waisted denim jacket for women. Worn with tight jeans and paired with a t-shirt or ruffled blouse, the 80's stone-washed denim jacket has become unbeatable as part of a classic American look. Rah-rah skirts, bubble skirts, skirt dresses, cowboy boots......I had it all!


That blusher stripe though! I had this thing were I had very sharp fake cheekbones, why? I have no idea! Dear oh dear! I thankfully learnt that less is more, eventually! The odd thing about the 80's was we all looked older than our years! Don't you think?


80's fashion was pop culture and royally influenced! Princess Diana, Bananarama, Prince, Rick Astley, Duran Duran and TV shows such as Dynasty! Huge shoulder pads! Power dressing and just really mixing trash with class! Wow!


I didn't really get fashion earlier than 1983 to be honest then I just tried everything and anything! I had a lot of fun! Finally, as I got into my 20's and 30's I realized that clean lines were more my thing. Having big boobs meant many tearful shopping trips! I never really enjoyed shopping with those in tow, but learnt to enjoy clothes shopping again through my daughters.


High fashion just didn't suit me in the end! I would give it a whirl and end up looking like a sack tied in the middle! My Mother was never fashionable, didn't wear make up and wasn't at all concerned about clothes as long as they were comfortable. It wore off on me and whilst I do love dressing up to go out, you will often find me in jogging pants, no make up and not a care in the world. It's not a bad thing and makes the times I do dress up a bit more special, then the glitz and glamour come out to play!


These days I do like a well made dress. A classic fit, feminine not fancy. I longingly browse through Pinterest images at dresses from a bygone era. Women looked like women then, didn't they! Curvy, hour glass figures, heels and lipstick with carefully quaffed hair. How fabulous. How sexy! Of course, walking the dogs and doing the house work, wouldn't be very pleasant or practical dressed like that! Not really terribly suitable for normal life in 2019! I also think working from home promotes a little slovenliness! I appear to be a little hobo/sloth these days to my chagrin.


I've always felt French women dress classically but a little dark and somber and they always look so well turned out, especially in Paris. I think I definitely need to get out more and wear some of those pretties I still have languishing in my wardrobe!


Donna x





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