Fashion trends that should stay dead
In the effort to spread some smiles around today, and maybe bring forth a giggle or two, I pulled an image from the vault. You know the vault, right? The place where old pictures are locked away so that they may never again see the light of day. Well, I think there are times to unlock the vault and revisit a time gone by, just for the sheer shock value.
Here’s a shot of some friends and me before we headed off for a night of fun. I’m sure we were off to Tijuana but that subject is for a whole ‘other’ blog post.
I know, you need a moment to take it in. I’ll wait.
Ok, try and pull your eyes away from the hair. Yes, I know it’s hard, but try. I ask you, what in the world? You guys, we worked hard for that volume, that height. You gotta commit to a lot of hair spray for this look. Thank goodness none of us caught on fire!
I loved the 80’s. I’m a full-product of the 80’s and yet, I can say there are some things better left behind. This got me thinking about today’s hot looks. What about them will make us cringe in a decade or two? I’d like to believe the boys will be embarrassed over showing off their underwear to the world. I’m embarrassed for them now!
Here’s a look my daughter rocked out to school this past week. I think she’s adorable (duh!) and I’m proud that she’s confident enough to own her own style.
How we dress and style ourselves is such an expression of who we are. It also says a lot about our lifestyle as well. Unlike my younger self, where I spent a lot of time on my hair and makeup, these days, my get-ready routine involves a super-fast shower, quick minimal makeup (if I’m wearing any that day) and a bare-minimum hairstyle. Normally, I can be found dressed in workout clothes. I spend a lot of time at our gym and outside of that, doing my normal mom/writer/homemaker routine. My ‘dress-up’ is usually jeans or shorts and t-shirts or tanks. Some of them funky or fun so I feel girly. 🙂
Am I a different person than I was before? Yes and No. Yes, I’m older and I have different priorities. And no, I’m still the same Ginger deep inside who has learned to feel comfortable in her own skin has way better things to do than spend much time on coiffing. When we’re young, there is a tendency to have so many insecurities or worries about what other people think of us, that we package ourselves up in a way we feel will be accepted and popular.
When we’re older, and perhaps have learned to place more importance on how we feel about ourselves instead of other people’s opinions of us, that we can ditch some of the trappings and façade to just showcase the real us! I should note that I feel getting all glammed-out from time to time for special occasions is very fun. The fact that it’s not an everyday thing is what makes it enjoyable for me … kind of like playing dress up.
It’s fascinating how trends make the rounds. There are lots of things in the stores today that give a fun nod to the 80’s. Woo! I also love some of the 70’s inspired t-shirts and I love funky knee-highs which make me think of Punky Brewster. So far I haven’t seen the big-hair comeback and that’s a good thing. No one needs to inhale that much hair spray.
So tell me, what trends from the past do you hope make a comeback? Or, what do you hope to lock into the vault forever?