Monday, November 9, 2009

40 & Over-the-Hill? I Don't Think So!

I had a moment the other day while shopping - of feeling old. Needing some basic t-shirts I ventured into a store I never go into. You know the ones...large, disorganized, loud music playing with all the shopgirls about 18 years old. The store was Urban Planet.

The early 80s were my high school years and a time of wardrobe experimentation - usually resulting from the latest thrift store finds. Pop culture icons of the day were Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Boy George, so our fashion cues came directly from them. The style? Slouchy pirate boots, long tees with 2-3 belts around the waist at a low angle, lots of layers under cardigans, leggings and hats. Sound familiar anyone?

While browsing through Urban Planet, this is all I saw! I realize the 80s are back, but absolutely everything is borrowed, right down to the last detail. Now I know how my elders feel when I raid their closets and fall in love with their 50s swing dresses. How many times I get a funny look from them along with, 'you like that?'. I'm sorry, I just made them feel old - and now I have just been given a taste of that same medicine.

You are as old or as young you feel and at 40 I have never been in better shape. Although I still enjoy the fashions of the 80s, it will not do to wear them again. Well, perhaps those pirate boots....

Do you have a favorite look from the 80s?



Alicia @ boylerpf said...

I'm rolling at the 80's fashion. Fortunately, it is not my style nor was it ever my style!! Me...a product of the 70's but still not my style. I'm with you on the swing dresses and the earlier fashions. Perhaps it is because it was a time of morals and manners...most likely because care, time and craftsmanship were the products hallmarks.
Feel old? Not me...I'm just getting my second wind!

muchlove said...

thanks for the comment!
Oh, the 80s. I'm not sure if I have a favourite style from that era, but I don't mind some of the bold colours that are making a comeback.

Keith said...

I see the 80's everywhere. That's the decade I really grew up in. I was born in 1970. I'll be 40 in a little over a year. I love the 80's. I still love a lot of the movies, music, etc. The biggest fashion I took part in during the 80's was dressing like Don Johnson from Miami Vice. All the boys at my school wanted to look like him.

Jessica Cangiano said...

I must say, even though it was the decade that spawned me, I'm not too keen on the mass 80s revival. I've never been a fan of most of the fashion extremes like huge shoulder pads, over sized garments, acid wash, exposed zippers, neons, garish metallics, etc (or the punk looks) from that decade. I can admire them, at times, on others, but know that they end up looking far too costumey on myself. The looks that I do like from the 80s haven't really resurfaced too much yet, they veer towards the flouncy, romantic side (think Laura Ashley dresses and the nouveau Victorian/Edwardian influences that cropped up in pieces like blouses and longer skirts).

I know it's just a pipe dream, but I would much rather the 40s or 50s came back into vogue! :)

Wishing you a marvelous day, my dear!
♥ Jessica