The 50’s were snappy and who wouldn’t dig the far out 60’s ? But where totally awesome meets way cool would have to be 80’s does the 50’s. Yes, I’m a product of the 80’s which could possibly incline me towards a personal bias and perhaps a tad bit of nostalgia. But don’t worry reader, I wont start boring you with Teddy Ruxpin stories or how much better things were under Ronald Reagan ahahaha !
No no, here I will digest what I find to be the very best of that radical fusion!
The fashion of the 50’s is mainly in solid colors pastels and Crinoline dresses along with the slim tie and greased hair for the gents. I have a selected a few fellas and dolls that really hold it all together 😀
I name The: 80’s fashion icon!
(Note the greased hair and blazer reminiscent of the sleek suited mad men, however 80’s spin, cotton tee underneath button up shirt with popped color, though you cant see it, he has on black high water slacks and white socks and Creepers.
Let’s take a moment to talk about Creepers, they are loafer inspired almost Dr. Marten’s thickness of sole 80’s to the max. Duckie does them a service in his dancing…The Creepers!
and AND he’s wearing a brooch! a brooch (lil’ gender bend) I LOVE IT!!!!!
Duckie sings Otis Redding!!! (This post is a total indulgence! on my part, is it ok to be completely obsessed with your own post, like I just can’t get enough…thank you Depeche Mode, I could just go on and on!)
Here’s the video:
The slick pastel suit, the undone polka dot tie and I’m sure he’s wearing a pair of sleek saddle shoes or shiny patented loafers. 80’s Bowie you will always be my first love!
Bowie’s Modern Love from the 1983 album Let’s Dance is the 80’s does the 50’s anthem, understated, pop fun and super cheesy this song has it all. (side note: adolescent Cara would blast this snap her fingers to the side and “skillfully” recreate Bowie glory , I am a lip sync master 😉 ♪♫ I know when to go out…and when to stay in ♫ I get things done ♪ ♫
Let’s move on to the Ladies:
This genre saw a mix of high wasted skirts shoulder sloping v-necklines and strapless bodices amid the wide midi puffy skirts. Bold pastels and busy light colored prints against dark backgrounds were on the palate. the 80’s awoke the animal inside! Leopard, cheetah and zebra prints reign supreme. Did I mention lace, yes? lots of lace. Madonna ran with the idea especially picking up on the delicate and functional finger-less gloves.
Hair was big! BIG! but the bob was more important than the beehive, unless you were a part of the B 52’s 😉 Accessories were bold and numerous, continuously layered, it was kind of ridiculous, but I do enjoy the large plastic button earrings and bangle bracelets. You can find them everywhere and they are a must have! So many colors and sooo super cute!
Classic use of 1980’s go 50’s, is the dress Kathleen Turner wears to her high school reunion in the 1986 Peggy Sue Got Married. A metallic ruffled party dress, complete with metal belt. First of all Metallic Fabrics yikes! But the way the designers modernized the 50’s look is interesting.
They drop the waist but keep the figure of the 50’s silhouette by maintaining a form fitting bodice and adding a belt. Also the ruffles blend in the country square dance thing that went around in the late 50’s . This is a really fun fantasy film as well as being directed by Francis Ford Coppola it had to be a gem.
Since I continue to list movies lets look at a few other favorites.
Little Shop of Horrors! Audrey is AMAZE, how small is Ellen Greene’s waist!
Love love love the cheetah print wiggle dress and heels! Adorbs!!
The Outsiders…a little bit of jean, a whole lot of hunk 😉
Nothing says summer and the 80’s like Dirty Dancing!
Pastel pinked, jorts, white ked’s Yay!
And por final, a bit of kitsch…
Nicole I think this was hanging in your room in middle school/high school ha ha!