80s Earrings: When Fashion Doubled as Fishing Lures!

What is one of the major accessories that accentuates your wardrobe? Earrings! For the 80s gal, your outfit was not complete until you had the BIGGEST and BOLDEST pair on your ears. One of my FAVE 80s sites,Like Totally 80s, said it best about this fashion statement:

You know how cute Christmas ornaments look on a tree? During the 80s we thought the same would apply to our ears. Huge earrings from various costume jewelry collections were all the rage and if your earrings didn’t touch your shoulder, they weren’t big enough.

With that sentiment in mind, here is a peek into some of these awesome accessories:

Are you shocked that Madonna was one of the inspirations behind the HUGE earrings? NOT!
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LARGE loops were all the rage as well.
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Neon Colors were an ample part of the 80s wardrobe.
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Guys wore earrings as well. Remember this guy?
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How about this REBEL Rocker?
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Remember when Claire gave Bender the earring at the end of The Breakfast Club? Not only did it symbolize a change in their relationship, up until this point, girls did not really give guys jewelry, that was mainly a gesture by boys.
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Here are a pair of feather earrings.
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Black and white jewelry was a prominent style as well.
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Remember this lady? You should! She was a major fashion expert for the 80s. What show is she from?
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Enamel earrings were very popular as well.
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Wooden jewelry was trendy too!
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Clip on earrings were worn, but not by me!!
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Earrings! Earrings! They are everywhere!
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If you were an 80s gal, you wore some of these earring styles. They were so much fun! I have several pairs that I kept for nostalgia’s sake. My kids have taken off with some of them, so those may be destroyed… Do you still have your earrings? What were your favorite pair? If you are having an 80s themed party, don’t forget to put on the earrings! Wear them LOUD and PROUD!

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Sophie Grumble

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Shoulder Pads! They Are Not Just For Football Anymore!!

Recently, my brother and I were watching an 80s program that featured music videos. I remember watching these on MTV, back when they actually showed music videos! As we were watching, he noticed one of the musicians with BIG shoulder pads! He said, “That should be your next fashion post!” He sent me this pic on Facebook to further emphasis he wanted me to write about this topic!

He is so right! Shoulder pads were a very popular trend. Here is what Wikipedia says about THE shoulder pad:

During the early 1980s there was a resurgence of interest in the ladies’ evening wear styles of the early 1940s: peplums, batwing sleeves and other design elements of the times were re-interpreted for a new market. The shoulder pad helped define the silhouette and was reintroduced in cut foam versions, especially in well-cut suits reminiscent of the WWII era. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was internationally noted for her adoption of these fashions. Before too long, these masculinized shapes were adopted by women seeking success in the corporate world and became an icon of women’s attempts to smash the glass ceiling, a mission that was also added by their notable appearance in the TV series Dynasty.

As the decade wore on, shoulder pads became the defining fashion statement of the era, known as power dressing and bestowing the perception of status and position onto those who wore them. They became both larger and more ubiquitous—every garment from the brassiere upwards would come with its own set of shoulder pads. To prevent excessive shoulder padding, velcro was sewn onto the pads so that the wearer could choose how many sets to wear. By the end of the era, some shoulder pads were the size of dinner plates. It was inevitable that as the cycle of fashion turned, they would lose favor in the early 1990s.

Here is THE shoulder pad in action! Check out the cut out sleeve at :32 time frame, so you can see THE shoulder pad!! =D

Who are these famous actresses and what television program can you find them on?

Another trail blazer is the late princess Diana. Her beautiful style always made her a fashion favorite.

The outstanding Grace Jones. This Bond girl exudes cool! My husband says he is afraid of her! LOL

Who is this famous rocker? She is one of my favorites!

Former Prime Minister of Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher, wore the shoulder pad with style.

The only Vice this show had was the fashion…

Remember this show? How can you forget Suzanne Sugarbaker?? =D

What show are these ladies from? Can you guess all of their names?

This picture cracked me up! If you want to know what the typical dressed up 80s gal looked like? Here she is:

This was an absolute blast to research! I hope my brother enjoys this post. He was the inspiration behind it. In his honor, we will make this National Shoulder Pad Day! Find some shoulder pads and wear them proud!

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Sophie Grumble

The Heinous Half Shirt!

There is one fashion statement I would be glad to never see again… The heinous half shirt! Wikipedia states that this trend goes by many names such as the cropped top, belly shirt, midriff shirt, tummy top, short shirt, and cutoff shirt.

I know you will not be surprised when I tell you that Madonna helped start this trend…

and caused quite a stir in her 1983 “Lucky Star” video!

The aerobics movement and the hit 1983 movie, Flashdance also contributed to this craze. Can you name this famous actress?

Here are more examples of this fashion faux pas:

Recognize any of these ladies?

Can you guess who these two famous people are?

What movie is this picture taken from? Can you guess the year?

Remember this famous rocker?

Are those doc martens I see with the half shirt?

This is a photo from the 90s, but it is TOTALLY a riot!

I had a blue half shirt with my name on the back of it. I thought it was so cool then… Maybe I am just old now, but I’m afraid I would look like Will Ferrell in this Saturday Night Live skit photo!! NOT happening!! I guess it’s not so bad on the ladies, but the men… I don’t think so!! What do you think? Should the cropped shirt come back or remain in the fashion archives?

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Sweet Shoes!!

Happy New Year! We are going to start it off with a look back at 80s shoes! They were a very big part of the 80s fashion. Remember these gems?

We will start with the High Tops!

Air Jordans!!

Guess who this famous guitarist is and what band he is in?

How about some Doc Martens?

Can you guess who this British 80s band is?

We can’t leave out the jelly shoes!

Flats were very popular to the 80s teen. They came in many colors and styles. Take a look at these…

Remember the Two and a Half Men star who wore these famous shoes? What is his name and what movie are these shoes from?

Penny Loafers! They were not cool, if they didn’t have the pennies in them!

Vans! The most popular was the black and white checkered pattern…

What was Sean Penn’s character name in this movie?

I hope you have enjoyed this journey through 80s shoes. What was your favorite shoes from the 80s? Would you wear them today? I challenge you to bring out your 80s shoes and wear them proudly! I’m bringing out my high tops! Who’s with me? =D

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Sophie Grumble

Would You Put That In Your Hair?

Fashion in the 80s was very bold. It was all about color and outstanding hair! What combined these elements together was the fantastic accessories. Take a look at these:

Madonna started this hair bow style. Can you guess which movie this photo is taken from?

Remember the scrunchy? I had a bunch of these in various colors…

The banana hair clip! You couldn’t be an 80s girl without one of these…

Dyed hair and wigs were popular as well.

Remember this famous lady? What movie is this picture taken from?

This guy was famous for his top hat. Can you guess which band he is in and who he is?

Yes, those are shoestrings!

Remember these puffy bows? They were usually worn in the back of the hair, but they always made an outfit stand out!

We cannot leave out my FAVE hair accessory- The BANDANA! I wore a red one A LOT in my teen years. =D

This rocker helped make them famous! Can you guess who he is and what band he is in?

So did this one! =D

How could I possibly leave Hulk Hogan out?

It was so much fun to be an 80s teen. What can I say? BOLD is Beautiful! =D

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Sophie Grumble

Hungry Like The Parachute Pants

I never had a pair of these, but the desire was there. I always thought it was cool how parachute pants swish as you walk. I wanted to SWISH down the junior high hallways like the boys. I was a bit of a tomboy…

Wikipedia defines this fashion statement as:

Parachute pants are a style of trousers characterised by the use of nylon, especially ripstop nylon. In the original loose-fitting, extraneously zippered style of the late 70s/early 80s, “parachute” referred to the pants’ synthetic nylon material. In the later 80s, “parachute” may have referred to the extreme bagginess of the pant. They are typically worn as menswear and are often brightly colored. Parachute pants became a fad in US culture in the 1980s as part of an increased cultural appropriation of breakdancing.[1] Parachute pants played a pivotal role in the 1980s in fashion.

Check out this 80s fad:

Remember Duran Duran in parachute pants?


They could be brightly colored, but the most popular way to wear these pants was to wear them dark. The darker the look, the more trendy you were. =D


Red was a fairly popular color as well. Michael Jackson made it so.

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They are getting baggier!! =D

MC Hammer did NOT wear parachute pants back in the 80s and 90s. Those pants were called Hammer Pants and were modeled after Harem Pants…

It’s Hammer Time… NOT!

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Sophie Grumble

Let’s Get Physical!

One of my favorite things about the 80s was the fashion. You had to be a serious risk taker to really enjoy this time period. Leg warmers were one of the risks I was glad to take. I was a teenager in the eighties and had several pairs. I usually wore them with jeans.

Here is what wikipedia says about this cool fad:

Originally worn by dancers to keep their muscles from cramping after stretching, in the early 1980s leg warmers became a fad and wearing them was fashionable among teenage girls. Their popularity was partly due to the influence of the films Fame and Flashdance and the concurrent aerobics craze. They were worn with leggings, jeans, and tights or as part of aerobic wear.

See how cool they are?
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This is how I wore them!

This just made me laugh!! =D

They are great conversation starters…

Look at those leg warmers go! =D

Did I mention how COOL they are? I have a red pair with pom poms on the top of them. They are TOTALLY Rockin’! I hope they make a come back. Maybe I should wear mine out in public to inspire this idea…

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Sophie Grumble