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MADONNA WAS RIDING A HIGH CREST of popularity, along with Prince, Michael Jackson, the Beach Boys and Duran Duran.  The USA for Africa charity was in full swing, and the spectacular song, “We Are One” was being sung, coast to coast.   “Who shot JR?” was the hot question on everybody’s lips in the US while, in England, Prince Charles was marrying Princess Diana. This was an unforgettable decade. 

 

The fashion look was hot, feminine, and a little exaggerated, with huge shoulders and tiny waists, skinny leggings and high-high heels. It was the 80s, a long way from the 60s and 70s, and an era unto itself.  Now it is back, with all its hype and creative verve.

 

–Well, it’s true!  Retro just never gives up, it keeps raging back into style decade after decade, with new-found enthusiasm and design momentum.  With the 80s making updated news on the world’s fashion scene now, revving it up with wild accessories, big hair, and strong-feminine statements, we have a major Retro Story underway. 

 

EIGHT-OH! .And, if you’re inclined to think that’s just yesterday, it wasn’t. We’re talking almost 30 years ago, before most of today’s hot fashion models were even born.

 

HERE ARE SOME MODERN, TRENDY STYLES THAT WERE ALSO HOT WAY BACK THEN:

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                     

                                               Shiny Leather

 

But, hey.  Today’s gals look terrific in the 80s look.  Think punk accessories and lots of wild-looking color mixes, like purple, violet, black, and blue, maybe spiced up with some checks and plaids and, of course, shiny leather.  This was an era for belts. For chains.  For long scarves and messy hairdos with exotic or yesteryear hair accessories, like crushed velvet black bows. 

 

The Eighties look often featured rumpled skinny legs as in body-skimming leggings and super-tight-tight pants cut long enough for an eight-footer, then pushed up from the ankle. Fingerless gloves were the rage. 

 

Long waterfall earrings dangled to the shoulder and below.  Socks gave a young and funky look to everything. Polyester and spandex were IN fabrics. Bracelets were hot, and things were often mixed up in use, like necklaces worn as belts and hair ribbons worn tied around the legs. 

 

And music?  Ohhh, honey!  This was R & R heaven.

 

GET INTO OUR 80s MOOD AND MODE WITH SOME OF THESE TRENDY VINTAGE PIECES:

 

 

 

 

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