At our local university (yay for Eastern Oregon University!), they hold regular concerts, plays, and the like. One event they do every year is a themed concert that is built around a particular decade. Each year they move up. Two years ago it was the 1960s and the vocalists dressed all mod and hippie style. Last year it was the 1970s and we saw a lot of bell bottoms. This year was 1980s, and Erik and I wanted to dress up ourselves.
Really, the concert is a blast. They do a whole show of music from the decade, and you can sing and dance along. Now, I’m not going to lie and tell you these are the best vocalists you’re ever going to hear. Sadly, some of them should probably choose a different major. A couple, though, are amazing, and it’s more about the atmosphere.
Here’s how we added to that atmosphere:
I decided to go for the pop princess look. I found the orange shirt in the men’s section of the thrift store. I also picked up that jean skirt and those rocking high tops at the thrift store. Can you imagine my luck at finding white high tops in a size four at the store? Bam!
After a trip to the Dollar Tree, I picked up scrunchies, neon bracelets, and those socks. The rest was in my closet. Including my totally awesome authentic crimper that for some reason I still have. It’s probably time to get rid of that thing. I’m not sure crimped hair is ever coming back.
Erik, on the other hand, went with a British Punk look. He did not do a very good job of looking tough, but he pulled the style off well, I thought. We got the jean jacket at the thrift store. He then took a whole ton of my safety pins for sewing and pinned various 1980s band logos to it. He asked for some giant pins, so I gave him diaper pins. The rest was all in his closet.
And yes, that is my messy house in the background of these photos. Ignore that.
I cannot wait until we can wear these outfits to something else! A friend of mine, who says that as a person who went to high school and college in the 1980s, she knows what the style was, and we got it perfectly.
What fashion from the 1980s do you either hope comes back or never does?