The 80s definitely boast “best in fashion.” I mean, what other time in history was it socially acceptable to crimp your hair, pull it back into a neon scrunchie and then tease your bangs six inches off your head with about half a can of Aquanet hairspray? True, after applying the product you could spend days trying to wash it out or just use it as a base for your next application.
Like most decades in the U.S., fashions were largely dictated by the music industry. From Madonna, to Michael Jackson, to the many “hair bands,” there was no shortage of fashion icons.
Madonna gave us lace fingerless gloves, headbands with large bows, and short tulle skirts over leggings.
Michael Jackson sported white socks, white suits and the infamous single white glove (before he became white).
The hair bands, meanwhile, gave us ... well, hair, along with every kind of outfit from ripped jeans to leather to animal print. These bands made having bed-head cool.
Last October some friends I went to Boogie Nights, one of our favorite nightclubs in Atlantic City that plays a great mix of 70’s and 80’s music. This time we decided to dress the part, too. I went all out, sporting a poofy dress, black lace-edged leggings, white socks and red pointy heels (see photo). I even crimped my hair. (Yes, I admit to still owning a crimping iron. You never know when you’re going to need it.)
We had a truly AWESOME time and everyone thought my shoes were really cool.
Katie Pasek is the author of “Sure-foot Sam in Jeopardy” and Junior’s New Home. For more information, visit www.katiepasek.com.