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really wear that?
A backward glance
at 1980s fashion
By Caitlin Friedemann
, Daily Arts Writer
The '80s were a decade of fabulous
fashion and extreme glamour. Runwav
shows featured everything from berets
and dark eyeliner to huge permed hair-
styles and power suits.
But how did this trickle down to
affect the fashion sense of millions of
American children wxio gtew up dur-
ing the '80s?
"Leggings and big sweatshirts!
exclaimed LSA sophomore Aimce
Of course this outfit would not be
cooplete without two pairs of different
colored socks or some ilegwarners.
Leggings were definiteiv a staple, and
they came in the full '80s palate
from black to hot pink, electric blue
and neon green. In hotter weather. they
looked really radical with a T-shirt ticd
at the side.
"I had this one shirt that said Partv
Time' and it was hot pink and black
with a picture of a girl deciding what
to wear," LSA sophomore Louisa
What girl could ever forget multi-
ples, those awesome three-piece out-
fits of leggings, a long T-shirt and a
wide fabric belt?
For the lucky ones who had their
ears pierced, big hoop earrings were
the fad, with a side ponytail or crimped
or feathered hair (perfection was
achieved with a crimped side pony-
taiW). To complete the female outfit, a
pair of running shoes, preferably a pair
of leather high tops, was a require-
ment. One could judge a person by
whether their high tops were Reebok
or LA Gear.
Boys were also judged by this
"sneaker standard," and most guys also
owned neon shoelaces to go with their
shoes. Many wore Zubaz, those zebra-
striped or crazy-patterned pants.
"The girls loved my matching sweat
suits, LSA freshman Jon Schwartz
If one did decide to wear jeans, how-
ever,. Girbaud were the only option.
Boys had a wide range of tops to
choose from. "I used to wear a big
leather vest that I thought was the
height of coolness,' said LSA sopho-
more Joey Litman.
Hard-rock band T-shirts were cool,
and anything Hvpercolor (it changed
color with the temperature) was also
very popular. Crew cuts spiked with a
pound of gel or hairspray completed
the look for boys.
Although they did not progress as
far as Madonna's spandex, denim and
lace ensembles or Billy Idol's mohawk
and ripped clothing, children's attire
during the '80s definitely went to the
extremes of neon color and bad taste.
"At the time I felt like a rock star,
but now when I look back. I kind of
shudder;' L.SA sophomore Liz Herek
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