March 12, 2011

80s Fashion Trends via Vintage Paper Dolls

My set of 1980s paper dolls are more complete and pristine, likely because I was older and probably the only one who played with them by that time (I am the youngest).  So, in looking over them, I noticed some definite trends.  Some that could come back and some that shouldn't!


Trend #1
Flowery, Ruffled Peasant Dresses...
Was this influence from LIttle House on the Prairie?  Or something else? Not a style I would care to see back.


Trend #2
Bat Wings....
I remember having one bat-winged shirt in elementary school that rocked.  Unfortunately, I don't think I was ever photographed in it, but it was white with a picture of rainbow ending in hearts on it.  


Trend #3
New Wave Country...


Was it our love of Dallas?  There definitely was a love of country in the 80s.  I remember also having a Western Barbie doll decked out in cowboy hat and boots, in those years.  I'm NOT in favour of these fashions coming back. 


Trend #4
Preppy....
This style was very popular in the 'greed is good', Alex P. Keaton, upwardly mobile, 1980s. Particularly among college students and the 'stuck-up' characters in John Hughes films.  Yes, please come back!  Not that I would associate myself with any of the forgoing, but since I prepare every year for 'going back to school,' I naturally gravitate towards such fashions.  I also have noticed that wingtips, like Freckles in the middle is wearing, are coming back.  I've been keeping my eye out for some!


Trend #5
Who Wears short Shorts?
We wear short shorts!  Nobody should show that much leg.  Barbie's one piece looks baggy like a diaper! No wonder Nair had to coin the jingle!  


2 comments:

Dana@Mid2Mod said...

Love these old fashions! Barbie's short one-piece looks like what I had to wear for gym class in the early 60s! Ewwwwww...

grunge-queen said...

OMG flashback! I loved playing with paper dolls as a kid! The styles from the 1970s were waaay better!