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YAY THE 80'S ARE BACK!
Ms Iman
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Date: 9/13/06 1:17 PM

As I walk around the mall I see more and more stores carrying "retro" (I refuse to believe I'm old enough to be retro) 80's fashions (mercifully without the huge shoulderpads or stirrup pants). I've checked the big four pattern companies websites and ever sewingpatterns.com but I can't find any patterns for these wonderful clothes. Are the fall fashion patterns not out yet or am I simply looking in the wrong places?

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Date: 9/13/06 2:08 PM

Funny that you should mention retro patterns, I just talked about that on my blog today! I found a couple at Kwik Sew (both of which my husband asked me - what is is 1982?) I haven't seen any tunics, yet, but I think that some patterns could be lengthened to make it a tunic style.

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Date: 9/13/06 2:12 PM

The 80s were a blur in my mind, being an early 20something, working full time and going to college, getting married, divorced, and falling in love again, so please describe the 80s garments you're not finding in the stores for me. All I can remember is the big shoulder pads. I may have attended too many happy hours and my memory of the 80s is damaged.

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Date: 9/13/06 2:58 PM

I spent my late teens and 20s in the 80s and, like Sherril, don't remember much besides huge shoulderpads and stirrup pants. Except maybe the preppy look circa 1980.

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Date: 9/13/06 2:59 PM

I had just graduated from college. I wore nursing uniforms, and jeans, loafers, and oxfords/Izods, and a Coach handbag, or Liberty of London skirts you just had to sew up a side. They had elastic in the waist and were prehemmed. I've still got 2 of them. Or lined wool skirts in the winter. I had just gotten my Bernina, and was working on a straight stitch. I didn't know about fashion, or got missed getting the gene.

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Date: 9/13/06 3:15 PM

I think what I'm seeing a lot of that reminds me of the '80's are the oversized tunics (worn with belts), leggings worn under skirts, v-neck sweaters, batwing tops. Today, I saw knickers! ACK, that is one style I don't want to see again.

eta What I haven't seen are the shoulder pads! I'm just waiting for that to pop back up, though.
-- Edited on 9/13/06 3:16 PM --

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Date: 9/13/06 4:05 PM

This weekend my 16yr old niece was wearing this double retro outfit: skinny black jeans with white button down shirt with slightly poofed sleeves topped off with a wide patent leather belt and leopard print ballet flats. I called it retro 80's doing early 60's.

I agree with Stay's assessment. You're probably best off checking Hotpatterns or some other such independant for such cutting edge trends. Burda WOF also tends to be more current than the Big 4.

The 80's for me were adolescence, so I actually have a pretty clear memory of it since it is BURNED INTO MY BRAIN LIKE SCAR TISSUE. But I am glad to see that not everything is so oversized, as well as the lack of shoulder pads. I can't even *look* at a shoulder pad I am so traumatized by them! What I like about the 80's flashback are the skinny jeans... not that I can wear the super skinny ones, but what I like is that they are straight. Flares just don't work with my hips sine they usually go in at the knee before flaring out at the calf. Scrunched up boots seem to be coming back to, which is scary because I'm pretty sure that I wore that look to death, so it is kind of like zombie fashion!

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Date: 9/13/06 4:15 PM

Geoffrey Beene had some really beautiful desings in the -80's and I think Donna Karan was still designing for Anne Klein with Louis dell' Olio, they had pretty nice stuff too.
I remember other things besides fashion, like Patty Hansen in awsome make-up's by Way Bandy, great pic's of Janice Dickinson. I had just turned 22 in the 1980. I had mostly taken my influences from italian and french fashion old american movies, you know how it is, Katherine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich et al.

The fashion was mostly same as now just some adjustments in collar and lapel shape and size, the hem length and shape etc.

Re the batwings, leggings etc. There was also the ordinary jeans and such present so it wasn't just some akward looking stuff.
Yes you can prolly read between the lines that I hate this fashion decade.

The shoulderpads have almost always been present, but with style, in the -80's they just blew out of proportion, and the build-up was kind of scarylooking sometimes, think wearing pads in your shirt,your jacket and coat all in at the same time.

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Date: 9/13/06 4:29 PM

I'm with you, I just don't like the fashion of the 80's and have no intention of wearing it this time around either.

I'll stick to what I like and have no problem being considered out of style. When I think of 80's fashion, I think cheesy.

Except that I did have an excellent fitting pair of Calvin Klein Jeans in the 80's. Oh, to be that size again.

Now I'm having Alexis/Crystal/Ginormous Shoulder Pads/Big Poofy Hair/Flash Dance/Fame/Duran Duran/Parachute Pants/Stone Wash/Acid Wash FLASHBACKS.

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Date: 9/13/06 5:38 PM

My husband vows that if parachute pants come back in style he wants some. Apparetntly he had a red pair with lots and lots of zippers that he loves and wished he still owned.

Don't forget about Member's Only jackets - very '80's too!

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