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classic 80's fashion Tragedies

July 29, 2007


this post was spawned by comments generated on this post about the schtoopid schtuff we wore back in the eighties.

(this post came up in more search-engine searches than any other on my old blog. people are still pulling it up. so i figured i’d reprint it here)

clothing ::

never into it

totally diggin it

  • pegged jeans
  • baggy summerweight sportscoat over t-shirt w/ sleeves rolled up (thank you don Johnson, you ineffable prick)
  • vans (who doesn’t love checkerboard shoes?)
  • big clunky tan work boots with red laces (maybe that was just a VA thing)
  • cammo pants from army surplus
  • denim jacket (for those of us whose parents couldn’t afford leather. worn under the leather once you got a job and could spring for your own cowhide)
  • ripped jeans (late eighties)

accessories ::

never into it

  • swatch watches
  • spiked leatherwear (armbands, bracelets, belts, etc)
  • dog chain jewelry

totally diggin it

hair ::

never into it

  • rat tail. never had one
  • spiked hair (well, okay, did it once, believed the mirror, never did it again)

totally diggin it

  • the ducky* flip (my shame knows no end) -though mine was more to the left rather than a full-on center flip.
  • ozone raping quantities of aqua-net (you can’t do the ducky flip without it)


*as in ducky of Pretty in Pink fame

:: reprinted from the Archives

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Red permalink
    July 30, 2007 00:07

    Haha! Thanks for bringing back some memories.

  2. July 30, 2007 11:21

    I just realized that the guy who played “Ducky” is on Three men and a baby…

    No wonder I love that show!

  3. July 30, 2007 12:19


    the coreys (haim & feldman) have their own show now too.

    retro is back (pun intended)

  4. July 30, 2007 12:23

    And Scott Baio is 45 and single

    Who would have thunk it?


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