I don’t know what blazers were about in the 80’s, but I know that if you didn’t wear one, people would look at you like you were walking around without skin. I long for this look to return, if only because it would allow me to put on a t-shirt and jeans, cover it up with a blazer and look “stylish.” Because anything that makes me look like Ducky is something that I want.
Icons: Ducky (Pretty in Pink), Every Character (Heathers, Miami Vice, Less than Zero, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Fame, You Get The Idea)
Technically, this counts as 80’s nostalgia for a 1950’s fashion, but it reappeared in the 80’s, so we’re all good. I really don’t think flat tops are really a good look for anyone, but I’m absolutely mesmerized by the notion of paying $7 for my next haircut.
The fact that this haircut seemed to be as popular with women as it did with men was not cool at all. That aspect doesn’t need to come back.
Icons: Ivan Drago (Rocky IV), Christopher “Kid” Reid (House Party), Red Sonja (Red Sonja) , May Day (A View to a Kill)
Ok. This makes a nice end to the list because these sunglasses have actually come back in a big way over the past two years or so, and, remarkably, their return has not been that obnoxious. Save for the fluorescent ones worn by teenagers who are also trying to bring back tank tops. That’s more obnoxious than herpes.
While most of the entries on this list are horribly ugly, perhaps we can agree that the Wayfarers were the one takeaway that wasn’t so bad?
Ten years of fashion and the big triumph is a pair of non-descript sunglasses. Way to go, 80’s.
Icons: Susan (Desperately Seeking Susan), Joel Goodson (Risky Business), Sonny Crockett (Miami Vice)