The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
I wore lots of dresses to work in the 80s and 90, with miles and miles of wide collars, shoulder pads, dropped waists, and floral prints.
For your amusement, here is a photo of me in 1991 at a good friend’s wedding, with The Costume Technician (who is now 27 years old and living in NYC). I wore that double-breasted, entirely synthetic dress to work all the time, and thought I looked darned good.
I didn’t stop getting
my hair electrocuted perms until around 1994 or 1995. Good times. All you had to do was bend over, spray half a can of White Rain on your upside down hair, and then GO.
I dug up this photo because I think it explains why I couldn’t leave this vintage Kings Row dress behind when I found it in our local MegaThrift.
It doesn’t have padded sleeves, but the sleeves are definitely poufy because of large gathers. It’s actually kind of a square dress in general, but I think the over-dress tied on the side is supposed to give it some shape.
I pro’bly should have had second thoughts about actually wearing it when my sister and The Costume Technician laughed their asses off when they saw it. Of course, these are the same women who called me “Smurfette” when they found my post with the bright blue tights from We Love Colors. (They were right, I actually learned a lot from that outfit post 😛 No matchy-matchy tights and sweaters.)
If you’re blogging about your personal style, and your family hasn’t found out yet, I highly recommend keeping it to yourself.
I didn’t realize until I saw today’s outfit photos that the sleeves make me look like a football player. Eh, these are POWER sleeves, and you know what? I’m still not ready to part with this dress. (I can hear you laughing, Sister and Costume Technician.)
For my readers of a certain age, what do you miss most about 80s style – or least?