Thursday, October 28, 2010

Retro Runway: Blog Party!

Retro Runway - Frugal Creativity
Welcome to Retro Runway, the blog party where you can show off, laugh at, or groan over the styles that we used to wear.  Share your photos, stories, or both ... whatever you like ... and link up here!

Where I went to high school, we didn't just have 1980s big hair:  we had New Jersey big hair.  When I flip through my yearbook, I can't help but notice that almost all of the girls (and some of the guys) have the same hairstyle.  This is a yearbook photo of one of the prettiest girls in my graduating class:

80s hair

80s clothes

What would we have done without curling irons and hairspray??

As I recall, clothing involved a lot of layering: a blouse over a knit top or (like this) a velour top over a blouse.  Of course, that might have had something to do with the fact that our school building was freezing cold for most of the winter. Yes, that's me with my Levi's cords and "growing out my wings" hair.  I think I still used a curling iron to make the hair flip away from my face, but I'd given up the Farrah Fawcett hairstyle.  (I was not smiling in this photo, but that's a story for another time.)

Let's jump ahead a few years. I am keeping these in my closet because I just know they'll be back in style soon:

stirrup pants

Finally, I was a fan of the oversized top/leggings/slouch socks look because it was so comfortable. Not, obviously, because I need a way to make my legs look even shorter than they actually are:


Now it's your turn! I hope you'll join in and link up your own Retro Runway post! If you decide the join the party, the rules are simple:
  • Link up to your party post, not your blog's main page.
  • Include a link to this post or include the party button (below) in your post. Or, even better, grab the Blog Hop code below and add it to your post.
  • It's a party!  Visit other participants and have fun!
Retro Runway - Frugal Creativity


  1. Ah! Saddle pants. Gotta love them... wait! No I don't! :)

  2. What a fun party! I will have to see what I can come up with (scary!) lol

  3. Love it!!

    I had those pants! I still put my socks over my leggings. It is so comfortable!!

  4. I love it Melissa!! And I heard a rumor that stirrup pants have been seen in the stores! :) I totally did the slouchy socks over the leggings too with big long sweaters! Thanks for hosting!

  5. HEHE you rock my dear!!! LOVING the hair shots. I have no clue where my high school shots went, but now that I think of it I think I posted some last year. Ok looking to see if I can link those up :)

  6. Ok found some elementary pics I posted a while back :)

  7. OMGosh! LOL... ROFL! I had those stirrup pants to except they were tan. LOL... I used to wear them with a colorful long sweater with an awful pattern. Well, it was cool back then. Hey, did we go to the same high school? Cause I swear that prettiest girl is Michelle what's her name from my class. LOL... I can't stop laughing. It's too funny 'cause even us Black girls were flipping our hair. Oh for shame for shame. Now I may not have photos from high school, but I'm sure I have something... this should be fun.

  8. I'd love to link my post, "Decorating with Vintage Aprons" at Susannah's {Kitchen}... does it qualify? Retro for sure... but not personal per se. Let me know.

    Love those stirrup pants... and curling irons... yes they were GREAT!

    Blessings, e-Mom

  9. These are fantastic pics... I remember ALL of these fashions, I just wish I had photos of myself.... actually I'm glad I don't! HaHa
    My dad only took slides and I have no idea where they are since he passed and my ex-husband destroyed all the other photos when I left him - nice guy, huh?
    If I find anything, I will certainly participate next time. Hopping over from Noelle's blog.

  10. I love it!!! I think your big Farrah hair in that pic is really cute.


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