The 1980s: Decade Dreamin’

Do you ever feel like you should have been born in another decade, or perhaps that you would have thrived as a teenager in another decade? I always get this with the 1980’s. Every time I see a documentary on BBC4 about anything from Kate Bush to Kraftwerk I just feel really disgruntled that I wasn’t old enough at the time to enjoy any of it as it happened. I think my earliest memories are from around 1990 and they mainly involve cartoons and breaking my leg by being run over by a push bike, but what I wouldn’t give to travel back in time and enjoy shoulder pads, overly coiffured hair and daily make up looks to put David Bowie to shame. 

It’s good to see that trends from the ’80s have remained consistent even in 2015. I mean, will Converse ever not be in? Despite being around since 1917(!), it wasn’t until the 70s and 80s that they become really popular as daily footwear for, well, everyone. The Ramones tickled everyone’s fancy with their Converse footwear, but it wasn’t until the mid 80s that people like Axl Rose and Eddie Vedder started sporting them too. I’m pretty sure most of us will have owned, or do still own, at least one pair of converse now and it’s pretty amazing that a humble basketball shoe is still so sought after. 

Whenever I scour Vintage Shops online like Rokit I’m drawn directly to the 80s section. I mean, look at this Zebra Print Blouse here – isn’t it glorious? Team with a leather skirt and chunky jewellery and you’re on the road to being the height of ’80s fashuuunnnn dahling.

Although I do think I’ve missed a life opportunity by being born a decade too late, I do think the decision of which subculture I’d be a part of would be a little too hard. Whilst I love new romantic styles like Adam and the Ants, I also admire the proper Goth looks 80s teens styled, like Siouxsie and the Banshees. I really wish people made such crazy effort with their make up on nights out (and in daily life) like people did in pictures I’ve seen from club nights in the 80s! But then you have Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks who stuck to a more classic bohemian look… You can see why this would be so hard, right?

Which decade do you think you’ve thrive the best in?
If it was the 80s which style would you go for?!

So many questions….