Were you were a part of the ‘disco’ 1970s culture or the ‘big hair, bright colored’ Miami Vice 1980s?
Yes? Well, today you have most likely moved on in your style choices. They may still get a laugh, but around people you may be a bit reluctant to show someone your old photos.
The 1970’s decade that had very little shame of flaunting it’s ego.
The decade remains a fashion favorite for most people, no matter how tacky or bizarre the clothes or hair were. Were you into slipping on those bell bottoms to cruise on down to the disco club? Did you wear those thick pointed collar shirts and have thick sideburns?
By the 1970′s and the disco craze, clothes gave way to a real flamboyancy. There were the Bell bottom pants, and big collar shirts buttoned down low. Athletes (particularly basketball players) wore knee high socks with shorts up high on the thigh.
The Afro, sometimes shortened to ‘fro, was the quintessential ‘70s hairstyle. It was usually reserved for people with naturally curly hair, created by combing the hair away from the scalp, allowing the hair to extend out from the head in a large, rounded shape, much like a halo, cloud or ball. The style is maintained with a wide-toothed comb colloquially known as an ‘afro-pick’. The style was particularly popular in the African-American community of the late 1960s and into the 1970′s. The sideburns of men in particular, became real long and bushy. Movies like ‘Easy Rider’ and pop icons like Elvis made them mainstream.
Platform Shoes were the most popular shoe for men and women in the disco club scene. Converse Shoes goes back to 1921, when a basketball player named Charles H. Chuck Taylor went to the Converse shoe company complaining of sore feet. This led to him getting a job there were he worked as a salesman and ambassador, promoting the shoes around the US, In 1932 Taylor’s signature was added to the All Star patch on the classic, high-topped sneakers. He continued this work until shortly before his death in 1969. The shoe was popular in the 1970′s particularly with NBA players.
In the 1980′s it was in high fashion in pop culture styles. Roller Skates were first introduced in 1760 by a Belgian inventor named John Joseph Merlin. His invention did not become very popular. In 1863, James Plimpton from Massachusetts invented the “rocking” skate. This was an improvement on the roller skate that allowed skaters to turn easily around corners. This invention opened the door for the masses to enjoy roller skating. Eventually, roller skating evolved from just a pastime to a competitive sport, beginning with roller hockey. By the 1970′s skating became a cultural phenomenon with kids and adults. In the 1990′s roller blading took over with more of a thin blade of wheels.
Coca-Cola, 1971 – ‘Hilltop’ | “I’d like to buy the world a Coke”
The 1980’s. Electric neon colors anyone?
A decade who’s color explosion showed it’s way in bright neon colors through clothes and hairstyle.
Preppy clothes (izod shirt, collar up, sweater tied around neck). Parachute pants, were a breakdancing style that became more mainstream from the pop musical icon MC Hammer of the mid 1980’s. Leg Warmers (Flashdance or Jane Fonda’s workout). Cuffed Pants, was the technique of folding over one side and rolling up the leg, which worked best with jeans. Overalls/Suspenders became a huge phenomenon in the early ’80’s from bands like Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Ripped Jeans started in the punk days of the’70’s and became high fashion by the mid ’80s. Ruffled Shirts was part of the music ‘New Wave/New Romantic’ scene of the early ’80s and became mainstream in the mid ’80’s. Large oversized sweaters became fashionable in the early to mid ’80’s from sensual women in music and movies, most notably Madonna and movies like Flashdance. Oh and don’t forget the Acidwash clothing.
The Flattop was all the rage in the 1980’s, especially in the pop and hip hop music scenes. The Mullet style began as early as the late ’70’s from rock bands and was popular throughout the ’80’s. Punk and New Wave hair ranged from a simple shaved area with bangs to exotic color spiked streaks. Hairspray (Aquanet), oh that heavy smelling aresol spray.
Boom Box, dangling earrings, swatches, one shoulder backpack wearing, hip hop chains, fingerless gloves (Inspired by the glove-wearing new romantics and the leather/vinyl punk fashions. Punks tended to wear large studded wristbands that were frequently up near the base of the thumb. The other factor is the 80′s obsession with cutting off the ends of garments. Leg warmers are a similar example of the cut-off look and were often accessorised with fingerless gloves.
All these factors combined to create the fashion, but like many trends, fingerless gloves didn’t take off until some celebrities started wearing them. The two best know fingerless glove icons were Billy Idol and Madonna), and finally neon jewelry.
The 1990’s. The technology era is upon us!
Grunge music was big. Here was he early stages of the internet and the pre-mobile devices (like the pager). This decade was the beginning of the adoption of radical body alterations including; tattoos, nose and lip piercings and eventually any other areas one could imagine.
Bandanas were worn as decorative or as an affiliation for California gangs in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Sideways Hats were amusingly worn in comedic circles and having fun, with muical artists in the late ’80s, then taken to a style by rap and hip hop artists in the early ’90’s. Baggy Pants originated in the ghetto, where African kids often had to wear secondhand clothes, often handed down from an older sibling. By the 1990s these pants became even baggier and were worn by skaters, hardcore punks, ravers and grangers. These pants and in addition to Hanging Belts were affiliated with gang culture and later with hip hop and rap music. Going to a sports event? Break out the Beer Hat and fill up! Oh no, not the Speedos! Those tight fitting swimsuits used for swimming competitions, then brought into culture by, well men that wanted to show off some. Well, hey woman have those bikini bottom. Wife Beater shirts, also known as a Guinea T (a racial slur against Italians, a popular stereotype.) The origin of the term is from the belief that the shirts are worn predominantly by men who beat their wives; black tank tops were often worn by Ike Turner, a notorious abuser of his wife Tina. In the 1980 movie Raging Bull, the main character, a boxer, is commonly seen wearing wifebeaters around the house, including in one scene where he beats his wife.
Cornrows also known as rows, braids, or canerows in the Caribbean, are a traditional African style of hair grooming where the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to produce a continuous, raised row. The style became popular, mainly in the African American communities in the US in the 1990’s, particularly with the rap and hip hop communities.
Wallet with chains hanging out. Barbed wire tattoos were the first rage in tattoos. Men hoop earrings. Pager is a wireless device that receives and displays numeric or text messages, or receives and announces voice messages. They became popular in the early 1990′s as a form of communication for people away from home, before the cell phones came out on the market by the late 90′s.