Clothes of the Eighties, Brooch, Oversized & Rhinestoned
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Sex: Both
Type of clothing: accessories
When it was popular: 1985-'86
Description: Usually worn pinned just under the collar of a long-sleeved, button-up shirt. Very early-goth/-alternative. Robert Smith wannabes (of both sexes!) worn 'em.
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Sunnie - September 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved wearing my variety of brooches. My fav was a "diamond" bar with silver chains looping on the other side. But I think now the look was so conservative. But it looked really good with a constructed blazer and having your permed big hair pulled up by a bannana clip!
WAKE UP OR DIE! - June 15, 2009 - Report this comment
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Dean - June 30, 2010 - Report this comment
Oh, man, I'm glad you mentioned the brooch that all the "underground"/"alternative" kids wore on their full shirts buttoned up to the throat. An image of friends from the early 80s comes to mind: Men and women with hair cut in what hairdressers at the time called a "ledge" - long and floppy on top and cut so short it was almost shaven underneath, with the longer, top part lying in a geometric line where it fell against the short part in the back. The longer part would be bleached to a bright white and the underside would be dyed black, or (more common) all of it would be dyed black. Heavy black eyeliner, multi-pierced ears with no symmetry to the earrings worn, pale, pale skin, sometimes black lipstick. An oversized, cotton shirt in white or paisley with long shirtails for a tunic effect, often with the front shirttails considerably longer than the back or vice versa, buttoned all the way up, with a prominent brooch (usually vintage) pinned there. Maybe a late 50s/early 60s, narrow-lapelled men's jacket or overcoat or a women's short coat from the 1950s. Skinny, black pants or skinny, black ankle-length skirt or miniskirts with black winklepickers or brothel creepers or high-tops. I can think of half-a-dozen friends who dressed this way in the early 80s. And yes, they did tend to be obsessed with The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees (and Depeche Mode and Bauhaus and ...)

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