Clothes of the Eighties, MULTIPLES
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Sex: Female
Type of clothing: MULTIPLES
When it was popular: 1985-1987
Description: I'm still in awe of how they had entire STORES of nothing but MULTIPLES! Basically there are tons of differents "pieces" that can all be combined with pretty much any other "Multiple" in existence. All were some sort of thin, stretchy cotton/? blend and weren't exactly full of shape... The classic multiple look would be the skirt or pant with a tunic top accessoried with the "everything" tube thing that was used as the belt (among 15 other ideas that they had for it...) They weren't just popular among a certain age either - Grandmothers, Mothers, & Daughters all had it on...
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cin - June 05, 2007 - Report this comment
YES! I had forgotten about multiples! I had the coolest tunic shirt with the longest sleeves EVER! I guess you could use it as a belt too by just wrapping & wrapping the sleeves or something! And matching "parachute pants" that were full at the top, but tapered at the ankle so they ruched up a LOT. Kewl!
Tracee - August 10, 2007 - Report this comment
Oh My GOD! My friends and I still laugh about this "clothing of the future." It was a skirt, sash, tube top, belt,'s the limit! I remember these being sold at Daytons, but Target had their own brand called "Units."
Mary - August 29, 2007 - Report this comment
To this day, my brothers will STILL make fun of me wearing Multiples.
Jen - October 25, 2007 - Report this comment
Oh mom went crazy over these because she thought they were so cute, I had a ton of them. Mostly in tuquoises and orange-yikes...the pictures make me sad now!
J-9 - June 08, 2008 - Report this comment
In Boston, like I totally remember the Multiples line and wish so that they would return the lable because it's so ME even today. (1987)
Lisa - June 21, 2008 - Report this comment
I used to LOVE my multiples! Still have them packed away - white, black and olive green. We all thought we were so cool then LOL
mary Chadsey - June 23, 2008 - Report this comment
check out the newest version of multiples:
Pearls Mom - September 05, 2008 - Report this comment
Ladies I am wearing my multiples right now, I just pulled them out to try them on for fun and I actually made them work with some of my clothes from today (leggins and scarf). Anybody want to sell theirs? I will buy it! I got my stuff at the Natck Mall in MA at the Filenes, so totallt awesome, hahaha.
Myki - November 22, 2008 - Report this comment
I'm sitting here with my Mom, Sister, Sister-in-law and Mother-in-law and we are laughing hysterically at all these comments. We started talking about how fashion keeps evolving through the same cycle. We loved those multiples. And I love the fact that there is a website where people are even talking them. Yesterday, I actually saw a lady wearing the tube thing as part of her shirt. I would love for multiples to come back in style. Super comfortable, easy to wash, no ironing. What could be better!
Shawna - February 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I LOVED my multiples that I had. They were sooo confortable. I would still wear them today if they made them. These need to come back!!!
KAREN BRENISER - February 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Betsy - May 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I actually SOLD Multiples through home parties. They were beyond comfortable. I loved the giant tube that I folded in half and wore as a mini-skirt with the shirt with the REALLY long sleeves and you twisted them a million times to make them shorter. Then you wore the small tube as a contrasting belt. The best!!
Lisa - June 15, 2009 - Report this comment
I used to love Multiples! I remember going to the Multiples Factory Outlet in Kittery, ME to purchase them! I even had a Multiples canvas tote bag that was reversible-one side was black and the other was lime green. I wore it out from use! My mom STILL wears my old gray Multiples short-sleeve 80s tunic as a beach coverup!
Cynthia - September 04, 2009 - Report this comment
You can still order them, appearantly. Look up Sandra Garratt Design Studio on your favorite search engine.
Elizabeth - September 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I have several pieces left and wish I could buy some more. I wore them at 5ft 4in, my daughter was 5ft 9in and she wore them and when my 5ft 2in daughter was pregnant, she wore them. If anyone knows where I can get more, please let me know!!
basia - November 03, 2010 - Report this comment
hahaha - this is hilarious - ladies, these outfits were not inexpensive. If I recall correctly, the tunic, tube thingy, and leggings would set you back at least $100 for the outfit, right? As such, I could never afford it! Aww... only the cool girls in class got to come to school wearing their Multiples. LOL. Too funny!
Lisa Koffler - January 15, 2011 - Report this comment
I still see multiples in earrings.
Valerie February 2,2011 - February 03, 2011 - Report this comment
OMG, I also have a few pieces of Multiples. Will not part with the grey, red & white tops. The few pants finally gave up the ghost.My daughter-in-law & I were the only cool "girls" in the family then who wore them. She turned me on to Multiples. I went to the outlet place almost every week to co ordinate mine. I still wear those plastic circles with the bar in the middle to scrunch up blouses, ha ha. So fun!Multiples come back. I am 75 but I'd wear them again!!
Amy - February 08, 2011 - Report this comment
Those made the best maternity clothes!!

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