Clothes of the Eighties, Thrift Chic
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Sex: Mostly Female/both
Type of clothing: Used Clothes/jewlery, The Trashier The Better
When it was popular: 1980-1986
Description: Cyndi Lauper made this huge: used clothes from thriftshops and junk jewlery from thriftshops, the trashier and tackier the better. This included mixing pattern after pattern (camo pants with a paisley long sleeve shirt buttoned up, and a loud hawiian shirt unbuttoned over that), 6 or 7 belts (metal "dressy" belts that women wear along with regular leather ones, concho belts were also popular with this), mis-matched shoes and piles and piles of junk/plastic jewlery (including mis-matched earrings). The scary thing is the popularity of this look seemed to come and go with Cyndi's popularity (started in the very early 80s and died not long after her popularity started to slip around late '86).
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Dean - January 11, 2011 - Report this comment
Cyndi Lauper was just one of many examples of people who wore thrift-shop vintage clothes in the 80s, particularly the early 80s (and she was late to the game, at that). We used to scour thrift shops for clothes from the late 50s and early 60s starting back in the late 70s, following postpunk revivalist subcultures like mod revival and rockabilly revival, etc. 1950s through mid-60s, especially early 60s, vintage was big in the early 80s (because that's what was available), hence Lauper and Madonna and others donning 1950s skirts with petticoats and pointy-toed 1950s shoes.

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