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Page 2 in the conversation "One hit wonders...." by Sal
OMG! Like, so Retro!
@SarahD8 Thank you for remembering the black cotton mary janes (or China flats as we called them). These were such an 80's staple along with, or maybe more so, than the crochet shoes. I do not remember bubble gum jeans though. Stirrup pants: I just saw stirrup leggings at a JCP last week, not sure what the thought was... although they are really nice for tall boots. HaHaHa. I sort of remember moleskin clothing being a thing, I think I had a shirt that was like that (sort of flannel type, maybe it's the same as the chamois shirts below?).
Some things I remember as being one hit wonders or short-lived trends.1. Chamois cloth shirts (80's) - I think they still make these.2. Donut hole shoes and clogs (70's) - Why?3. Wavy soled shoes (70's) - Why?4. The Disco matching leotard and skirt (70's) - Actually this wasn't that awful, but it lasted as long as disco.5. Plaid polyester Sansabelt pants (70's) - Not a good look on anyone. Wild-N-Crazy Guys or not. 6. Jeans tucked into socks w/ LA Gear sneakers (80's) - Sorry Paula, but why did we do this?
So silly, but at the time you just HAD to HAVE them!
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Right around the time I joined YLF 2012ish(?) bubble necklaces were a 'thing'. I have no clue what inspired the trend!?!
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Yep, they tried reviving the stirrup pants a few years ago! I remember those China shoes, the legwarmers, jellies, and the ribbon barrettes from childhood too.
I have not read all these responses so please forgive duplicate.
* full gathered skirts worn with multiple neon colored stiff net petticoats (1950's)
*. Bobby socks with two tone oxfords (late 50s-eRly 60's)
* paper shift dresses ( 60s)
* machrame choker necklaces (60's-70's)
* crochet granny square bikinis and vests (60's-70's)
* those very pointy bras (bullet bras?)
* hot pants suits (70's)
I hope none of these come back but might try the paper dresses again.
Those wavy sole shoes were called Famolares and were supposed to be very healthy for your feet. But they kind of pitched you forward when you walked in them so you ended up being very unsteady on your feet. I tried on a pair but only saw disaster ahead if I tried to walk for any distance at all. But they were billed as a health shoe of the first order.
Oh there are some great fashions here aren't there...
I wanted some of the fabric Mary Janes so badly in 1981 - I also wanted a quilted jacket - both to wear with velvet knickerbockers.
Stirrup pants are more than a one hit wonder then - they have had a few times of trending.
I am not sure if I would wear a bullet bra or a macrame necklace but I would love to wear a net petticoat!! And I would wear the matching leotard and skirt too.
Fold over jeans - mmmmm - and early polyester was pretty gnarly wasn't it.....
MsMaven you look too good to be a fashion victim in your pics.
Oh and the Dr Sholls sandals, the ones with the wooden bottoms. I thought they'd be so comfortable-till those wooden bottoms started talking to my feet
ST -- yes, remember that "slap slap slap" - like a form of torture.
This is a great thread ... I think overalls with one strap undone were likely a one-hit wonder from the 90s??
I saw a young trendista in stirrup pants the other day!!
Some of the items mentioned never really went away, they just are no longer considered fashionable among the trendy set. Chamois shirts are a staple in the LL bean catalog and my husband is a huge fan (when he finds something he likes he sticks with it). Fabric Mary Janes are ubiquitous in the Asian markets in my city. White bucks are a must have in a Southern Gentleman's closet. They are the only shoe that looks good with a Seersucker suit. Other trends creep back in, but never quite catch on the way they did the first time; stirrup pants, acid wash, and yes I even saw a pair of fold over waist jeans recently that retailed for over $200.00.
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