I’ve recently had the pleasure of striking up a correspondence with Sammy Davis of Sammy Davis Vintage, a site dedicated to sharing the vintage love by highlighting quality fashion that stands the test of time. Not to mention, Sammy features a variety of vintage sellers, as well as specific fashion trends from an array of decades. Today we spotlight her article ’80s Clothing Trends You Love to Remember (or Wear!), as well as some amazing pics of 1980s dresses courtesy of Olive’s Very Vintage and modeled by none other than Sammy Davis herself!
What makes hunting for ’80s pieces so tricky? The 1980s may be the most satirized decade yet! Try taking a little “test.” Pretend you’ve just been invited to an ’80s party, and without thinking too hard, name 3 items of 1980s clothing and/or accessories, possibly pieces you’d consider wearing to the event. I’ll try it too–here’s what pops into my head: “leg warmers, a leotard and a glow necklace.” Really?! I lived through the ’80s, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone wearing all three of these items at once. And herein lies the problem.
Over time, ’80s fashion has become a bit of a joke. But in some strange way, this very fact has helped 1980s fashion return with a vengeance. Why? Because it’s so eye-catching. Because it’s fun. Because it acknowledges that fashion can have a sense of humor. Because it’s unforgettable.
With that said, shopping for ’80s clothing in a vintage boutique can still feel like navigating a minefield. Sure, each ensemble makes a bold (sometimes explosive) statement, but finding the one that suits you is the challenge.
Sammy takes the mystery out of the process by highlighting flattering ’80s trends that continue to be edgy and stylish as the years pass. If you enjoy insider advice (such as the fact that dresses designed by Diane Freis are diamonds in the rough), or you wondered which fashion brand was actually responsible for the iconic “Cosby sweater,” Sammy’s article on ’80s fashion trends can give you an amazingly helpful dose of retro reality, as do her other ’80s pieces. Not to mention, if your decade of choice falls between the ’20s through the ’90s, she’s got you covered on those fronts as well!
A special thanks to Sammy Davis Vintage for inspiring today’s post, and to Olive’s Very Vintage for the amazing pics featuring none other than Sammy Davis! Happy Monday!
Sammy Davis says
Kate, thank you so much for spreading vintage love and particularly, '80s fashion appreciation! It was such an avant garde time for fashion, and as we're seeing with the trends Fall 2012 definitely has a place in every contemporary girls' closet. It's about finding the '80s angle for your modern style. I have faith we all have an '80s fashion child in us … somewhere! xo
Sad that all these dresses have been shortened. The 80s was faithful to the 40s (in a fluorescent kind of way).