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Clothes that Reveal You’re From the ‘80s

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It’s often been said that fashion is cyclical, which means that every decade or so brings with it a resurgence of interest in the trends and fads of the previous generation. While it doesn’t seem like that long ago that ‘80s fashion was enjoying its own revival, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the ‘90s are coming back in a big way. That means that, once again, the clothes of the first MTV generation are falling out of favor and making those who wear them tend to look dated for a second time. If you have any of these items in your own wardrobe on heavy rotation, you’re probably doing a great job of revealing your age.

  • Parachute Pants – If you owned a pair of parachute pants in the ‘80s, you were simply riding the trend wave with flair. Those same pants in your closet today, however, mark you as a product of the excess generation. Bonus points if you have a matching windbreaker jacket.
  • Acid Washed Jeans – Plenty of denim styles from the glory days of the 1980s have found their way back into the mainstream, but one fad that hasn’t really enjoyed a resurgence is the old-fashioned acid wash. If you’re rocking a pair of acid washed jeans, not only is there a good chance that they sport zippers at the cuffs, but also that you’re still holding on to them from your own glory days.
  • Scrunchies – Back in the day, scrunchies were far more than a simple tool to keep long hair out of the wearer’s face. They were an opportunity to accessorize, doubled as wrist wear and just had to compliment the color scheme of your outfit. These days, you can still find them in the hair product aisle of your local drugstore, but the only people who tend to wear them are those who remember when they first became all the rage.
  • Banana Clips – If your permed hair is pulled back with a frightening contraption called a banana clip, there’s no denying that you’re a product of the ‘80s generation. You’re even more conspicuous as a holdover from those days if you’re pairing the clip with sky-high, heavily hairsprayed bangs.
  • Slogan T-Shirts – From “Frankie says relax” to “choose life,” there was no shortage of gimmicky slogan t-shirts in the 1980s. It’s not enough to still have one of these gems lurking in the back of your closet, though. It needs to be at least two sizes too large and paired with bicycle shorts or tights for full effect.
  • Members Only Jackets – Once upon a time, you were no one if you didn’t belong to the exclusive “members only” club. To be fair, all you had to do to become a member was purchase one of these beauties, but they were the height of fashion for a single, shining moment in time. These days, however, you’re either a hipster wearing ironic thrift store finds or a determined holdover from the ‘80s who refuses to surrender your Members Only cred.
  • Rhinestones – There was such a fever for brightly colored, plastic stones in the ‘80s that there was even a tool designed to allow easy application of these faux gems in the comfort of your own home. A few rhinestones here and there may not be too dated, but if they’re adorning the lapels of your denim jacket, you’re definitely from the ‘80s.
  • Shirt Slides – What was a girl to do when she wanted to be on-trend with huge t-shirts in the ‘80s but still show off her rockin’ bod? Snag a shirt slide, of course! These little contraptions are next to impossible to find now, but there was a time when every shirt as far as the eye could see was bound up with bits of Dayglo plastic.
  • Stirrup Pants – One surefire way to keep your pants tucked securely into your leg warmers while proudly proclaiming your status as a lover of all things ‘80s is to slip on a pair of stirrup pants. Unlike so many other trend elements from the era that have made their way back into circulation, stirrup pants just haven’t come back around as an on-trend style.
  • Leg Warmers – Maybe it was the aerobics craze of the 1980s, or maybe it was just that Olivia Newton-John video. Either way, leg warmers were a must-have item a few decades ago, and just haven’t become cool again since.
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