Tuesday, December 30, 2008

how to make '80s garments current

Thrift stores these days are over-flowing with garments from the 1980s. Lace prom dresses, boxy jackets, day-glow blast jackets, pleated blouses.

Many of these garments look cool, but it can be hard to imagine them fitting into your modern wardrobe. Here's a couple tips I've learned to update and alter your 80s finds.

This is probably the #1 way to update clothing. Most shoulder pads are tacked in with thread or string, so they can be easily removed with scissors or a seam ripper.
(Don't get me wrong...in some cases, I like shoulder pads, so long as they aren't costumey. Just decide for yourself whether they suit your figure and style or not.)

Buttons are a tell-tale way to date clothing. 80's clothing tends to have large, flashy, or matchy-matchy buttons.Replace them with something a little more subtle or unique for a modern look.

Many 80s dresses and skirts have mid-calf length hems. This look isn't particularly flattering on most people. Try hemming your skirt or dress to knee length.

Over-the-top, obnoxious sleeves are an 80s staple. Try cutting them off and leaving the armhole edges raw or finishing them with bias tape. You can even add new sleeves if you like. If you've removed the sleeves of your dress, try wearing it like a jumper with a fitted long-sleeve shirt underneath.

Now that you've updated your thrift finds, try combining them in unexpected ways. Pair your 80s stonewash jeans with a simple tank and a modern scarf, your loud 80s dress with black tights and oxfords, your bright boxy jacket with a knit black dress and and ballet flats....you get the picture. Send me photos of your 1980s-style outfits and they may end up on my blog!

Coming soon: outfits centered around 80s garments I've thrifted recently....

Images courtesy of amazon.com and paperdollreview.com.


Glorious Hats said...

Oh this is good. Will be recommending it to others.

Amelia said...

Wow, that first picture is hilarious. Nice tips. I generally try to steer clear of 80s stuff.

Ana said...

Nice tips. Cant wait to see the outfits. :)

Emily said...

Just wanted to pop in & say "Hello!" I began reading your blog when I did a local search on Etsy a few months ago.

I think your style is really fun & funky & you remind me of myself when I was your age with your creative mind, although I don't even know how to sew so I'm just in awe of how easy you make it sound!

This post made me laugh, as I WAS that girl with the poofy 80's perm IN the 80's. Not sure I'm ready to "go back there" fashion-wise.

Anyway, just thought I'd say "hi" as another QC blogger. I have randomly seen you in public 2 times over the past week, so I figured it's far less creepy to say hello on here than to tell you "Hi I read your blog!" while you scan the Wal-Mart aisles with your family. :) Happy New Year!

varun said...

nice range!!Shawls and Scarves

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