I found this page, via a link on Facebook. 18 Cringeworthy Accessories from the 80’s. Oh my, did it take me back…
#1) Rubber Bracelets
Madonna was so cool in the 1980s, she convinced us that wearing piles of cheap rubber bracelets on top of each other looked good.
My, oh my, did I have quite the collection of rubber bracelets, back in my middle school days! I had well over a hundred of them, in so many colors! Some were solid, some were transparent, some had glitter. I would match the colors to what I was wearing. I had planned on saving them, to one day give to my daughters… But my sister found them when Justina was small, and talked me into letting her have them. They are all lost now…
#2) Banana Clips
’80s hair was so big and textured, it required a massive banana-shaped claw to hold it up in a ponytail.
Oh, yes… Banana clips. I did have some of those, as well. I remember getting my first one, back in high school. It took me a while to get it right, on how to get it in my hair correctly. *lol* Once I did figure it out (I never was good at hair and fashion😉 ), I wore them frequently, when I had to dress up. *lol*
No one would ever be caught dead wearing a scrunchie these days, but they were ubiquitous a few decades ago.
There was a time where I LOVED my scrunchies! *lol* I loved having different colors and would coordinate them with what I was wearing… To be honest, I wore them longer than what was actually popular… The story of my life. *lol* … I would say that this would be AFTER my teen years. More like the 90’s for me. *hangs head in shame*
#4) Leg Warmers
They started out as athletic wear, but by the late ’80s, women were wearing leg warmers with mini-skirts and leggings as part of their everyday look.
I would say that these were NOT a late 80s thing. More like an early 80s thing. I remember them being popular when I was in middle school, like around 1983-1984-ish. I did have one pair, but they were handmade by my mom. I never wore them in public. I only wore them in the house… Of course, I was not the type to wear mini skirts and leggings. *lol*
#5) Jelly Shoes
They looked like kids’ shoes and made your feet smell terrible. Enough said.
I never, ever, ever owned or wore a pair of these, nor did I EVER want to! And to be honest, I don’t remember a single friend who did… I think maybe my niece had a pair, when she was a tiny tot, but it would be cute on a tot. *lol*
#6) Shoulder Pads
Having broad, masculine shoulders was the look to kill for.
I will admit to wearing my share of shoulder pads, back in my high school days. I was more aware of what I wore, and wanted to look nice… I guess by then I was passed those awkward middle school years. *lol* … Anyway, I had quite a few shirts with shoulder pads. Some of them were sewn into the shirts and some were velcroed on, so you could remove them.
I thought they looked so cool.😉
#7) Reebok Sneakers
Women would walk to work in chunky Reebok sneakers and power suits à la Melanie Griffith in Working Girl.
I never owned a pair of Reebok sneakers… Not that I wouldn’t have. We could just never afford the nice shoes. We wore generic shoes… Oh, in high school I had one pair of actual Ked shoes, which I bought myself, but most of my shoes were generic versions of Keds.
No cool shoes for Julie.😉
#8) Fingerless Gloves
Another ’80s trend we can thank Madonna for? Fingerless gloves.
I actually don’t have any memory of fingerless gloves. I really don’t… I missed a lot of the movie trends, because I saw so very few of them. We didn’t have a VCR, and rarely saw a movie in the theater.
So no… No fingerless gloves for me… And I am okay with that.😉
#9) Fanny Packs
The only thing tackier than a fanny pack? An acid-wash denim fanny pack.
Now I DID have a fanny pack, but it wasn’t used much. Mainly used it for traveling, so I wouldn’t have to carry around a purse or something… Mine wasn’t acid washed though… But I would have LOVED that. I loved, loved, loved acid washed things! *lol* I wore my acid washed coat until it fell apart, I loved it so much.😉
#10) Moon Boots
Rainbow Brite would have felt at home wearing these ’80s snow boots.
This is another thing I don’t remember… Maybe it’s because I grew up in the pacific northwest, and we don’t get much snow. It we do, it’s only an inch, if we’re lucky. We really didn’t have any need for snow boots, even ones with rainbows on them.😉
#11) Oversized Hair Bows
Is it cute for an 8-year-old girl to wear a gigantic head bow? Sure. A 30-year-old woman? Not so much.
This is another thing that I don’t remember. When did teens and grown women wear Nellie Oleson bows?! Did they? … Not a single one of my friends did, and trust me, no matter how popular they were, I WOULD NEVER wear one! *rofl*
I don’t do fru-fru.😉
#12) Scrunch Socks
Also known as slouch socks, these funny, oversized socks were often layered or paired with white Keds.
I do remember scrunch socks, but I never owned a pair… Not that I had anything against them, I just never bought any. I don’t know if I ever even gave it much thought, honestly.
I know that I LOVED the cuff socks. I had them in every color imaginable, so that I could match them with what I was wearing… And I wore them with my Keds.😀
#13) Oversized Earrings
When you have big hair, you apparently need even bigger earrings.
While I never had any earrings that were that big, I did have my fair share of dangling earrings… And yes, I would match colors and designs to whatever shirt I was wearing. I was always all about matching. *lol*
Now I can’t imagine wearing anything bigger than a stud. I wouldn’t even wear the hoop earrings that seem to be popular.
#14) Swatch Watch
These watches were the epitome of 1980s style and not in a good way.
I can’t tell you how much I wanted a Swatch Watch. Oh, I wanted one sooooo very badly! Not only did I love all the bright colors, and the transparent rubber pieces, I just thought they were so cool! And what’s even better, is that since they were made of all rubber and plastic, I could have worn one without getting a rash from the metal.
#15) Members Only Jackets
These jackets were considered fancy enough to wear to formal, black-tie events.
I totally forgot about these jackets! I had one! … Only mine was blue. I remember thinking that they were sooo cool, especially with the strap things on the shoulder and around the neck. Why those made it cool, I have no idea… But I wore mine all the time, back in my middle school days.
#16) T-Shirt Clips
These are what you reached for when you wanted to accessorize your T-shirt.
I had one t-shirt clip, that I only used a handful of times… And I am ashamed to admit it, but it was after they were cool. Seriously, it’s the story of my life. I am always behind the times. *lol*
I didn’t have a bedazzed round one though. Mine was heart shaped.
#17) Cyclops Sunglasses
Neon-colored cyclops sunglasses were a must-have for Star Trek fans.
While I never had a pair of sunglasses like this, I wouldn’t have been opposed to it either. *lol* I did have a pair of red, mirrored sunglasses that I loved, back in middle school, that were similar, but had two eye pieces… I didn’t wear them too often though.
#18) Pom-Pom Socks
It was like wearing a bunny tail but on both of your ankles.
I did have some pom-pom socks, in the very early 80s. I didn’t overly like them though. The pom-poms would always fall off one of the socks, and since there are no cuffs, the socks would slide off your feet and into your shoes… Which is why I STILL love cuff socks, though they are getting harder and harder to find. *sigh*