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    Big Hair, Smoking, and Record Stores: A Photo Journey of Malls in the ’80s


    I think that's Philly there on the right.







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  • #2
    Originally posted by Billy Jingo View Post
    Big Hair, Smoking, and Record Stores: A Photo Journey of Malls in the ’80s


    I think that's Philly there on the right.







    Tape World. For all your tape needs.

    Oh, please. I rocked the 80's big hair and that is not big hair!
    Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
    Robert Southwell, S.J.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by phillygirl View Post
      Oh, please. I rocked the 80's big hair and that is not big hair!
      I like the painted on pants.

      Or were you nude and just had a weird skin disease?
      "There are four lights!"

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      • #4
        Interesting! There's no question that people dressed better then. Whether you love it or loath it, the 80s were apparently the last fashion era in America. Everything since then has been just been a recycling of fringe fashion and fetish or the ultra boring minimalism: neutral and blacks, no details, androgynous without being interesting - sort of like how the good guys dressed in 'The Matrix'.

        I don't spend a lot of time in malls but what strikes me as very different is the lack of diversity in stores today compared to the types of stores in malls in the 80s. Today you've got a million shoe stores, clothing stores all selling the same looks, and home decor places offering upscale goods. In between are some lotion stores, a lot of nail places, and a few candle stores.

        Back then the boutique clothing stores each catered to a different look, most malls had several book and music stores, home furnishing places had very different ranges and prices, there were more independent restaurants and niche food stores, and just a lot more local shops selling specialized goods. Even the anchor stores are less diverse. The department store where we shopped sold everything from tack and patio furniture to sewing machines and bridal gowns along with an in-store restaurant and hair place. You could get a winter coat, a living room rug, and a pair of skis at one shot. Now department stores seem to just have 3 departments: clothes, linens, and jewelry.
        "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Billy Jingo View Post
          I like the painted on pants.

          Or were you nude and just had a weird skin disease?
          I guessed you missed the current skinny jeans and leggings thingy where you live. At least in the 80s they didn't even sell tight jeans to people over a size 12 (unlike today). I mean this literally. Trendy clothing was simply unavailable to big girls which simplified the visual field quite a bit.
          "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Gingersnap View Post
            I guessed you missed the current skinny jeans and leggings thingy where you live. At least in the 80s they didn't even sell tight jeans to people over a size 12 (unlike today). I mean this literally. Trendy clothing was simply unavailable to big girls which simplified the visual field quite a bit.
            I try to make a point of not staring at girls under 20.
            "There are four lights!"

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Billy Jingo View Post
              I try to make a point of not staring at girls under 20.
              You don't see women in their 40s and closer to your age in the 50s wearing skinny jeans?
              "Faith is nothing but a firm assent of the mind : which, if it be regulated, as is our duty, cannot be afforded to anything but upon good reason, and so cannot be opposite to it."

              -John Locke

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Gingersnap View Post
                I guessed you missed the current skinny jeans and leggings thingy where you live. At least in the 80s they didn't even sell tight jeans to people over a size 12 (unlike today). I mean this literally. Trendy clothing was simply unavailable to big girls which simplified the visual field quite a bit.
                The "stirrup pants" and parachute pants were awesome. I had the greatest pair of parachute pants in college. They got passed around from girl to girl in the dorm (we were "collectivists" when it came to clothing). Generally, I didn't have the latest and greatest (their girls from Long Island did!), but I did have the coolest pair of parachute pants!
                Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
                Robert Southwell, S.J.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by scott View Post
                  You don't see women in their 40s and closer to your age in the 50s wearing skinny jeans?
                  You know how we say he's from another planet? This nails it.
                  "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by scott View Post
                    You don't see women in their 40s and closer to your age in the 50s wearing skinny jeans?
                    Those are just fat girls that refuse to buy a size up!
                    Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
                    Robert Southwell, S.J.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by phillygirl View Post
                      The "stirrup pants" and parachute pants were awesome. I had the greatest pair of parachute pants in college. They got passed around from girl to girl in the dorm (we were "collectivists" when it came to clothing). Generally, I didn't have the latest and greatest (their girls from Long Island did!), but I did have the coolest pair of parachute pants!
                      Most comfortable pants in the universe although my own taste tended toward the neon. I still like neon and I'm glad to see it return (even in boring format). Now I wear a neon tank over pastel capri pants but I tone it down with a loopy white Mañanita and white canvas shoes. And lots of funky bangles.

                      I was born with the big hair.
                      "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Gingersnap View Post
                        Most comfortable pants in the universe although my own taste tended toward the neon. I still like neon and I'm glad to see it return (even in boring format). Now I wear a neon tank over pastel capri pants but I tone it down with a loopy white Mañanita and white canvas shoes. And lots of funky bangles.

                        I was born with the big hair.
                        Yeah, I was born with the big hair too. End of every hair cut is the "thinning out" ritual. This week I chopped about 5 inches off. Another ritual of mine...grow it long only to chop it, and then regret the chop after 2 days.
                        Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
                        Robert Southwell, S.J.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by scott View Post
                          You don't see women in their 40s and closer to your age in the 50s wearing skinny jeans?
                          Yeah, the women who buy skinny jeans one size too big so they can take them to the cleaners and get them starched within an inch of their lives and a front seam perma-ironed such that the jeans can stand in a corner by themselves.
                          The year's at the spring
                          And day's at the morn;
                          Morning's at seven;
                          The hill-side's dew-pearled;
                          The lark's on the wing;
                          The snail's on the thorn:
                          God's in his heaven—
                          All's right with the world!

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                          • #14
                            I was a Castro clone for much of the 1980's. Then Gypsy-boy. Then back to clone. Then I became a realtor.
                            The year's at the spring
                            And day's at the morn;
                            Morning's at seven;
                            The hill-side's dew-pearled;
                            The lark's on the wing;
                            The snail's on the thorn:
                            God's in his heaven—
                            All's right with the world!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by phillygirl View Post
                              Yeah, I was born with the big hair too. End of every hair cut is the "thinning out" ritual. This week I chopped about 5 inches off. Another ritual of mine...grow it long only to chop it, and then regret the chop after 2 days.
                              I gave up and just grew it out. I bend over and loop it all up with combs and clips. I can totally rock that Boho look hair-wise. When it gets past my waist, I have them cut four inches off. I do have them layer the top more often but frankly, it looks pretty much the same regardless.
                              "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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