I was in a one of those hip stores in downtown Asheville, NC a few years ago and spotted neon jelly bracelets galore and thought, “Huh. That retro trend will smolder within a month.” And still I’m seeing leg warmers, huge bracelets, neon earrings, leggings, The New Kids on the Block and Cyndi Lauper going back on tour, Duran Duran coming out with a new album and ‘Jem’ returning to TV on the Hub channel in May?! That’s truly outrageous! Truly, truly, truly Outrageous.
SO, to embrace this snowball of a trend, let’s take a look at some awesome jewelry trends to add some POP to your wardrobe via some of my favorite 80s POP icons:
Molly Ringwald: Talk about a trend-setter! She spotted the “Shabby Chic” look LONG before store chains like Target started lines with that look. But she made it young and cool by mixing soft, feminine pieces with over-sized blazers. (Although I have to say that the ‘Pretty in Pink’ dress she designed and created in the movie was a disaster.)
Here are some ‘Molly Ringwald’-inspired pieces to pay homage to the pop princess:
Cyndi Lauper: Anything big and funky screams “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” to me. I recently saw her in concert (she’s into blues now but still plays her hits) and she was rockin’ chunky earrings and bracelets with her all-black leather outfit. She also had glitter sprinkled all over her. Click here to see her style change and stay funky. If you want to make some funky pieces and see how to anodize jewelry, my favorite funky book is ‘Anozided!’
My Cyndi Lauper funk:
JEM: Of course cartoons are a great place to get your style from if you’re going for the “out there” look. And since she’s coming back to TV this month, I had to include her. I actually dressed up as her for my bachelorette party… it was 80s theme and all my friends dressed up 80s and went to the “Breakfast Club” in Charlotte, NC. Ok. I’ll share a picture:
And here are my truly outrageous pieces (if you want to know how to make the shrink plastic earrings on the left, click on my older blog HERE):
Did you have favorite 80s icons or trends? Madonna? Flava-Flav? If so, let me know! I hope you enjoyed my take on retro 80s jewelry.