totally 80s jewelry

May 04, 2011, 16:28 pm  Posted by Lark

Jem 80s jewelry
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 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:

Molly Ringwald Jewelry

My plastic pink chunky bracelet, Pearl Earrings (she wore these as the "Princess" in The Breakfast Club), and a cameo (Pretty in Pink)

Cyndi LauperCyndi 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:

Cyndi Lauper

My 80s jelly bracelets, funky earrings and feather earrings (I made) scream "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" to me.

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:

dance club gals

Me, as Jem, and my friends ready to groove to some Cure and Depeche Mode.

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):

Jem earrings

Star earrings, bold pink earrings, and my shrink plastic Jem earrings that were staples that weekend.

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.


11 Responses

    Dare I say it … all of those pieces are “truly outrageous”!

    NeonGummyNinja says:

    Totally AWESOME! There were so many good things going on then. Some not so good trends, but hey.
    Not a jewelry kinda guy, but rocker arm bands and Vans/skate shoes and Swatches™ and friendship pins were pretty rad. Nice blog!

    Anonymous says:

    Totally radical! I need to get me some outrageous earrings!

    Beth says:

    okay, you’re the coolest 80s queen I know. thanks for spotting these trends and for sharing some, like, awesome tutorials, dude.

    That bachelorette pic is priceless!! I’ve recently noticed a lot of slap bracelets. Those were one of my favorites as long as I could keep them away from my brother who tortured and beat me with them.

    Gavin says:

    Fun post, Carol! I was into those metallic silver and gold purses, shoes, and very large belts. Accessorize!

    nancy lou says:

    Love the shot of you and the group a la ’80s. Fun stuff. Thanks for sharing.

    Meagan says:

    Love it! “Glamor and glitter, fashion and fame/Once you’re a Jem girl, you’re never the same…” Remember when they changed the theme song? :)

    Sarah says:

    It’s like the 80′s just won’t go away.

    But that’s OK!

    Loved this post, because I love colorful accessories!

    I love the tiger striped star earrings in the last picture!  Rowwr (supposed to be a cat meow)  :)  Jem is totally awesome.  Madonna’s style too symbolizes 80′s to me.

    Jan Griffiths says:

    I know this is old, but I haven’t left the 80s!!! I still have all my jewelry and accessories from that time, and still wear them today. I even have some of those plastic coil bracelets from back then, in all colors. I have some Jem star earrings too, but they’re royal blue instead of pink.

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